‘We are our own greatest enemy' shows us the secret to living victoriously. We lie to ourselves most of the time. We blame others for our own lack and problems. It is important to face up with reality and see the self-destructive thoughts and feelings that we have.Rick Warren's sermon on "Set Free from Self-Destruction" not only gives the list but also provides the answer. It is very useful that I summarized it in the mind-map below:
7 weapons of self-destruction and solution.
1. Shame…it robs you of all happiness
...Remind myself daily what Jesus did for me. - Rom 8:1-4
...Ask the Holy Spirit to give me better thoughts - Rom 8:5-6
3. Compulsion: inner desires made you do it even though it was wrong - Rom 8:12
...Realize I have a new ability to say “no” through the Holy Spirit
4. Fear…enormous destroyer
...Turn my thoughts to God whenever I’m afraid - Romans 8:14-16
5. Hopelessness..keeps you from keeping on
...Focus on the long-term, not on the short term!
6. Bitterness…you hurt YOU the most…get better or bitter
...Remind myself that God is good and in control. - Rom 8:19-25
7. Insecurity…poser…you will do or say anything.
...Security - nothing can separate us from His love. - Rom 8:38-39
- When you are feeling blue, and when you are feeling bitter you need to remind yourself that God is good and in control.
- His Spirit is praying for me.
- He’s using everything for good in my life.
- He wants me to succeed and He’s going to give me what I need.