A Sound of Mind | Joel Osteen
You can’t stop negative thoughts from coming, but you can decide whether or not to dwell on them. Instead of focusing on thoughts of worry, focus on what God says about you.
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And I like to start with something funny. And I heard about this lady.
She’d just gotten out of choir practice, and she was so fired up she put a honk if you love Jesus bumper sticker on her car.
Now at the intersection, she was digging in her purse and didn’t notice the light had changed, She said, I was so excited to find out the guy behind me loved Jesus.
He started honking. So I rolled my window down way real big and said, I love Jesus too.
She said, I found out a whole lot of people loved Jesus. Everyone started honking. One man even screamed.
Jesus Christ. She said after we shared all that love together, I was the only one that made it through the intersection.
Say it like you mean it. This is my Bible.
I am what it says I am. I have what it says I have. I can do what it says I can do.
Today, I will be taught the word of god. I boldly confessed. My mind is alert. My heart is receptive.
I will never be the same in Jesus’ name. God bless you.
Wanna talk to you today about a sound mind.
There are so many opportunities to live worried, afraid, wondering what’s gonna happen.
You watch the news and see all the violence, suffering, division.
Someone texted me last week and said, this is such a scary time to be alive.
People are on edge thinking, what if the economy goes down, or What if the medical report doesn’t improve, or how can I accomplish my dreams?
I don’t have the connections. It’s easy to let our mind be filled with negativity in doubt, fear.
That’s the enemy’s favorite area to work in.
He knows if he can control your thoughts, he can control your life.
But Paul said in second Timothy, god has not given us a spirit of fear, but a power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
A sound mind is a positive mind, a hopeful mind.
It’s a mind that at peace a mind that knows that god’s in control that he’s ordering your steps.
A sound mind is not focused on the problems. It’s focused on the promises.
It’s not looking at how big the challenge is, it’s looking at how big our god is.
A sound mind is not discouraged over the bad brain. It’s expecting god to open a new door.
It’s not bitter over who walked away. It’s knowing god has someone better coming.
That’s the way god created us to live, positive, peaceful, trusting.
But so many people go around with the troubled mind I don’t see how this problem is gonna work out.
A worried mind, what if my company has layoffs, a doubting mind, I’ll never meet the right person.
A negative mind. I can’t break this addiction. I’ve had it for years.
What kind of mind do you have? What are you thinking about all through the day?
Your life is going to follow your thoughts.
And the scripture says, let this same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus.
This is an amazing promise. You can have the same mind, the same thinking patterns as Jesus did.
He had all kinds of problems, but he didn’t have a worried mind. He had people betray him.
He didn’t have a bitter mind.
He stood before Lazarus a man that had been dead 4 days and called him back to life.
He didn’t have a doubting mind. He trusted that his father was in control.
He believed that he was called, equipped, and empowered. He had a sound mind.
He would have never fulfilled his destiny with the wrong thought, playing all day long.
Pay attention to what’s playing in your mind.
The enemy would love for us to go through life with a doubting mind, a fearful mind, a worried mind, don’t fall into that trap.
You control the doorway to your mind.
You can’t stop negative thoughts from coming, but you can decide whether or not you’re gonna dwell on them.
And god is not going to do this for us. This is something we all have to do.
Take control of your thought life. Be selective in what you’re dwelling on.
If the thought is negative, discouraging, bringing fear, dull confusion, dismiss it.
Don’t give it the time of day. Replace that thought with a positive thought.
Replace it with what god says about you. You’ve seen your best days. It’s all downhill from here. No.
Thanks. My latter days will be better than my former days.
God, I thank you that you’re taking me from glory to glory that my path gets brighter and brighter.
Or you’re never gonna accomplish your dreams, you don’t have the funding, the connections, the experience, father, thank you that you’re open indoors.
Thank you that the right people are tracking me down that good breaks are headed my way.
This is our choice a doubting mind, or a faith filled mind. Thoughts will whisper.
This sickness is permanent. Your health is gonna keep getting worse you saw the medical report.
