Winning the War over Our Thoughts

Sustaining Life's Victories


An Article Found in the March 2020 Issue of Refresh Bible Study Magazine
by Krystal Weeks


How can we win the war over our dark thoughts? A battle is going on between good and evil in our minds. I have personally experienced it.  In my early years, the running monologue in my head was, “You’re too skinny, you have buck teeth, you have to prove yourself by making good grades. You’re all alone, because no one thinks like you do.”


Satan filled my thoughts with self-condemnation. Satan’s cunning, deception, and lies originated in the Garden of Eden, and have continued throughout the ages. In Paul’s time, he admonished the early Christians not to let Satan entrap them with his deceit. He wrote, “But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ” (2 Corinthians 11:3 ESV). How can we break Satan’s hold on our thoughts?

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What’s at the Heart of Your Faith?


by Katy Kauffman


They called it the “boss.” In the center of a Roman shield was a round piece of metal or wood, and it wasn’t just for decoration. The boss acted as a weapon in close combat. Any opponent who could get close enough to a Roman soldier was in danger of being stunned with the heart of his shield. What’s at the heart of your shield?


In Ephesians 6, God pictures our protection in spiritual battles as pieces of Roman armor, and He uses a shield to picture our faith. 


Above all, taking the shield of faith
with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.
(Ephesians 6:16 NKJV)


Our faith quenches Satan’s darts of fear, anxiety, and discouragement. When we compare God’s power, wisdom, and love to all that could go wrong, we know we have a Hero we can count on. He is always with us (Isaiah 41:10, Matthew 28:20, Hebrews 13:5) and fighting for us (Exodus 14:14, Deuteronomy 20:4). Instead of giving in to a barrage of negative thoughts, we can stand behind our shield of faith and let the Word of God quench the fiery arrows meant to take us down.

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Merry Christmas from Lighthouse


Merry Christmas from all of us 
here at Lighthouse Bible Studies

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Abide in My Love

This past weekend we enjoyed the 2019 Enrich Conference here in Georgia. My family hosted it, and we had such a good time talking about writing with other Bible study writers. We will be posting pictures on our Lighthouse Facebook page, and for now, I’d like to share this short poem with you, one that I wrote when I was seventeen years old.


How would you describe what it means to abide in the love of Jesus? I did my best to answer that question in this poem. Let each phrase sink into your heart. I’d like to hear your thoughts about John 15:9 in the comments below. Abide in His love. Always.


“As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love” (John 15:9 NKJV).


Abide where it’s safe.

Abide where you’re forgiven.

Abide where you can grow.

Abide with the One who loves you the best.

Abide in My Love, poetry, Katy Kauffman, Lighthouse Bible Studies

What Does Your Peace Look Like?


by Katy Kauffman


It's a simple question to ask, but maybe a harder one to answer. 


My answer has been something like walking in the waves on the beach. Or sitting on the back patio in the sunshine and listening to the wind ruffling trees and the birds singing.


But recently, I've discovered a new answer. An acrostic for P-E-A-C-E. It's something I've been wanting to share with you, but then technology interrupted my, well, my peace.

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A Poem of Victory

by Katy Kauffman


My heart is full. I’ve just returned home after attending the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference. This was my eleventh time to attend and second time to teach. It’s my home away from home, a lifeline each year. The refreshment of being with other writers and gaining new strength on the mountain is an event I cherish.


So today, in lieu of a Bible study devotion, I’d like to share with you a poem. Next month, I will continue our series of Sustaining Life’s Spiritual Victories. Guest bloggers will join me in the weeks to come as we talk about how to sustain a victory that we have won with God’s help. Visit “A Smart Heart” to see our last post in the series and a list of our devotions so far. Today’s poems is one of my favorites, and one I need to remember. I pray it blesses you.

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Say No to the Wolf


by Katy Kauffman


I met my first wolf as a preteen visiting the city zoo in Paris, France. He was black, and I think he liked me. As I walked back and forth in front of his fenced habitat taking pictures of the wolves, he followed me. Head down. I got a kick out of this and started walking faster back and forth in front of him, hoping he would keep following me. He did. My mom called out for me to stop. I think she was wiser than I. Not too long after that, I encountered a different wolf. As a teenager, I began having tormenting, negative thoughts. After a while, my mom realized they were coming from a spiritual enemy.

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True North


by Katy Kauffman


I kept losing North. It was 27 degrees outside, and although I was wearing 5 layers, I started to lose feeling in my fingertips. Cars kept crossing our intersection, and I had to keep up with where North was. About a year ago, I helped my dad and a team test light levels in a downtown area, and I was in charge of the grid map and showing them which spot to test next.


The red building, I thought. That’s it.


In the middle of a cluster of buildings, a mini sky scraper glowing with red lights served as my compass. Whenever I lost my sense of direction, I looked in every direction to find my red marker. Thankfully the marker never moved as we tested 24 spots in the intersection.


As we travel through life, our path doesn’t stay in a simple straight line. Sometimes we have to meander on an ever-curving path down into a valley or hustle up a steep, rugged path on a mountain. It can be easy to lose our sense of direction, and we wonder which way to go. Which way is North.

Jesus, the cross, hope, guidance, storms, True North, Katy Kauffman, Lighthouse Bible Studies

Awake, Awake!


by Katy Kauffman @KatyKauffman28

 

Awake, awake!

Put on your strength, O Zion;

put on your beautiful garments,

 O Jerusalem, the holy city!

Isaiah 52:1a NKJV

 

Awake to light, awake to hope!

Awake to strength replacing weakness.

Awake to beauty displacing misery.

 

Are you ready for the onslaught of good that will come?

Of God rising, His wings drowning out the cries of hopelessness.

Of God fighting, His sword clashing with the lies and schemes of the enemy.

 

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Grunt, Don’t Grunt


by Katy Kauffman


Grunt. Don’t grunt. Grunt. Don’t grunt. I wondered which way it is.


Do we “grunt” to be more like Christ, or is it a work He performs in us? What’s our part? What’s His? These questions usually come to mind when I hear someone say, “Jesus was won the victory for us. Rest in that victory.” Yes, Jesus’ death defeated sin’s power over us and set us free from sin’s penalty of eternal separation from God. But in my daily Christian life, I feel the tug of war between good and evil, between what I want and what God wants for me.


So grunt? Philippians 2:12 (NKJV*) teaches, “Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.” We have a part to play in our spiritual growth, and it’s going to take some fierce respect and love for God because we are in a fierce spiritual battle. As Satan’s kingdom wars against God’s, as the world’s ways war against God’s holy principles, as our sinful nature competes for supremacy with the Holy Spirit’s leadership, we are called to fight. To “fight the good fight of faith” (1 Timothy 6:12) and to flee what’s evil and pursue what’s good (1 Timothy 6:11, 2 Timothy 2:22).

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