Today @ The Gathering: Inspire Greatness – You Create What You Concentrate On

IG_IconOne of the most powerful truths that you’ll ever entertain is that you can create your life out of your thoughts.  As a matter of fact, your way of thinking is what’s gotten you to where you are today – good or bad.  And if you want to change your life, you start by changing your way of thinking.

This seems to be a contradiction for people of faith because we think that faith is about feelings and that feelings often change behavior.  And the truth is, feelings only reflect behavior.  Beliefs are what define our behavior.

The Scriptures teach us as we think in our heart, so are we.  It’s sowing and reaping.  If you want to reap a different harvest, you have to sow a different seed.  And that begins in the mind.  Today we talked about the 8 ways your mind works.

  1. If you think scarcity, you’ll be stingy.
  2. If you think small, only about getting what you need, you’ll be self-absorbed.
  3. If you think religion, you’ll be rigid.  Often people think that the solution is turning to religion.  And the truth is, religion is about rules, and rules are rigid.  Christianity is about a relationship.  There are rules indeed, but the rules come out of the core relationship.
  4. If you think about God, you’ll be inspired. It was Jesus who said, “Nothing is impossible with God.”  And oftentimes we entertain this idea and then dismiss it because we’re not God and things are not impossible with us.  And yet the Scriptures tell us that God can do more than we are ever able to dare ask, dream, or imagine.  Why is it over time we tend to lose this conviction?
  5. If you think grace, you’ll be grateful.  If you don’t know what the will of God is, it is that you will be grateful; not for the circumstances you are in, but in the circumstances knowing that God is sovereign and He is orchestrating wherever you are, to take you where you need to be and that nothing is wasted.
  6. If you think abundance, you will be generous.  We’re told not to put our hope in wealth, which is fleeting, but to put our hope in God who provides us with everything that we’ll ever need; not just to get by, but so we can enjoy the life He created.
  7. If you think greatness, you’ll be a servant.  This is contrary to how a lot of people think.  They think greatness is about command and control.  And the truth is, it is about influence and inspiration.  That’s what servants do.  Jesus became a servant, obedient to the Father’s will.  And as a servant, He accomplished our redemption on the cross and through the resurrection.  But he didn’t come lording it over other people. He came with humility, as a servant directed toward an epic purpose.
  8. If you think truth, you will be liberated, and you’ll be a liberator.  It was Jesus who said, “If you know the truth, the truth will set you free.”  We’re told in Proverbs 23 to buy the truth and not sell it, to get wisdom, discipline, and understanding.

Your life changes today if you decide that it changes by changing the way you think about yourself and your life in the world.

As we were going out of the second service today, one woman said, “This is great. Now how do I do it?”  And my response to her was, “Day by day, little by little, truth by truth, heart to heart.”  You can change.  You can create something amazing out of your life, and you can do it today by simply changing what you believe.

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