If you dwell on that, it’s gonna create fear, negativity, drain your energy, take your joy, Why don’t you dismiss those thoughts?
You’re in control of what you think about. Turn it around and dwell on what god says about you.
Father, you said that you’re restoring health back into me.
You said the number of my days you will fulfill that with long life, you will satisfy me.
That’s how you have a sound mind by being selective in what you think about.
And the scripture says to take every thought captive that goes against what god says.
Get a picture of that. A negative thought comes fear, worry, doubt, You can’t be passive, complacent.
You have to arrest that thought. It’s an intruder.
It has no right to stay You need to get your handcuffs out, so to speak.
Lock it up and send it away. Take it captive, indicates force. Aggressive, being on the offensive.
Could’ve said, just don’t think about it. Don’t pay it any attention.
But god was showing us how important it is that we’d be proactive, that if we’re gonna have a sound mind It’s not gonna happen automatically.
We’re gonna have to start locking up some things.
The apostle Paul said, give no place to the enemy.
Are there some intruders in your mind that you’re allowing to stay?
Are you giving place to negative discouraging thoughts?
Imagine that worry, that doubt, that fear sitting on your couch, feet up in the air, making themselves at home, How would you feel if a burglar came into your house and started eating your food and sleeping in your bed, sitting on your back porch, watching your television, he wouldn’t be there 5 seconds before you would say, excuse me, you are not welcome here.
This is my house. You have to leave right now.
If he didn’t leave on his own, you call your wife. I mean, you call 911.
That’s how you need to see these negative thoughts. They’re intruders.
They’re trying to keep you from your destiny. Worry, fear, doubt. That’s gonna limit your vision.
Cause you to give up on dreams, live stressed out, where you don’t enjoy your life.
It’s time to make some a rest lock up some negative thoughts. Get those intruders out of your mind.
They’re not gonna go on their own. You have to force them out.
Refused to dwell on them, refuse to let the negative play.
It’s interesting when god says, we don’t have a spirit of fear That word fear in the original language is only used one time in the scripture.
All the other times, it says fear That word is talking about not dreading something bad that’s coming.
It’s referring to what we think, not anticipating the negative, But when god said you don’t have a spirit of fear, that word for fear implies being passive.
Complacent, not putting forth effort that’s required.
Now sound mind in several versions is translated a disciplined mind.
It refers to self control and self discipline.
God is saying, if you’re going to have this sound mind that I’m giving you, If you’re gonna stay in peace, full of faith, expecting my favor, then you can’t be passive, complacent, and just think whatever comes into your mind.
You have to be disciplined. You have to exercise self control.
God has already provided us a sound mind, a peaceful mind, a believing mind.
The question is, are you gonna keep the intruders out and think about what he’s promised?
Are you gonna lock up those destructive thoughts and not give the enemy any place.
Some people are allowing way too much worry.
Those worry some thoughts, have their own bedroom in your mind, so to speak. They eat dinner with you.
Every night, they greet you first thing in the morning, They ride to work with you, go on vacation with you.
Why don’t you send them an eviction notice? I’m sorry, but your time here is up.
Let you stay way too long. Now you’re gonna have to leave. No more waking up with worry.
Try a different approach and wake up with hope. Wake up with faith, wake up with gratitude.
You get up in the morning, instead of letting those worry thoughts play, father thank you for another beautiful day.
Thinking that I’m alive. Thank you for my family. Thank you for good health. Lord, I’m excited about this day.
Worry can’t stay in a house full of faith. Discouragement can’t stay in a house full of gratitude.
Negativity can’t stay in a house full of hope. Maybe you’ve allowed doubt a place in your mind.
It’s been there so long. It’s taken up residence. You don’t think that you can accomplish your dreams.
The obstacles are too big. You’re not talented enough.
That doubt is causing you to settle for mediocrity and quit believing for what god put in your heart.
It’s time to serve doubt and eviction notice. Start locking up those thoughts.
