Study Material

The Influence Of Self-image                                                               Class  12

Précis:    To demonstrate the power of a concept; the dynamics of conditioning; the benefits of a Godly self-image and the hindrance of an invalidating self-image.

Text:   Jeremiah 1:14-18

Introduction:

The greatest battle ever waged did not take place in Rwanda, Angola or Vietnam. It did not take place during World War II, nor at the Russian invasion of Afghanistan. The greatest battle ever to be fought will dwarf the Battle of Armageddon in the Valley of Megiddo into insignificance by comparison. This battle is in progress now and it is being waged in the arena of the mind!

Guns, tanks and sophisticated laser guided weaponry are not needed to take the mind hostage. Well chosen words carrying subtle lies and destructive concepts are carefully placed in our consciousness, making countless innocent people victim. Manufacturing companies spend billions of dollars yearly on advertising and promotion. More money is spent on advertising than on national defense, an estimated $254 per capita in the USA. If a product can be etched on one’s mind, chances for purchase are guaranteed. For this reason the propaganda which daily spews from the news media is to be feared more than savage brutality. In the case of abuse, battery, burglary or rape, the victim may gain some comfort from the sympathy and support of friends and relatives. In the case of mind and thought control, a person willingly brutalizes himself for the benefit of another.

This method of brainwashing is a severe form of violence!

Today, the mind is held hostage by countless concepts, values and mind-sets. However, there is none so potentially deadly as the inferiority complex. It destroys your perception of who you are; your worth and your potential for being. It can destroy your happiness, health and relationships. It tells you that you are unattractive, incapable and lacking in intelligence. It convinces you that all attempts for success are futile and that the resulting failure will only underscore your glaring weaknesses. All this is a blatant lie from Hell!

Then the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 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. Then said I, Ah, Lord GOD! behold, I cannot speak: for I am a child. But the LORD said unto me, Say not, I am a child: for thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee, and whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak. Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the LORD.  (Jeremiah 1:4-8)

Every government relies heavily on their

Bureau of Misinformation

To disseminate “truth” as they want it perceived.

Lesson:      The Influence Of Self-image

12.1 Inner Conflict Of A Poorly Conditioned Self-image 

1.  Cannot succeed – Failure

2.  Will not be accepted – Unwanted

3.  Short of required specifications – Inferior

4.  No significant accomplishment – Worthless

12.2 Many Faces Of A Poorly Conditioned Self-image

1.  Benign, withdrawal and/or aggression, attack

2. Shy, dependent and/or autonomous, exaggerated independence

3.  Accepting, accommodating and/or dominant, inflexible

4.  Complacent, apathetic and/or animated, obsessive drive

12.3   Walls: Need For Defense And The Debilitating Results

1.  Walls are designed to keep hurt out – Protection

2.   Guard the organism against painful reality

3.   Walls also keep in – Confining

4.   Isolating, stagnating, distorting

12.4   The Dynamics For Change 

1.  Danger of removing the walls – Construction & demolition by organism

2.  The organism is left unprotected and vulnerable – Threatening

3.  Strengthen the organism with truth; fact – Reprogramming

4.  A strong organism needs no protection – Confident

MY  DECLARATION

Let me tell you who I am.  I’m not of this Earth! I am actually a comic creature with immense potential. Essentially a spirit, I possess a soul and I happen to live in this body; my Earth suit. I am an air breathing, spirit breathing creature whose citizenship is not of this world. I am here on special assignment to exercise dominion and control. My Divine mandate is to reign and to rule.

 I have direct access to supernatural wisdom and enjoy the fullest of mental faculties with no known weaknesses. My species is the crowning work of Divine genius, created to possess the broadest spectrum of abilities. We are enormously brilliant and good-natured.

Common Earthbound creatures just do not understand. To them, I am an incomprehensible riddle, and without God’s Revelation to illumine their darkened minds, I shall remain an impenetrable mystery. Unless you are one of my species, you won’t understand. I will be an impossible riddle. But what I tell you is true! Believe me, this is true and I am for real!