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Life throws all sorts of attacks at you. Whether they come from life’s circumstances, outside forces, or perhaps the most dangerous — internal thoughts that riddle your brain with doubt, insecurity, and fear.

Too often, people let these attacks wear on them. The more you let these attacks happen, the more worthless you feel.

But feeling worthless isn’t a prerequisite to life. In fact, when you arm yourself with the Armor of God, it’s possible to never feel worthless again. Your first step is to stop ruthlessly judging yourself and to realize you’re already perfect, despite what life throws at you.

In this episode, you’ll learn how to cloak yourself with God’s Armor so you can live a more free and productive life without an endless feeling of worry or doubt.

Here Are The Show Highlights:

  • What everyone gets wrong about living like Jesus that adds unnecessary suffering to your life (2:17)
  • Wrap yourself in this “F-word” and you’ll become bulletproof to any internal or external attack (4:00)
  • Always feel like a victim to life’s circumstances? Try doing this… (11:12)
  • The Navy Seal’s secret for using failure to become wildly successful (11:43)
  • Harness this powerful “S-word” and you’ll never feel worthless again (16:46)
  • This is the ultimate form of mental health protection (18:36)
  • The trick for not letting your thoughts run rampant and sabotage your life (19:07)
  • How to tap into your natural instincts so you can accomplish remarkable things with minimal effort (26:47)
  • The sneaky way your mind tricks you into analysis paralysis (27:24)

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It's time to rip the cover off what really works to ditch addiction, depression, anger, anxiety, and all other kinds of human suffering. No, not sobriety. We're talking the F-word here: Freedom. We'll share, straight from the trenches, what we have learned from leaving our own addictions behind, and coaching hundreds of others to do the same—and since it's such a heavy topic, we might as well have a good time while we're at it. [00:27.9]

Bob: All right, guys, welcome back to the “Alive and Free Podcast”. We're going to continue on with our Armor of God series, if you didn't, if you didn't hear the last one from last week, go back and listen to it. We set everything up in terms of the Armor of God and everything else that's associated with it. And we, we covered the first three, the first three being ‘girding your loins with truth’, ‘the breastplate of righteousness’ and ‘the preparation of the gospel of peace’ and gave you a practical way of putting that into your life. And so simple terms that allows you as you're moving through your life, it allows you to really get rid of all the invisible battles that are going on. because ultimately when we're putting on the armor of God, that's the whole point. Now, whether you're Christian, whether you're Muslim, whether you're Hindu, whether you're atheist, whether you're whatever you and I both know what it's like to have that internal turmoil to have the hesitation, the doubt, the fear, the worry, the struggle, the like concern, the hatred, the whatever else that shows up in your life and in a world where there's constantly racist battles and, and, and fear mongering and political stuff that's constantly tugging you each and every direction. [01:37.2]

If you can eliminate that internal struggle, you'll fly through your life with ease. You know, one of the key things that Jesus said, and whether you believe in him as the son of God, or you just look at him as a, as a mythical figure from the past, or you see him as just a powerful teacher, whatever he, whatever you look at him as just take this phrase on, just consider this, he says purportedly to his disciples he says, “Look, come learn, learn of me, look, pay attention to what I'm doing here.” Right? And kind of basking what it is that I'm doing and I want you, he says, “I want you to take my yoke upon you.” Right? “My yoke”, he says, “my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” And then a lot of people look at a Christ like life and they go, like, I got to be like Jesus. [02:21.2]

And they think of a suffering servant, they think of someone who struggled and was homeless and was strong by people and was always bombarded. And yet, by his own admission, his own declaration, his yoke was easy, his burden was lightened. He's like, “let's swap, you take my yolk and I'll take yours.” Right? And those are the only times we ever have any record historical record or text that says that he's struggling and suffering and crying out is when we swapped and he took the yoke of everybody else, right? But I want you to consider that possibility here for a second. The really the best way to live is not to sit there and struggle and pain and suffering, and to turn yourself into a model, but more martyr, but actually to simply live where your yoke is easy and your burden is light. And one way to do that is to get rid of all these internal invisible struggles. [03:12.0]

