Your Worst Enemy

Your worst enemy is… you. To take dominion over your life, you need to first take charge over yourself. What does that look like? Join us as we dive into taking dominion over the self.


Your Biggest Enemy is You

Boy – under parental dominion

Young man – leave father/mother, responsible for self

Grown man – responsible self & others starting wife/kids (employees, disciples, etc.)

GOAL: Your Father extends His influence through you to the fullness of His calling/anointing

Genesis 1:26 God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”

Dominion: A person with authority over a realm

=Your biggest enemy is you! If you rule yourself someone/something else will

9 times in the 10 Commandments [Exodus 20 KJV] “Thou shalt not…”

You can choose self-dominion or self-destruction 

Mark 12:28-31 Religious leaders question: “Which commandment is the most important of all?” Jesus’ answer: “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’

  • Love = Father & son/grandson
  • Jn 14:15 NLT “If you love me, obey my commandments.”

Heart – How’s your emotional health?

900X Bible “heart”

Matthew 15:18-19 what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart…out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander.

Heart is upstream – words & deeds downstream

XN gets new heart

#1 deadly sin =bitterness (demonic foothold, pulls Hell up not Heaven down)

#1. Deadly emotion = Fear/Anger – men don’t like feel weak = respond w/anger

= 1 word?: hard/soft; broken/healed; anxious/peaceful; angry/joyful

HS & return to joy

Allows a non-anxious presence for others

Soul – How’s your spiritual health?

  • Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders – soul 0x
  • Bible – Hebrew OT 750X

You are 1 person 2 parts

  1. outer life (physical, visible, body)
  2. inner life (spiritual, invisible, soul)

You do not have a soul, you are a soul.

Your soul is your greatest possession & should be your highest priority

Matt 16:26: “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul?”

-Presence       -Prayer           -Praise            -People

Mind – How’s your mental health?

Thinking =

  1. war (2 Cor. 10:5 “take every thought captive”)
  2. worship (Rom 12:1-2 “spiritual worship…the renewal of your mind”

Life – battlefield

Mind – fortified headquarters

Bible – weapon

  • Truth (believe what is real)
  • Wisdom (do what is right)
  • Humility (receive & obey)

Holy Spirit working through Scripture (YouVersion Bible plan(s) & Wise Counsel)

If you want to be a leader,  you have to be a reader

Strength – How’s your physical health?

  1. God made your body
  2. God came in a body (incarnation)
  3. 2 errors

-overemphasize body (beauty, strength, pleasure)

-underemphasize body (too heavenly minded to be any earthly good)

The health of your body determines your heart, soul, mind (sick, burned out, addicted)

My past: overwork, carbs/caffeine, weight, adrenals, sinus infection, sleep = avalanche

How is your: sleep, work, sabbath, weight, silence/solitude, sex, vices (drugs, alc, vape)

Doctor (annual naturopath dr visit)      2. Scale          3. Plan  4. Check engine lights

Discussion Questions

  1. Where are you most and least healthy right now (emotional, spiritual, mental, physical)?
  2. What changes do you need to make, and what is the first change to make?
  3. How can we pray for you?
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Mark Driscoll

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