by Debi Chaves

The following is from pages 46-50 of “Winning the War in Your Mind”, subtitled “Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life” by Craig Groeschel in the chapter, “Old Lies, New Truth.” The section is called “Turning the Tables.” The context is that we have been held captive by the lies we believe and how to capture them, which the author says is not that easy because first we must realize them. He then tells us how to do this in a three-step process: 1. Identify the problem; 2. Ask probing questions; 3. Pinpoint the lie. He says that while we don’t know the lies we believe, we know that the “problems we experience are problems.” He tries to get us to see what is driving the problem and to “pray for God’s help to pinpoint the lie at the root of our behavior.” He goes on to say that the problem may be a “self-destructive habit or addiction”. He talks later in the section and says, “Let’s say your questions lead you to detect a theme in your life: you seem to sabotage yourself. You let people walk all over you, you don’t get the promotion” …etc., etc. “You investigate the pattern of self-sabotage, and perhaps you have an epiphany. I think I’m a victim. I believe I can never win…” And he gives other examples of this self-sabotage.

At the end of this section, he states: “Remember you are in a battle. The battle is for your mind. Your entire life. Satan has been trying to bait you so he can entice you with lies that will capture and imprison you. Now it’s time to go on the offensive. Time to get God’s help to capture the lie.”

Published by Debi

I live in Leesburg, Virginia where I teach high school students in the Agriculture Department. Additionaly, I am self-employed as a horticultural consultant and landscape designer. "Beefriend the Bees!" and "Neither Here Nor There" are children's books I wrote and illustrated available from Amazon ( Chaves&x=12&y=25. Other interests include singing and playing my guitar (also have a CD for sale on Amazon called "Gardening Therapy"); walking my American Bulldog, Cloud and Olde English Bulldogge, Sky; staying active in my local church, and blogging on the

8 thoughts on “Sabotage

    1. That is a real awesome testimony. What a transformation Jesus did in her life. She’s a good example of the book section title above “Turning the Tables.” Looks like she experienced pain , like she wrote, “emotionally… which is actually worse than physical because you start to believe the lies.” But because someone loved her enough to give her those 4 Spiritual Laws and tell her the truth, she was able to do what the book author says needs to be done, “Time to get God’s help to capture the lie”. And then she did things to practice living the Truth.

  1. That sure does speak to this blog, Sara! Thank you for sharing the article and the video. It looks like she is standing up to and doing just what the author of the book said to…”Now it’s time to go on the offensive. Time to get God’s help to capture the lie.” I think what she says in her song speaks clearly about the War…“My brothers and my sisters: I’m here to tell you that Satan is real. He is real and walking around amongst us, trying to destroy everything that’s good and beautiful,” she said. “He wants to break our hearts and minds, destroy our dreams and plans. He wants to tear us up in little pieces, break us down and send us straight to hell.”

  2. Sara asks, “self-sabotage” vs self deception…what would be the difference.”…” Does the two have any common denominators?”

    On reading the article on self-deception and the book’s description on self-sabotage, they look the same to me.

    These are the common denominator’s I see:
    Self-sabotage: “self-destructive habit or addiction.”
    Self-deception: “Further, self-deception is perniciously destructive.”

    Self-sabotage: “Pinpoint the lie.”
    Self-deception: “That’s what deception is–believing what is not true. “

    Self-sabotage: “…we don’t know the lies we believe,”
    “Self-deception: “The very nature of self-deception is that there is no conscious awareness of believing lies.”

    Self-sabotage: “…first we must realize them. (lies)”; “we have been held captive by the lies we believe “
    Self-deception: “It is hard to detect and harder to eliminate.”

    Self-sabotage: ““you have become a prisoner of deception, locked up by a lie you believe is true.” (pg 35 book) “His truth is what can set us free.” (pg 87 book)
    Self-deception: “Deception is spiritually deadly because at every point that you believe lies you cannot believe truth, and it is the truth that sets us free and by which we are sanctified (John 8:32, John 17:17).”

  3. I’ve grieved a lot of deaths in my family and with friends. They are often remembered almost daily. Memories of a life well lived often linger near. So often we find when a special date in their life comes around we hug their memory good or bad as if it’s ours to own. I, too, have found myself in that place. I often found the “sabotage” or “self-deception” would start with my family going to celebrate in heaven etc. Then I would be thinking somebody mistreated me, etc etc And, that may have been my truth. But, I dealt with it and then gave to God and it became his truth, our truth. To be brutally honest it didn’t always stay there because my mind could wreck havoc on the people involved in the wrong.

    Recently, January 16, I had a break through as it was my brother’s birthday date (he is not on earth). I had a big chocolate cake in frig that weekend didn’t cut yet because Jan 16 that Monday was holiday where we celebrate Martin Lutheran King Jr and we would cut to celebrate the worlds good that he gave to the world from his living.

    My sister texted to remind me it was our brothers BD and she and family shared a chocolate cake to celebrate his BD. I said I have a chocolate cake to celebrate his BD and I’m sharing with others since it was one of his favorites.

    The big mind release we shared the memories he left us that we could duplicate in the earth for the good of others. I began to think on some fantastic things he did in DC and Nags Head NC that made the earth and its inhabitants a beautiful place and beautiful people. How, I could find ways in 2023 to honor his life by duplicating his good. WOW I never even gave a hoot about those that had taken space up in my mind. It’s wonderful to walk free. I have in a matter of few days started the beauty flowing that will bud in its season showing my brothers’ good.

    I’m thankful for book reports like the one that Debi brought to our attention in this blog which was originally shared with us by a family, Ms Esther, of Asheville, NC. Also, Debi and I have been doing a weekly online study with a workbook I wrote that we had studied a few years ago in a group, “Throwing your light forward. “ I began to see how the Sovereign of God and my freedom to chose and how these two things, intermingle to impact, what happens in my life.

    As quoted from John, it’s the truth that sets us free.

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