Updated: Mar 15
Pastor Craig Groeschel tells some stories about his wife. We're getting to the root of who you are, why you think the way you think, and why you believe certain thoughts about yourself.
STEPHANIE: Welcome to the Keto Mom page, my name is Stephanie and this is my husband, Steve. We're going through "The Power To Change" by Craig Groeschel.
CHAPTER 1.3: WHY YOU BELIEVE WHAT YOU BELIEVE
We're getting to the root of who you are, why you think the way you think, and why you believe certain thoughts about yourself. The book has been really incredible, and we're going through it slowly with you. There are verses, concepts, and actions, and it's going to be great.
STEVE: We are working on the power to change because the mindset is so important.
STEPHANIE: You can also go to ketomomsecrets.com and you can click on Book Club, recipes, or how to get started. There are so many things that we talk about on the Keto Mom page, but the mornings are to help you get your morning on the track.
Your mindset is important, the way you wake up in the morning, the thoughts that you're having, and the way that you see yourself in the mirror are going to determine how you act toward other people. Your actions are ultimately the results you're going to get at the end of the day.
We're diving into 1.3, and Pastor Craig Groeschel tells some stories about his wife. She grew up believing that she wasn't smart, she was told that she's doesn't do well in school and she believed it, so she was an average student and didn't do great in school. And she was taking in all of these things and voices from her family.
You might have people like this in your environment, in your family, or even in your workspace. Do you ever have people say something like this to you? And it's not meant to be mean, it's almost like a joke. But if the jokes are said long enough, you sometimes take on the identity of it.
Pastor Craig said that his wife grew up believing certain things because her family spoke them over her.
And so when she got married, she asked why she believed these things. She met pastor Craig in college, and he told her that she was brilliant. For years he would tell her, "Amy, you're so smart and I'm not just telling you that because I like you, you're so smart. You can be a morning person, you're not a crabby person".
And with that, she graduated with a 4.0 average in college. She asked the Lord to reveal to her why she felt like she was a crabby person in the morning and why she believed the lies. She then reversed and switched it. She changed the way she thought about herself by putting different words inside of her and finding the light and replacing it with the truth.
CHANGE YOUR "WHO" TO CHANGE YOUR "DO"
STEVE: So her "Who" changed her "Do".
STEPHANIE: Her "Who" changed her "Do". We often try so hard to change the things we're doing, and we believe in the lies that other people speak about us, so we have to get to the root of it.
STEVE: So when you think about who you are, who you are is what's actually driving your behavior.
This has been an interesting trip for us. We got to hang out with some friends last night to learn and grow. And that's what I really love about this page, watching Stephanie connect with so many people through social media. This is a community where mindset does matter. And you might not understand because this is new to you. But you have to start realizing that your thinking actually controls a lot of what happens in your life. It doesn't have to be that way, you can be renewed and restored. You can have a better way of thinking.
So here are some things that you might have heard repeatedly in your head. Maybe these are some labels or lies that the enemy has probably spoken about you...
You're a failure.
You'll never amount to anything.
You'll never change.
You can't do that.
You don't know.
You don't have what it takes.
You will never be healthy.
You can never have a good marriage.
You can never be financially free.
I don't know if any of those statements that we just said resonated or maybe even kind of, like hit you a little bit. Or maybe like, Yeah, that's true. I say some of those things every day. Well, the reality is that we're believing that you're going to be able to identify that negative self-talk.
WRITE DOWN YOUR NEGATIVE THOUGHTS
We talked about this the other day, about keeping a journal. Write down those thoughts, identify the triggers, and what cues create those thoughts. You can even write down the time because you'll start finding that there's typically a pattern that happens in your mind that's created by some kind of external circumstance, situation, or environment.
And sometimes we're only at a one-degree shift of changing a small thing, to be able to have major breakthrough in our life
STEPHANIE: That's so good. So pastor Craig, the author of this book will help you identify the lies. And then he will give you a whole bunch of Bible verses to help you replace that lie with the truth.
I just opened a message from Judith, we've been chatting this morning and she said that she was also going through the book with us. She shared a bible verse which is also a verse we tell our kids all the time. "You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free".
