HOW GOD HELPS US GET BACK UP WHEN WE ARE DOWN
CIRCLE ALL THAT APPLY:
STRESS, FEAR, OVERWORKING, REGRETS, UNHEALTHY ATTRACTIONS, ADDICTION, DISHONESTY, WORRY, BAD HABITS, PAINFUL MEMORIES, FINANCIAL PROBLEMS, DEPRESSION, PERFECTIONISM, ANGER, COMPULSIVE THOUGHTS, COMPULSIVE BEHAVIOR, DIETING
“I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.” Romans 7:15 NIV
“For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.” Romans 7:19-20 NIV
“Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in my sinful nature a slave to the law of sin.” Romans 7:25 NIV
“The Lord has put his Spirit in me, because he appointed me to tell the Good News to the poor. He has sent me to tell the captives they are free and to tell the blind that they can see again. God sent me to free those who have been treated unfairly and to announce the time when the Lord will show his kindness.” Luke 4:18-19 NCV
IN THIS SERIES WE ARE LOOKING FOR PEOPLE TO DEVELOP, NEW MINISTRIES TO START AND PEOPLE TO GET UNSTUCK.
“Jesus did not let him, but said, “Go home to your own people and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.”” Mark 5:19 NIV
I. WHY DO WE HAVE THESE STRUGGLES?
1) WE LIVE IN A BROKEN WORLD
“We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.” Romans 8:22 NIV
“Meanwhile, creation is confused…” Romans 8:20a CEV
2) WE TRY TO PLAY GOD
““You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”” Genesis 3:4-5 NIV
“Not at all! Let God be true, and every human being a liar. As it is written: “So that you may be proved right when you speak and prevail when you judge.”” Romans 3:4 NIV
II. HOW DO I FIND HOPE?
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:3 NKJV
“Blessed (happy, to be envied, and spiritually prosperous–with life-joy and satisfaction in God's favor and salvation, regardless of their outward conditions) are the poor in spirit..." Matthew 5:3a AMPC
HUMBLY ADMIT I NEED HELP
“Blessed are those who recognize they are spiritually helpless. The kingdom of heaven belongs to them.” Matthew 5:3 GW
THREE ENEMIES OF HUMILITY THAT KEEP ME STUCK
“But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: “God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.”” James 4:6 NKJV
“Pride will ruin people, but those who are humble will be honored.” Proverbs 29:23 NCV
“Pride leads only to shame; it is wise to be humble.” Proverbs 11:2 NCV
“When I kept things to myself, I felt weak deep inside me. I moaned all day long.
“Then I confessed my sins to you and didn’t hide my guilt. I said, “I will confess my sins to the LORD,” and you forgave my guilt. Selah.” Psalms 32:3, 5 NCV
“But Jesus came and touched them. “Get up,” he said. “Don’t be afraid.” When they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus.” Matthew 17:7-8 NIV