Breaking the Chains: Disarming Enslaving Thoughts

The mind is a constant battlefield. Satan knows that if he can influence us with negative thoughts, he can influence how we live. He can steal our peace, rob us of our impact for God’s kingdom, and send us into a tail spin of mental bondage and emotional turmoil.

Enslaving thoughts used to frighten me. As a teenager, I wanted to honor God in my mind, so when I heard bad words on TV or in movies, I was paranoid about remembering them later. Later in life, I allowed a certain way of thinking to dominate my thoughts, and I experienced a barrage of attacks from the enemy. I felt like there was no way out. I couldn’t escape my own mind, and although I knew God was powerful enough to free me, I couldn’t figure out what I needed to do.

But God was faithful. 

 

 

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Breaking the Chains: Easing the Gnaw of Loneliness

The hunger finds us at opportune times—when we’re alone at night, when we hear that friends are hanging out, when a relationship has ended. A craving to be with people starts to nibble at our hearts, and sometimes it can be satisfied with a phone call, a visit to Facebook, or a prayer. But if we can’t satisfy the hunger for fellowship soon, the gnaw of loneliness can eat away at our peace and joy. Have you felt it?

No one is immune. Single people, married people, the young, the more seasoned. It finds us. Satan likes to use loneliness as a choice weapon to steal our joy, peace, and hope.

 

 

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Breaking the Chains: Hoping For a Happy Ending

by Tessa Emily Hall

 

Writing a book is therapeutic for me. I find enjoyment through weaving together the tough aspects of life into a story that brings meaning to these hardships. A story that wraps up in a satisfying, happy ending.

Because this is what we yearn for in life, isn’t it? We long for hope in the midst of tragic circumstances. We yearn for meaning in the midst of pain. A reminder that, despite how our “story” might look right now, it will turn out all right in the end.

In my YA novel, Purple Moon, Selena grew up in a Christian home. She grew up believing in Jesus and that He had the perfect “fairy tale life” planned for her. But as she grew older, this hope began to diminish.

 

 

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Breaking the Chains: Breaking Free from Unforgiveness

by Leigh Powers

Loving your enemies sounds easy until you have one. Early in our ministry my husband and I had to deal with an individual who slandered us and sought to do us harm. Walking through the process of forgiveness was tough, but it was also necessary. The cost of not forgiving is our emotional and spiritual health. Unforgiveness leads to spiritual bondage.

 

 

unforgiveness, past hurts, healing, Leigh Powers, Katy Kauffman, Lighthouse Bible Studies

Breaking the Chains: Silencing Guilt

She walked into the house, desperate to find Jesus. Her life had been filled with sin, guilt, and shame. The haunting melody of guilt had followed her, had crept into her soul. But she heard Jesus sing a different song, one of mercy and forgiveness. His words taught that it was possible to turn from sin and receive God’s forgiveness. His actions showed that He cared for everyone, even a sinner like her. She understood the gospel and craved its mercy. She accepted the truth and turned from her lifestyle of sin and heartache. So she had to find Him.

This woman wanted to thank Jesus and show just how much she loved Him and the restoration He gave. When she found Jesus in the house, she didn’t even approach His face, but knelt at His feet and wept. Her anguished soul found hope in the Savior. She dried His feet with her hair and anointed them with oil, costly oil bought with the money she had gained from her sinful, miserable lifestyle. This was her gift of love to Him, but not everyone understood it. 

 

 

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Breaking the Chains: Loosening the Grip of Fear

It stood tall and red in my dream. I backed away from the red monster and tried to get away, but the white room offered no way of escape—no doors, no windows. As my fear of the monster grew, he grew taller and scarier.

Then it hit me. “This is my dream. I don’t have to be scared of you!”

The moment I said that, he started shrinking till he was just a red puddle on the floor. I stood above him, amazed that I had been afraid of something so puny. My fear of him gave him power over me, but in reality—or in my dream—he was nothing more than a red blob.

The more power we give to fear, the taller and scarier it grows in our lives. The more we say yes to it, the tighter its grip on us becomes. But God didn’t intend for fear to be our reality—not the kind of fear that paralyzes us and keeps us from living life to the fullest with Him. 

 

 

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Breaking the Chains: A New Series on Overcoming Spiritual Bondage

Our spiritual enemies abound. The great enemy of our souls—Satan—seeks to bring us into spiritual bondage. He can’t take away our salvation, so he wants to make our daily lives with God miserable, joy-less, and ineffective. We can’t let him. Too many adventures await us with God. Too many people need to know His love and truth. Too much is at stake.

Not only do we have enemies without, but we have enemies within. Regrets, haunting memories, emotional turmoil, and the flesh. Yet in Christ, we can be more than conquerors (Romans 8:37). But what does that look like?

 

 

 

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A Spotlight on Love: Refresh Bible Study Magazine February Issue

Why is love such a big deal? It’s what God wants most.

  • “You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.” Deuteronomy 6:5 NKJV*
  • “The LORD has appeared to me of old, saying: ‘Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you.’” Jeremiah 31:3
  • “Let all that you do be done with love.” 1 Corinthians 16:14

God’s heartbeat is love.

It’s February, and in honor of Valentine’s Day, our latest Refresh issue is about love. What place does God give love in His design of the Christian life? Why is love so important to God? What does love that has real substance look like? How can we love God more and show His love to others in ways that are pleasing to Him? Our Refresh issue answers those questions.  

 

 

Refresh Bible Study Magazine, A Spotlight on Love, Lighthouse Bible Studies, Katy Kauffman, Beebe Kauffman, Rick Kauffman

Broken but Priceless: The Magazine

Grab a cup of hot chocolate, and snuggle in your favorite chair. Here’s a magazine you’ll want to read. Broken but Priceless: The Magazine is an encouraging resource for those who have chronic illnesses and for those who need some hope in the middle of trials. The magazine is free and comes by email to subscribers. Since I have the privilege of designing it, I get to read all the articles before they’re released and I anticipate with excitement the time when everyone else reads them. 

 

 

Broken but Priceless Ministries, Broken but Priceless: the Magazine, chronic illness, adversity, difficulties, hope, Erin Elizabeth Austin, Josie Siler, Katy Kauffman, Lighthouse Bible Studies

Be Still and Know

There’s peace in being still. Not just resting in the middle of a busy schedule, but in drawing close to God. Do you need a moment to be still?

Last week I wrote about finding rest for our souls, and today I want to share with you a poem that I wrote for my friend’s magazine last year. It’s about making Psalm 46:10 a reality. The picture below shows how the poem appeared in the issue, and you can instantly see the magazine by clicking this link: Broken but Priceless: The Magazine. I’ve also included the poem in a bigger font so you can read it easily.

Can you relate to the emotions and struggles captured in the poem? Can you relate to the victory? ...

 

 

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