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Redeeming Your Past & Finding Your Promised Land

by Dr. Ray Self


Redeeming Your Past - Lesson 2


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Finding Your Promised Land - Lesson 2

Just as misdirected hunger can be a hindrance to your life, your belief system can hinder you as well.

Your life will be shaped by your personal beliefs.

Your deep rooted beliefs about yourself will have a powerful influence in your life.

Personal beliefs are shaped normally by your life experiences.

The messages of your past may still speak strongly today.

When you were born you were labeled by God - Jeremiah 1:5 - Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations. (KJV)

Satan also has been trying to label you ever since you were created.

God knows who you truly are because He created you.

God knows what He designed you for, because He created your purpose before you were born.

God gave you your true identity as one of His children. In Scripture there are over 200 verses that we call “Identity Scriptures.”

If God empathizes something in His word over 200 times, perhaps we should listen!

      Examples of Your True Identity:

  • I am a joint-heir with Christ - Romans 8:17
  • I am more than a conqueror through Him Who loves me - Romans 8:37
  • I am part of a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, and a purchased people - I Peter 2:9
  • I am a new creature in Christ - II Corinthians 5:17
  • I am the righteousness of God in Jesus Christ - II Corinthians 5:21
  • I am born again of the incorruptible seed of the Word of God - I Peter 1:23
  • I am seated with Christ in heavenly places - Ephesians 2:6
  • I am a friend of Christ – John 15:15
  • I am a child of God – John 1:12
  • I am chosen by God – Ephesians 1:4
  • I am His workmanship – Ephesians 2:10
  • I am fearfully and wonderfully made – Psalms 139:14

Even though the truth is that you were created and given your identity through God, Satan has been trying to destroy that identity with his schemes ever since you were born.

Satan especially targets those who have been chosen for special purposes and anointing.

People with strong anointing and/or calls; generally suffer attacks throughout their lives.

Many victims of abuse have very strong calls to the ministry. That is why they were a target.

These attacks are not to destroy the person, but they actually are intended to stop that person from doing what God has ordained for them. It is always an attack against God’s purpose.

If a person can be stopped from his God–given purpose, then Satan can use this person for his purpose.

A person lives out his life according to what he believes about himself.

Satan knows that painful experiences can shape identities. Satan wants to shape your identity into one that is in agreement with the world’s system and at odds with God’s plan.

Negative experiences tend to create negative self beliefs.

Since your beliefs greatly affect your actions the demonic attacks are directed to destroy the truth about who you really are.

What you think and believe can be a product of many years of various influences.

      Mind Types:

  • Open Door Mind - some people think about anything that comes into their mind.
  • Focused Mind – the mind is dominated by a particular thought. This can be good or bad.
  • Controlled Mind – the mind is so heavily influenced by a thought that the brain is consumed and unable to think about anything else.
  • Depraved Mind – habitual sin has taken control and consumed the thought life.
  • Spirit Led Mind - Romans 8:6 but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace.

Study Questions:

  1. What is a belief system and how does it shape your life?
  2. Why are some people targeted by the devil more than others?
  3. How does a painful past shape an identity?
  4. What does it mean to have a Holy Spirit led mind?

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