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Mind Craft : Strongholds

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Mind Craft

if we change our thinking, we can change our mind
Look at life of Paul
learned to control his mind/thoughts
early on we see that he struggled
we can relate
Things that I want to do
Romans 7:19–20 ESV
For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me.
He kept fighting for control of his mind and eventually overcame
While in a Roman prison
he was able to speak positively about Christ in the worst situation
2 Corinthians 10:3–4 ESV
For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds.
power in this context is translated from the same word that we get dynamite from
strong explosive power of God
to DESTROY stronghold
a fortified prision
prisoner locked by deception
our enemy shapes our thinking ONE LIE at a time
can’t trust
God no love
doesn’t hear prayer
no real intimacy
2 Corinthians 10:5 ESV
We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ,
whatever is not in alignment with God’s word
take every thought CAPTIVE
so that it is obedient to Christ
we must learn to identify any thought that is not of God
and destroy it
our life is a reflection of what we think
our life is always moving in the direction of your strongest thoughts
If you want to change your life… change your thinking
Proverbs 23:7 NKJV
For as he thinks in his heart, so is he. “Eat and drink!” he says to you, But his heart is not with you.
can’t- won’t
can in Christ- can
victim at someone elses hand - victim
overcome in Christ- overcome
overwheled by circumstances-
most of life’s battles are won or lost in the mind
about God’s truth about you and enemies lies
Think about what you have thought about lately
worried thoughts vs peaceful thoughts
peaceful without anxiety
Positive mindset vs negative
critical about people
find fault easily
life is hard and getting worst
think the best about people
God is working in my life
worldliness vs eternal mind
thinking about selfish desires
what is beneficial for the Kingdom
others first
your life is moving in the direction of your strongest thoughts
are you excited about where your thoughts are taking you?
there is a battle
joy or lack of
building a foundation today
2 things to work on
Identify the #1 stronghold that is holding you back
what lie has kept you from what God has for you
can’t be used by God
I am different - damaged goods
I can’t stop using
I was made this way- it’s who I am
when we have thoughts
our mind uses those thoughts to direct our actions & attitudes
builds from one another
Positive thought - dopamine
kid opening a Christmas present
guys calling you back for a second date
raise at work
FB like
the more you think a thought
the easier it is to think that thought again
do it enough and that becomes the default
Driving to church early on and went to hospital
you create the path that your thoughts travel on
when you have a negative thought
we must learn to stop that thought
take it captive
and create a new pathway
hiking and find a muddy trail we make a new one to go around it
eventually this will become the new trail if the old path stays muddy
you can create your God thoughts to become default
come home from work and kids are chaotic so you yell at them one day
do it everyday for a while and you will create a habit
to change that negative habit
come home and just stay outside....
come in and count to 10 & breath
give them all a hug 1st thing
One of my old habits was when I am stressed or overwhelmed
I eat ice-cream or if none is available then I find a substitute junk food
it was creating an unhealthy life
because it got to the point where stress didn’t even matter but I would just eat junk
now I am working to take better care of my body so since may this year I have been making new eating choices and I don’t even think about grabbing junk but will now go to my new default of healthy choices
maybe go for a walk when I am stressed
eat healthier foods
maybe you go to something else
buying spree
create new pathways
Romans 12:2 ESV
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
so identify the 1 stronghold that is holding you back
not lovable
not worth it
too much work
I’ll always be broke
or single
2. Name the truth that demolishes that stronghold
we will not travel that old unhealthy path
has anyone ever played hide and seek and never find someone?
headache story
locked in a prison and the lock on the door is just a lie
2 Corinthians 2:3–5 ESV
And I wrote as I did, so that when I came I might not suffer pain from those who should have made me rejoice, for I felt sure of all of you, that my joy would be the joy of you all. For I wrote to you out of much affliction and anguish of heart and with many tears, not to cause you pain but to let you know the abundant love that I have for you. Now if anyone has caused pain, he has caused it not to me, but in some measure—not to put it too severely—to all of you.
2 Corinthians 10:3–5 ESV
For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ,
to arrest or to cease with a sword or a spear
remember the armor of God
all are defensive but one
helmet of salvation
breastplate of righteousness
shield of faith
belt of truth
sword is offensive
sword of spirit- word of God
Capture the lie with the truth of God’s Word
refuse to believe the lie
begin to believe God’s truth for your life
walk a new path
capture the wrong thoughts
there is a lie that tries to control me
that I won’t be good enouth
meet with people — too many
too much ministry not enough family
too much family not enough mininsty
stretched too thin
can’t do it well
the biggest problem with this lie is that it’s salted with truth
truth is that on my own I am never enough
truth is that I AM NEVER ON MY OWN
God has given me the resources, power, time to do what God wants me to do
2 Peter 2:13 ESV
suffering wrong as the wage for their wrongdoing. They count it pleasure to revel in the daytime. They are blots and blemishes, reveling in their deceptions, while they feast with you.
2 Peter 1:3 NLT
By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence.
when I am weak He makes me strong
I am fearfully and wonderfully made
the joy of the Lord is my strength
he will never leave me or forsake me
I am an overcomer by the blood of the lamb
I am not who the enemy says that I am
you cannot have a positive life when you have a negative mind
break the stronghold
John 8:32 ESV
and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
If you are hungry for the truth raise your hand
pray over them
seeking God today
Romans 10:13 ESV
For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
held captive to lies today
Luke 4:18 NLT
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, for he has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the oppressed will be set free,
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