1.     Read Romans 6:6 and Romans 8:5.  What is the difference between the old self and the flesh?  If you heard the message, discuss how the illustration with Lieutenant Onada (who fought a war that was over for 30 years and refused to trust the emperors letters) is like our battle with the flesh today.

2.     Read Romans 8:5 and John 16:14.  Discuss the role of the Holy Spirit and how you know when your mind is governed by the Holy Spirit.

3.     Read Romans 8:1.  Describe how the Spirit can govern your negative self-talk and the condemning voices that you hear.

4.     Read Romans 8:13.  Describe how you can, by the Spirit, put to death the misdeeds of the flesh by presenting the gospel to yourself.

5.     In the battle for your mind, discuss this quote:  He tells himself, “Audience of one.”  It’s maybe his most powerful mental tool…When Urban’s old thoughts start to take hold again, his mind running wild with worry, with winning, with pleasing all the people that fill that stadium and the millions beyond it who will be judging him, Kight says, “Do you think, when you come before God, he’s going to ask you about your win-loss record?” 

 

Prayer for the Day

·      Today, because of Jesus, I am a beloved Son of the King, and by faith and through the power of the Spirit , I will live in light of my Father’s delight in me (Mt. 3:17; 2 Sam. 22:20).   

·       Today, by faith and through the power of your Spirit, I will glorify and enjoy Jesus, my #1 priority.  That is what I was built to do and that is what I will do. 

·       Today, by faith & through the power of your Spirit, I will love and serve my #2 priority, Bradford, with all of my heart, soul, mind, and strength.  I will pray for her, lead her in love, and sacrificially lay down my life for her just as Christ does for His bride.

·       Today, by faith & through the power of your Spirit, I will be a loving father to my #3 priority, my children, and teach them to trust you Jesus and take hold of your Spirit and seek first your kingdom.  We’ll laugh together and enjoy one another and you through the power of your Spirit.

·       Today, by faith & through the power of your Spirit, I will bless my parents and extended family through praying for them and loving them in any ways you see fit.

·       Today, by faith & through the power of your Spirit, I will step into the work that you have called me to do, knowing that you have called me to this work and that you will use it for your glory and the renewal of all things (Rev. 21:5).

·       Today, by faith & through the power of the Spirit, I will love my neighbors and serve my church and city.

·       Today, by faith & through the power of your Spirit, I have the same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead living inside of me.  As a result, the old Stephen is dead.  I’ve been raised to newness of life.  The flesh has no hold over me.  Jesus does and He will keep me in perfect peace as I fix my thoughts on Him.

·       Today, by faith & through the power of your Spirit, I have control over my mind (Rms. 8:6), and I will live an abundant life, with a peace that passeth understanding,  a light-hearted happiness, and a focused freedom (2 Cor. 3:17).

·       Today, by faith & through the power of your Spirit, more fruit will grow and abound in my life.  More love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Gal. 5:22-23) in me.

·       Today, by faith & through the power of your Spirit, I have a sufficient grace for everything that is in front of me.  Everything.

·       Today, by faith & through the power of your Spirit, I will walk in right paths, knowing that you, my Good Shepherd, are leading me, and as a result, my life has purpose, meaning, and significance.  I will accomplish the things planned long ago for me to do and I will, by the power of the Spirit, do them with joy (Eph. 2:8-10). 

·       Today, by faith & through the power of your Spirit, when I get knocked down, I will get back up and I won’t stay down. 

·       Today, by faith & through the power of your Spirit, when I sin, I will own it and turn from it.  I won’t stay in sin and I won’t listen to condemnation.

·       Amen

Sermon Slides From Sunday

Slide 1

“You’ve got to have an outlet. You’ve got to do something. You’ve got to stay healthy,” says Shelley, his wife.  “I don’t have time,” he would say. Over and over, like a mantra. I don’t have time.  “What’s 30 minutes less of film?” Shelley said. “You can’t take 30 minutes and go run on the treadmill?” “No. I don’t have time.”  

