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Septic Thoughts
10/07/2012
Scripture: Proverbs 23:7; Proverbs 4:23; 2 Corinthi...
Track 3 of 12 in the Soul Detox series
Most of the battles we face spiritually are won or lost in the mind. If we can control how we think or the beliefs that we allow to fill our heads, we have a great chance in controlling how we act.



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Mike Nobis Speaker: Mike Nobis
Sunday School Teacher, Former Elder at Madison Park Christian Church. Mike is President of JK Creative Printers & Mailing in Quincy, IL. He is married to Pam and has three children, Tom, Tyler and Jennifer. Mike has three grandchildren: Ryne, Ivy and Alicia.

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Toxic Behaviors
Septic Thoughts, Overcoming Our False Beliefs

How many of you know a foreign language or studied a foreign language sometime in your life? How many of you are good at it?

Can you explain to me your thought process when speaking a different language other than English? In a conversation, do you first think in English and then try to translate it in the other language and or do you just think like the other language forgetting English all together?

I studied Spanish for 5 years. There are parts of the language that I can see and read and understand enough to get by. I can speak Spanish enough to get in trouble but to hear it spoken at the normal speed, it hard for me to understand. But I don’t live in that languages environment enough to get over the constant translation in my mind back and forth between the two languages. Thus, when I get the opportunity to speak to someone in Spanish, my skill is awkward, slow and really cumbersome at best.

One of our greatest stumbling blocks to our spiritual growth emerges when we get stuck in our negative, untrue and impure thoughts instead of making the translation to God’s Word. It is really hard and tiresome to make the constant translation between two languages when speaking to someone with a foreign language. It is more enjoyable when we think and speak like the person we want to talk to.

The same is with God. Too often we live, think and speak a language that is not common to God and so when we relate to God, we have to go through this constant translation process instead of just thinking, speaking and conversing the way God does. The longer we continue to speak our native language of negativity; we lose sight of the spiritual truth that can set us free. Unfortunately for many Christians, they refuse to push through all the clamor of negative thinking and false beliefs that bombard us every day.

What are some of the negative thoughts or false beliefs that attack you from time to time? I’m no good. My life doesn't matter. No one really cares about me. I’ll never make a difference. I seem to mess up everything I do. God really doesn't love me. My life stinks. There is no way I can change the way I am. I have to take care of myself and no one else. I had better grab all that I can.

In some cases we say these things to just get attention. But for many Christians, these thoughts are real and are believed to be true. These types of thoughts can and will imprison us in a well of toxic waste preventing us from ever having joy in our lives or being effective for God. If we want to break free into the awesome freedom of God’s truth, then we must begin to correctly diagnose our problem. Last week we talked about this:

True Principle: You can’t overcome a sin that you can’t identify.

True or False: The root of most sins we commit outwardly is the false beliefs we embrace inwardly.

Proverbs 23:7 (KJV) For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.

Most of the battles we face spiritually are won or lost in the mind. If we can control how we think are the beliefs that we allow to fill our heads, we have a great chance in controlling how we act. Abraham Lincoln said it this way:

“I want to know all of God’s thoughts. All the rest are just details.”

Proverbs 4:23 (NIV) Above all else, guard your heart (thoughts), for it is the wellspring of life.

How many of you practice “safe computer”. What I mean is, how many of you would dare go one the internet without having your firewall on and using some sort of anti-virus protection? I call it “safe computer”. Can someone tell me what Paul means when he says:

2 Corinthians 10:4-6 (NIV) 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. And we will be ready to punish every act of disobedience, once your obedience is complete.

How many of you think this is about us defeating unbelief and false teachings in the world? Is the battle between us and those who war against God or is Paul talking about a different war? The war is all about winning over our thoughts which leads to controlling our behavior.

What are the strongholds Paul wrote about in this passage? Basically what Paul wrote was, every thought this is not from God should be demolished, destroyed, annihilated. Instead of you and I being prisoners of war, we can take our impure thoughts captive and make them obedient to God’s truth. We can win the mind game.

