Bethel Dallas Youth message on 1.20.2019
In today’s cultural, political, and social environment we quickly hear other sides and other opinions that we disagree with. We all have our own strong opinions and quickly form enemies. We have lost the ability to love our enemies and reason with one another. Many are hurting, feeling alone and rejected and depressed. Is there a better way to live?
Have you ever thought about HOW you think?
The Bible tells us that there is a better way to think.
Romans 12:1 “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
- Conform- to conform one’s self (i.e. one’s mind and character) to another’s pattern, (fashion one’s self according to)
- Transformed- (metamorphosis) to change into another form, to transform, to transfigure. Example: a caterpillar transforming into a butterfly.
- Renewing- a renewal, renovation, complete change for the better.
Take away- We are all struggling with being conformed and fashioned to the ways of other people and we all need to be TRANSFORMED and changed into something new for the better. Have you considered that you may be stuck in old thinking like the world and may need to go through a total transformation to think in a whole new way?
Why should you, as a teenager, care about having a renewed mind?
- Are you interested in knowing God’s will for you life?
- Would you rather live in fear or in faith?
- Would you rather always doubt yourself or be confident?
- Would you rather be who others want you to be or be yourself?
In order to live the life you want to live, you need God to teach you how to think.
How do you know if you have a renewed mind?
7 symptoms of a transformed mind:
- You live in hope
- You have a deep sense that it is all going to work out. Not in fantasy but in the fact that God is going to work it out.
- The impossible seems reasonable
- Impossible situations can actually work. Expect miracles and God to intervene.
- Consider that the outcome of your life is not just the figures that you control like: time, effort, energy, money, relationships, etc. You also have the choice to add in the God factor. When God is a factor it is the variable that can multiply everything else in ways you cannot imagine.
- Don’t worry and have positive speculations.
- 2 Corinthians 10:4-5 “The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”
- The devil wants to feed you lies and negative thoughts. You have the ability to take those thoughts captive and tell them to leave in Jesus name.
- Turn your “what if” thoughts positive. We all have “what if” thoughts and sometimes they can be very destructive lies that consume our thinking. For example: “My parents are running late. What if they got in a car wreck?” Don’t allow all your speculations to be negative but turn them around and make them faith-filled.
- You like yourself and rejoice in your weakness because in your weakness God is strong.
- Do you like yourself? The Bibles says you shouldn’t just like yourself but love yourself. The greatest command is in Matthew 22:36-40 and God tells us to: Love God and love your neighbor as yourself. It sure is hard to love your neighbor when you don’t even love yourself.
- Do you enjoy being with yourself alone or do you busy yourself with lots of things so you don’t have to be by yourself with your own thoughts?
- What is all the white noise in your life? Can you take being quiet? Learn to love yourself and be comfortable with quiet time with your own thoughts. Allow God to speak to you.
- Be quick to forgive and freely give others grace and mercy.
- Unforgiveness is like drinking poison and thinking the other person is going to die. When someone wrongs you, do not hold onto unforgiveness because it only destroys your life…not theirs. Forgiving someone is not saying what they did was alright; it is releasing it to God for Him to deal with it.
- Give grace to others because you need it too.
- When people wrong you do you pay it right back or do you forgive them?
- You are thankful.
- One of the best ways to break depression is to make a list everyday of 10 things you are thankful for.
- Don’t allow the few small bad things in life rob you of the millions of amazing things that are surrounding you. Change your perspective to see all the blessings that God has given you.
- You believe in others and give other people the benefit of the doubt.
- Don’t assume that everyone is out to wrong you or you will have a very negative view of life and will not trust people.
- Don’t be quick to judge others or buy into gossip talk that is thrown around easily. Give your friends and family the benefit of the doubt that they are on your side.
- You have heard the term “Innocent until proven guilty” but do you apply that in your own relationships?
- Believe in others around you and look for the best in them.
***NOW ASK GOD TO HIGHLIGHT ONE OF THE SEVEN POINTS THAT YOU NEED TO WORK ON THIS WEEK.***