Change your life

Change your life

 

Suicide is not explained by any single cause, but instead a range of factors – beyond mental health conditions alone – including relationships, substance use, physical health, job, financial, and legal problems. Suicide prevention needs to be addressed though a robust, coordinated, multi-sector approach that combines healthcare system efforts with community efforts.

Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention

Information About Suicide

  • 45,000 people died by suicide in 2016
  • Suicide rates went up more than 30% in half of U.S. states since 1999
  • 9/10 people who attempt suicide survive
  • For every 1 person who dies by suicide, 278 seriously consider suicide and go on to live their lives – for individuals who do struggle with thoughts of suicide, the vast majority find the help they need
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Romans 12:2 (NLT)

“Do not be conformed to the pattern of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.”

WHY I MUST MANAGE MY MIND

BECAUSE MY THOUGHTS CONTROL MY LIFE

“Be careful how you think; your life is shaped by your thoughts.” Proverbs 4:23 (TEV)

BECAUSE THE MIND IS THE BATTLEGROUND FOR SIN

“I love to do God’s will so far as my new nature is concerned; but there is something else deep within me…that is at war with my mind and wins the fight and makes me a slave to the sin within me. In my mind I want to be God’s servant, but instead I find myself still enslaved to sin.” Romans 7:22-23 (TLB)

BECAUSE IT’S THE KEY TO PEACE AND HAPPINESS.

“So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace.” Romans 8:6 (NLT)

3 DAILY CHOICES FOR A HEALTHY MIND

1. I MUST FEED MY MIND WITH TRUTH

“People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.” Matthew 4:4 (NLT)

WHEN SHOULD I FEED MY MIND TRUTH?

Are you starting your day with hope or with despair?

“I rise early. . . I cry out for help and put my hope in your Words.” Psalm 119:147 (NLT)

“Lord, how I love your Word. I think about it all day long.” Psalm 119:97

“Even in the darkest of night, your teachings fill my mind.” Psalm 16:7 (CEV)

2. I MUST FREE MY MIND FROM DESTRUCTIVE THOUGHTS

What are the enemies?

1. The first enemy is my old nature.

Romans 7:23 (ISV). Paul talks about how his old nature keeps him in mental bondage. He says this: “I see in my body a principle at war [there’s that battle for your brain] with the Law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin that exists in my body.” He’s using war language here.

“Those who are dominated by their sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit.” Romans 8:5 (NLT)

“For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 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 Corinthians 10:3-5 (NIV)

2. The second enemy is Satan.

2 Corinthians 2:10-11 (NIV) Paul talks about a man in the church who caused a lot of problems. “I have forgiven in the sight of Christ for your sake, in order that Satan might not outwit us.”

3. The third enemy is the world’s value system

1 John 2:16 (ESV) says this “All that is in the world, the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and the pride of life [In other words that’s passion, possession and position; the lust of the flesh, that’s sex; the lust of the eyes, that’s your salary; pride of life, success and status. This is what everybody is going for. Money, sex and power – all these things.] is not from the Father but is from this world.”

2 Corinthians 10:3-5 (NIV) “For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 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.”

“We take captive.” –

Greek is akmalo teedzo and it literally means to conquer. It means to bring under control. It means to capture. We take captive. We conquer like a country.

“We make it obedient” –

word hupa koay literally means to bring into submission.

HOW TEMPTATION WORKS

“Temptation is the pull of man’s own evil thoughts and wishes. These evil thoughts lead to evil actions and afterwards to the death penalty from God.” James 1:14-15 (TLB)

Step 1: Desire – Any desire out of control is destructive.

Step 2: Doubt – “Did God really say…?”

Step 3: Deception – Believing a lie of Satan

“Temptation comes from the lure of our own evil desires.”

Temptation always looks better than it is.

Step 4: Disobedience & Defeat

“I have made up my mind to obey your laws forever, no matter what.”
Psalm 119:112 (CEV)

“What I flirt with I’ll fall for.”

James 1:15 (NIV): “ Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.”

“I have made up my mind to obey your laws forever, no matter what.” Psalm 119:112 (CEV)

3. I MUST FOCUS MY MIND ON THE RIGHT THINGS.

● Think about Jesus

You’ve heard about the old cliché you become what you think about most.

“Keep your mind on Jesus Christ . . .” 2 Timothy 2:8 (CEV)

“Think about Jesus’ example. He held on while wicked people were doing evil things to him. So do not get tired and stop trying.” Hebrews 12:3 (NCV)

● Think about others

“Don’t just think about your own affairs, but be interested in others, too, and in what they are doing.” Philippians 2:4 (TLB)

“Let us think about each other and help each other to show love and do good deeds.” Hebrews 10:24 (NCV)

● Think about eternity

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

“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.” 1 Corinthians 2:9 (NLT)