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Overcoming Guilt, Shame and Condemnation

Without question, a sinner’s identity is a before-Christ or before-conversion identity. Our new identity, after our conversion is that of a saint who sins, not a sinner who is sometimes a saint. Guilt, shame and condemnation (the sinner’s penalty) are before-conversion states of mind or feelings. They should have nothing to do with your walk […] Continue reading…

Living with the Wrong Identity

We’ve been looking at strongholds. We’ve defined a stronghold as a satanic lie, a generational mindset or a human wounding that you have listened to long enough, believed strongly enough, and owned deeply enough that it becomes part of your identity. It has fortified itself in you and dictates your thoughts, beliefs, actions and reactions. […] Continue reading…

The Stronghold of Unforgiveness

Over the next few Blog posts I’ll be tackling several personal strongholds that need to be broken if we’re going to win the mind wars and renew our thinking. I’m starting with unforgiveness because the effects of it are far reaching. Every other stronghold has a better chance of existing and becoming stronger when we […] Continue reading…

Conquering Personal Strongholds

I’ve been posting recently from our series on Winning the Mind Wars. My last few Blog articles have laid the framework so that there would be a clear understanding of what happens in our minds with our thoughts and the dangers we face if we don’t take every thought captive to God’s Word and way. […] Continue reading…

Overcoming a Stronghold

The prophet Isaiah gives us a clear picture of a stronghold and shows us how we can overcome them. In Isaiah 36 and 37 he recounts Assyria’s siege of Jerusalem in 701 BC, a crisis the prophet had been promising for years. In 701 BC King Hezekiah stopped paying tribute to Assyria and declared Judah’s […] Continue reading…

Understanding Strongholds

The apostle Paul, with the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, does a great job explaining strongholds when he writes to the Corinthian church. In 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 he writes, “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty […] Continue reading…

Paul’s Guidelines for Our Thoughts

There is no area of your life that is untouched by your thoughts. Everyday an untold number of random thoughts come into your mind and what you do with those thoughts is so important to how you are going to live your life.  As I’ve mentioned in this series, we are in a war—a mind […] Continue reading…

We Have What it Takes to Renew Our Minds

Here’s some good news—God has given every person who believes in Him everything they need to have a renewed mind and win the mind wars! When we’re under the enemy’s attack and he’s trying to pump his negative, wrong-headed and sinful thoughts into our heads, we need to take those thoughts captive and remember and […] Continue reading…

The Safety Net of Encouragement

We are just starting a new teaching series called Winning the Mind Wars. In my last post I wrote about the danger of our minds moving from spiritual to carnal to corrupt. It’s scary to think that this can happen but it does happen both individually (Ephesians 4:22) and in our church bodies (2 Peter […] Continue reading…

Going from Bad to Worse

In Ephesians 4:17 Paul gives us a warning, “This I say, therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you should no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their mind.” He’s waving the red flag and drawing their (and our) attention to the clear fact that Christians, believers in […] Continue reading…

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