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contents PART 1 / THE STUDY Session 1 – Introduction


Session 2 – gods of pleasure


Session 3 – gods of love


Session 4 – gods of money


Session 5 – gods of power


Session 6 – god of me


PART 2 / GOING DEEPER Phase 1: Commitment Phase


Phase 2: Team Formation Phase


Phase 3: Recon Phase


Phase 4: Targeting Phase


Phase 5: Repurposing Phase


Additional Recources



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Session 1: gods at war

Reaction to the first presentation _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ Combat Guide Overview

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This guide is designed to be a plan of attack on the false gods of our lives. These gods war against us, and we need to make war against them if we are to attain final victory. But war is never easy, and rarely is it quick. When the United States declared its “war on terror� following the 9/11 attacks, the leaders clearly saw and clearly stated that the prosecution of this war would take not just months, but years. Their prediction has become reality as the conflict has continued, with more than a decade of active warfare and no definite end in sight.

If we are to take on the gods that war within and around us, we need to be prepared for a real and quite likely lengthy campaign. We shouldn’t underestimate our enemies or what it might take to root them out. To this end, this guide is set up not so much as a typical small group participant guide as a strategic plan for prosecuting war against our false gods. The first section of the guide is tied into the six-week DVD presentation and is primarily about exposing and recognizing any gods that might have infiltrated our hearts. Each week’s material includes daily exercises intended to help us uncover gods we may be unknowingly serving. The second section of the guide goes beyond the recognition of these gods and into a serious, proactive campaign to unseat and drive out these enemies for good and to further secure the lordship of Jesus in our hearts. This campaign involves these five phases: 1. Commitment Phase: Deciding whether one should and will commit to a six-month “tour of duty” against their false gods.

3. Recon Phase: A period of getting to know the enemy as well as scouting out how this power actually operates in our lives and how it has so often won victories.

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2. Team Formation Phase: Choosing and building trust within a small, three or four person “band of brothers” or “squadron of sisters” who will consign themselves to go to war together. No one should go to war alone.

4. Targeting Phase: A false god holds sway in our lives because it has found a supply depot or base of operations within our borders. In this phase we focus on locating and naming the false god’s power source. This source is likely some legitimate core need or deep heart longing. The false god lives off of this need, promoting itself as the best candidate for meeting this need. We often discover we have made a treaty, and even an alliance, with this very enemy we hate. 5. Repurposing Phase: In this series Kyle will often say that merely displacing a false god is not enough, but we must replace the old god with the true God. So we repurpose that internal power source in a way that it becomes the engine for our devotion to Christ rather than a secret command center for our false god. In this phase of the war we focus on practical ways to make that transfer of power.

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Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 10:3, 4, “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.” During the DVD group study, you will be asked to consider whether you want—or maybe need—to commit to the six-month war on a false god. Obviously you don’t have to decide that now. We just want to plant that seed in your mind as you go through the next five DVD sessions.

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Daily Exercises Day 1 To fight an enemy, it’s a good idea to be sure who or what the enemy actually is. Each morning this week you will have an opportunity to weigh one of Kyle’s seven diagnostic questions in your mind, coming back to that question throughout the day. At the end of the day, you can reflect on what you discovered or the Holy Spirit brought to your awareness. The goal is to pin down the false god or gods that are oppressing you. Morning: What has most disappointed you in life? During the day, attempt to feel your disappointment. Don’t judge it or try to cover it up. Don’t allow your disappointment to go underground, where it can operate off the radar. Let your disappointment arise within you. Experience it. Taste it. Feel it.

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_______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ Evening: Throughout this guide, you will be encouraged to write out your thoughts. The false god has been able to survive in you because it has often operated off the radar screen of your awareness. Writing things down clarifies the enemy’s strategies and strips away his camouflage, enabling you to take effective countermeasures. You will find limited space in this guide to write your responses, so you may want to

choose a suitable journal in which to write further thoughts and insights. Or you may prefer to journal your responses electronically, such as in a word-processing document. Using an electronic method has the added advantage of using the encryption tool to password-protect your notes. This added security might allow for and encourage greater transparency in your responses. Try writing out your disappointment. Don’t edit or filter what comes. If you need biblical justification for exposing your unfiltered emotions in writing, try flipping through the Psalms. You will find more “laments” or disappointment/complaint psalms than any other type of psalm.

