Week 3: Declaring Truth

Sermon date: January 28, 2024

Scripture

Matthew 4:1-11

Memorization: Matthew 4:4

Practice: Lie/Truth/Declaration

Complete the Lie/Truth/Declaration exercise below. You will identify the lie, identify the truth and write a declaration.

Identifying the lies you believe

In the first exercise, you took an inventory of your thoughts and made an audit of how you tend to think on a regular basis. In this exercise, we’re going to dive deeper and get more specific. 

These questions are important to connect with this exercise: 

  • What lie is holding you hostage? 
  • What mistruth keeps you from taking a step of faith? 
  • What wrong thought pattern robs you of living a life of freedom and joy? 

Know this: You cannot defeat what you cannot define. You have to identify the lie that has become a stronghold for you. You must realize the negative impact it’s had on you and others. Use these questions to trigger your thoughts; it’s now time to define the lies you’ve been believing, identify the strongholds in your life, and face their negative impact. 

Freeing yourself from all distractions, focus on identifying the specific lies you believe. Make your statements personal and straightforward, as in, “I believe I am not good enough.” Get them out. Write them down.

Declaring Truth

Look back and use the lies you wrote for this session. The goal is to take what God is revealing to you and build helpful tools to use in your life. 

In this exercise, I want to give you the place and space to work out your lies, truths, and declarations. For truth to truly change your life, you will have to put in the personal work. The last thing you or I want is for your life to look the same after you finish this exercise process. 

Dig in, go deep, and allow God to show you his truth in his Word. You will need to find truths in the Bible you can use as your own, personal truths to replace the lies you are believing. A final encouragement: anything you change in your life can affect future generations and alter the course of your family line for Christ.

  • Lie:
    Truth:
    Declaration:
  • Lie:
    Truth:
    Declaration:

Example

  • Lie: If I had more, I’d be happy.
    Truth: “I know what it is to be in need and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” Phil. 4:12-13
    Declaration: I can be content regardless of my circumstances – in plenty or in want – because no matter what I don’t have, I know I do have Jesus. That means I can “rejoice in the Lord always.” Phil. 4:4

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Taken from pages 57-60 of: Groeschel, Craig. (2021). Winning the War in Your Mind: Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Zondervan.

 

3/3rds groups

Scripture for study: Matthew 4:1-11

If your group is following the 3/3rds model, download the 3/3rds format guide here.

Additional Life Group Questions

Scripture for study: Matthew 4:1-11

Use the questions below if your group is not doing the 3/3rds model or if you need more questions for your Looking Up or Looking Forward time.

  • What is the longest you ever went without eating? How did it feel?
  • For each of the three temptations –
    • What is its nature?
    • What potentially might appeal to Jesus?
    • What price would there be if he were to yield?
    • How does Jesus respond?
  • Of these three, which temptation appears the most legitimate? Which one is most shrewd?
  • What human need is at the heart of each temptation? How are these needs evident in your life? How does Satan use these to tempt you?
  • What is your greatest temptation right now? How can others help?