Session 12

The battle for your home is as much a battle for your mind

From Win at Home: A 14-Day Devotional

I don’t have what it takes to be a good parent.

I doubt anyone would come to a group in my home.

God can’t use me because of what I’ve done.

We all have negative thoughts about ourselves from time to time. But have you ever thought about the connection between your thought life and your home life?

When it comes to following Jesus, we often focus on doing the right things and staying away from the wrong things. But every action we take, whether good or bad, begins as a thought. To put it another way, where our thoughts go, our behavior is sure to follow.

How we treat our roommates, raise our children, and love our spouses is directly connected to how we think about ourselves and God. When our thoughts are in line with God’s thoughts, we show love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23).

But the opposite is also true. When our thoughts are full of doubt and fear, we make selfish decisions, assume the worst about others, and fall short of our God-given potential. We operate from our old nature, and not as the new creation we are in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17).

If we want to win at home, we have to first win the battle in our minds.

The key to true transformation is renewing our minds, not trying harder (Romans 12:2). That’s why we read the Bible — to align our thoughts with God’s thoughts. As we read God’s Word, we learn who God is and who He says we are.


  • Are your thoughts full of faith and hope or doubt and fear? Why do you think that is?
  • What is one doubt or fear you hear consistently? What, if anything, triggers that doubt or fear?
  • What do you think God would say to that doubt or fear? Ask Him to point you to a verse or worship song that can remind you of what’s true.

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Devotionals From This Study

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Session 1

We don’t win at home alone

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Session 2

Are our priorities in the right place?

There are two great indicators about where someone’s priorities lie: their schedule and their budget. Money and time are both finite reso...

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Session 3

Being present is more important than being perfect

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Session 4

God knows more about what your people need than you do

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Session 5

Are you putting off what you desperately need?

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Session 6

What changes when we trust God

The news bombards us with possible dangers, from phone scams to burglaries to hackers on social media. No matter our age or stage of life...

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Session 7

Is the Holy Spirit leading our hospitality?

In Luke 19:1-10, a tax collector wanted to see Jesus. He was too small to see over the crowds, so he climbed up a tree to get a better lo...

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Session 8

Generosity always wins the day

If you’ve ever traveled to a third-world country, you’ve seen the paradox that less is more.Americans will look around and say, “They hav...

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Session 9

Be ready to give a reason for your hope

The word “evangelism” can be intimidating. We imagine knocking on doors or preaching on a soapbox on the streetcorner.But what if evangel...

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Session 10

If we want to win, we have to forgive

The assumption is that a good marriage is one where you always agree. A happy family is one where no one loses their temper or gets on an...

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Session 11

Why it’s important to reconcile, not just forgive and forget

Ever notice how the morning after a big fight nothing feels quite right? It doesn’t matter who you blew up at — your roommate, your spous...

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Session 12

The battle for your home is as much a battle for your mind

I don’t have what it takes to be a good parent.I doubt anyone would come to a group in my home.God can’t use me because of what I’ve done...

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Session 13

Winning often doesn’t look the way we think

Some wins don’t result in trophies or medals. Just ask the mom who had three hours of sleep, but still got everyone to school on time. Or...

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Session 14

When you win, so do those around you

We are taught that to win, someone has to lose. We see this in sports, business, and entertainment. One person’s victory is another’s def...

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