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Title: Truth Therapy


1
Truth Therapy
  • IDENTITY IN CHRIST

2
Lesson One
  • Our Identity in Christ
  • The Search for Meaning

3
CLASS OBJECTIVE
  • The objective of this class is to gain an
    understanding of how we were created perfectly in
    Gods image and see the practical ramifications
    of the fall of man which affect our daily
    lives. We will discuss the concept of self-talk,
    how it affects our perception of ourselves, God,
    and the world around us, and how it impacts
    cycles of beliefs, thoughts,
  • emotions, and responses. Untrue or negative
    self-talk needs to be countered by Gods truth.

4
Made in the Image of God
  • So God created man in His own image, in the
    image of God He created him
  • male and female He created them.
  • Genesis 127

5
We have been created in Gods image. we bear His
image in 3 ways
  • Soul Comprising our mind, will emotions .
  • Personality You are uniquely you!
  • Relationships We are able to initiate, develop,
    nurture and maintain a relationship with God and
    others.
  • Above all, we are spirit-beings
  • made in the likeness of God.

6
Our Basic Spiritual Needs
  • Have you ever asked yourself
  • the following questions?
  • Who am I?
  • Why do I exist?
  • What is the meaning and purpose of life?
  • Does life even have a purpose?
  • I sense there is a reason for all of this but how
    can I know what it is?

7
Three basic spiritual needs
  1. Significance This is met when we know we are
    important - when we matter to someone. We have
    purpose and meaning, and we are adequate and able
    to fulfill our God-given purpose. In other words,
    we know we have what it takes to be good at
    something and are able to add value to others in
    a way that is appreciated.

8
Three basic spiritual needs
  1. Security This is met when we know we are loved,
    accepted and forgiven. We are convinced that we
    are loved for who we are, accepted just the way
    we are, and fully forgiven of any past
    shortcomings, mistakes, and failures!

9
Three basic spiritual needs
  1. Spiritual Purpose This is met when we are able
    to love and serve God, and to love and serve
    others. Our spirits thrive when we are generous
    and look for ways to be blessing to those around
    us. We are fulfilling The Great Commandment and
    The Great Commission.

10
How the Fall Distorted Gods Creation
  • Then the Lord God said,Behold, the man has
    become like one of Us,
  • knowing good and evil.
  • Genesis 322a

11
Remember
  • Our soul is our
  • mind, will and emotions.

12
Replacing Lies with Gods Truth
  • Therefore, since we have been justified through
    faith, we have peace with God through our Lord
    Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access
    by faith into this grace in which we now stand.
    And we boast in the hope of the glory of God.
  • Romans 51-2
  • We now have peace with God, and access to Him by
    faith. As we stand in His grace, the image of God
    within us will begin to be restored! As minister,
    speaker and author Bill Gothard says, the goal of
    every believer is to see and respond to life
    from Gods perspective. Gods Word shows us how
    to do this.

13
  • Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this
    world, but be transformed by the renewing of your
    mind. Then you will be able to test and approve
    what Gods will is
  • His good, pleasing and perfect will.
  • Romans 122
  • Those who are spiritual can evaluate all things
  • For,Who can know the Lords thoughts?
  • Who knows enough to teach him?
  • But we understand these things,
  • for we have the mind of Christ.
  • 1 Corinthians 215-16

14
The Implications of Self Talk
  • Our personal perspective - or worldview
  • is shaped by our physical, emotional and
    spiritual needs.
  • These partner with our past experiences,
    informing what we believe to be true.
  • There is a direct connection between our beliefs,
    our thoughts, our feelings and actions.
  • Contrary to popular opinion, life events do not
    determine how we feel. How we talk to ourselves
    about life events determines how we feel.
  • The inner dialogue about what goes on around us
    is shaped by our beliefs.

15
The Implications of Self Talk
  • We act the way we feel
  • we feel the way we think
  • we think the way we believe.
  • As our beliefs go, so go our thoughts.
  • As our thoughts go, so go our feelings.
  • As our feelings go, so go our actions.

16
Core Beliefs
  • Identifying core beliefs that are inconsistent
    with biblical truth is the first step in
    recognizing what Zig Zigler calls Stinkin
    Thinkin and the unhealthy behaviors that
    follow.
  • True freedom begins by learning how to
  • Evaluate our thinking
  • Replace false beliefs with the truth
  • Make better choices, which lead to healthier
    actions.

