Last week we talked about the steps we can take towards God in order to have a relationship with Him. Once you decide that you WANT to be in a relationship with God, you should know that there will be opposition against you as a person and against your decision. The enemy doesn’t want you to know the SECRET to a life filled with: Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. The enemy wants you to suffer. He will trick you into sin and to thinking that you are a failure, that you’re not good enough and that nobody likes you.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Galatians 5:22-23
Research shows that we think 2,100 thoughts per hour and 80% of those are NEGATIVE.
So if we have God in our lives, how does the enemy access our minds and how do we know if it’s God or the enemy?
-God created us to make our own CHOICES = called “free will”.
-He wanted us to WANT to worship Him not force us to be like robots.
-The way we know who is ruling our mind is because we know the characteristics of God=LOVE, ect and the characteristics of the Enemy=LIAR, HATE,
This is why we need to take every thought captive. We are in control of what we allow ourselves to believe.
5 We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:5 (ESV)
Thinking good thoughts ON PURPOSE and saying them out loud.
(FAITH COMES FROM HEARING) – DAILY DECLARATION LIST
What lies have you believed?
The enemy can use people/ even the closest ones to trick us into believing lies about ourselves
Guarding your Heart
We need to guard our hearts from being broken or hurt.
Once we hear something about ourselves: good or bad, we begin to believe it (FAITH COMES FROM HEARING) and it goes inside of our hearts. This is where we can really get hurt, or it can even cause us to sin – acting in anger for the way we were treated (Cain killed Abel) and then will need to make things right with God again (asking God to forgive us and accept His forgiveness again)
It’s okay if your parents correct you when you are disobedient. You should not get upset for that. But if someone says that you are dumb, fat, or not good enough – “I DON’T HAVE TO BELIVE IT”. Take captive that thought and get rid of it. It hurts God when we sin against Him, like saying ugly words about ourselves. But know that He is ready to hear from you – ready to forgive you!!!!!
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. Psalm 139:14
Your heart is clean, lets keep it clean – don’t allow negativity and lies enter your heart through your thinking -
Just like getting good grades in school, you need to get out your books and study, and practice your homework daily. It’s the same way with God.
HOMEWORK copy verse and write what God wants you to know: Colossians 1:26-27 The SECRET is that Christ is inside of you and you have access to him anytime you want – He is waiting for you
Spend at least 15 minutes with God in prayer, studying Gods word, and singing, listening to worship music every day. You will see changes in your life