From the Inside Out – Mind Design
Mind Design – Session 2
A beautiful life begins in the mind.
Today we prepare to create an exquisite, elegant life as if building our dream home beginning with laying a firm foundation.
When designing our minds, we must establish a Rock-solid mental base that can withstand life’s storms and the enemy’s lies. (Matt 7:24-27).
That foundational base is Truth.
In Proverbs, Solomon tells us “By wisdom a house is built and through understanding it is established; through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures.” (24:3-4)
Wisdom frees us from negative thought and belief patterns that keep us stuck, is “generously given” to anyone who asks (James 1:5) and is the foundation upon which we build. “Ask and it will be given.” (Matt 7:7)
Designing the mind requires commitment, discipline and a willingness to let go of old beliefs that have been ingrained since childhood.
Beliefs like the Not Enoughs – “I am not skinny, smart, educated, talented, rich, brave, pretty, capable, young, old, qualified enough”.
The I Don’t Knows – “I don’t know what I want, who I want to be or how to achieve my goal.”
The Should and Should Nots – “I should eat healthier, work out more, read my Bible more, should have taken that job, not have trusted him, not befriended her, not bought that.”
The What Ifs – “What if I fail, they don’t like me, it doesn’t work out, I diet and never lose weight, he breaks my heart, someone judges or criticizes me?”
The Wells – “Well it has always been done that way, because they said so, because I don’t know the right people, don’t have the right qualifications, never attract the right kind of men.”
The I Can’t – “I can’t lose weight, exercise, eat healthy, find a better job, meet a decent man, improve my marriage, find time, declutter my surroundings, take my dream trip, save money, start a business, ask for the raise, learn a new skill, go back to school, lead a small group or volunteer.”
In order to create space for the new, old thought patterns like these must go (be forgotten).
“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See I (God) am doing a new thing! … I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.” (Isa 43:18-19)
A life filled with “beautiful treasures” is the result of thinking beautifully.
Various events often blindside us resulting in confusion, anger and resentment (a wasteland).
Harsh words and lies told us in childhood sadly are still poisoning our minds today keeping us in a vicious cycle of emotional turmoil.
Our lives reflect this.
But, when we choose to “forget the former” God promises He will do a NEW thing creating “springs” – new, replenishing, restoring, powerful thoughts and beliefs.
Life, like every memorable masterpiece, begins with a blank canvas.
Your mind like your life is your masterpiece – the space you create daily.
You get to design and decorate it piece by piece however you wish.
Will you fill it with priceless treasures (powerful truths) or foul smelling, cheap trash (destructive lies)?
It is your choice.
What if you replaced every lie told you over the years with God’s truth?
What if every thought or belief not in alignment with God’s Word is immediately thrown out like trash?
As Solomon said “knowledge” (of His Word) is key to acquiring the “rare and beautiful.”
Because when you possess knowledge of the truth (his Word) it will set you free (John 8:32) and “who the Son has set free is free indeed!” (John 8:36).
When the destructive, defeating thoughts, beliefs and lies come, raise your sword “which is the word of God” (Eph 6:17) and remind the enemy, yourself and anyone else that you are:
Made in His image (Gen 1:26) – Redeemed and forgiven (Eph 1:7) – Called by name (Isa 43:1) – Are His daughter (John 1:12) – Are not condemned (Rom 8:1) – Are blessed with every spiritual blessing (Eph 1:3) – And His peace guards your heart and MIND (Phil 4:7).
Now that we have established our foundation of truth we can begin determining the layout and design of the mind and life we long for.
Until then think truth.