17
Discuss
  • Read Romans 122, John 831-32,
  • and Ephesians 417-25.
  • See if you can identify the connection between
    beliefs, thoughts and actions. Circle key words
    and phrases that stand out to you. Share your
    observations with your group members.

18
Homework
  1. Complete the Who I Am assignment.
  2. Reflect What are the 1 or 2 most meaningful
    ideas that stood out to you from this lesson?
  3. Personal Study Read the Handouts Search for
    Identity and Meaning and Knowing God More
    Deeply.

19
Lesson Two
  • The Real You.
  • Living in Gods Reality.

20
CLASS OBJECTIVE
  • The objective of this class is to refocus the
    source of our significance, adjust our
    expectations of the Christian life, and realign
    our perception of reality to become what God
    declares is true. As we become fully united with
    Christ, we obtain the promises and resources God
    has freely given to those who follow Him. Through
    Gods Word we are trained and equipped to resist
    the lies of Satan. We also mature in our faith,
    our character and our responses to life
    experiences.

21
Activity
  • Read through all the Misbelief Markers (Appendix
    4) individually. Pick three markers that you
    identify with. Write down a thought related to
    each one that comes to your mind. Then use a
    scripture from either the Misbelief Scriptures
    (Appendix 5) or My Identity in Christ
    Affirmation (Appendix 12) to conquer negative
    self-talk with Gods Truth.

22
Union with Christ
  • On that day you will realize that
  • I am in my Father, and you are in me,
  • and I am in you.
  • John 1420
  • Jesus said to him,I am the way, the truth and
    the life. No one comes to the Father except
    through me.
  • John 146

23
The Big Question
  • Have YOU been joined with Christ?
  • Jesus said to him,I am the way, the truth and
    the life. No one comes to the Father except
    through me.
  • John 146

24
A Prayer for Salvation
  • Jesus, I confess that I need to be forgiven of my
    sin, and that You are the only Savior for the
    world, the only way that I can be forgiven of my
    sin and its penalty. I want my life to be in
    You, and now know that in order to do so I must
    repent of my sin and lay down my will to receive
    Your will. Please come into my heart and life,
    and teach me to walk in your ways. Thank you for
    forgiving me of my sin and self-centeredness, and
    placing Your Spirit within me. Empower me to live
    out Your plan and purpose for my life. I trust
    that I am now totally and inseparably joined to
    You. In Your name, Jesus, I pray. Amen.

25
This is the Good News!
  • If you prayed to receive Christ
  • as your Savior,
  • you are now in Christ
  • and have received the full benefits of being a
    child of God!
  • You have a new security, a new significance, and
    a new role all found in Jesus!

26
The Enemys Reaction
  • Your picture just went up on a Most Wanted
    poster in hell. The Enemy is upset that you made
    the decision to unite your life with Jesus.
    Because he is opposed to God, he is now opposed
    to you. Remember the enemy is the father of all
    lies!

27
Even More Good News
  • You are special and God has chosen you
  • chosen to dwell with you.
  • You belong to God, my dear children.
  • You have already won a victory
  • because the Spirit who lives in you is greater
  • than the spirit who lives in the world.
  • 1 John 44
  • Its time to prepare for battle!

28
Discuss
  • Read Ephesians 610-18.
  • Before putting on the armor of God, what must we
    do?
  • What is the first piece of armor were instructed
    to put on?
  • Who is our battle really against?
  • How many times do you see the words stand or
    stand firm?

29
Were at War!
  • What comes to mind when you hear
  • the statement, We're at war?
  • Key Truth
  • Every physical battle ever fought on earth was
    preceded by,
  • and was the direct result of,
  • a war between opposing beliefs.

30
There are 3 Enemies waging war against us
  • 1. Satan
  • Be careful. Watch out for attacks from the
    Devil, your great enemy. He prowls around like a
    roaring lion, looking for some victim to devour.
  • I Peter 58

31
There are 3 Enemies waging war against us
  • 2. The World
  • Stop loving this evil world and all that it
    offers you, for when you love the world, you show
    that you do not have the love of the Father in
    you. For the world offers only the lust for
    physical pleasure, the lust for everything we
    see, and pride in our possessions. These are not
    from the Father. They are from this evil world.
    And this world is fading away, along with
    everything it craves. But if you do the will of
    God, you will live forever. I John 215

32
There are 3 Enemies waging war against us
  • 3. The Flesh
  • The lies contained within your belief system as
    reflected in your thoughts and emotions.
  • I know I am rotten through and through so far as
    my old sinful nature is concerned. No matter
    which way I turn, I can't make myself do right. I
    want to, but I can't. When I want to do good, I
    don't. And when I try not to do wrong, I do it
    anyway.
  • Romans 718 (NLT)

33
  • God is much more concerned about our character
    than our comfort
  • He is more interested in our holiness than our
    happiness.

