Renovating the Heart of Kingdom Leaders - Part 1

The Assault on the Heart

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There’s a deceptive idea, even among believers, that life is supposed to be easy. As this belief becomes more common, it is leaving Christians unprepared for the inevitable challenges in life. This week, Dr. Mark Mayfield joins Gary Wilkerson to talk about the subtle ways Christians need to fight back against the evil that assaults our hearts.

DISCLAIMER: The advice discussed in this podcast episode is not a replacement for professional counseling.

Key Points from the Podcast

  • As those called by God, there is a purpose and glory intended for our lives that can be hindered when our heart is assaulted by Satan, sin, the flesh, and the world.

  • When one hears the term spiritual warfare, we fall somewhere on the spectrum between thinking there is no such thing to every issue is a demonic attack.

  • There is an assault on your heart whether you realize it or not. It is not a matter of if it will happen, but it already has been, is being, and will be assaulted.

  • How you choose to view trials, struggles, and suffering will affect how you handle them.

  • When you are in a battle, as Christians are, you need to know who your enemy is—Satan, demons, the world, sin, and flesh.

  • Assaults on the heart are not always obvious but are often very subtle distortions of the truth.

  • Not all assaults on the heart are fully spiritual but can have physical or mental aspects to them.

  • Knowing, speaking, and meditating on the Word of God is vital for overcoming assaults on the heart.

  • Having the right people in your life—godly friends, a pastor, a counselor—are an important part of dealing with assaults of the heart.

Bible Verses Referenced in the Podcast

Genesis 3; Isaiah 54:17; James 1:2; Acts 10:1–15

Resources Mentioned in the Podcast

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About Dr. Mark Mayfield 

Dr. Mayfield is a former pastor, a licensed professional counselor (LPC), a board-certified counselor, and founder and CEO of Mayfield Counseling Centers.

He has more than 14 years of professional counseling experience in clinical, judicial, and faith-based counseling settings across a wide range of patient demographics. Mayfield has professional experience in treating and addressing anxiety, depression, and PTSD, substance abuse, domestic violence, self-injury, and suicide. He is passionate about the integration of faith and mental health.

Dr. Mayfield recently launched his book, titled “HELP! My Teen is Self-Injuring: A Crisis Manual for Parents”  which addresses his own suicide survival story, self-injury, and how to help your child who might be going through this. His second book “The Path Out of Loneliness: Finding and Fostering Connection to God, Ourselves, and One Another”, published through NavPress/Tyndale House, released September 2021.

He has been featured in prominent media outlets including Woman’s Day, Hello Giggles, NBC, Reader’s Digest, Byrdie, and more. Dr. Mayfield is on a list of mental health professionals that was invited to the White House in December 2019 and has had periodic calls with the White House to discuss mental health in America.

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About Gary Wilkerson

Gary Wilkerson is the President of World Challenge, an international mission organization that was founded by his father, David Wilkerson. He is also the Founding Pastor of The Springs Church, which he launched in 2009 with a handful of people. He has traveled nationally and internationally at conferences and conducted mission ventures such as church planting, starting orphanages, clinics, feeding programs among the poorest of the poor and the most unreached people of the earth. Gary and his wife Kelly have four children and live in Colorado Springs, CO.

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