This week we will look at Reframing our thoughts.
Reframing – creating a different way of looking at something by changing its meaning.
The Apostle Paul was a great example of this practice and discipline. What we know about Paul:
1. Paul did not define himself by his past mistakes.
Acts 9:1-2 (ESV)
2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIV) Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!
2. Paul saw the bigger picture in his circumstances.
Philippians 1:12-13 (ESV) I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel, 13 so that it has become known throughout the whole imperial guard and to all the rest that my imprisonment is for Christ.
3. Paul’s frame of mind included the future.
Philippians 3:13-14 (ESV)
Romans 8:18 (NIV) I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.
We each have drama, challenges, hard things going on. How do we reframe our circumstances?
1. Reframe your thought life with eternity in mind.
2. Reframe by thanking God for what has NOT happened.
3. Decide in advance how you will reframe a situation before entering in.
4. Reframe by looking for the goodness of God.
What filter in your life needs changing?
How will you reframe a circumstance or pattern in your life to align it with God’s truth and will?
Small Group Discussion:
Scriptures to consider: 2 Corinthians 10:3-5, Ephesians 4:17-25, Proverbs 3:5-6, Hebrews 3:12-14 Philippians 3
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