34
  • We usually base our happiness on positive
    circumstances.
  • Is it realistic to think that we could experience
    one positive experience after another, while
    living on a fallen planet with three enemies who
    are warring against us? No!
  • Is it realistic to expect only positive
    experiences all the time, every day, for the rest
    of our lives? No!

35
  • For I know the plans I have for you, declares
    the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm
    you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then
    you will call upon me and come and pray to me,
    and I will listen to you. You will seek me and
    find me when you seek me with all your heart. I
    will be found by you, declares the Lord
  • Jeremiah 2911-14a

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Wrap-Up
  • The primary goals of this study are to prepare
    you to
  • 1. Recognize the Enemys attacks through lies of
    deception, and
  • 2. Know the Truth that will defeat the Enemy, so
    you can live the victorious life God has
    accomplished for you!

37
Homework
  1. Read The Christians Scriptural Identity
    (Appendix 7) every day. Look up and read the
    corresponding scripture verses. Highlight the
    verses that stand out to you and memorize them.
  2. Personal Study Read the Handout Destroying
    Mental Strongholds (Appendix 8).

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Lesson Three
  • The Battlefield
  • Renewing the Mind

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CLASS OBJECTIVE
  • The objective of this class is to understand the
    history of the spiritual battle we now face, and
    how to victoriously overcome in Jesus name. We
    read in the scripture of Satans origin,
    mankinds genesis, and the start of our spiritual
    battle. We uncover Satans motivation to destroy
    us, and the strategy and weapons he uses on the
    battlefield of our mind. We discover the
    resources of Gods Truth and the Holy Spirit,
    which have been given to us to fight this
    spiritual battle and victoriously overcome in
    Jesus name.

40
Discuss
  • At your table, take one minute per person to
    share one way either Satan, the world, or your
    flesh tried to battle against you this past week.
    Did you recognize the attack right away? How did
    you respond?

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THE BATTLE FOR THE SOUL OF MAN
  • The Origin of the Battle
  • Before we can proactively engage into spiritual
    battle, we must first understand where the battle
    originated and what fuels it. It is not enough to
    simply acknowledge that a battle exists we must
    understand why it exists, what motivates its
    ongoing persistence, and what role we have within
    it.

42
Scene 1Satans Creation, Rebellion Fall
  • You were the model of perfection, full of wisdom
    and exquisite in beauty. You were in Eden, the
    garden of God. Your clothing was adorned with
    every precious stoneall beautifully crafted for
    you and set in the finest gold. They were given
    to you on the day you were created. I ordained
    and anointed you as the mighty angelic guardian.
    You had access to the holy mountain of Go and
    walked among the stones of fire. You were
    blameless in all you did from the day you were
    created until the day evil was found in you. Your
    rich commerce led you to violence, and you
    sinned. So I banished you in disgrace from the
    mountain of God. I expelled you, O mighty
    guardian, from your place among the stones of
    fire. Your heart was filled with pride because of
    all your beauty. Your wisdom was corrupted by
    your love of splendor. So I threw you to the
    ground and exposed you to the curious gaze of
    kings. You defiled your sanctuaries with your
    many sins and your dishonest trade. So I brought
    fire out from within you, and it consumed you. I
    reduced you to ashes on the ground in the sight
    of all who were watching. All who knew you are
    appalled at your fate. You have come to a
    terrible end, and you will exist no more.
  • Ezekiel 2812-19 (NLT)

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Scene 1Satans Creation, Rebellion Fall
  • How you have fallen from heaven, morning star,
    son of the dawn! You have been cast down to the
    earth, you who once laid low the nations! You
    said in your heart, I will ascend to the
    heavens I will raise my throne above the stars
    of God I will sit enthroned on the mount of
    assembly, on the utmost heights of Mount Zaphon.
    I will ascend above the tops of the clouds I
    will make myself like the Most High. But you
    are brought down to the realm of the dead, to the
    depths of the pit.
  • Isaiah 1412-15

