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FIRST THINGS FIRST 2022 - January 23, 2022

(Romans 12:2 NLT) Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.

(Ecclesiastes NLT) 10:2, A wise person chooses the right road; a fool takes the wrong one.

  • Everything begins with a thought.
  • What we think determines how we feel.

(Philippians 4:8-9 NIV) “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-- think about such things... and the God of peace will be with you.”

  • Our thoughts determine our destiny.
  • You are today where your thoughts have brought you.

(Romans 8:5-6 NLT) “Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit. So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace."

1.    Find a plan to control my thoughts.

(Hebrews 4:12 NIV) For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

2.    Find a place to think my thoughts.

(Isaiah 26:3 NLT) “You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!"

(Colossians 3:2 NLT) “Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth.” 

3.    Find a person to stretch my thoughts.

(Hebrews 10:24-25 NLT) “Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.”

4.    Find a purpose to land my thoughts.

(Romans 12:2 NIV) “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” 

(1 Thessalonians 4:3 NLT) God’s will is for you to be holy…

5.    Find a power to fuel my thoughts.

(Isaiah 55:9 NIV) “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

(Ephesians 3:20 NIV)  Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,”