Change Your Mind, Change Your Life: Set Free From Me

SET FREE FROM ME

SIX WEAPONS OF SELF DESTRUCTION

Shame

You cannot be happy and feel ashamed at the same time.

Uncontrolled Thoughts

If you don’t learn how to control your thoughts, your thoughts will ruin your life.

Compulsions

Compulsions are those inner drives, inner desires. You can call them lusts, you can call them habits, you can call them impulses.

Fear

Fear is an enormous destroyer of happiness, of potential, of God’s purpose for your life. It will limit your life.

Hopelessness

Hopelessness is a self-destructive weapon that you use on you.

Bitterness

You never hurt other people with your bitterness like you hurt yourself. You always hurt you the most.

Insecurity

When you’re insecure and you’re trying to show everybody else that you’re very confident, you’ll say stupid things.

Rom 7:24-25 NLT
Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death? 25 Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord. So you see how it is: In my mind I really want to obey God’s law, but because of my sinful nature I am a slave to sin.

ROMANS 8: HOW CAN I BE SET FREE FROM ME?

Mental habit to defeat the weapons of self-destruction

  1. Remind myself daily what Jesus did for me
Rom. 8:1-4 (NLT)
 
2.  Ask the Holy Spirit to give me better thoughts

Romans 8:5-6 (NIV)

Romans 8:7 NIV “The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so.”

3. Realize I have a new ability to say no

Galatians 5:16 (GNT) “…Let the Spirit direct your lives, and you will not satisfy the desires of the human nature.”

“You are now controlled by the Spirit, if you have the Spirit of God living in you. (And remember that those who do not have the Spirit of Christ living in them do not belong to him at all.)” Romans 8:9 (NLT)

“So, dear brothers, you have no obligations whatever to your old sinful nature to do what it begs you to do.” Romans 8:12 (LB)

4. Turn my thoughts to God whenever I’m afraid

“Those who are led by God’s Spirit are God’s children. For the Spirit that God has given you does not make you slaves and cause you to be afraid; instead, the Spirit makes you God’s children, and by the Spirit’s power we cry out to God, ‘Father! My Father!’ God’s Spirit joins himself to our spirits to declare that we are God’s children!” Romans 8:14-16 (GNT)

5. Focus on the long term, not the short term

Romans 8:17-18 (TEV)
“Since we are his children, we will possess the blessings he keeps for his people, and also we will possess with Christ what God has kept for him! For if we share Christ’s suffering, we will also share his glory! I consider that what we suffer at this present time cannot be compared at all with the glory that is going to be revealed to us.”

6. Remind myself that God is good and in control

Romans 8:26-27 (NCV)
“Also, the Spirit helps us with our weakness. We do not know how to pray as we should. But the Spirit himself speaks to God for us, and even begs God for us with deep feelings that words cannot explain. God can see what is in our hearts… and the Spirit speaks to God for his people in the way God wants.”

a. Holy Spirit is praying for me
b. God is using it all for good.

Romans 8:28 (NIV) “and we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who’ve been called according to His purpose.”

c. God wants me to succeed.

Romans 8:31-32 (NLT) “So what can we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? And since God did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t God, who gave us Christ, also give us everything else?”

d. God will give what I need

Romans 8:32 (NLT)
“Since God did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t God, who gave us Christ, also give us everything else?”

7. Trust that God will never stop loving me

Romans 8:38-39 (NLT)
“I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from his love. Death can’t, and life can’t. The angels can’t, and the demons can’t. Our fears for today, our worries about tomorrow, and even the powers of hell can’t keep God’s love away. Whether we are high above the sky or in the deepest ocean, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.”