forgiveness

You Asked For It! // Anxiety

(Matthew 6:19-34 NASB)

What can lead to feelings of anxiety?

Wrong Focus

(Matthew 6:22-23 NASB)  “The eye is the lamp of the body; so then if your eye is clear, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light that is in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!”

Fear

(Matthew 6:25-31 NASB) For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life? And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith! Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’

Stress

Root of Anxiety - Control

How can we deal with anxiety?

Practice the Pause

(Psalm 46:10) He says, “Be still, and know that I am God.”

(Psalm 46:10 NASB) Cease striving and know that I am God.

Take Control of your thoughts

(2 Corinthians 10:5) We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

(Philippians 4:6-8)  Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

(Colossians 3:2 NASB) Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.

Surrender Control to Jesus

(1 Peter 5:6-7 NASB) Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.

Repeat

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

You Asked For It! // How To Live Through A Bad Day

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(Hebrews 12:2 MSG) Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed--that exhilarating finish in and with God-- he could put up with anything along the way: cross, shame, whatever. And now he’s there, in the place of honor, right alongside God.

(Luke 23:34) Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”

Lesson #1

Forgive everyone who’s trying to ruin your life.

(Matthew 24:10 NKJV) And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another.

(Luke 17:1 NKJV) Then He said to the disciples, “It is impossible that no offenses should come...”

(Proverbs 18:19) An offended brother is more unyielding than a fortified city, and disputes are like the barred gates of a citadel.

  • Betrayal.

  • False accusation.

  • Rejection.

  • Abuse.

  • Humiliation.

(Hebrews 2:17-18 MSG) That’s why he had to enter into every detail of human life. Then, when he came before God as high priest to get rid of the people’s sins, he would have already experienced it all himself—all the pain, all the testing—and would be able to help where help was needed.

Father Forgive Them

(1 Peter 4:1 NCV) Since Christ suffered while he was in his body, strengthen yourselves with the same way of thinking Christ had.

1. Pray for them.

(Matthew 5:43-44) "You have heard that it was said, 'Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.”

2. Bless them.

(Luke 6:27-28) But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.

(Romans 12:14) Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.

3. Do good to them.

(Romans 12:17-21) Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God's wrath, for it is written: "It is mine to avenge; I will repay," says the Lord. On the contrary: "If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head." Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

The forgiven forgive.

(Matthew 10:8) ...Freely you have received, freely give.

Fresh Start // Part 4

Part 4: Forgive More

(Jeremiah 4:3 NKJV) For thus says the Lord to the men of Judah and Jerusalem: “Break up your fallow ground (unplowed, uncultivated), And do not sow among thorns.

(Lamentations 3:22-23 NLT) The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness, his mercies begin afresh each morning.

Forgiveness is not…

Excusing the behavior
Minimizing the hurt
Enabling the offender
Forgiving and forgetting
Waiting for an apology
Fully trusting
Always a one-time event

Reconciling 

(Matthew 6:14-15) For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

(Colossians 3:13 AMP) bearing graciously with one another, and willingly forgiving each other if one has a cause for complaint against another; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so should you forgive. (Reference Verse: John 13:35)

What is forgiveness?

“When we strive against all thoughts of revenge; when we will not do our enemies mischief, but wish well to them, grieve at their calamities, pray for them, seek reconciliation with them, and show ourselves ready on all occasions to relieve them.” (Thomas Watson, Body of Divinity, p. 581)

How To Forgive

Forgive first.

(Romans 5:8) But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

(Luke 23:34) Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.

Forgive intentionally. 

(Matthew 18:21-22) Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?” Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.

(Luke 6:27-28 AMP) “But I say to you who hear [Me and pay attention to My words]: Love [that is, unselfishly seek the best or higher good for] your enemies, [make it a practice to] do good to those who hate you, bless and show kindness to those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. (Reference Verses: Matthew 5:23:24)

Forgive unconditionally.

(Ephesians 4:32 NLT) Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.

(Romans 2:4 NLT) Don’t you see how wonderfully kind, tolerant, and patient God is with you? Does this mean nothing to you? Can’t you see that his kindness is intended to turn you from your sin? (Reference Verse: Romans 12:19)

KEY TRUTH: If you want 2018 to your best year of your life, then it must be the best year of your life spiritually.