“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’ Matt 25:21
“Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed–not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence–continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling.” Phil 2:12
Our last topic of Haven covered practical strategies for renewing your mind. How have you been doing in practicing the strategies? Remember, there are different prayer points and strategies for each personality so select the prayers that are most appropriate for your personality type.
1. Morning Preparation:
When you wake up in the morning it’s crucial that you prepare your mind for the day. Depending on which identity you most identified with, start your day in prayer to align your heart and mind with God’s. (2 Cor 10:4)
Phil. 4:8 teaches us a powerful lesson about visualization. It is a simple and valuable tool that believers can use to bring heaven to earth. It involves painting a picture in your mind of the outcome you wish to achieve. This is a great tool to use in conjunction with your prayers to help you develop a clearer picture of how God is calling us to live.
3. Regular Realigning:
When you act out of your limiting belief or false identity (people please, control, boast or act overly dramatic) you behave in ways that don’t line up with who God created you to be. This is the time to seek the Holy Spirit and come into alignment with you are in Christ. (2 Cor 10:5) Notice the behavior and either pray the short prayer or renew your mind by citing scripture that relates to your habit or behavior.
4. After you’ve given in to temptation:
We will not win all of our battles but our success rate will be dramatically improved when we can renew our mind AFTER we’ve fallen into temptation. This strategy will be the same for each group regardless of your false identity. (Eph 4:23)
5. Re-educating Yourself
Learning who we are in Christ is one of the best things we can do for our self-esteem, confidence, freedom, and to help us finally stop fighting the losing battle. Our Heavenly Father longs for us to know truth. Truth is a powerful weapon we have to fight against the enemy’s lies. Truth is developed from developing a relationship with God and fully experiencing Him. Relationship builds trust and trust builds love. When we can learn to love God, our neighbor and ourselves, we will be free. Follow this excellent link to learn more about who you are in Christ. http://crossinglouisville.com/sermon/our-identity-in-christ/
6. Long-term Strategies
It’s taken you years to develop some of these habits and patterns so you should not expect healing to occur with the push of a (reset) button. Begin by selecting one new habit that you will develop that has been holding you back. Choose one from the suggested list or come up with your own.
Review your strategies you identified in Week 10. Which ones have you been incorporating into your daily routine? Can you share any examples?
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