Urban Meyer I’m Not the Lone Wolf

Slide 2

Shelley says now, “It was just a big mountain of pressure, stress, lack of control and not accepting what he couldn’t control. He was not accepting that he couldn’t control everything. He’s a perfectionist. He wants to win every game. He wants to win every championship. And that’s just not even clear thinking. You can’t. You just can’t.”  “When he was in the middle of it, that’s where you can’t think. In a black hole, you don’t see things the right way.”

Urban Meyer I’m Not the Lone Wolf

Slide 3

And yet, for all the tricks Urban's mind played on him—making him unable to sleep, making him obsess over the work he had to do, and scaring him with all the ways not doing that work would ruin everything—maybe the most dangerous trick of all was that his mind made all of this feel normal. He says, "I've found out I'm not the lone wolf." 

Urban Meyer I’m Not the Lone Wolf

Slide 4

But we have the mind of Christ. - 1 Corinthians 2:16

Made new in the attitude of your minds. - Ephesians 4:23

Slide 5

Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. -Romans 8:5

Slide 6

The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. - Romans 8:6

SLIDE 7

For if you live according to the flesh, you will die (no governor); but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live. -Romans 8:13

Slide 8

3 Keys to governing your mind:

(1)  Know the role of the Spirit

    those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit         desires.  Romans 8:5

SLIDE 9

[The Spirit] will glorify me…

John 16:14

"I remember walking to a church one winter evening to preach on the words, ‘he shall glorify me,’ seeing the building floodlit as I turned a corner, and realizing that this was exactly the illustration my message needed. When floodlighting is well done, the floodlights are so placed that you do not see them [at all]; you are not in fact supposed to see where the light is coming from; what you are meant to see is just the building on which the floodlights are trained. […] This perfectly illustrates the Spirit’s new covenant role."

J.I. Packer Keeping in Step with the Spirit

SLIDE 10

"He is, so to speak, the hidden floodlight shining on the Savior. […] The Spirit’s message to us is never, ‘Look at me; listen to me; come to me; get to know me,’ but always, ‘Look at him, and see his glory; listen to him, and hear his word; go to him, and have life; get to know him, and taste his gift of joy and peace.’ The Spirit, we might say, is the matchmaker, the celestial marriage broker, whose role it is to bring us and Christ together and ensure that we stay together.” 

J.I. Packer Keeping in Step with the Spirit

SLIDE 10

I don’t like the term illness, because it’s a gift. The compulsive, obsessive, high-end, achieving people, those are the ones that keep pushing harder. I’ll name you the greatest players I ever coached, and every one of them have that same trait. So I don’t think it’s an illness. I think you have to be aware…that you have that trait, and how to manage it. But look at it not as an illness, but as a blessing that you somehow have to keep ahold of.

Urban Meyer, I’m Not the Lone Wolf

SLIDE 11

He tells himself, “Audience of one.”  It’s maybe his most powerful mental tool…When Urban’s old thoughts start to take hold again, his mind running wild with worry, with winning, with pleasing all the people that fill that stadium and the millions beyond it who will be judging him, Kight says, “Do you think, when you come before God, he’s going to ask you about your win-loss record?” 

Urban Meyer, I’m Not the Lone Wolf

SLIDE 12

3 Keys to Governing Your Mind:

(2)  Consider the crucifixion of condemnation in and through Christ

SLIDE 13

There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. - Romans 8:1

 

SLIDE 14

3 Keys to Governing Your Mind:

(3)  Present the Gospel to yourself

·      if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live. 

Romans 8:13

SLIDE 15

"Getting your mind right is a constant, never-ending discipline. It’s a battle. A fight. And there is a lack of training in general in our country on how to manage mental state in order to live, work, perform at a good level, let alone an elite level. That’s true every place."

Tim Kight

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