Sermon Notes 2019 07 21 AM

July 21, 2019 AM
Dr. Michael Catt - 1907
#3 in series

Battle for the Mind
The Mind's Security System
Selected Scriptures

OVERVIEW
As you read the New Testament, it is clear there is a battle for the mind. The enemy wants to fill our minds with half-truths, deception, and temptation. We are told in the Bible to renew our minds, but that doesn't happen without personal discipline. We can't win the battle over the world, the flesh, and the devil with our minds in neutral. There is practical instruction available in the Word of God for living a life full of truth, victory, and power. In the last message, we talked about being alert to the attacks on our mind and engaging our mind with the truth of God’s Word. We examined the tactics of the enemy and learned practical truths to apply daily as we fight this battle.

For further study, this series is available online at sherwoodbaptist.net/messages.

I. THE BIBLICAL CALL FOR A SECURITY SYSTEM

  • Paul said to the Philippians, “Let this mind be in you which was in Christ Jesus” (2:15).
  • To the Romans he said, “Be transformed by the renewing of your mind” (12:2).
  • Jesus warned in Luke 12:15, “Beware, and be on guard against every form of greed..”
  • Paul taught in Philippians 4:7, “The peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”
  • Paul reminded Timothy, “Guard what has been entrusted to you...” (1 Timothy 6:20).

II. A BIBLICAL SECURITY SYSTEM IDENTIFIES THE THREATS

What are some of the areas that, if left to themselves when we aren't on guard, can pull us down? If we aren't careful, our minds will be resistant to truth and we’ll fail to recognize the threats.

“The person with the mind of Christ has focused attention. When we are in bondage, our attention is on our own lusts, fixations, ambitions, grudges and all that binds us to the world system. Christ's freedom within us facilitates the mental quality of attention – attention to God, to His Word, to prayer, and to His voice. God's goal is our freedom.” – T. W. Hunt

III. THE RENEWED MIND IS THE GREATEST DEFENSE WE HAVE

“The alternative to a renewed mind is conformity to the world.” – John Stott

When our minds are being renewed day by day, it will result in us being enabled to:

“You can read yourself out of any rut. If you learn to read, you'll learn to lead. All leaders are readers. Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.” – Rick Warren

“The real battle for men is in the world of ideas, rather than that which is outward. . . . Ideas are the stock of the thought world, and from the ideas burst forth all the external things: painting, music, buildings, the love and the hating of men in practice, and equally the results of loving God or rebellion against God, in the external world.” – Francis Schaeffer

Look at how programming your mind can change your outlook (Phil. 4:8). Whether we are talking about areas of uncertainty or doubtful things, these questions will help us renew our minds:
1) Is it true?
2) Is it honorable?
3) Is it right?
4) Is it pure?
5) Is it lovely?
6) Is it of good repute?
7) Is it excellent?
8) Is it worthy of praise?