The Power of the Mind: Faith & Unbelief

  1. The Power of the Mind
    1. Training Of Olympic Athletes 
      1. Soviet Athletes versus U.S. Athletes
      2. Pre 1990, Soviets spent more time training the Mind
  2. Improving Human Performance Depends On Harnessing The Power Of Your Mind & Your Thoughts
  3. God’s Word:
    1. “As a person thinks in his heart so he will become.” Proverbs 23:7
    2. “…be transformed by the renewing of your mind...” Romans 12:2
  4. The Power of your thoughts
    1. To Change Any Part of Your Life, You Must Change the Way You Think
    2. The Way You Think Influences the Way You Feel
    3. The Way You Feel Affects the Way You Behave
    4. Your Behavior Affects Your Life
    5. Earl Nightingale Produced  “Life’s Strangest Secret.” (1956)
      1. His Whole Philosophy Is Based On…
      2. You Become What You Think About
  5. God’s Word:
    1. “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” 2 Cor.10:5
  6. Where do your thoughts come from?
    1. Your Beliefs (Relative Truths)
      1. You
    2. Satan (Lies) 
      1. The World
    3. Holy Spirit (Absolute Truths)
      1. God
  7. Your Beliefs
    1. Your Beliefs (Faith) Are The Key To Living Wellness & The Abundant Life
    2. What are beliefs
      1. “A Conviction, Confidence, Trust Or Faith In Something Without Rigorous Proof”
      2. Beliefs Are Truths your accept
        1. Absolute (God) (Supernatural)
        2. Relative (Personal) (Natural)
  8. God’s Word:
    1. “All things are possible to him that believeth.” Mark 9:23
    2. “If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.” Matthew 21:22
  9. How powerful are beliefs?
    1. The Placebo Affect
    2. Knee Replacement Experiment In California
    3. Death Of Workman In Refrigerator Rail Car
    4. There are 37 Documented Healings In The New Testament
      1. “Your faith has made you well.” Matt. 9:22
      2. “…and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee.” Matt. 8:13
    5. Seeing is Believing
      1. Thumb Rotation
      2. The Power Of Visualization
  10. Conflicting Beliefs
    1. Do You Have Any Conflicting Beliefs About Health?
      1. What Do You Associate With Weight Loss?
    2. Do You have any conflicting beliefs about money?
  11. God’s Word:
    1. “A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.” James 1:8
  12. Can you change beliefs?
    1. What Changed In Your “Thumb Rotation?”
    2. Example of Basketball Free Throws study & visualization
  13. What You Consistently Feed Your Mind fosters your beliefs. 
    1. (Romans 10:17, John 8:32)
      1. Natural Ways Of Changing
        1. Relative Truths
      2. Supernatural Ways Of Changing Beliefs
        1. Know The Truth (John 8:32)
  14. God’s Word:
    1. “Know the Truth And The Truth Will Set Your Free.” vvJohn 8:32
    2. “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the Truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” John 14:6
  15. What is the second most powerful belief you have?
    1. You Act According To Who You Believe You Are
      1. Give Examples (I Am…)
      2. Your Identity Is Second Most Powerful Belief
        1. Biblical Names Reflected Identity
        2. Jesus Changed Peter’s Name
    2. Who does god say your are?
      1. What does God’s word say about you?
        1. According To Ephesians 1-3, Who Does God Say You Are?
  16. God’s word:
    1. “That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing, which is in you in Christ Jesus.” Philemon 1:6 (KJV)
    2. “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Romans 10:17
    3. “For the Word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow...” Hebrews 4:12
  17. Exercising your faith
    1. Faith Is Like A Muscle
    2. Working Out Doesn’t Give You More Muscles
    3. It Enlarges The Muscles You Already Have
    4. Example of before & after pictures of people who get into great physical shape
  18. Quote
    1. “Our Faith Is As Strong As The Object Of Our Faith.” Andrew Womack
  19. Help My Unbelief
    1. “Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.”  Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!” When Jesus saw that the people came running together, He rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, “Deaf and dumb spirit, I command you, come out of him and enter him no more!”  Then the spirit cried out, convulsed him greatly, and came out of him.  And he became as one dead, so that many said, “He is dead.”  But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose.  And when He had come into the house, His disciples asked Him privately, “Why could we not cast it out?”  So He said to them, “This kind can come out by nothing but prayer and fasting.”’ Mark 9:23-29
    2. Can You Limit God?
      1. “Yea, they turned back and tempted God, and limited the Holy One of Israel.” Psalm 78:41 (KJV)
      2. “And because of their unbelief He (Jesus) could not do any miracles….” Mark 6:5a (NLT)
    3. Famous Evangelist Visited America In 1915
      1. Planned To Tour For 1 Year
      2. Left After ½ Day Because of Unbelief
  20. How unbelief manifest (Feeding Unbelief)
    1. By Our Words
    2. By Our Habitual Thinking
    3. By What We See
    4. By What We Hear
  21. God’s Word:
    1. “And Do not be conformed to this world…” Romans 12:2a
  22. What Are Ways To Feed Unbelief?
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  23. Bottom Line
    1. The Key To Experiencing Ultimate Wellness Is By Releasing God’s Spirit Into Your Life.  HOW?
      1. Renewing Your Mind To The Truth
        1. What God Says About You
        2. What Christ Has Already Done In You
        3. Who You Are In Christ
        4. Psalm 119 All About The Power of The Word
      2. Eliminating Unbelief
      3. Feed Your Faith
      4. Starve Your Unbelief
    1. “If We Will Change Our Thinking So That We Believe What God Says In His Word About Who We Are And What We Have, Then This Agreement Between Our Spirit And Soul Forms A Majority And Our Flesh Will Experience The Life Of God That Has Been Deposited In Our Spirits.”
    2. “If We Fail To Renew Our Minds, We Can Live Our Entire Time On This Earth Without Experiencing The Abundant Life That Jesus Provided For Us.”
    3. “Your Soul Prospers As You Live In The Truth.”
  25. Word:
    1. “The law of the Lord is perfect, restoring the [whole] person…” Psalm 19:7a (AMP)
  26. Assignment:
    1. Read Ephesians 1-3
    2. Develop “I Am” Statements From Ephesians
    3. Listen To Life’s Strangest Secret (Media Sectiion of this Website)