So, moving on with it, the last three of this whole Armor of God pit, that Paul is enumerating is we start with ‘the shield of faith’. Now what's interesting is all of these things are protective except for the whole sort of the spirit at the end, which we'll get to. And if you think about a shield, a shield is something that you hold on your shoulder, on your arm or something, and you place it in front of you, or you place it in a certain area so that it quenches the fiery darts of the adversary, right? It stops and blocks things before it hits you, right? So if something is going to hit you, you get to choose how and where it hits you, instead of it just hitting you where, where other people are aiming, right? So it's this protective shield or layer or covering around you that's built of faith. [03:56.6]

And that's really what extinguishes all these fiery darts. Oh, let's, let's put it in modern day terms, you know, like, Ooh, he burned you, right? Insults, people who are ripping on you or, or decry, or like defaming you or calling you names or bad mouthing you in the press or in front of other people, neighbors who feel like they're gossiping about you. All of these things where people are like shooting arrows at you and burning you and, and, and, you know, really doing some pointed things. And they've got some pointed words and pointed barbs, arrows, and javelins and spears, and what's going to stop this is faith. Now there's a lot of definitions of faith in scripture, and they don't all necessarily map onto each other exceptionally well, but you can look at them as like, this is another way to look at it. [04:42.2]

You know, a while ago we talked about a few episodes ago, we talked about having multiple definitions of a thing so that you could really understand what it is because too many people only have one definition. And that prevents them from really grasping all that it could be. So, you know, faith in the book of Hebrews in one spot talks about it as the substance of things hoped for, and the evidence of things, not seen, meaning if you have faith, that's evidence that whatever is not is invisible, that you're believing in that it's real for you because of your actions, because of your faith, because of your belief, that that is a reality for you, right? So that's evidence. I haven't found that a very useful or intelligible definition for me, cause like I can't wrap my head around those words. So I've kind of left that one on the shelf over the years. Maybe in future times, I'll come back to it. [05:30.6]

I've seen some in other books of scripture, other definitions of faith. But the one I really want to focus on comes from the book of James in the Bible, actually. And it's in James chapter one verses five and six. Those of you who are Mormon or come from a background from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter- day Saints, you're going to recognize these as scriptures that Joseph Smith particularly latched on to. And obviously James and Paul are in a different camp when it comes to faith. Paul is one who is about faith being like, that's it, you're saved by grace and that's it where Paul. And what James is saying, Hey, show me your faith by your works, meaning if you actually have this kind of faith, we will see some action coming out of you. [06:07.9]

And I think those are reconcilable in some way or another. So, and a lot of people try to do it, but they're definitely teaching in a very different vein, probably to different people and for different reasons. And that's why they had to come out differently. But I liked James James’s definition, and cause he's not defining faith. In chapter one verses five and six he says, look, “If any of you lack wisdom, like if you're just lost, if you're confused, if you need help, if you need answers, if you need directions, let him ask of God, go ask whatever the highest power is for you.” That divine source, because that divine source gives to all men liberally and freely, like he's just always giving to everyone all the time. And he's not scolding you for asking a upbraideth not because it will be given you. So there's this incredible promise that says, look, if you're lost or confused, go to the highest source, go to the source of creation, go to God, go to whatever your concept of it is. And I don't want to use names of God from other traditions because I don't know which ones are like really sacred and so, you know, I'm not going to use the Jewish name for God, cause I want to honor their tradition. [07:08.9]

