Like whitewater rapids rushing you downstream, your thoughts move your life in the direction of their strongest currents. The thoughts you believe, hold onto, and use to support your decisions determine your view of everything and everyone around you, including yourself. You probably don’t stop and think about the power your thoughts have over your life—which only increases the power they have to determine your decisions and shape your actions.
Simply put, what you think determines what you believe. Every thought in your brain produces a neurochemical change in your mind. And these thoughts shape your life. Once your thoughts determine what you believe, these beliefs then determine how you behave. In many ways, you become what you think about. Therefore, the better you grasp the importance of your thoughts, the better equipped you’ll be to change your life in powerful ways.
Even as scientists and neurologists continue to confirm the power our thoughts have on us, God told us this truth more than 1,500 years ago: “For as [a person] thinks in his heart, so he is” (Proverbs 23:7). God knows that what we focus on mentally affects every aspect of our lives because he created us that way.
Drawing on what the Bible tells us about the power of our thoughts as well as what we can learn from modern psychology, particularly an area called cognitive behavioral therapy, we have the ability to change our lives for the better. We can live according to the principles and promises God gives us and enjoy being all that he created us to be. Otherwise, our thoughts will continue to sweep us away in dangerous currents of deception, misinformation, and lies from our enemy, the devil.
If you are sick and tired of being sick and tired, of having your life poisoned by toxic thoughts, of being held hostage by those inner voices, then trust God that you can change. As you read Winning the War in Your Mind, this workbook will help you understand and apply the important truths essential to changing your thoughts and behavior.
Following the chapters of the book, you will be equipped and empowered with tools to help you identify the lies holding you back and replace those lies with the truth that will set you free. First, you will understand the battle for your mind and why it’s the reason you might not be who you think you are. Next, you will discover the spiritual weapons God has given you to win the battles you face and fight daily. From there you will learn how your brain works and the incredible ability you have to reframe your thinking and literally redesign your mind around new thoughts. Finally, you will be equipped to identify your mental triggers and overcome them through the power of prayer.
You will discover how to live free of anxiety and negativity and to experience the joy and peace that comes from knowing God and living in his truth. With his help, you can master your mind, think his thoughts, and do his will. You can renew the intricately designed brain he has created as part of your body. You can stop believing the lies that hold you back, weigh you down, and keep you living a life that leaves you frustrated and unfulfilled.
As you dwell in his truth, you can grow to live by faith and not be overcome with worry. You can allow God’s truth to help treat your anxious mind. Instead of wavering aimlessly, you can learn to become more confidently decisive. You can grow beyond all that weighs you down and dwell in daily peace. With God’s help, you will experience life to the fullest, living out the purpose for which you were created. It’s time to arrest your false thoughts and liberate God’s truth in you.
It’s time to change your thinking so God can change your life.
In the Winning the War in Your Mind twelve-lesson workbook, pastor and New York Times bestselling author Craig Groeschel reveals that our lives are always moving in the direction of our strongest thoughts. What we think shapes who we are. Both the Bible and modern science provide evidence that this is true.
In this workbook, Craig goes deeper into the principles outlined in his book to reveal the strategies he has discovered will change your mind and your life for the long-term. Each lesson includes biblical exploration, reflection and application questions, and practical exercises to help you determine any destructive thought patterns that have and eliminate them from your life.
New York Times bestselling author Craig Groeschel is the founding and senior pastor of Life.Church, which created the free YouVersion Bible App and is one of the largest churches in the world. He has written more than fifteen books and hosts the Craig Groeschel Leadership Podcast. He is the Summit Champion for the Global Leadership Network, which reaches hundreds of thousands of leaders around the world annually. Craig and his wife, Amy, live in Oklahoma. Connect with Craig at www.craiggroeschel.com.