44
Scene 1Satans Creation, Rebellion Fall
  • Then war broke out in heaven. Michael and his
    angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon
    and his angels fought back. But he was not strong
    enough, and they lost their place in heaven. The
    great dragon was hurled down - that ancient
    serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the
    whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth,
    and his angels with him.
  • Revelation 127-9

45
Who was Lucifer Before He Became Satan?
  • Before he became Satan, Ezekiel says Lucifer was
    the model of perfection. He was a pinnacle of
    creation. He was exquisitely beautiful, filled
    with wisdom, and held an exalted angelic role. He
    was one of the mightiest guardians and had
    permission to walk in the place where God ruled.
    He had it all! Yet Lucifers vanity, pride, and
    jealousy of God became his downfall. Upon his
    rebellion, he and one third of the angels who
    sided with him were cast down to the earth.

46
Scene 2 Mankinds Creation
  • Then God said, Let us make mankind in our
    image, in our likeness, so that they may rule
    over the fish in the sea and the birds in the
    sky, over the livestock and all the wild
    animals,and over all the creatures that move
    along the ground. So God created mankind in his
    own image, in the image of God he created them
    male and female he created them. God blessed them
    and said to them, Be fruitful and increase in
    number fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over
    the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and
    over every living creature that moves on the
    ground.
  • Genesis 126-28

47
Scene 2 Mankinds Creation
  • Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the
    LORD God as he was walking in the garden in the
    cool of the day, and they hid from the LORD God
    among the trees of the garden. But the LORD God
    called to the man, Where are you?
  • Genesis 38a

48
Who was Mankind before the Fall?
  • Mankind was created in GODs image, in GODs very
    likeness. God gave mankind a significant role of
    rulership that held purpose and meaning and
    significance. Lucifer had previously been allowed
    to walk where God ruled, but in Genesis 3, we see
    that God walked where man ruled. He came down
    from Heaven to meet with mankind. He knew them
    intimately, talked with them, and pursued them.
    They had a place of high value in Gods heart.

49
Discuss
  • Re-read Genesis 126-28.
  • What do you think was going through his mind as
    he watched Adam and Eve being created in Gods
    image?
  • What do you think he felt as Adam and Eve were
    given rulership over all created things on the
    earth (the very place to which hed been cast
    down to)?
  • What emotions do you think he experienced as he
    saw Gods blessing upon them?
  • What thoughts of retribution might be stirring in
    his mind?

50
Scene 3 Mankinds Fall
  • Genesis 3
  • Verse 1 Now the serpent was more crafty than
    any of the wild animals the LORD God had made. He
    said to the woman, Did God really say, You must
    not eat from any tree in the garden?
  • Verse 4 You will not certainly die, the
    serpent said to the woman. For God knows that
    when you eat from it your eyes will be opened,
    and you will be like God, knowing good and
    evil.
  • Verse 13 Then the LORD God said to the woman,
    What is this you have done? The woman said,
    The serpent deceived me, and I ate.

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Scene 3 Mankinds Fall
  • Once Lucifer deceived Adam and Eve, he was given
    the name Satan - which in the Greek means
    accuser. He has constantly deceives mankind
    into sin and then accuses them of that sin before
    God - who cannot accept or permit sin. Therefore,
    Satan successfully breached the relationship
    between God and mankind, causing sin to be the
    barrier between God and His new beloved creation
    which had been made in His image.

52
Scene 4 The Result of Sin And the Coming of a
Savior
  • So the LORD God said to the serpent, Because
    you have done this, cursed are you above all the
    livestock and all the wild animals! You will
    crawl on your belly and you will eat dust all the
    days of your life. And I will put enmity between
    you and the woman, and between your offspring and
    hers he will crush your head, and you will
    strike his heel.
  • Genesis 314-15

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Scene 4 The Result of Sin And the Coming of a
Savior
  • Therefore, just as sin entered the world through
    one man, and death through sin, and in this way
    death came to all people, because all
    sinnedConsequently, just as one trespass
    resulted in condemnation for all people, so also
    one righteous act resulted in justification and
    life for all people. For just as through the
    disobedience of the one man the many were made
    sinners, so also through the obedience of the one
    man Christ the many will be made righteous.
  • Romans 512, 18-19

