What To Do When Life’s Falling Apart

Week #4 – What will be the character of my life?

Nov 2, 2014

 

Dear friends, don’t be surprised at the fiery trials you are going through, as if something strange were happening to you. 1 Peter 4:12 (NLT)

 

Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows…. John 16:33

I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows, but take heart, because I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted, he rescues those who are crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:18 (NLT)

What do we do When Life’s Falling Apart?

1.    Put Jesus in the center of my life.

2.    Surround myself with Godly community.

3.    Grow my character.

God has a purpose behind every problem. That Purpose is to develop our character.

 We know that these troubles produce patience. And patience produces character. Romans 5:3-4 (NCV)

 God doesn’t cause problems, but He can use them for our good!

 The plans I have for you are plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11

 You intended me harm, but God intended it for good. Genesis 50:20

 

Every problem is a character-building opportunity –

the more difficult the problem, the greater potential for building spiritual muscle.

 Friends, when life gets really difficult, don’t jump to the conclusion that God isn’t on the job. Instead, be glad that you are in the very thick of what Christ experienced. This is a spiritual refining process, with glory just around the corner. 1 Peter 4:12-13 (MSG)

Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way.

And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. Romans 8:28 (NLT)

How To Develop My Character When Life’s Falling Apart:

Step 1: Decide to Become a Disciple of Jesus.

 A Disciple is someone who is committed to Spiritual Maturity.

 Spiritual growth is not automatic - it’s a process.

No prolonged infancies among us, please. We’ll not tolerate babes in the woods, small children who are an easy mark for impostors. God wants us to grow up, to know the whole truth and tell it in love—like Christ in everything .Ephesians 4:14-15

So we’re not giving up. How could we! Even though on the outside it often looks like things are falling apart on us, on the inside, where God is making new life, not a day goes by without his unfolding grace. These hard times are small potatoes compared to the coming good times, the lavish celebration prepared for us. There’s far more here than meets the eye. The things we see now are here today, gone tomorrow. But the things we can’t see now will last forever. 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 (MSG)

 

How To Develop My Character When Life’s Falling Apart:

Step 2: Take Out The Trash

…everything—and I do mean everything—connected with that old way of life has to go. It’s rotten through and through. Get rid of it! Ephesians 4:23

 

How To Develop My Character When Life’s Falling Apart:

Step 3: Change How I Think

 

Be careful how you think; your life is shaped by your thoughts. Proverbs 4:23 (TEV)

“The way you think determines the way you feel, and the way you feel determines the way you act.”

 Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Ephesians 4:23 (NLT)

 

Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Romans 12:2 (NLT)

How To Develop My Character When Life’s Falling Apart:

Step 4: Put on the Character of Christ by Developing New, Godly habits.

 

And then take on an entirely new way of life—a God-fashioned life, a life renewed from the inside and working itself into your conduct as God accurately reproduces his character in you. Ephesians 4:24

 

We develop new, Godly habits by partnering with the Holy Spirit.

God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him. Philippians 2:13

 

Here’s how we partner with the Holy Spirit for new, Godly habits:

1. Choose ahead of time to do the right things.

 

Here’s how we partner with the Holy Spirit for new, Godly habits:

2. Trust the Holy Spirit for His power, love, faith, and wisdom to do the right things!

 

…this is the secret: Christ lives in you. Colossians 1:27

 

Here’s how we partner with the Holy Spirit for new, Godly habits:

3. Just do it!

 …don’t just listen to God’s Word. You must do what it says. Otherwise you are only fooling yourselves. James 1:22 (NLT)

 

The Holy Spirit releases His power in our lives the moment we take a step of faith.

 

Move forward in your weakness to do the right thing, despite your fears or feelings!

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