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Overcoming Overload

Running On Fumes

3 EFFECTS OF FEAR

  • Fear stops me from feeling good.

  • Fear stops me from doing good.

  • Fear stops me from trusting God.

 

FEAR= FALSE EVIDENCE APPEARING REAL

WHY DO I STAY AFRAID?

I…

  • Forget God

  • Embrace a lie

  • Assume the Worst

  • Replay it constantly

KEY THOUGHT- FAITH IN GOD is the only true antidote to fear.

 

HOW TO FACE FEAR

1. REMEMBER

  • Who God is.

1 The Lord is my light and my salvation—so why should I be afraid? The Lord is my fortress, protecting me from danger, so why should I tremble? Psalm 27:1 NLT

  • How praise crushes darkness.

1 I will praise the Lord at all times. I will constantly speak his praises. 2 I will boast only in the Lord; let all who are helpless take heart. 3 Come, let us tell of the Lord’s greatness; let us exalt his name together. Psalm 34:1-3 NLT

2. REQUEST

4 I prayed to the Lord, and he answered me. He freed me from all my fears. 5 Those who look to him for help will be radiant with joy; no shadow of shame will darken their faces. 6 In my desperation I prayed, and the Lord listened; he saved me from all my troubles. Psalm 34:4-6 NLT

3. REJOICE

7 For the angel of the Lord is a guard; he surrounds and defends all who fear him. 8 Taste and see that the Lord is good. Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in him!. Psalm 34:7-8 NLT

4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Philippians 4:4-5 NIV

4. REST

10 The lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing. Psalm 34:10 NIV

1 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. 2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” Psalm 91:1-2 NIV

6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7 NIV

5 ingredients to relational overload and fragmentation

 

  • I try to control the behaviors and moods of others.

  • I live an unhealthy and unrealistic pace of life.

  • I constantly compare and compete in everything.

  • I try to stand out instead of learning to stand with.

  • I feel free to speak my mind at all times.

 

1 Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, 2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love, 3 being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling; 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all.7 But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ's gift. Ephesians 4:1-7 NASB

 

11 Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. 12 Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ. 13 This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ.14 Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth. 15 Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church. Ephesians 4:11-15 NLT

 

  • My calling as a Christian- To represent Jesus to everyone, in word and in action.

 

5 Steps to Living in my calling

 

  1. I give up my need to control others.

 

“I implore you to walk.. 2 with all humility and gentleness…showing tolerance for one another in love.”

2. I consciously choose a slower pace.

 

"I implore you to walk… with patience.”

 

3. I choose unity over competition and credit.

 

3 being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. Ephesians 4:3 NASB

 

4-6 You were all called to travel on the same road and in the same direction, so stay together, both outwardly and inwardly. You have one Master, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who rules over all, works through all, and is present in all. Everything you are and think and do is permeated with Oneness. Ephesians 4:4-6 MSG

 

4. I find my place in serving others.

 

11 Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. 12 Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ. 13 This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ. Ephesians 4:11-13 NLT

 

5. I lovingly speak to build up, not tear down.

 

14 Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth. 15 Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church. Ephesians 4:14-15 NLT

 

HOLDING A GRUDGE-The act of being and staying offended, rather than forgiving and moving on.

FORGIVENESS QUIZ

A person should not be forgiven until he asks for it.  T  F

Forgiving includes minimizing the offense & the pain caused.T  F

Forgiveness includes restoring trust and reuniting a relationship. T  F

You haven’t really forgiven until you’ve forgotten the offense.    T  F

When I see someone hurt, it is my duty to forgive the offender.T  F

 

I. Forgiveness is not…

 

1. Conditional.

Jesus on the cross… “father forgive them…”

 

2. Minimizing the seriousness of the offense.

 

3. Resuming a relationship without changes.

 

For restoration to happen, the offender must do 3 things.

