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Our mind is where we choose to follow God, in Christ Jesus, the One who creates, sustains and gives purpose to all things. It is the “birthplace” of everything we see around us, good and evil, but only the mind of God and the providence (sovereignty) of God can allow something to manifest.

The Mind is the Birthplace of Choice for your LifeEphesians 4:17

•Joshua 24:14, 15 – “…choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve…as for me and my house…”

•Colossians 3:2 – “Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.”

The Mind is the Birthplace of Growth in your Life – v. 18

A.Isaiah 55:8, 9 – “For My thoughts are not your thoughts…”

B.Proverbs 4:23 – “Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it flow the issues of life.”

The Mind is the Birthplace of Action through your Life – v. 19

•Matthew 5-7

The Mind is the Birthplace of Wisdom, Knowledge and Understanding of your Life in Christ – vv. 20, 21

A.Quality, not the quantity, of the pursuit (analytical background – “Amen’s”)

B.Philippians 2:5-11*

C.Colossians 3:9, 10 – “Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds, and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him.”

D.Colossians 3:3 – “For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ.” [A Word on Baptism (Romans 6)]

The Mind is the Birthplace of War and Peace surrounding your Life – v. 22

•II Corinthians 10:3-6 – “…and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.”

VI.The Mind is the Birthplace of Renewal/Rising of your Life – vv. 23, 24

•Romans 12:2 – “…but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”

•I Timothy 4:15 – “Meditate on these things; give yourself entirely to them, that your progress may be evident to all.”

•Acts 26:8 – “Why should it be thought incredible by you that God raises the dead?”

The Mind is the Birthplace of a Great Life (in righteousness and holiness)

A.Though there have been many great inventions and achievements, the measure of greatness is found in a servant heart – Matthew 18:1-5*; Mark 9:33-37; Luke 22:24-30

B.Romans 12:16 – “Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble…”

C.Matthew 11:28-30 – “Come to Me…take My yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

D.Proverbs 16:3 – “Commit your works to the Lord, and your thoughts will be established.”

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