Week Eight | Men of Memphis | Spring 2022

Dr. Steve Gaines, Bellevue’s Senior Pastor, is known as a man of prayer and a preacher of God’s Word. Since 1983, he has pastored churches in Texas, Tennessee, and Alabama before coming to Bellevue Baptist Church in 2005 as Senior Pastor.
Pastor Steve Gaines
April 14, 2022
April 14, 2022

Pastor Steve Gaines concludes our study of "Winning the War in Your Mind" by Craig Groeschel by highlighting the most important lessons from our semester.

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Quotes and Scriptures from "Winning the War in Your Mind" by Craig Groeschel

Where are your thoughts taking you? Thoughts drive your life. (Philippians 4:8-9)
Modern psychology is focusing on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (Romans 12:2)
Today's thoughts shape your tomorrow
Become a thought warrior — Declare a thought war (2 Corinthians 10:3-5)
You must identify the lies you believe — You can't defeat what you can't define.
Stop believing Satan's lies!
What to do when Satan lies to you:
  • Recognize the lie
  • Reject and resist the lie
  • Replace the lie with Scripture
Uncross the wires in your brain — Brain-ruts help you do things automatically
Only God's truth can defeat Satan's lies
Rewire your brain with God's Word.
Write it, Think it, Confess it
Sinful thoughts can come from your sinful heart. (Jeremiah 17:9) (Matthew 15:18-20)
Sinful thoughts can come from the devil
Review Scripture repeatedly (Joshua 1:8) (Psalm 1:2)
"Ruminate/meditate" on scripture:
  • Get the true meaning out of it
  • Cut a new and better neural pathway in your brain!
  • Repetition is the reason for ruts
Meditation eventually leads to automaticity
Stop expecting "collateral damage" from God; start expecting "collateral goodness" from God!
What you look for is what you'll find; Look for God's goodness and be grateful!
Preframe your future — Choose how you'll view it before it happens.
Focus on God's presence, not your problem.
God's not in the wind, but the whisper!
When you've had enough, God is enough!
The God Box
Practice God's presence and praise the Lord!
Look at what's right and rejoice!
Go from panic to praise!
Praising God can change your brain!
Christian, you're in a fight. Don't drop your guard! (1 Peter 5:8) (Philippians 4:6-7)