And so, but go to that highest peak, the place from which all this creation came, seek there. And the answer will be given you every single time. That has been my experience in my life, in the ways that I've sought it. It's been many other people's experiences that if you really just go to that highest place, that the answer becomes apparent, right? But he says this right afterwards, he says, “But let him ask in faith.” And then there's this phrase, “Nothing wavering.” He says, “Cause he, that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.” So there we have a very, very clear analogy or description of the opposite of faith. And that helps us to see what faith is. So if the opposite of faith is not doubt in language, but it's wavering hesitation, vacillating back and forth. Not sure, Yes, No, Can't decide wavering, I want this, but I want that. And I want this, Oh, shiny object squirrel over, over there. [08:13.9]

And how many of you have done this? You know, you're really focused on one thing and then something else distracts you and then people ask you later, like whatever happened to that one thing. Yeah. I just, you know, I didn't get around to it. I kind of got bogged down in the middle. That would be wavering. It's not necessarily bad. Like it's okay to waver. And yet that particularly is the opposite, James is saying is the opposite of what he sees faith as being. So if wavering is the opposite of faith, then what if faith is just a focus, an unwavering attention? [08:44.5]

Does that make sense? And if you see that in that way, focused attention and with all of what you have in that direction, then if you will focus on something that long, then what happens is you'll eventually get there. You keep moving toward it, eventually you get there, right? Now, a clear example of this is from a person who actually wavered Peter, walking on the water, Jesus is walking one way. Peter is like looking at him. He's like homey cow call out to me. And if you, if you tell me to come, I can totally do it. So Jesus was like, okay, sure, come on. He gets out, he's walking across the water to Jesus and at a certain point, he looks at a wave and waveEEERRs. [09:24.7]

His focus left the direction that he was going, his end result his end, target his whole experience and went to, this is a big ocean, I might get swelled. Remember they had been toiling all night long. So it was like rough seas, they had gotten nowhere, they were stuck in the middle of the lake the whole night. And then some dude comes walking across the water. And so it wasn't like this was placid serene waters, at least not from my estimation. This is like choppy waters that are kind of threatening. And so when he took his focus off of Jesus in the story, he wavered, he split his focus and in, so doing, he lost the capacity to receive what he was after. And then Jesus says, Hey, you know, Oh, you have little faith. Like, why did you doubt? Doubting and wavering….What's a doubt? [10:11.4]

It's just a hesitation. It's a look at like, I want this, but what if, and you give them attention and some energy to something else. So the whole shield of faith it has to do with what you energize. Now, here's a martial arts example, years ago, I went to, I went out to Tennessee and I was training with a martial arts master. And he was absolutely remarkable. One of the drills he had us do was to simply hold a stance, but then he's like, hold a stance and we're just going to try and knock you off of it. And they came across and they were pushing and shoving and it was like exceptionally difficult. But then he says, okay, now I don't want you to do is hold this stance. But I want you to have like inside you, this intention that you are aiming at that corner of the wall. And so I'm holding it and as I'm aiming at that corner of the wall, like it was a lot harder for people to push me off my track. Simply because I had an aim on the inside. I had a focus that I was focusing on. I had something to pay attention to. And so all the rest of everything in my body could now Marshall itself in that direction. [11:08.4]

How is this going to help you kill all the invisible battles? Have you ever struggled when you're like, I don't know what I want. I don't know what I want. I don't know what I want. And so it feels like you're being driven with the wind and tossed like a wave of the sea with every little wind that comes your direction. I don't know what I want. Oh my gosh, this happened. And you start to feel a lot like a victim. Like life is happening to you. Not for you, not through you, not by you, but it's happening to you or against you because you simply aren't clear on what you want to focus on and what you want to energize and what you want to create. And so in this process of focus, what you want to do is basically what the Naval seals, Navy seals do. First identify, what's your objective. Now I'm not a huge fan of goals in one sense. And maybe I'll another episode on just goals and how they can be super positive and also how they can become detrimental in some ways. But in this sense to understand what the desire of your heart is, not some external achievement goal, but what's really the desire of my heart. Or in other words, if you were a flower, what is trying to blossom within me? [12:11.1]

