Why do you think bad habits are so easy to start and so hard to quit?

Old and New

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!  – 2 Corinthians 5:17

What do you think it means for the old to be gone and the new to come?

What were some things that changed immediately when you committed your life to Christ?


For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does.  The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.  We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.  -2 Cor 10:3-6


What are some emotional strongholds that you have struggled with? (stress, fear, anger, self-hate)

What negative statement do you say about yourself, and how does it affect you?

What are some of the thoughts and arguments that strengthening your stronghold?

What lies are attached to your strongholds?

The lies we believe about ourselves are often rooted in childhood experiences. Have you experienced this in your own life? How has it affected you?


What does God’s word say about your emotional strongholds? Try to find specific verses or passages that talk about your struggle.

How can you use the truth of God’s word to help you overcome?