So pastor Craig will give you truths to replace the lies that people or the enemy have spoken over you. You can ask yourself why you're believing this. You may have heard it once or twice, but now you repeatedly say it to yourself. You need to take that out and identify it. We talked about writing it down and you need to find the truth.
FINDING THE TRUTH
You might need help with finding the truth. You might feel like you don't even know how to find the truth. You don't know how to navigate the Bible, you've never done that before. You've been told your whole life that you're going to be this way, your body will always be this way.
How can you replace those truths? We can help you with that. You can send me a message and I can give you some ideas. But if you don't know the truth, you will never be set free. You will be tied to the bondage of that belief and the lie that you believed in. Ultimately, you're not going to achieve the goals that you want to. You're focusing on the "Do Do Do", but the deep-rooted seed inside of you doesn't actually believe that you can do that.
STEVE: That's really good! That's why we talk often about what you are allowing into your eyes or ears. What words are you speaking out of your mouth? I think it's really an affirmation that Stephanie is talking about, or the words you're speaking over yourself. I also saw in the comments people saying, "That's what I've always been told", "That's what I've always heard about myself", and "That's what I've come to believe".
You may hear all the lies all the time, or those perpetual negative thought patterns every day. So here are some things that God says about you and what I want to encourage you with...
You have actually sought after.
You are actually precious.
You're a new creation.
You're not condemned.
You can be forgiven.
You can be loved.
You can be accepted.
You're a child of God.
You are free.
Your body is actually a temple of God.
You are a treasured possession.
You're complete in Christ.
You've chosen your call.
You're an ambassador.
You're a masterpiece.
So think of some of these words, and if anybody ever told you these things. These are some truths that you can apply to yourself because that's who you are. And when you know who you are, you know what to do. Earlier we were talking about the truth, and how the truth shall set you free. But did you know that you're more than a conqueror through Jesus because He loves you?
STEPHANIE: "True and lasting change does not come from self-driven. Do your best behavior modification. You change by God-empowered spiritual transformation, which happens when you embrace your true god given identity".
So we're going to take this step by step, we're going to help you realize the power that you have within you, the power that's all around you, the gifts and talents that God has given you, and identifying the lies and putting the truth in.
ACTION STEP: WRITE DOWN A LIST
STEVE: For today's exercise is for part four. Has someone in your family or someone close to you, ever told you something that you believed about yourself even if it's not true? Write it down on a piece of paper. I'd encourage you to do it in your quiet time. Take a couple of minutes and be honest with yourself.
What are some of those truths?
What are some of those lies?
What are some of those things that are just constantly running through your mind?
STEPHANIE: I was chatting with someone who said that it's really hard to write down some of the lies. And that's probably because you believed them for so long.
A lie is going to be something that makes you feel less than others. It's an excuse, it's victim mentality, or it's something that doesn't bring you peace or joy.
When you look in the mirror, it's maybe one of the first things that you say and you've said it so often. We can help you replace those thoughts with the truth. The truth might feel uncomfortable, but in the long run, it will bring you peace and joy. It will put a smile on your face, but we have to help you interweave that in your mind because you've been told the lies for so long and probably by yourself.
STEVE: It starts with the things that you want to start and the things that you want to stop. There's a reason why you want to stop those certain behaviors and what your underlying beliefs are. This is the next step further. So if you know what you want to change or improve, we're going to identify where those lies are coming from and we're going to list them out.
So which identity statements and Bible verses listed in the chapter stood out to you? Go back to some of those things that we read over you, if anything hits you, I want to encourage you to write those things down because those are words that you can start speaking over yourself and your affirmations.
"You are who God says you are. See what a great love the Father has lavished on us that he would have been called children of God, and that is who we are".
STEPHANIE: I hope that this is helping you see your goals and systems differently. Our goal is to go through this book with you to help you identify who you are. We're super excited, and I've already been hearing some great stories and people reaching out to us. So if you want to share with us, we'd love to know more. You can always reach out or send us a message. Thank you for tuning in, your presence matters. We truly appreciate it, and we'll see you tomorrow. Bye, everybody!
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