What's coming up from within not you like saying, well, no, I need to have a goal. And I need to accomplish all these things from like, cause everybody says, you need to, this is the measure of success. No, but what's truly coming from within you. And when you have that, then you use the OODA loop, which is Observe, Orient, Decide, Act, that's how the Navy seals do it. There's probably variations on the theme. And Martin Wheeler has an amazing he, he's a systemic practitioner and helps train some of these people. And he has an amazing add on to this, that he's going to be releasing in his book soon. And I think the summer he should have the book like out for published or something like that. Pretty soon, at least that's what he told me, but he adds instinct in there in a certain way. [12:49.8]

But observe orient decide act. What this means is basically the Navy seals understand that they're going to fail all the way to success. They're going to do an action and observe what happened. They're going to orient, reorient themselves toward the desire of their hearts. Then they're going to decide what's the next action. And then they're going to take the action. That's going to have a result at which point they're going to realize, well, that plan sucked. And then they're going to reorient themselves toward their desired result. Then they're going to decide what to do and then they're going to take action again. Over and over again, that means they fail the entire journey until they finally achieve what they're after. How is this going to eliminate all the internal struggles? Imagine what it's like to do something, have it not go your way and sit there. And you're like, Oh man, this is so hard. That's one internal struggle then to try again, have it not go your way and like, Oh man, other people have it so easy. That's another internal battle to try to do something again, have it not go your way and go like, man, maybe I'm not just, I'm just not cut out for this. That's another internal struggle. [13:48.8]

And maybe you don't even need to imagine that maybe you struggled to feel like maybe I don't deserve this. Maybe I'm not cut out for this. Maybe I'm not worth this. Maybe people don't want me around. Maybe this is too hard. Maybe I'm not supposed to do this. Maybe God wants me to do something else and all the doubts. If doubt is assailing, you that's not from a place of inspiration, it means there's fear in your heart. It means you're struggling with internal battles. And faith is simply a focus on the target. And to say, this is the direction I am walking, and I'm going to enjoy every step of the journey. I'm going to observe it. I'm going to reorient. I'm going to decide. I'm going to take action. I'm going to be present to the whole thing. This shield will quench so many fiery darts, not of the adversary, necessarily though it will do that. But the most important ones are the ones from yourself. Alright, take up the shield of faith. Or we should say focus focused effort. [14:41.5]

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Next one, ‘the helmet of salvation.’ All right, here we are with the helmet of salvation, this is an interesting one. What's a helmet. The helmet is something that protects your head, your mind, your brain, your thoughts, right? It protects you from hot and cold and protects from, from sudden attacks. It protects, you protects you from things falling on your face. It protects you from sunlight sometimes so that you don't know your gaze isn't isn't isn't obscured. And the thing that Paul is saying will protect your brain. Your mind, your thinking process is salvation. Oh dear, what is this thing called? Salvation. There's a lot of definitions of it. And I, again, I'm not going to pretend to have the only, or the best definition, but I just want you to consider this kind of thing that's going on. [15:59.8]

Have you ever struggled from analysis paralysis or not, not being sure what's right. Does this sound a little bit like some of the fiery darts that are going on? Yeah, funny, the helmet is just another kind of shield, right? Have you ever struggled with the fear of doing the wrong thing or the worry about whether or not you did the right thing or have you ever struggled with overthinking or being too much in your head or have you ever struggled with not being able to enjoy the things you're doing? Because you're so busy judging them in an age where even Jesus said, “Judge not, and you won't be judged,” right? This judging capacity inside the mind, this is the thing we're trying to protect ourselves again so that the mind is discerning. It's judging whether something's going to be useful, but it's not judging you or judging yourself and trying to assess whether or not you're good or bad or worth something. [16:46.4]