Your mind is the enemy’s playground.
He’s gonna feed you all kinds of defeat, lack, and can’t do it. You’ve made too many mistakes.
You’ve missed your chance. Quit giving him a place. Take control of your thought line.
Program it with what god says. I am blessed. I am talented. I am forgiven. I have a bright future.
When you think like that, you’re evicting doubt, fear, worry, you’re giving a room for faith, for hope, for victory.
Make sure you have the right tenants living in your mind. I don’t know Joel.
I never get any good breaks. I’m not good in math. I’ll never pass this course.
I can’t pay my house off. I’m so worried about my children.
And I know those are valid concerns, and I’m not making light at them But I also know that giving a place to fear, doubt, and worry doesn’t do anything productive.
It’ll cause you to get stuck and not see the great things god has in store for you.
And I know people that are so disciplined when it comes to their career, They’re productive, excellent, and on time.
I know people that are disciplined when it comes to parenting.
They’re always there for their children, making sure they have everything they need at their ball games, great supporters.
I know people that are so disciplined when it comes to their physical health.
They eat right, exercise, they’re always at the gym.
We can be so disciplined in all these other areas, which is great, But when it comes to our thought life, sometimes we’re undisciplined.
We let any thought in. We end up living worried insecure, troubled?
What if you had that same discipline in your thinking?
You’re so responsible in your career, your parenting, your health, be responsible in your thought life.
Quit giving space to thoughts that are limiting you, causing you to live worried, to afraid, intimidated.
When my father passed and I stepped up to pass to the church, I had never ministered before.
I’d spent those 17 years behind the scenes, but deep down, I knew I was supposed to do it.
But all these thoughts flooded my mind. You’re not qualified. You don’t have the training?
Nobody’s gonna listen to you, Joel. You’re not like your father. You don’t have that big personality.
The enemy is not going to let you move forward, take new ground without opposition.
His main battlefield is the mine.
He’ll whisper lies, hoping that you’ll take the bait and start dwelling on them.
I had to make a decision.
Was I gonna give those thoughts act says to my mind, was I gonna keep dwelling on them?
Let them take up residence and limit my future? Or was I going to lock them up?
Was I going to see them as an intruder and not give them the right to stay?
And I did what I’m asking us to do. Instead of believing those lies, I said, no, thanks.
You’re not welcome here. You say I’m weak, Unqualified, not enough, but I know who I am. I am strong in the lord.
I can do all things through Christ. I’m equipped, empowered, and anointed. I have royal blood flowing through my veins.
I’ve been crowned with fever. The most high god is breathing on my life.
When you think like that, doubt can’t stay. Infiriority has to go. Fear has no place.
But had I allowed those lies? I wouldn’t be up here today.
Don’t miss your destiny because you’re giving place to the wrong things.
Our mind is like a house, It has all these different rooms in it. Something is occupying each room.
Imagine there are Four bedrooms. One has fear living in it. It moved in during the pandemic.
Another has guilt living in it. It’s been there since you made that mistake. So down on yourself?
Another room, there’s inferiority. It’s been there since you were a child when people made you feel less than, told you how you weren’t attractive, You would never do anything significant.
What would happen if you would start evicting those wrong tenets?
How much higher will you go if you’ll evict a doubt?
Those thoughts telling you that you’ll never get well, never break the addiction. Never see your family restored.
Those are lies. You have to lock them up. They’re intruders. They have no right to stay.
How much more will you accomplish if you’ll evict the unworthiness?
Thinking you don’t deserve to be blessed. You’ve made too many mistakes.
What could you become if you’ll evict the not qualified adults, not talented enough?
I don’t have what it takes get those thoughts out of your house. Your mind is valuable real estate.
It’s time to send the eviction notice I’m sorry, but you’re done here.
I have some new tenants moving in immediately. It’s faith. It’s hope. It’s victory. See, here’s the key.
You will go no further than you think you can go.
You will be no more valuable you will live no more secure, no more competent than how valuable you think you are.