Reflect on what today’s exercise was like for you. _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________

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The idea of flowing out your disappointment is to follow that disappointment to your heart and to further uncover any false deity. So just start with this: “I am deeply disappointed that . . .” and keep going until your disappointment is exhausted.

Day 2 Morning: For what do you sacrifice your time and money? Today you will focus on becoming more aware of that to which you are willing to give your time and money. Where do your funds and energy flow?

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At this point, try not to judge the answers. Judgment often skews results. When you feel embarrassed or condemned, it is harder to admit the truth. If you can press the “pause� button on self-judgment, you will be better able to define reality. So observe yourself today. Jot down the activities to which your calendar opens up. Jot down what things to which your wallet opens up. These can be clues to what your heart is most open to as well. _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________

What stood out to you from today’s exercise? _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________

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Evening: Jot down other places your time and energy goes. As you do, take a stab at what that expenditure represents to you. For example, if you have a large mortgage, it might represent the desire to win the respect of others or a need to prove to your dad that you are successful. If you spend a lot of time watching TV, it might represent a desire for comfort or an avoidance of your mate.

Day 3 Morning: What do you worry about? What scares you? What do you obsess about protecting? What are you terrified of losing? These are the questions to keep in mind today. Try setting a timer on your phone or watch for every two or three hours. When it goes off, simply note what, if anything, you were stressed about at that moment.

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Evening: Take a few moments to think about what keeps you awake at night. Jot any concerns that come to mind. _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________

Scripture reminds you not to worry and to cast all your anxiety on God because he cares for you (1 Peter 5:7). Can you release these concerns to Jesus before going to sleep? Why or why not? _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________

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What dreams or nightmares are common for you? _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________

Day 4 Morning: Where do you go for comfort? Henry Blackaby suggests that what we turn to first, before God, is an idol. Most people feel like they are under constant stress. Stress demands comfort. This is another awareness day. Try setting an alarm again for every couple of hours. When it alerts you, notice whatever distress you feel and what you are thinking of doing to relieve that stress. Time


What I think will bring comfort

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Evening: Try listing the top five places you turn for comfort. _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ Write a one sentence response to your list. _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________

DAY 5 Morning: What makes you mad? Who makes you mad? Today the focus is anger in its various forms: irritation, aggravation, resentment, rage. Again you might try using an alarm. Whenever it goes off, simply note what you are angry about and whom you are angry toward.

Irritation, aggravation, rage

Object of anger

Evening: This is what I observe about my anger: _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________

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DAY 6 Morning: What do you dream of? Today’s question is a little more pleasant. What excites you? What do you dream about? What are you passionate about? What gets your juices flowing? Keep this question in mind today. Try the timer technique again. Remember to guard against writing what you think you should be dreaming about—for instance, “I should be dreaming about Jesus, spending time with the kids, winning the lotto and giving the money to orphans”—and honestly note what you are dreaming about. (Your dreams may actually be the examples just mentioned, but be careful to note your real dreams, not your “ought-to dreams.”)

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Evening: What do your dreams center on? What do you note or see? Try naming your top three dreams. Beside each, write either “good thing” or “god thing” depending on how much power you think it has in your life. _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ Do you find you can be thankful for these areas of passion? If so, close your day with a prayer of gratitude.

Day 7 Morning: Whose encouragement means the most to you? From whom do you find yourself wanting to hear praise? Whose respect do you respect? The answer could involve individuals, groups of people, or organizations. Keep this question in mind today, writing your realizations as they come to you. Evening: Jot down a list of those people whose encouragement matters most to you. _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________

Before your next group session, consider what you might relate from your exercises that could be helpful to you or others. The question may not be, “What do I want to share?” but “What would be healthy for me, or the group, for me to share?” You might go back and star or highlight what stands out to you.

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Beside each entry, try to describe why their encouragement is important to you. Next, beside each name, draw an arrow indicating whether you want their encouragement to mean more than it does now (>), less than it does now (<), or about the same (=). Finish this day by bringing to mind your mental image of Jesus. Then imagine each one of these persons or entities coming into Jesus’ presence one by one. Just notice whatever “happens.”

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