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UNDERSTAND MY EMOTIONS
Genesis 1:26 (NIV)
"Then God said, 'Let us make man in our image, in our likeness...'"
TWO EXTREMES TO AVOID:
- GOD GAVE US _______________________________ TO UNDERSTAND OUR EMOTIONS
WHY I MUST LEARN TO MANAGE MY EMOTIONS
1. BECAUSE _______________________________________________________________________________________
Proverbs 14:12 (NIV)
"There is a way that SEEMS right to a man, but in the end, it leads to death.
2. BECAUSE _______________________________________________________________________________________
Proverbs 25:28 (NAB)
"Like an open city with no defenses is the man with no check on his feelings."
1 Peter 5:8 (NIV)
"Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour."
3. BECAUSE _______________________________________________________________________________________
Romans 8:6-8 (TEV)
"To be controlled by human nature results in death; to be controlled by the Spirit results in life and peace...Those who obey their human nature cannot please God."
4. BECAUSE ______________________________________________________________________________________
Proverbs 5:23 (CEV)
"[People] get lost and die because of their foolishness and lack of self-control."
1 Peter 4:2 (TEV)
"From now on you must live the rest of your earthly lives controlled by God's will and not by human desires."
HOW TO MANAGE AN UNWANTED FEELING
Job 15:12 (NIV)
Elephaz asked Job; "Why has your heart carried you away, and why do your eyes flash?"
- EVERYDAY: __________________________________________________________________________________
Galatians 5:22-23 (NLT)
"When the Holy Spirit controls our lives, he will produce this kind of fruit in us: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness,
faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control."
- EVERYDAY: ________________________________________________________________________________________
Proverbs 13:3 (LB)
"Self-control means controlling the tongue!"
Psalm 19:14 (NIV)
"May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord!"
Romans 12:2 (NLT)
"Do not be conformed to the pattern of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think."
WHY I MUST MANAGE MY MIND
#1) Because my thoughts________________________my life!
Proverbs 4:23 (TEV)
"Be careful how you think; your life is shaped by your thoughts."
#2) Because my mind is the ______________________________ for sin!
Romans 7:22-23 (LB)
"I love to do God's will so far as my new nature is concerned; but there's something else deep within me that is at war with my mind and wins the fight and makes me a slave to the sin within me. In my mind I want to be God's servant, but instead I find myself still enslaved to sin."
#3) Because it's the key to ___________________ & ____________________!
Romans 8:6 (NLT)
"If your sinful nature controls your mind, there is death. But if the Holy Spirit controls your mind, there is life and peace."
3 DAILY CHOICES FOR A HEALTHY MIND
#1. I must _______________________ my mind with truth!
Matthew 4:4 (NLT)
"People need more than bread for their life; they must feed on every WORD OF GOD."
WHEN? __________ __________ __________
Psalm 119:147 (NLT)
"I rise early...to cry out for help and to put my hope in your words."
"Lord, how I love your Word. I think about it all day long."
"Even in the darkest of night, your teachings fill my mind."
#2. I must _______________ my mind from destructive thoughts!
Romans 8:5 (NLT)
"Those who are dominated by their sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit."
- 3 ENEMIES:
> 1) My old sin ______________
> 2) _________________
> 3) The world's _______________ system
2 Corinthians 10:3-5
"Though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. Our weapons have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish any argument and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we TAKE CAPTIVE EVERY THOUGHT to make it OBEDIENT to Christ."
HOW TEMPTATION WORKS
James 1:14-15 (NLT)
"Temptation comes from the lure of OUR OWN evil desires. These evil desires lead to evil actions, and then the evil actions lead to death."
4 Phases of temptation:
- Phase 1: D_________________
- Phase 2: D________________ -"Did God really say...?"
- Phase 3: D________________ - Believing a lie of Satan
- Phase 4: D________________ & Defeat
Psalm 119:112 (CEV)
"I have made up my mind to obey your laws forever, no matter what."
#3. I must ________________ my mind on the right thoughts!
>Think about _______________
2 Timothy 2:8 (CEV)
"Keep your mind on Jesus Christ..."
Hebrews 12:3 (NCV)
"Think about Jesus' example. He held on while wicked people were doing evil things to Him. So do not get
tired and stop trying."
>> Think about __________________
Philippians 2:4 (LB)
"Don't just think about your own affairs, but be interested in others, too, and in what they are doing."
Hebrews 10:24 (NCV)
"Let us think about each other and help each other to show love and do good deeds."
>>>Think about ___________________
Colossians 3:2 (NLT)
"Let heaven fill your thoughts. Do not think only about things down here on earth."
1 Corinthians 2:9 (NLT)
"No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who
Proverbs 14:30--"Peace of mind makes the body healthy."
Proverbs 14:30 (LB)--"A relaxed attitude lengthens a mans life."
"EASIER SAID THAN DONE"
SPIRITUAL HABITS THAT REDUCE STRESS
1. LOOK TO GOD TO MEET ALL MY ______________________
"The Lord is my shepherd, so I have all I need."
Romans 8:32 (LB)
"Since God did not spare even His now Son for us but gave Him up for us, won't he also surely give us everything else we need?"
2. OBEY GOD'S INSTRUCTION ABOUT ________________
"He makes me lie down..."
"Six days are set aside for work but every seventh day you must rest completely, even during your seasons of plowing and harvesting, you must observe a Sabbath day of rest."
3. GO TO GOD FOR ______________________
"He make me lie down in lush green meadows and leads me beside calm, quiet waters. He restores my soul."