And what is salvation, anything more than possibly a deep inner knowing inner knowing, not something like intellectual deduction, but a deep inner knowing that there's nothing wrong with you, that you are saved, if you want to use those terms. That you are worthy, that you are perfect, that you are flawless, that creation made this existence for you. That your life is a gift that it's blessed that it's Holy, whatever definition you have that deep inner knowing that instinctive feeling, not the one where it says no I'm worthless, but people tell me I'm a child of God. And I know I'm a child of God because I've been taught that teaching. But the knowing, can you imagine what that's like? Have you ever felt that in your life? I didn't, I didn't for so many years, decades. And as a result, I questioned myself and I judged myself everywhere. [17:34.2]

And my head was not covered in a helmet of salvation, and my thoughts ran rampant. And I struggled to find some semblance of peace and order and capacity to cut through all the crap and see what was needed. And then when finally that feeling came of worthiness and peace and love and acceptance and joy, when finally that feeling came, the thoughts stopped, the raging torrent of thoughts and everything else. And this is what we handle with our clients in deep root issues, right? The things that they've been carrying from there from the time they were kids, people been carrying these things of worthiness and worthlessness and, and, and being disappointment, not measuring up people, not loving them. All these negative things have root issues that we talked about in a couple episodes ago. They've been dealing with them sometimes for six, seven decades, carrying them their whole life, carrying their helmet under their arm, which means they can't fight fully. [18:29.4]

And their head is unprotected. We want to put the helmet on and what this, ultimately, this is like the ultimate form of mental health protection to be able to handle and dissolve all these niggling thoughts that we call them turbos, right? Underlying, real big ones, these niggling judgments that we've made about ourselves in the world, those are called snarls too, silly notions about real life. These judgements we've made that produce misery on the inside without anything having happened on the outside. If something goes on and then all of a sudden we react to it, things that cause that we call triggers sometimes or whatnot, where we're literally being a victim to our environment. And when you can get rid of that and you step into salvation, the sense of I get that life may not always go the direction that I want it to go or anything else, but deep down, I know that I'm good and that I'm whole, and that I'm complete, which is what the word perfect means. [19:22.9]

When you feel that sense of wholeness inside you, then your thoughts don't run crazy with you. So the helmet of salvation is literally dissolving those root things so that you can step into your life without your, your brain running over you like a train. The last of these then is ‘the sword of the spirit.’ Now the sword of the spirit, this is the ultimate weapon. It's the only offensive thing, not that the spirit is offensive, but the sword that the spirit carries right, is the only thing that we're using for offense in the whole, in the whole situation, in the whole Armor of God. And what's fascinating about it. It's this, you could look at it as the sword made of the spirit or the sword carried by the spirit, but then they go further in the scripture to say, it's the word of God. Okay. Now there's again, there's a lot of definitions about what the word of God is. And you know, is it scripture? Is it prophetic utterances? Is it or is it coincidence? And angels and like signs that you're getting is that the word of God. Is Jesus, the word of God? The word made flesh, are we all the word made flesh? [20:24.5]

Since God created creation by the, by his word is the whole planet the word like there's a lot of different definitions. But the key thing here is that the word of God is like a sense of direction, right? The word commandment in Hebrew mean is mitzvah. And it's a beautiful one. If you look at the old pictograms of it, that literally that literally, if you just read through the pictograms would have water on the trail, that's marked by a person saying, “Hey, here it is.” In other words, the way to go through the most fertile parts of the most barren desert is by following these little markings and mitzvah or commandments or suggestions, or the most fertile parts of the wilderness that are marked out and landmarked in advance. [21:09.8]

So if you look at the word of God is whatever it is that makes your life easy, your yoke easy, and your burden light, the kind of inner direction and inner guidance that you can get to go through things with simplicity, then what's going to happen is that like, it will take far less effort for the things that you wish to accomplish to be done, because you won't have any of the internal battles, you'll have total sense of being whole. And so you'll just be able to look at all that needs all that everybody says needs to happen, and you'll be able to discern clearly, Oh, that, that's what needs to happen, you have to be able to see the landmarks. [21:44.7]