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Scene 4 The Result of Sin And the Coming of a
Savior
  • Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we
    will also live with him. For we know that since
    Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die
    again death no longer has mastery over him. The
    death he died, he died to sin once for all but
    the life he lives, he lives to God. In the same
    way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to
    God in Christ Jesus. Therefore do not let sin
    reign in your mortal body so that you obey its
    evil desires. Do not offer any part of yourself
    to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather
    offer yourselves to God as those who have been
    brought from death to life and offer every part
    of yourself to him as an instrument of
    righteousness.
  • Romans 68-13

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The Battle for our Mind
  • Key Truth The Battle for the Soul is fought and
    won in the mind!
  • Our minds are protected two ways
  • 1 Our weapon is Gods Truth.

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  • for this reason I was born, and for this I came
    into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone
    on the side of truth listens to me.
  • John 1837
  • I am the way and the truth and the life. No one
    comes to the Father except through me.
  • John 146
  • "If you hold to my teaching, you are really my
    disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the
    truth will set you free." John 831-32
  • He who the Son sets free is free indeed John
    836

57
What is Truth?
  • Truth is reality - what God says is.
  • God is and God has spoken. What He thinks and
    believes defines truth (reality).
  • Anything contrary to what God has stated to be
    true is therefore false (non-reality). In the
    mental health field, when someone is
    significantly out of touch with reality, they are
    said to be living in insanity.
  • God created everything that is and He alone gets
    to decide what is true and what is false, what is
    good and what is evil.

58
What is Truth?
  • For the time will come when men will not put up
    with sound doctrine truth. Instead, to suit
    their own desires, they will gather around them a
    great number of teachers to say what their
    itching ears want to hear. They will turn their
    ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.
    But you, keep your head in all situations
  • 2 Timothy 43-5

59
What is Truth?
  • How can I tell the difference
  • between the truth and a lie?
  • Don't study the lie. Study the truth.
  • Gods Word is Truth!

60
What is Truth?
  • Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty
    power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you
    can take your stand against the devils schemes.
    For our struggle is not against flesh and blood,
    but against the rulers, against the authorities,
    against the powers of this dark world and against
    the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly
    realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God,
    so that when the day of evil comes, you may be
    able to stand your ground, and after you have
    done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with
    the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with
    the breastplate of righteousness in place, and
    with your feet fitted with the readiness that
    comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to
    all this, take up the shield of faith, with which
    you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the
    evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the
    sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
  • Ephesians 610-17

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What is Truth?
  • Fix these words of mine in your hearts and
    minds tie them as symbols on your hands and bind
    them on your foreheads. Teach them to your
    children, talking about them when you sit at home
    and when you walk along the road, when you lie
    down and when you get up. Write them on the
    doorframes of your houses and on your gates, so
    that your days and the days of your children may
    be many
  • Deuteronomy 1118-21

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What is Truth?
  • Filling your life with Gods Truth begins with
    surrendering your
  • My Mind (intellect). I must embrace the truth
    that God is God and I am not, and that I need Him
    to restore me to sanity (bring me in touch with
    his reality).
  • My Emotions (heart). I must embrace the fact that
    God came to save me.
  • My Will (soul). I must surrender and choose to
    enter into and stay engaged in a personal
    relationship with God through his son Jesus
    Christ.

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The Battle for our Mind
  • Key Truth The Battle for the Soul is fought and
    won in the mind!
  • Our minds are protected two ways
  • 2 Our power is the Holy Spirit.

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2 Our power is the Holy Spirit.
  • When each of you repented of your sin and gave
    your life to Jesus, He came to dwell inside of
    you through the Holy Spirit. Just as God walked
    in the Garden of Eden with Adam and Eve, He now
    walks with you throughout the details of your
    life. You now have full access to Him, and power
    through the Holy Spirit to live Gods ways and
    resist the lies of Satan. You are a new creation,
    set free from the chains that held you captive to
    sin.

65
2 Our power is the Holy Spirit.
  • Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this
    world, but be transformed by the renewing of your
    mind. Then you will be able to test and approve
    what Gods will is - his good, pleasing and
    perfect will.
  • Romans 122

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Becoming a Victorious New Creation
  • Heres how it works
  • My new beliefs, based on Gods truth, begin to
    reshape my thinking. Those new thoughts begin to
    generate new emotions and motivation, which lead
    to Godly choices, and my behavior begins to
    change.

