How To Win Within Message Series

HOW TO WIN WITHIN

Part 2 – The Four Keys To A Winning Mindset
Philippians 4:1-8

June 13, 2021
Dr. Mark S. Hartman, Lead Pastor

 

1. YOU CAN’T WORRY YOURSELF TO A BETTER LIFE.  (Philippians 4:6)

A. “Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.”  (Corrie Ten Boom)

B. Philippians 4:6  Be anxious for nothing.

C. We can eliminate all worry from our life if we choose to do so.

D. “Research shows that the average person thinks 50,000 thoughts per day. This is either good news or bad news because every thought moves you either toward your God-given potential or away from it.  No thoughts are neutral.” (Tommy Newberry, The 4:8 principle: The Secret To A Joy-Filled Life)

E. The Bible presents worry as a learned behavior.  If it can be learned it can also be unlearned.

 

2. WORRY LESS BY PRAYING MORE.  (Philippians 4:6)

A. Philippians 4:6  Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

B. Philippians 4:6  When you pray, tell God every detail of your needs.  (Phillips)

If it is big enough to worry about it is big enough to pray about.

C. As you are praying, get specific with God.

D. 1 Peter 5:7  Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

E. According to a life insurance study, people who attend church at least once a week, they live on the average, 5.7 years longer than the general public.

 

3. DEVELOP A THANKFUL ATTITUDE.  (Philippians 4:6)

A. Philippians 4:6  Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

B. Having a grateful attitude actually increases your immunities. 

C. Gratitude gets the focus off our problems and gets the focus on the benefits in our life.  The end result is that our stress level goes down and our peace of mind goes up.

D. I Thessalonians 5:18  Give thanks in all circumstances for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

E. Start thanking God on a regular basis, for everything good that comes into your life.

James 1:17  Every good thing bestowed and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights…

F. Start thanking God on a regular basis, in every difficult situation that comes into your life.  (Romans 8:28)

 

4. MIND YOUR OWN MIND.  (Philippians 4:8)

A. “The battle you wage against your human nature is an invisible one that will be won or lost in the mind. Minute by minute, hour by hour, in the hidden workshop of your mind you are constructing thoughts of good or evil, depression or joy, success or failure. You are writing your own story as a human being with each subtle and soundless thought you think.”  (Tommy Newberry, The 4:8 Principle) 

B. Proverbs 23:7  As a man thinks in his heart, so he is.  (NKJ)

What dominates our mind decides our attitude and our level of peace.

C. Philippians 4:8  Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, let your mind dwell on these things.

D. The eight descriptive words of Philippians 4:8 are eight filters.

 

5. THESE FOUR KEYS WILL OPEN THE DOOR TO PEACE OF MIND.  (Philippians 4:7)

A. Philippians 4:7  And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

B. God’s peace is a gift to you.  It is a gift that cannot be explained, duplicated, fabricated or understood.  It is the sense of peace that comes over your life.

C. Isaiah 26:3-4  You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you,  whose thoughts are fixed on you!  4 Trust in the Lord always, for the Lord God is the eternal Rock.

D. Does God make this promise of peace to everyone?  No.  This promise of God’s peace is for those who receive Christ into their heart.