Philippians 4:8 (MSG)
"You'll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious--the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly."
4. GO TO GOD FOR _______________________
"He guides me in the right paths for His name's sake."
5. TRUST GOD IN THE __________________ ____________________
"Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff comfort me."
Psalm 142:3 (TEV)
"When I am ready to give up, He knows what I should do."
6. LET GOD BY MY ____________________
"You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies, and You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows."
"How I love you , Lord! You are my defend, my protector, and my strong fortress. In You I am safe. You protect me like a shield."
7. EXPECT GOD TO __________________ WHAT HE ____________________
"Surely goodness and love will follow me all the day of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever."
Matthew 11:28-30 (RSV)
Jesus: "________ to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. _________ my yoke upon you, and _________ from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light."
WHEN I'M "YOKED" WITH CHRIST, WE MOVE TOGETHER IN THE
SAME _____________________________ AND THE SAME _____________________.
THIS WEEK IN YOUR SMALL GROUP:
Six Reasons Your Health Matters to God
>>>GET ___________ ____________ WITH MY LIFE
LUKE 15:13-14, 17
"...he wasted it all...he had nothing left...he got desperate and hungry...he finally came to his senses..."
Jeremiah 29:13 (MSG)
GOD: "You'll find me when you get serious about finding me and want it more than anything else."
>>>OWN UP TO MY _________________
"When he came to his senses, he said..."I have sinned against God and you..."
"Your sins have separated you from your God, and have hidden His face from you..."
Psalm 51:1-4 (TEV)
"Be merciful to me, O God, because of your constant love. Because of your great mercy wipe away my sins! Wash away all my evil and make me clean! I recognize my faults and I am conscious that I've sinned against You."
Isaiah 1:18 (NLT)
"The Lord says, 'No matter how deep the stain of your sins, I can remove it. I can make you as clean as freshly fallen snow.'"
THE HABIT OF A REGULAR SPIRITUAL CHECK-UP:
2 Corinthians 13:5 (MSG)
"Test yourself to make sure you're solid in the faith. Don't drift along taking everything for granted. give yourself regular checkups. If you fail the test, do something about it."
1 Corinthians 11:28 (NIV)
"A man ought to examine himself before he eats of the bread and drinks of the cup."
>>>OFFER UP ___________________
The son drifted away saying, "GIVE ME MY share..."
He returned to the Father saying, "MAKE ME a servant."
"Because God is merciful to you, OFFER YOURSELVES as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God--this is your spiritual act of worship. And do not conform to the pattern of this world, but BE TRANS-FORMED by the renewing of your mind."
THE FATHER'S RESPONSE
Luke 15:20, 22
"Filled with love and compassion, he ran out to his son, threw his arms around him, and kissed him! ...Bring the best..."
>>>LIFT UP MY ____________________
"We're going to celebrate with a feast of eating and drinking...He was lost but now he's found! So the party began!"
Psalm 68:4 (ESV)
"Sing to God, sing praises to His name; LIFT UP A SONG to Him...His name is the Lord!"
Psalm 13:6 (NLT)
"I will sing to the Lord because He has been so good to me!"
1 Corinthians 11:23-24
"On the night He was betrayed, the Lord Jesus took bread and spoke a PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING. He broke the bread and said, 'This is my body, which is given for you. Do this to remember me.'"
WHY ARE GOALS IMPORTANT TO CHANGING MY LIFE?
Paul: "I know that I am not yet what God wants me to be. I haven't reached that goal, but I keep moving toward it to make it mine because Christ made me and saved me for this. I know that I haven't yet reached my goal, but there's one thing I always do. Forgetting the past and straining toward what is ahead, I keep my eyes focused on the goal so that I may one day win the prize that God has called me to receive through Christ in the life above. All of you who are spiritually mature should think this same way too."
"According to your faith will it be done to you."
1 Corinthians 9:26 (NCV)
"I do not run without a goal. I fight like a boxer who is hitting something--not just the air."
Job 6:11 (NLT)
Job: "I do not have the strength to endure. I do not have a goal that encourages me to carry on."
Philippians 3:12 (TEV)
Paul: "...I keep striving toward the goal..."
"If your goals are good, you will be respected."
1 Corinthians 2:25-26a (NLT)
"All athletes practice strict self-control. They do it to win a prize that will fad away, but we do it for an eternal prize. So I run straight to the goal with purpose in every step."
WHAT KIND OF GOAL DOES GOD BLESS?
3 questions to ask:
1 Corinthians 6:20 (CEV)
"God paid a great price for you. so use your body to honor God."
1 Corinthians 10:31 (CEV)
"When you eat or drink or do anything, always do it to honor God."
2 Corinthians 5:9 (NIV)
"We make it our goal to please Him..."
1 Corinthians 16:14 (NLT)
"Everything you do must be done with love."
1 Corinthians 14:1 (NLT)
"Let love be your highest goal."
Proverbs 16:9 (MSG)
"We plan the way we want to live, but only God makes us able to live it."
- I NEED---
Zechariah 4:6 (NCV)
"You will not succeed by your own strength or power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord."
- I NEED---
Joshua 1:8 (NAB)
"Keep this Book of the Law on your lips. Recite it by day and by night, that you may carefully follow all that is written in it; THEN you will successfully attain your goal."
- I NEED---
Ecclesiastes 4:12 (MSG)
"By yourself you're unprotected. But with a friend you can face the worst. And a group of three is even better because a rope braided with three strands is not easily snapped!"
May 24, 2020---Who I Am in Christ