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Becoming a Victorious New Creation
  • For though we live in the world, we do not wage
    war as the world does. The weapons we fight with
    are not the weapons of the world. On the
    contrary, they have divine power to demolish
    strongholds. We demolish arguments and every
    pretension that sets itself up against the
    knowledge of God, and we take captive every
    thought to make it obedient to Christ.
  • 2 Corinthians 103-5

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Becoming a Victorious New Creation
  • and we take captive every thought to make it
    obedient to Christ.
  • We must listen to our self talk and learn to take
    our stinking thing captive.
  • And then by faith complete the process of renewal
    with new thoughts new emotions and actions.

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They Overcame Satan by the Word of their Testimony
  • Satan, I am a child of God, saved by grace, and
    redeemed by the blood of the Lamb, chosen before
    the foundation of the world, and a partaker of
    the inheritance of the saints in light. I am a
    member of the chosen generation, the royal
    priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people,
    showing forth the praises of Him who brought us
    out of darkness into a marvelous light. I am more
    than a conqueror through Him that loved me. You
    are a liar and the father of lies, the adversary,
    the enemy, the accuser.

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They Overcame Satan by the Word of their Testimony
  • You are the prince of this world, the prince of
    darkness, the prince of the powers of the air.
    You are the tempter, the old serpent, the evil
    one. You are the ruler of the darkness of this
    world and the spirit that now works in the
    children of disobedience. You have been defeated
    at Calvary, and you are destined for the
    bottomless pit, and the lake of fire forever and
    ever. In the name of Jesus I resist and rebuke
    you, and command you to GO!

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Destroying Strongholds Exercise
  • With the time remaining, begin working through
    the Destroying Strongholds worksheets.
  • First complete the lie worksheet, and then
    complete the truth worksheet for each misbelief
    that the Holy Spirit helps you identify.

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Homework
  1. Read My Identity In Christ daily.
  2. Personal Study Continue to work through the
    Destroying Strongholds worksheets.
  3. Begin preparing to write My Story. Think about
    writing your story as it pertains to what you are
    learning in this study and how it is impacting
    you.

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Lesson Four
  • Emotional Freedom
  • Forgiveness

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CLASS OBJECTIVE
  • The objective of this class is to define biblical
    forgiveness, and to understand how the Enemy uses
    unforgiveness as a powerful weapon to imprison
    us. We need to open our hearts to the Holy
    Spirit, allow Him to reveal the people we need to
    forgive, and then practically demonstrate real
    forgiveness. As we give and receive forgiveness
    in a genuine, heartfelt way, we will experience
    the true emotional and spiritual freedom that
    Christ achieved for us by the cross.

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Discuss
  • Has anyone had any positive experiences this week
    relating to the truths we have been considering
    and the action steps you have been taking?
  • Did anyone identify a false belief and
    successfully take it captive, making it obedient
    to Christ this week?
  • What was your experience like?

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Discuss Confidentiality As a Group Covenant
  • Then, in groups of 3 or 4,
  • take turns reading
  • Matthew 181-35.

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The Matthew 18 Principle
  • Wounded people wound others.
  • Our unwillingness to forgive
  • leads to self-destruction beyond
  • what the perpetrator did.

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Defining forgiveness
  • Forgiveness is
  • A choice we make through a decision of our will,
    motivated by obedience to God and his command to
    forgive. (Colossians 313)
  • Letting go of the need for revenge. (Romans
    1219)
  • Releasing negative thoughts of bitterness and
    resentment.
  • (Romans 1214-18)

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Defining forgiveness
  • Forgiveness is NOT
  • Pretending an offence never happened.
  • Denying the other persons responsibility for
    hurting you.
  • Excusing or justifying the wrong behavior.
  • Giving permission to continue
  • harmful behaviors.

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  • Not forgiving
  • is like drinking poison and expecting the other
    person to get sick.

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The Big Questions
  • Are you holding onto hatred for someone?
  • Is a lie holding you hostage due to unhealed
    wounds, self-centered pride, harbored resentment,
    jealousy, anger or fear?
  • Are you ready to turn it over to Jesus and be
    forgiven? Forgiven for the sinful reactions to
    their wrongs?

