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Conquering your Inner Critic

2 Corinthians 10:3-5  /Romans 8:32-39/John 8:32-34

Recap from last week:

What is the conversation like in your head?

Your internal conversation becomes your external reality

Assessing your Thought life

Negative ………………………………………………………………………………..Positive

Worry …………………………………………………………………………………….Confident

Frustrated ……………………………………………………………………………Calm (Peace-filled)

Skeptical/Cynical…………………………………………………………………Trusting

Your life is always moving in the direction of your strongest thoughts. 

  • Craig Groschel
  • Our brokenness is what our inner critic leverages against us
  • The most difficult lies are the ones targeted at our most broken places.
  • We get trapped by the lies we tell ourselves.

Three Types of Lies

  • The lies told to us from others
  • The lies we tell ourselves
  • The lies that come from Satan

How to conquer the lies from our inner critic

  • Face the reality of a spiritual battle in your mind (2 Corinthians 10:3-5)
  1. Identify the Lies
  2. Expose them to the truth of who Christ is in your life, using the Scriptures

Examples

LIE #1:  You aren’t enough

TRUTH:  Christ is enough (2 Cor. 9:8)

LIE #2:  I am doomed to fail.

TRUTH:  I am more than a conqueror

LIE #3:  THAT is the solution to my problem

TRUTH:  Lean on me. I’ll tell you what is best (Pr 3:5,6)

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come

that they may have life, and have it to the full. (John 10:10)

LIE #4: Everyone is against me

TRUTH:  If God is for me, who can be against me?  (Romans 8:31-32)

  1. Meditate on the truth

– Create a new trench of truth

Even when you change, the old beliefs aren’t removed like a knee and replaced with better ones.  Instead, the new beliefs take their place alongside the old ones and as they become stronger, they give you a different way to think, feel and act.   (Mindset, Carol S. Dweck)

Romans 12:2 (NLT). Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world,

but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.

  • Take the Thought Audit: Take your lie, captive and bring it to the truth.

Write out what the Scripture says is true.

Meditate on the truth: read it, remind yourself,

and renew your mind with it.

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