Upward thinking


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A lesson by Mike Smith. Everyone should develop upward thinking. This is the focus on things from heaven which are God's things which He wants us to think about and things to do while we're here on earth.

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Upward thinking

  1. 1. Opening: • In Colossians 3 we enter a section dealing with our new life in Christ. • Truly, the old things we used to do have passed away and now we focus on how all things need to become new in our life. – Thus, enters the discourse about upward thinking. • Let us seek how to think and live right according to God’s truth!
  2. 2. Our Positive & Proper Focus: • Since you were “raised with Christ”... – Raised (baptized) when you obeyed the gospel… Col. 2:11-14; Rom. 6:3-6; 2 Cor. 5:17 • “Seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God.” Col. 3:1; Eph. 1:20 – Christ needs to be sitting and ruling at the throne of our hearts as well! Col. 3:15 – All the while we must be seeking those things which come to us from heaven. Heb. 12:24-25
  3. 3. Thinking Upward! • We are supposed to set our mind on things above, not on things on the earth. – Our mind is to be focused on these things from God and we do them because we love Him... John 14:15 – And because we truly want to live right with God. Colossians 3:22-24 – We don’t want to be diverted because of our love for other things which are of the world! Mark 4:19; 2 Timothy 3:1-5; John 12:43 – We also do this so that we can mature and have a great fullness of life! Colossians 1:9-12
  4. 4. We Have Upward Thinking Because… • We have died to the world and sin. Colossians 3:3-4; 1:21; Romans 6:2-11 • We are looking forward to our eternal inheritance with Christ in glory! Romans 8:16-17
  5. 5. Upward Thinking & Living • Our upward thinking is effected by our renewed mind according to the knowledge of Christ who created us. V.10 – We are to put off the old man and put on the new man. Ephesians 4:20-24 • Upward thinking and living will cause us to put away: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness which is idolatry, anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language, and lying. Col. 3:5-10
  6. 6. Closing: • Be sure that you have upward thinking as your focus insuring that you put away the old man and put on the renewed mindset. • If you’ve never accepted Christ for eternal life, come to Him today by: – Hearing and believing the gospel. Rom. 1:16 – Repenting of your sin. Acts 3:19 – Confessing Christ. Acts 8:37 – Baptism into Christ. Rom. 6:4; Acts 22:16