Pastor Gary, September 7, 2014
“The most important commandment is this: You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, and all your SOUL, and all your MIND, and all your STRENGTH.” Mark 12:29-30 (NLT)
UNDERSTAND MY EMOTIONS
o God has emotions ________________________________________________________________
o My ability to feel is a gift from God ________________________________________________________________
“Then God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, in our likeness…’”
Genesis 1:26 (NIV)
o Two extremes to avoid:
Emotionalism: _ All that matters is how I feel
Stoicism: Feelings are not important at all
o God gave us the book of Psalms to understand our emotions.
WHY I MUST LEARN TO MANAGE MY EMOTIONS
“There is a way that SEEMS right to a man, but in the end, it leads to death.” Proverbs 14:12 (NIV)
“Like an open city with no defenses is the man with no check on his feelings.” Proverbs 25:28 (NAB)
“Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” 1 Peter 5:8 (NIV)
“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.” Romans 8:6-8 (TEV)
“[People] get lost and die because of their foolishness and lack of self-control.” Proverbs 5:23 (CEV)
“From now on you must live the rest of your earthly lives controlled by God’s will and not by human desires.” 1 Peter 4:2 (TEV)
HOW TO MANAGE AN UNWANTED FEELING
Ask: What am I really feeling?
Ask: What’s the real reason I am feeling this? Is it true? It is helping ot hurting me?
Eliphaz asked ob: “Why has your heart carried you away, and why do your eyes flash?” Job 15:12 (NIV)
o Everyday: Ask God to Fill you with His Spirit.
“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.”
Galatians 5:22-23 (NLT)
o Everyday: Ask God to help you control your mouth!
“Self-control means controlling the tongue!” Proverbs 13:3 (LB)
“May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord!” Psalm 19:14 (NIV)
YOUR SMALL GROUP THIS WEEK
“How to Heal Your Damaged Emotions”