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Breaking Strongholds (22 of 40)
Series: Emerge: Identity
Jesus Culture - Banning Liebscher
Ephesians 4:25-32

Everybody has a dandelion story from childhood. Either you picked a bouquet for your sweetheart or you colored your younger siblings face yellow and got in trouble! What's your story?

When left alone, dandelions will ruthlessly take over a lawn or garden, replacing what is lush and green in a matter of months.

They seem easy to control. You just pop off the heads or run them over with a lawn mower, and your problem is solved, right? Not true! If you don't get a dandelion at the root, the problem will grow more and more unmanageable.

In this week's session, we're going to take a peek at the spiritual equivalent of dandelions: negative strongholds. If left unchecked, these seemingly innocent patterns in our thinking can take us over. It's vital we understand how to cut them out at the very roots!

Main Scripture: Ephesians 4:25-32

- Focus on verse 26 for the root of strongholds.
- Focus on verse 29 for speech that bridges our inner and outer worlds.
- Focus on verse 30 for the effects of behavior.

EQUIP: Believe or bust

Read EPHESIANS 4:25-32 and then focus on the observations and teaching points provided.

Teaching Point 1: Beliefs: What you put in

- We are to guard, or take captive, the content of our thoughts and attitudes so the enemy doesn't establish his perspective in our lives (2 Cor. 10:5).
- God grows and fortifies His Word in our hearts (Luke 4:20). His Word gives life (Matt. 4:4), saves, heals, preserves, and delivers (James 1:21).

Dandelions grow everywhere. They are just one of those weeds that won't die no matter what. The best way to avoid being overrun is to take preemptive action. You have to weed, fertilize, and take care of your lawn before the weeds set in.

Paul exhorts, ''Be angry, and yet do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and do not give the devil an opportunity'' (v. 26). We ar ...

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