So there's an old story, I think it's a Zen story that I heard a while ago about a butcher. Now this butcher, he was famed everywhere. Everybody loved the butcher, like he gave the best cuts of meat. It was just so succulent and everything else like that, so they love to go to the butcher. And one man came into town, he was recommended to go to this butcher. And he walked in, people were telling him left and right, like this butcher, like he never even has to sharpen his blades. He's like that good, he's so good and everything. And so he goes in and he's he's like observing this butcher, he asks for a certain kind of made the butcher, cuts it with like flaw, like only a few little cuts in the meat just falls off the bone. And he's like, how are you doing this? And the butcher looks at him and he says, when you, when you really listen, when you learn to refine your perception to such an extent that you can actually see what's, what's really happening underneath the skin and underneath the muscles, then the knife just goes into the spaces between the joints and the spaces between the muscles and cuts very, very little things and the whole thing falls apart. [22:46.8]

It was about listening, so he never had to sharpen his blade because his blade never got dull from hacking through bones and doing all this extra effort. And he was able to preserve like without cutting down unnecessary blood cells and preserve all of these other parts of the meat that made it so savory. And it was such an art that it was done in such love that that also imbued the meat cuts with incredible flavor. Now, this, this is the same thing we're working with here in my book is, if you learn to perceive the fertile parts of the wilderness, if you can learn to see the landmarks that are marked out in advance and just see things as they are, and not as they appear to be, to use kind of biblical language, what happens is then the answer to what ails you is right in front of you and it becomes blatantly apparent. So many of us are saying, Oh, no, I don't know the answer, I don't know what to do, I don't know what to do. And if you really want the word of God, it boils down to why don't you pay attention to the, that he's already giving you. Remember he's giving to all men liberally, he's not upbraided like it's always being given all the time. [23:51.2]

And it's a matter of deepening your perception of what's really there without the judgment. Remember, we have to cut the judgment out. And when you can see what's really there, the answers in front of you and you go, Oh, Oh, that makes sense. And then you just do that one thing. And that one thing seems to move you into the next and the next thing. Now, some people call this flow, which sounds like a really hippie way of talking about a flow state and all the different terms people have used to talk about this scent, this instinctive sense and perception of, Oh, that's what's here. I'll give you an example, one time I was training doing some martial arts training, cause I always do a lot of martial arts training and it's fun. And we were, we were practicing learning to tap into the instinctive wisdom of what exactly was going on with the body. So I'm laying on the ground, so the person's coming and he's just walking on me, right? He's just stepping on top of my body and walking past. And every time he comes, my job was to just simply raise my hand and put my finger wherever it felt like it wanted to go. [24:49.0]

Now, my brain hated this. It hated this exercise completely because it wanted to like have some anatomical map like no, no, this technique and this situation, this is what we all do. And that's why there's books of like the 500 Krav Maga techniques and there's all these things cause humans want to complicate it. We complicate things with our minds because we want to understand, nothing wrong with it. It's a beautiful experience to come up with a technique after another technique, after another technique, it's a fun game, like building new things with Legos, but it's not necessary. So he'd come and I'd raise my hand and I put my finger somewhere and then he'd come and I'd like, raise my knee and I'd have it touched something. And I was like, why are we doing this thing? And then the next phase of it, of the experience as, as my instructor came around you know, he's sitting here looking at it and as I lift my hand up and he's like, okay, now just move that one piece of their body and I moved it. And the guy literally had my finger on the inside of his ankle. And as it was coming down at, at the moment I touched it, I just moved it like a half inch and the guy crumpled to the ground, his entire body fell and hit the mat. [25:56.5]