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  • Despite what some people think, God is not
    looking for a reason to condemn us (John 318).
    We have already condemned ourselves through our
    sin. He wants to save us from ourselves and from
    the evil influences of this fallen world. God
    invites you to
  • Stop blaming yourself and others
  • Make the choice to stop living in reaction
  • Take your life back (Jesus paid the price for
    your life already)
  • Make the choice to forgive those who have hurt you

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  • He was hated and rejected by people. He had much
    pain and suffering. People would not even look at
    him. He was hated, and we didn't even notice him.
    But he took our suffering on him and felt our
    pain for us. We saw his suffering and thought God
    was punishing him. But he was wounded for the
    wrong we did he was crushed for the evil we did.
    The punishment, which made us well, was given to
    him, and we are healed because of his wounds. We
    all have wandered away like sheep each of us has
    gone his own way. But the Lord has put on him the
    punishment for all the evil we have done.
  • Isaiah 533-6

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  • If the Son sets you free, you will be free
    indeed.
  • John 836
  • God does not promise to change your circumstances
    but He will change how you see and react to it

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Discuss
  • What did the Holy Spirit impress upon you
    through the truth of this lesson, and what will
    your next step be?
  • Who would like to share first?

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Homework
  1. Begin writing your story this week using the
    Write My Story handout.
  2. Read through My Identity in Christ at least once
    this week.
  3. Begin taking a personal moral inventory of your
    life.
  4. In the future, determine to make restitution for
    each confessed offense, as Jesus directs you.
  5. Personal Study Read Forgiving From The Heart.

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Lesson Five
  • Living in the Spirit
  • The True Expression
  • of Our Identity

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CLASS OBJECTIVE
  • The objective of this class is to understand what
    it means to walk in the Holy Spirit, and to
    learn practical ways of doing so. As we practice
    Gods presence in all the details of our lives,
    we become sensitive to the voice and the
    promptings of the Holy Spirit. This protects us
    from being deceived by Satan, restrains us from
    acting in sinful ways, and enables us to live a
    life that produces good fruit for Gods Kingdom!

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Discuss
  • What is one way youve been challenged to forgive
    this past week?
  • How have you expressed your forgiveness?
  • Did you notice a response from your offender?
  • How can we pray for you?

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Putting the Flesh to Death
  • Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to
    your earthly nature sexual immorality, impurity,
    lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry.
    Because of these, the wrath of God is coming.
    You used to walk in these ways, in the life you
    once lived. 8 But now you must rid yourselves of
    all such things as these anger, rage, malice,
    slander, and filthy language from your lips. Do
    not lie to each other, since you have taken off
    your old self with its practices and have put on
    the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge
    in the image of its Creator.
  • Colossians 35-10

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  • We know that the law is spiritual but I am
    unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin. I do not
    understand what I do. For what I want to do I do
    not do, but what I hate I do. And if I do what I
    do not want to do, I agree that the law is good.
    As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but
    it is sin living in me. I know that nothing good
    lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I
    have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot
    carry it out. For what I do is not the good I
    want to do no, the evil I do not want to do -
    this I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not
    want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it
    is sin living in me that does it. So I find this
    law at work When I want to do good, evil is
    right there with me. For in my inner being I
    delight in Gods law but I see another law at
    work in the members of my body, waging war
    against the law of my mind and making me a
    prisoner of the law of sin at work within my
    members. What a wretched man I am! Who will
    rescue me from this body of death?
  • Romans 714-24

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  • You are not a sinner saved by grace rather,
  • you are a saint who is still capable of
    sinning.
  • It is only by the personal leadership and
    supernatural power of the Holy Spirit that we are
    empowered to stop doing the dysfunctional deeds
    of the flesh. Our responsibility may be
    summarized in one word FAITH. We need to trust
    the Holy Spirit to both reveal what should be
    changed in our lives, and give us the power to
    change it. The bottom line is simply that the
    Holy Spirits role and responsibility is to give
    us both the revelation and power to change. This
    truth separates Christianity from all other
    religions. A religious system of dos and
    donts cannot save us. If it could, Jesus would
    not have had to die.

