Whose Mind Is Stayed On Thee
Outline By: Brian A. Yeager (http://www.wordsoftruth.net)
A. Upon conversion to our Lord, our thinking is supposed to change (Isaiah 55:6-8, Romans 12:1-3, and Ephesians 4:17-24).
1. A disciple of the Lord is in the world, but not of the world (John 17:14-16; cf. James 4:4).
2. We shouldnÕt allow ourselves to learn worldly ways any more (Jeremiah 10:2, Romans 8:5-8, and Titus 2:11-12).
B. WeÕre supposed to bring all of our thoughts to obeying the Lord (II Corinthians 10:5).
1. This means we examine the word of God and quickly turn our ways to what we learn (Psalms 119:59-60).
2. This requires the right attitude (Job 34:32).
3. The right attitude allows us to turn to God with the right heart and mind toward Him (Joel 2:12-13).
II. Body: Isaiah 26:3-4; cf. Psalms 63:1-6.
A. Meditate on the works of our Lord (Psalms 77:12 and Psalms 143:5).
1. The world is full of horrible things to think about (John 7:7, John 17:15 [i.e. how He kept them from evil Acts 16:6-7], and I John 5:19).
2. Thus, it is great to consider what the Lord has done (Genesis 1:1, Psalms 100:3, and I John 4:9) and will do (Job 5:8-10, Matthew 6:24-34, Acts 14:17, and I Peter 1:3).
B. Meditate upon the word of our Lord (Joshua 1:6-8, Psalms 119:97-99, Psalms 119:148, and Colossians 3:16).
1. The world doesnÕt give us good counsel (I Corinthians 3:19) or even honest things to hear (Colossians 2:8).
2. The word of God provides us with things the world cannot:
a. Real truth (Colossians 1:5).
b. Real comfort (Romans 15:4).
c. True guidance (Psalms 119:105).
d. Salvation (Romans 1:16 and James 1:21).
C. We donÕt want our thinking to be on things that are of the world (I John 2:15-17).
1. With our minds stayed on God weÕll not care about carnal lusts (Romans 13:14, Galatians 5:24, Ephesians 4:22, I Peter 4:1-2, and Jude 16-19).
a. Lusting after opposite sex (Proverbs 6:23-25; cf. Matthew 5:27-28).
b. Lusting with an appetite for more carnal possessions (Ecclesiastes 5:10-11 and I Timothy 6:6-10).
c. Lusting after anything, to the point wherein we lose self-control (I Corinthians 9:25; 27).
2. Our sight will be spiritual rather than carnal when we focus on spiritual things (Colossians 3:1-4).
3. If we think on things above pride will be removed from our lives (Matthew 23:12 and James 4:6-10), for weÕll understand weÕre the created not the Creator (Isaiah 40:28).
III. Conclusion: Psalms 112:5-8, Proverbs 15:24, and Philippians 4:6-9.
© 2011 This material may not be used for sale or other means to have financial gain. Use this as a tool for your own studies if such is helpful! Preachers are welcome to this work, but please do not use my work so that you can be lazy and not do your own studies. – Brian A. Yeager