 

  • Repentance

  • Restitution

  • Restored trust

 

4. Forgetting what happened.

 

II. Forgiveness is…

 

1. RELINQUISHING MY RIGHT to get even.

19 Never avenge yourselves.  Leave that to God, for He has said that He will repay those who deserve it.   Romans 12:19a (TLB)

 

15 Be careful that none of you fails to respond to the grace which God gives, for if he does there can very easily spring up in him a bitter spirit which is not only bad in itself but can also poison the lives of many others.  Hebrews 12:15 (Phillips)

 

2. RESPONDING TO EVIL with good.

27 Do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, and pray for those who mistreat you.  Luke 6:27-28 (NIV)

 

3. REPEATING THE PROCESS as long as necessary.

22 Peter asked, "Lord, how often should I forgive someone who sins against me?  Seven times?” 22 “No.” Jesus replied, “seventy times seven!”  Matthew 18:21-22 (NLT)

 

The secret of offloading the weight of offense

 

  • I REMEMBER how much I have BEEN FORGIVEN.

13b Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.  Colossians 3:13b (NLT)

 

13 You were dead because of your sins ... Then God made you alive with Christ.  He forgave all our sins. 14 He canceled the record that contained the charges against us.  He took it and destroyed it by nailing it to Christ's cross. Colossians 2:13-14 (NLT)

 

  • I REFUSE to take the BAIT OF OFFENSE in the future.

 

32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.  Ephesians 4:32 (NIV)

 

3 good reasons why you should forgive

 

1.  God has forgiven you.

2.  Bitterness makes you miserable.

3.  You’re going to need more forgiveness later.


 

1 Now Ahab told Jezebel everything Elijah had done and how he had killed all the prophets with the sword. 2 So Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah to say, “May the gods deal with me, be it ever so severely, if by this time tomorrow I do not make your life like that of one of them.” 3 Elijah was afraid and ran for his life. When he came to Beersheba in Judah, he left his servant there, 4 while he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness. He came to a broom bush, sat down under it and prayed that he might die. “I have had enough, Lord,” he said. “Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors.”

1 Kings 19:1-4 NIV

 

3 Indicators of an empty tank

1.  Unjustifiable fear.

3 Elijah was afraid and ran for his life. 1 Kings 19:3a NIV

 

2. Hopeless resignation.  

4 He prayed that he might die. “I have had enough, Lord.” 1 Kings 19:4b NIV

 

3. Unshakeable despair.

4 “Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors.” 1 Kings 19:4c NIV

 

Key Thought

Thankfully, when I’m running on fumes…God’s love never runs out.

 

When my soul really needs it…

 

1.  God’s love provides soul rest.

5 Then he lay down under the bush and fell asleep. All at once an angel touched him and said, “Get up and eat.” 6 He looked around, and there by his head was some bread baked over hot coals, and a jar of water. He ate and drank and then lay down again. 7 The angel of the Lord came back a second time and touched him and said, “Get up and eat, for the journey is too much for you.”  8 So he got up and ate and drank. Strengthened by that food, he traveled forty days and forty nights until he reached Horeb, the mountain of God. 9 There he went into a cave and spent the night. 1 Kings 19:5-9 NIV

8 Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns.  Exodus 20:8-10 NIV

 

2.  God’s love allows me to voice my complaints.

9b And the word of the Lord came to him: “What are you doing here, Elijah?” 10 He replied, “I have been very zealous for the Lord God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant, torn down your altars, and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too.”  1 Kings 19:9b-10 NIV

 

3.  God’s love speaks clearly.

11 The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.”  1 Kings 19:11a NIV

18 Yet I reserve seven thousand in Israel—all whose knees have not bowed down to Baal and whose mouths have not kissed him. 1 Kings 19:18 NIV

28 Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28 NIV

 

Overcoming Overload

  • 1.
    Facing Fear
    04/29/18
  • 2.
    Living My Calling
    04/22/18
  • 3.
    Offloading the Weight of Offense
    04/15/18
  • 4.
    Running On Fumes
    04/08/18
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