“If all your thinking has brought you to a place you don’t like, have another thought.” Remember, we don’t become a new creation by changing our behavior. We put off the old things completely. Then, we simply discover who we already are in Jesus and step into that identity, guided by the Holy Spirit.
1. As a new creation, we have a new lens.
1 Corinthians 1:30-31 says, “By God’s doing you are in Christ, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption.” All of these things we are following up on in the new man. So there is an old knowledge of God and there is a new knowledge of God in Christ, and that new knowledge is the new man changes everything. He changes your vision of God and yourself. He changes your mindset. He changes your language. [So] if all your thinking has brought you to a place you don’t like, have another thought […]. Don’t work on that old thought to change it. Just pick a new thought, because that old thought actually doesn’t need to be worked on. It belongs to the old man and it’s dead.[01:06]
2. We are learning to think with the mind of Christ.
Let’s think like Jesus would think. What would that new thought be? Let’s think that the Holy Spirit guides us into all truth, and the Holy Spirit is disclosing everything that belongs to Jesus and showing it to us. So he’s going to show you a better way to think. It’s His job. Let Him do His job. He’s going to give you a whole new vision and perspective of God and yourself and your circumstances. He’s a genius at it. And then He’s going to give you a language to go with that mindset and that projection. That’s his job too. He’s going to teach you how to talk like Jesus would talk. So you talk about it the way that Jesus would if he was in you. Oh, but wait! He is.[02:43]
3. We are becoming more than conquerors.
You don’t want to keep going through the same circumstances. You want to get victory over them. So we’re learning initially to get victory over that situation, and then we’re learning how to be an overcomer in that situation. And being an overcomer means gradually, you approach those situations differently. When it comes, you’re happy and excited because you know you’re getting an upgrade in terms of who Jesus is […]. You know, victory is the least thing that God wants to give you. What He really wants is to make you more than a conqueror. So at some point, you have to grow up from needing victory. You do that in newness of life by coming to a place where you are an overcomer. That means when a situation comes, you own it. “This is my situation.” And you detail to the situation, “This is what you’re going to do for me. You’re going to help me discover who I am in Jesus in a new way.”[5:27]
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