The truth is you are made in the image of almighty god.
He calls you a masterpiece, one of a kind, a prized possession.
But if you let the wrong intruders in your mind, If you let inferiority, not good enough, not attractive, if that occupies a room, you won’t discover who you really are.
When we believed to lie for a long time, the scripture calls it a stronghold.
It’s a thinking pattern that’s keeping us from our destiny. You have to pull down the stronghold.
You have to evict the intruder. And it’s good to ask yourself, why do I feel this wife?
Why do I feel like I’m inferior, not up to par, not qualified?
Maybe it’s because the enemy told you when he told me but you let that lie take root.
You gave the intruder permission to stay in. Now he has a room in your house.
The good news is you’re the landlord.
You get to decide who stays inferiority or confidence, not good enough or a masterpiece.
Unqualified or well able. Maybe you need to ask yourself, why am I so worried?
Why am I so afraid and on edge? Thinking something bad’s about to happen.
That’s a room you’ve let the enemy occupy in your mind.
And the problem with letting fear and worry in, it’s not only taking your peace, but you draw in what you constantly think about.
Faith works in the negative just as it does the positive.
That negative frame of mind is gonna draw in defeat, bad breaks, disappointments, Why don’t you evict that tenant?
God has you in the palm of his hand. Nothing can snatch you away.
A 1000 may fall at your side 10,000 at your right hand, but it will not come near you.
You can say with David, the lord is my light, in my salvation, I will not fear.
The lord is the strength of my life. He’s fighting your battles right now. His angels are surrounding you.
He holds victory in store for the upright.
When you let those thoughts occupy a room, you’re gonna be peaceful. Calm, secure, you’re gonna enjoy your life.
Take inventory of what’s occupying your house. Some of us have faith, hope, trust.
That’s good, but we still have that one room of worry. Worry doesn’t wanna leave. He’s stubborn.
We know god’s on the throne, but we’re still little on hedged. What if my business goes down?
This medical report’s not changing. I thought I’d have the promotion by now. Can I encourage you?
God has never failed you in the past. And he’s not gonna start now.
All that worry is doing is causing you to be up tight, not sleep well, run your immune system down.
It’s time to serve worry and eviction notice. Let peace in. Let faith in.
And every time worry comes back, use that as a reminder to thank god that he’s working on what you’re concerned about.
You’ll hear that knock on the door. Hey. It’s me again. Worry. What about that child?
There’s still off course. What are you gonna do?
Father, thank you that as for me and my house, we will serve the lord.
Thank you that my children will fulfill their purposes. When worry knocks, answer back with faith.
What if there’s a recession, man? What if you don’t get that contract? What if your company downsizes?
How are you gonna make it? Sorry, fear. You’re not welcome here.
Bother, thank you, that you’re jehovah Jairah, the lord my provider, thank you that you’re supplying all of my needs, that I will lend and not borrow.
See, Philippians 4 says the peace of god, which passes understanding, will guard your heart and mind in Christ Jesus.
Peace should be one of the rooms in our mind. When you have peace, it’s guarding you.
It’s keeping you from fear, worry, and doubt.
One time in the scripture, Peter was arrested and put in prison for sharing his faith.
King Agrippa had already killed James, one of the apostles.
When he saw how that pleased the people, he had Peter arrested.
He was in the deepest part of the dungeon, hands and feet in chains.
The next day, he was gonna be brought to trial.
Peter knew his life could be over in 24 hours. He saw what they had done to James.
Now he was next in line. You would think he would be so worried, panicked, pacing the floor.
But Peter understood this principle. Fear came knocking at the door. He said, no, thanks.
I’m gonna stay in peace. I know God is still in control.
God won’t let you get in a problem that he can’t bring you out of.
And the scripture says, while Peter was sleeping, an angel came and woke him up.
How could he be sleeping knowing the next day he could lose his life? That’s peace that passes understanding.
That’s what happens when you take control of your thought line.
You’ll have peace in the midst of the storm.