How many of you have eaten at a fancy restaurant and when you order a salad you swear they just served you weeds on a plate similar to those you find in your back yard? I hate those kind of salads and no matter how much dressing you pour on that salad, it still taste like weeds.

But how many of us everyday feast on the weeds found in our minds? No matter how much of the toxic dressing we pour on those weeds, what comes out in our behavior is impure waste? If you think in your mind you are ugly, then what you see in the mirror is ugly. If you feel you have nothing good to wear, then your clothes will never look good. If you feel you have awful hair, then no matter what you do with it, it will not look right. If everything in your life is stupid, then nothing will look intriguing or interesting to you. Where you plant the seed determines how – and if – it will grow. If you allow the weeds to grow too long in your garden, they will choke out the truth and smother your joy.

Why will the toxic weeds in your head choke out your joy? How does that work?

According to the economist today, what are the factors causing our economy to be in such bad shape? What is causing our economy from recovering quicker than it is? What role does fear play in the sluggish economy?

How many of you have heard this verse before: “God has not given us a spirit of fear” Romans 8:15? Yet while many of us know this is true, yet we live everyday with fears and fear does a very bad thing to us…it paralyzes us both physically and spiritually. There are fears out there that are rational and there are the fears that are irrational. No matter what they are or how unrealistic they might be, they still all cause the same effect, they paralyze us. We won’t move or we won’t take a chance until we are certain of the future or the final outcome. In short, fear makes us unfaithful. High anxiety is a deadly toxic thought pattern that grips many Christians today and becomes a cage preventing us from chasing after the “Wild Goose”.

Thought Taste Test

Once we identify the toxic thoughts that are stored in our mind, it is absolutely necessary to take action and replace the lies with truth. Probably the one passage in scripture I go to the most and remind myself the most of when fear encroaches my thinking (my wife always points me in this direction) is Philippians 4:5b-7.

Philippians 4:5b-7 The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

In the middle of the night when the kids are scared and they cry out, you get up and you go to them and the first words out of your mouth are, “its okay, mommy is here” or “daddy is here”. Knowing that you are near calms your child because they know they are safe with you. It is no different with God. When we are in situations that strike fear in our lives, knowing God is near gives us comfort. Philippians 4:6 gives us the answer to what we need to do when we need help in life.

QUESTION: What are we to do? What are we not to do?

9C: But it is in verse 7 that we see the result…the soul calming result from going to God first and often with our prayers, our needs and our fears always remembering to thank Him for being God and being there for us.

What is the result we experience found in verse 7 that makes the fear go away?

I don’t know about you but one of the most disgusting things I find is road-kill especially if it has been there on the road for awhile. How hungry do you have to be before you consider eating it? That thought is unthinkable to me but I have never been that hungry before to consider actually eating road-kill. I want to end this lesson with this final thought: You always find what your looking for.

Think a minute about the difference between two birds. The two birds I have in mind are much different in size and they fly in different spaces…and no, they are not eagles and turkeys.

First, there is the vulture. The vulture flies very high in the sky looking and searching. What does the vulture find? Dead things! The ugly over-sized bird doesn't stop until he finds lifeless, rotting road-kill and enjoys eating his fill.

Second, there is the hummingbird. This tiny bird flies close to the ground with its wings flapping 20 times a second. What does this bird find? Not dead things, not disgusting things but sweet life-giving nectar.

Daily, both birds find what they are looking for. The same is true with you and me. We can live on a road-kill diet or we can live on a sweet nectar diet. It is all up to us because we will find what we are looking for. If you want to find things negative then that is what your life will be. But if you want to experience the good in life, all you have to do is watch where God is working. In those places you will find hope, faith, and a better future. You will discover the positive things in life and more countless times a day. Decide the destination of your mind and when you find your thoughts drifting toward dangerous territory grab them and pull them back into the safe and beautiful area of your mind.