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How To Think Positively And Biblically - Part 2
November 27, 2011
Introduction: Over the last few weeks we have dealt with strongholds and the ability of God's grace to demolish strongholds. Paul, while in Corinth and in the church at Philippi, so desired to help the people "think biblically."
In 2 Corinthians 6:6-7, Paul shared about his own personal struggles and the weapons he used in order to win over negative thinking that has the power to lead to wrong living.
The Weapons He Used - Tools
The believer's attitude and resources provided by grace are more than a match for any difficulty. However, we must appropriate these by faith in God and His Word. Apart from these, life's difficulties will overwhelm us.
1. "Pureness" - morally clean; life and motive
2. "Knowledge' - comprehension of God's truth and His ways
3. "Long-suffering" - patience with difficult people; enables one to avoid retaliation when opposed.
1. "Kindness" - goodness put in action
2. "In the Holy Spirit" - empowers for effective service
3. "Love Unfeigned" - genuine and sincere love
4. "The Word of Truth" - the message from God which was the basis for all of Paul's ministry; all His promises
5. "Power of God" - divine energizing which lifts the labors of the ministry above mere human effort
6. "Armor of Righteousness" - spiritual armor for ever sort of struggle; defensively and offensively; sword - shield gave complete protection against the enemy's assault
I. THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE BIBLICAL MIND.
A. BUILT ON TRUTH. 8
Jesus is "the way, the truth, and the life." John 14:6
"Your word is truth" John 17:17
B. BUILT ON HONOR ("NOBLE")
Honest, honorable things that claim respect. If it is true that we externalize our thoughts, then honorable people are the results of honorable thoughts; inviting reverence. This word carries the idea of serious ...
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