When you stay calm, when you could be worried, stressed out, can’t sleep, you’re showing god that you trust him.
That’s when he’ll make things happen that you could make happen.
The angel opened up the prison doors chains fell off his feet. Peter walked out a free man.
But when you’re in a difficult situation, your health your finances, a relationship, you can be sure worry will come knocking at the door.
Panic, fear. What are you gonna do? This is bad. There’s no way out.
If you let fear in, if you give place to the enemy, he’ll tell you all the worst case scenarios.
That sickness is gonna be fatal. That contrast few loss is gonna sink you.
You’ll never recover from this breakup.
In those challenging times, more than ever, you have to be disciplined in what you allow in.
Don’t let the negative play. Don’t start envisioning everything that could go wrong.
Don’t spend 4 hours googling that sickness, finding all the bad reports you don’t need that negativity in you.
Keep the door closed. You need your mind filled with faith, with hope.
Father, thank you that you’re fighting this battle. That you be informed is more than the world being against me.
Thank you that what you have purpose for my life will come to pass.
I talked to a young couple.
They had been trying to have a baby for many years, but she couldn’t conceive They had been to several doctors, and everything seemed fine.
The doctors were puzzled as to why she couldn’t get pregnant. She was so discouraged.
She said, Joel, my mother had a terrible time conceiving.
My grandmother had the same problem, From the time I was a little girl, I was always afraid that I wouldn’t be able to have a child.
Job said the thing I feared came upon me.
When we give fear a room in our mind, when we let those destructive thoughts become strongholds, what we’re fearing can become a reality.
That thought, I’ll never have a child, was an intruder That’s the enemy doing what he does the best, trying to plant lies, doubts, fears, hoping that you’ll give it a place in your mind.
Victory is won or lost in our thinking.
You may have negative things in your family line, but you have to say, father, thank you that I’m the inception.
Thank you that this barrenness is not staying in my family.
This addiction, this lack, this depression, by the thinking that I’m a difference maker, that I’m a barrier breaker, that you’re doing a new thing that I will live whole free victorious.
Clear out those negative rooms. Get those intruders out of your mind. Put some new tenants in.
Paid, hope, and victory. That’s what I told this young woman, she had to get rid of that stronghold and quit going around thinking that she couldn’t have a baby Instead, she tried a different approach.
She started dwelling on what god said about her. Father, you said the fruit of my womb is blessed.
You said you’d make me the happy mother of children.
You said that no good thing would you withhold because I’ll walk uprightly So, lord, thank you that our baby is on the way.
Just as fear can draw negative things in, faith can draw positive things in.
About a year later, she walked into the lobby up there holding this beautiful baby girl in her arms, beaming from ear to ear.
Are there some intruders occupying your mind? Are there tenets you need to evict?
Don’t let a stronghold a lie that’s taken root, keep you from your destiny.
Pay attention to what you’re giving room to.
When negative thoughts come, don’t be passive, be disciplined in what you think about.
Start locking up those thoughts you have a destiny to fulfill. There’s a calling on your life.
God has an assignment for you to accomplish.
The enemy wouldn’t be fighting you if he didn’t know there is greatness in you.
He’s gonna do his best to get you worried doubting, fearful, discouraged.
That may be the way it’s been, but this is a new day.
Some rooms are being cleaned out right now in our mind strong holes are coming down.
Wrong tenants are being evicted. I believe and declare you have a sound mind.
Like Peter, you’re gonna sleep through the storms.
Like this young woman, things that have hindered your family line are being broken you’re about to see promises come to pass, healing, favor, breakthroughs, the fullness of your destiny, in Jesus’ name.
And if you receive it, can you say amen?
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It’s January. Time to renew my faith.
It’s January. It’s time to start a new season.
It’s January. There is no better time than now to set the course of our year ahead.
The beginning of the year is a ready for the new the day off in faith, grateful for what god’s done, making positive declarations over your future.
You’re setting the tone for a blessed day. And a victorious year.
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Knowing that god is in control, that his plans for you are for good.
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