Mindset - an attitude or orientation of thought

Fixed or growth

Acts 7:51 “You stiff-necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears! You always resist the Holy Spirit; as your fathers did, so do you.

Some phrases to search in the Bible are "hard hearted, stiff necked, rebellious, and disobedient."

A fixed mindset is resistant to contrary ideas, concepts, and information. It will choose to continue along its current beliefs.

We will need to want things God's way more than our way.

A growth mindset is more open to new ideas and seeks to improve and change its current understanding.

  • It's contextual ~ We can be closed minded/fixed in one scenario and open/growth in another.
  • It can be a preconditioned response ~ Our minds can already be made up about things. We ought to question, examine, and test our thinking.
  • We can change from fixed to growth mindset ~ Willingness & humility to see how our ideas are wrong can help us improve and make corrections.
  • Our fixed mindsets often requires much contrary evidence to see truth ~ (example: a family intervention)
  • We must learn introspection to improve our self-awareness. Meditation, reflection, deep open discussions and willing to see our defects are helpful tools.
  • Slow down ~ When we move fast and multitask we can reduce our spiritual awareness. We ought to move at a pace with God's grace.

"Where is our focus," ought to be a continuous question throughout each day. Are our thoughts focused upon things that are promoted by:

  • Ungodly things ~Fear, anger, selfish ambition, or deception?
  • Godly things ~ Peace, patience, forgiveness, truth, mercy, compassion, justice, generosity, and love?
  • Pride and vanity, or humility
  • Being served and helping ourselves or helping others

Many of us may have a fixed mindset toward destruction and not even know it. When presented with information such as this a fixed mindset will develop ideas on how this is wrong, unimportant, or irrelevant.

A growth mindset can seek to understand the truth despite discomforts. There is much discomforting truth with each of us since we all sin. Correction and growth involves seeking change and being different.

1 Thessalonians 5:21 Test all things; hold fast what is good. 

Scripture ~ our mind

Developing a mindset of God through studying Biblical passages and instruction of how to think. We can read scripture and recognize patterns to see how to use our minds.