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  • I say then Walk in the Spirit, and you shall
    not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh
    lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against
    the flesh and these are contrary to one another,
    so that you do not do the things that you wish.
    But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not
    under the law.
  • Galatians 516-18

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Walking in the Spirit
  • Walk is from the original Greek word
    peripateo.
  • Peri means around, suggesting the idea of
    something that is encircling.
  • Pateo means to walk.
  • This suggests a person who has lived in one
    region for so long that it has now become his
    environment, his place of daily activity, the
    sphere that encircles his existence. We must
    become intimately familiar with the Scriptures so
    we can discern when the spirit is speaking to us.

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Discuss
  • Read John 151-8.
  • Question According to John 15,
  • what is the result of abiding
  • (or remaining) in Christ?

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Fruit of the Spirit
  • The Holy Spirit produces the fruit in us and
    through us, as we remain in him, and as our roots
    grow deep into Him.
  • Remaining in Jesus means
  • Doing what God says.
  • Continuing to believe the truth.
  • Loving the community of believers, which is
    Christ's body.

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Fruit of the Spirit
  • But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace,
    forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
    gentleness and self-control. Against such things
    there is no law.
  • Galatians 522-23
  • For this very reason, make every effort to add
    to your faith goodness and to goodness,
    knowledge and to knowledge, self-control and to
    self-control, perseverance and to perseverance,
    godliness and to godliness, mutual affection
    and to mutual affection, love. For if you
    possess these qualities in increasing measure,
    they will keep you from being ineffective and
    unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus
    Christ.
  • 2 Peter 15-8

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Fruit of the Spirit
  • Recipe for Producing Fruit
  • Saturate yourself in God's Word, and obey it.
  • Engage in frequent conversation with Jesus and
    other believers.
  • Practice the presence of God by noticing what He
    is doing around you and joining Him in it.

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Homework
  1. Finish writing Write My Story (Appendix 10) if
    you havent already done so. Prepare to share it
    with someone you trust. Perhaps you would like to
    share it with your group next week.
  2. Memorize one verse from The Christians
    Scriptural Identity (Appendix 7).
  3. Read My Identity In Christ Affirmation (Appendix
    12) again.

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Lesson Six
  • Created for
  • Relationship Ministry
  • Pass It On!

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Discuss
  • Briefly share about a time when you did something
    for someone that had a positive impact on them.
    How did it make you feel?
  • Take turns reading John 1334-35, 1 John 47-21,
    and I Peter 22 in your group.

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Christianity is Relationship Not Religion
  • Human Love vs. Divine Love (1 John 47-21)
  • The primary drive behind human love is,
  • I want you to love me.
  • The primary drive behind divine love is,
  • I want to love you like Jesus loves you.
  • Human love is self-centered.
  • Divine love is Christ-centered
  • and therefore others-centered.

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Christianity is Relationship Not Religion
  1. We must be born of God through the regenerating
    work of the Holy Spirit. We must believe that
    Jesus died for our sins and receive Him as our
    personal Savior.
  2. We must know God. Knowing God in an intimate,
    personal relationship allows us the freedom to
    actually love one another in the same way Jesus
    loves us. Our love for others will spill over
    from the love we have received from our personal
    Savior and friend.

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Christianity is Relationship Not Religion
  • We were made by God,
  • and for God.
  • We were created on purpose,
  • for a purpose!

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Christianity is Relationship Not Religion
  • This is how we know what love is Jesus Christ
    laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay
    down our lives for our brothers. If anyone has
    material possessions and sees his brother in need
    but has no pity on him, how can the love of God
    be in him? Dear children, let us not love with
    words or tongue but with actions and in truth.
  • 1 John 316-18

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Discuss
  • Share Your Story!
  • Share one or two things that really encouraged
    you the most throughout this study.
  • What has God done in your life as a result of
    this study?

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My Identity in Christ Affirmation
  • Because of Christ's redemption,
  • I am a new creation of infinite worth.
  • I am deeply loved, I am completely forgiven,
  • I am fully pleasing,
  • I am totally accepted by God.
  • I am absolutely complete in Christ.
  • When my performance
  • reflects my new identity in Christ.
  • That reflection is dynamically unique.
  • There has never been another person like me
  • in the history of mankind,
  • nor will there ever be.
  • God has made me an original,
  • one of a kind, really somebody!

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Suggested Next Steps
  • Biblical Counseling If you need ongoing
    individual and group recovery counseling.
  • Foundations Life Study Deepen your
    understanding of foundational Christian theology
  • Truth Therapy Learning to think with God.
    Replacing lies with the Truth. The process of
    the renewing of your mind.
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