Week 6: Thought Missiles

Sermon date: February 18

Scripture

Practice: Lie/Truth/Declaration

Revisit the Lie/Truth/Declaration exercise first done on Week 3. You identified the lie, identified the truth and wrote a declaration.

Take another opportunity to pray and ask God for trenches of truth and declarations to remove the lies you’ve been believing. Dig your trenches of truth deep, allowing God to renew your mind and transform your life. Write it, think it and confess it until you believe it.

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:

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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: Romans 8:5-17

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

Additional Life Group Questions

Scripture for study: Romans 8:5-17

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.

  • The next time the travel agent for your old nature tries to send you on a guilt trip, what does Paul want you to keep in mind?
  • In verses 5-11, what does Paul say about the option Christians have in living their life?
  • Where is the battle for the control of your life going to be fought…and won or lost?
  • Since we are not set right with God by doing good works, what is the motive for changing our lives? How are we to deal with our sinful nature (vv. 13-14; see 6:13, 19)
  • What does it mean to be “led by the Spirit” (v. 14)? How does the Spirit help us fight our battles? Give an example.
  • What does it mean to you that you are not God’s slave, but His child?