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In The Multitude Of My Thoughts… | Sermon Outline By Brian A. Yeager

In The Multitude Of My Thoughts…
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I. Introduction:

A. Do you hate vain [divided] thoughts (Psalms 119:113)?

  1. Do you hate it when your mind brings upon you troubling thoughts (i.e. Psalms 55:1-5)?
  2. When you are about to face something, have you ever found yourself in agony of mind that seemingly cannot be comforted (i.e. Luke 22:39-46)?
B. When Peter erred, it happened because he exercised his mind in the wrong way (Mark 8:31-33).
  1. We know we do not want to “mind the things of the flesh” (Romans 8:5-8).
  2. We know the impact our minds can have on our bodies (Proverbs 12:25).
  3. At the same time, we know that the faithful do get troubled about some things (John 13:21 and II Corinthians 11:28). Let’s think on that some more…

II. Body: Psalms 94:19

A. What the Psalmist knew and where his mind went did not align.
  1. He know the thoughts of man was vanity (Psalms 94:11).
  2. He knew the corrected man would have rest (Psalms 94:12-13).
  3. He knew the Lord would not cast off His people (Psalms 94:14).
  4. He knew the upright follows the judgment of the Lord (Psalms 94:15).
  5. He knew to trust in the Lord for deliverance and mercy (Psalms 94:16-18; 94:20-23).
  6. Yet, He still had a multitude of “thoughts”. That word means: “disquieting thoughts” (Strong’s # 8312).
B. Let’s think about a Greek word for a bit. The word we are going to look at is this“μεριμνάω” [merimnaō]. It means: “to be anxious about: — (be, have) care(-ful), take thought.To be anxious; to be troubled with cares; to care for, look out for (a thing) to seek to promote one's interests; caring or providing for” (Strong’s # 3309). Here are some (not all - excluding repetitive or similar contexts) passages wherein we can find this term, think about the lessons within.
  1. Matthew 6:19-34 [verses; 25; 27; 28; 31; 34] translated, “thought”.
  2. Matthew 10:16-20 [verse 19] translated, “thought”.
  3. Luke 10:38-42 [verse 41] translated, “careful”.
  4. I Corinthians 7:25-35 [verses 32; 33; 34] translated, “careth”.
  5. I Corinthians 12:18-27 [verse 25] translated, “care”.
  6. Philippians 2:19-24 [verse 20] translated, “care”.
  7. Philippians 4:6-9 [verse 6] translated, “careful”.
C. Think about how we can work through these troubling thoughts that we may rightly or wrongly have (II Corinthians 4:8-5:1)?
  1. I Samuel 30:1-6
  2. John 14:1-3; 14:27-29
  3. I Thessalonians 5:11

III. Conclusion: Don’t think it uncommon or strange that you have to work through things in your mind. Sometimes, people have to work their mind through vain thoughts (Psalms 77:1-20).

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