And I was like, what? And then he came a second time and I felt like I needed to raise my hand and I grabbed his pinky finger. And I was like, well, that's interesting. And so then I moved that a little bit and the guy just stumbled around backwards and then fell on his butt. And then another time he came in, I felt like lifting my knee. And like, I lifted my knee up just to my chest and back down and in, so doing it crossed his feet over and then he tripped himself and he fell forward and rolled onto the ground. Time and again, this happened because I got my brain out of the way and I just went into what, what is per, what am I perceiving as needs to happen? And I stopped denying myself and denying my natural wisdom that's inside myself. You see how all this Armor of God stuff is linked. And I simply went with it and in that moment I use the sword of the spirit, so to speak and I moved it. I just, it, everything in my body showed me exactly what to do. I went there and then I guided it. And as I did, so the entire situation that would have been a 200 pound guy standing on me, just disappeared with very, very little effort. [26:56.5]

All because I was willing to listen and perceive exactly where the most fertile parts of the wilderness were, exactly where the key cuts in the, in the meat were supposed to be, to feel the way things are and not how they appeared to be, and to stop thinking so much about them and judging them and simply take action on the wisdom that was already there. Now, if I didn't have wisdom, then I couldn't take action on it. So I still had to honor that wisdom, but I, the more I judged it, the more I tried to overthink it, that was the thing that paralyzed me. And you have to remember that that's like taking your helmet off and then letting someone kick you in the face. So as we're finishing up this armor of God series, and I know that these are a couple of longer episodes, we could have broken it up into three. But as I finish this up, I just want to recap really briefly. The point of this is to give you the capacity to eliminate those hundreds of internal battle sometimes. Sometimes there's only a few and sometimes there's hundreds, so that you can more effortlessly handle life. [27:59.1]

And you can do that by having your loins girt with truth to where you're no longer denying what's really going on with insight within you. You're starting to listen to the wisdom of your system, having a breastplate of righteousness, meaning you're aligned with the things that matter most to you and you’re aligning your life up with that, including everyone who's in your life. And allowing that to also be a part of what builds that up. You're having your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace. Meaning routines are in place that are simple and powerful, that prime you with peace for the day so that you can walk on thorny ground and in all kinds of different places and not, not struggle and suffer and find and find pain there. You're taking up the shield of faith, meaning a certain focus. Now it's not just that, you know the desires of your heart, but now you've decided to consciously focus your efforts there and that now is protecting you from the barbs and the insults and the naysayers and the complainer's and the gossip. And then you put on the helmet of salvation, meaning you stopped analyzing it, overthinking things and judging things. [29:00.7]

And instead you work to eliminate the main judgments you made of yourself that have been causing you to feel worthless and unworthy. And you started to discover how perfect and whole you really are on the inside and how much you're really worth. And that now made everything so much easier and things don't derail you as much. And you can think, and you can see, and then you pull out the sword of the spirit and with direct clarity of perception, you pinpoint the exact things that are needed and you do just those things with efficiency. This makes your yoke easy and your burden light. Now we're not going to talk necessarily scripture every time on this, on this podcast as you've noticed over the, over the, over the time we've been producing it. But I wanted to, and I will, from time to time, if I feel like some kind of scriptural concepts are going to be germane to the concept of being alive and free, I want to bring them up so that you get a reference point for ways to help yourself eliminate the fear and the compulsion in your life to get step free of addictive behaviors and anxiety and depression and trauma and identities in a way of seeing yourself that has caused you pain in the past. [30:06.8]

So you can hit the reset button on your life. You don't lose any of the wisdom, but you get to start fresh without all the suffering. And if you want to do that, schedule a call with us, let's talk, we'll see if there's some coaching available or some of our smaller programs, or if you want to come to an event, if you want to handle some of these deep root issues, if you want to retrain your emotional stuff and start to be able to walk through life with a little bit more ease a little bit of joy and grace by all means go to thefreedomspecialist.com, schedule a thing. Or if you want the choose your own emotion program, thefreedomspecialist.com/feelbetternow, but whatever you do put on the Armor of God so that you can feel the glory of God like we talked about last time and make sure that you're yoke is easy and your burden is light so that joy can be the way that your life runs. Until next time, have a good one guys. [30:57.9]

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