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Inspired by Enemies of the Heart by Andy Stanley .. #5 of 5 part series.

Guilt   – I owe you              Confession

Anger – You Owe me        Forgiveness

Greed – I owe me.             Generosity

Jealousy: resentment against success or advantage of others.

A convicting truth …. The problem isn’t with the people whose stuff you envy …

God owes me.

You are holding a grudge against God.

If God would take better care of me, I would be a better ….

The battle within you is the cause of all of your relational battles.

What is causing the quarrels and fights among you? Don’t they come from the evil desires at war within you?  James 4:1

The problem you have with relationships is you.

The people closest to you suffer most from your inner battles.

You want what you don’t have, so you scheme and kill to get it. You are jealous of what others have, but you can’t get it, so you fight and wage war to take it away from them. James 4:2a

Jealousy will develop into resentment.

 Quenching The Thirst That Is Jealousy

 Realize there is a spiritual void that can’t be permanently filled with things of this world.

Yet you don’t have what you want because you don’t ask God for it.  James 4:2b

1) Take your desires to God.

Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you. 1 Pet 5:7

2) Make God’s desires your desires.

He wants you to ask.

 And even when you ask, you don’t get it because your motives are all wrong—you want only what will give you pleasure. James 4:3

 Yet true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth.  7 After all, we brought nothing with us when we came into the world, and we can’t take anything with us when we leave it.  1 Tim 6:6-7

3)  Thank God for what you have and celebrate the success of others.

 


 

Series: Emotions That Hold Back The Love #4

Inspired by: Enemies of the Heart by Andy Stanley

Guilt – I owe you

Anger – You Owe me

Greed – I owe me.

Greed disguises itself as saving, planning, and security.

But I am not surprised! Even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. 2 Cor 11:14

Greed isn’t a financial issue, it is a heart issue.  Financial gain does not make greedy people less greedy.

Then he said, “Beware! Guard against every kind of greed. Life is not measured by how much you own.” Luke 12:15

The driving force behind greed is fear.

Fear that God can’t or won’t take care of you.

Jesus’ Definition of Greed; A person who stores up things for himself but isn’t rich toward God.

Greed is always looking for something good to hide behind.

 We Are Managers Not Owners

 16 Then he told them a story: “A rich man had a fertile farm that produced fine crops.17 He said to himself, ‘What should I do? I don’t have room for all my crops.’ 18 Then he said, ‘I know! I’ll tear down my barns and build bigger ones. Then I’ll have room enough to store all my wheat and other goods. 19 And I’ll sit back and say to myself, “My friend, you have enough stored away for years to come. Now take it easy! Eat, drink, and be merry!”’ Luke 12:16-19

Do I;

  • Secure the future of my children?
  • Save it so I don’t worry about my future?
  • Raise my standard of living?

 

20 “But God said to him, ‘You fool! You will die this very night. Then who will get everything you worked for?’ 21 “Yes, a person is a fool to store up earthly wealth but not have a rich relationship with God.”  Luke 12:20-21

The landowner overlooked the God factor in his fortune and the God-factor in how many years he has left.

 Develop a Generous Life

 Basic Level Giving:  Return an initial gift to God in a way that is identifiable and accountable.  Commit to a percentage to give first.

Obedience Level Giving:  Return the full tithe to God.

Peak Level Giving:  become a generous giver

  • Willingness to stretch yourself.
  • Desire to be generous with others.
  • A decision to use all you have to honor God.

Taylor Swift ‘s song is so true. You have to let go of anger. You have to shake off the pain from other people.

This is part of September 28, 2014 teaching “Let Go of Anger It’s Killing You” http://youtu.be/UhbubFYCD04

http://www.lifeconnectionchurch.org
Pastor Royal Farris

Source: Lyrics and video … http://www.metrolyrics.com/shake-it-off-lyrics-taylor-swift.html

 

 

Series: Emotions That Hold Back The Love #3

Source: Enemies of the Heart by Andy Stanley

If you are an angry person, it is killing you from the inside and blocking the love.

Anger is not a sin.  It’s what you do with anger that determines if it is a sin or not.

Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. Eph 4:31

Most people justify or deny their anger.

  •  Blame it on others or events
  • Impossible to control
  • If I don’t yell or hit I am not angry.
  • I don’t get angry because I am spiritually mature.
  • I am just frustrated, not angry.

Most angry people need a second opinion other than their own.

Anger:  You owe me.  (someone owes me)

Anger destroys your heart and hurts innocent people.

Hurting people hurt people.

Angry people have to learn how to forgive.

Jesus said:  14 “If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you. 15 But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins. Matt 6:14-15

Reasons people give for not forgiving:

  • It’s too hard
  • The offender needs to pay
  • I have forgiven (But not really)

How do you know if you haven’t? See Eph 4:31

Bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, slander, gossip, disrespect, sick feeling, hate, anxiety, depression, problem with relationships, …

Forgiving is cancelling the debt.

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

21 Then Peter came to him and asked, “Lord, how often should I forgive someone who sins against me? Seven times?

22 No, not seven times,” Jesus replied, “but seventy times seven! Matt 18:21-22

You, not the offender, pay  the consequence when you don’t forgive.

God forgives …..

 Then his master was filled with pity for him, and he released him and forgave his debt. Matt 18:27

When you don’t forgive the debt.

“But when the man left the king, he went to a fellow servant who owed him a few thousand dollars.  He grabbed him by the throat and demanded instant payment. Matt 18:28

Then the angry king sent the man to prison to be tortured until he had paid his entire debt Matt 18:34

Who do you need to release from debt?

Ambidextrous -Self Portrait

Ambidextrous -Self Portrait


 GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO BE GOD’S LOVE WITH SKIN

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Houses are filling up fast.  Go online today and register for one day or both days.  See below….

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Dear Friends and Family of LCC,

ANGER ….. ANGER … ANGER

In Andy Stanley’s book Enemies of The Heart, he writes that the emotional enemies of our heart have a debt to debtor dynamic that causes personal and relational issues with God and people.

We saw last week that when struggling with guilt we have an “I owe you” attitude toward God and others.

This week we will be looking at anger.  The attitude of anger says “You Owe Me.”  Perhaps you have heard, “hurting people hurt people.”  Well angry hurting people believe they have something taken from them that has to be repaid.

Stanley writes, “Extremely angry people have already decided you won’t get it right before you even try.  They can’t let you get it right, otherwise they would lose their excuse to be angry.?”

Is that you?  Do you know someone who feels you owe them yet they won’t give you a chance to make it up?

Anger is not a sin.  It’s what you do with anger that determines if it is a sin or not.  Hanging on to anger is a sin. And it’s killing you and your relationship with God and people.

We all need this message, and we all have friends that need it.

I hope to see you Sunday and be sure to bring a friend.

God bless from your brotha from anotha motha

Royal

 

Source: Enemies of the Heart by Andy Stanley

The freedom to love God and love people is blocked by the emotions of guilt, anger, greed, and jealousy.

There are only two ways to resolve this tension:

  • Someone has to pay up
  • Someone has to cancel the debt

Your relationship with God and your relationship with people are linked.

I owe God.  It’s I debt I cannot pay.

22 We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are.

23 For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. 24 Yet God freely and graciously declares that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins. Rom 3:22-24

God paid with Jesus and cancelled the debt.

I owe people.

 23 “So if you are presenting a sacrifice at the altar in the Temple and you suddenly remember that someone has something against you, 24 leave your sacrifice there at the altar. Go and be reconciled to that person. Then come and offer your sacrifice to God. Matt 5:23-24

I owe God because I owe people.

If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth.  But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. 1 john 1:8-9

We are to confess to God and the offended party.

Biblical Confession is not just saying “I am sorry”.

Confession is not about conscience relief.

Confession is just one step in a sequence of steps that leads the guilty out of darkness and into the light; it’s simply the beginning of a process that ultimately leads to change in lifestyle or behavior.  ~ Andy Stanley

 Confession

 

  • Repentance

 …“Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness.” 2 Tim 2:19

 “Yes, it was written long ago that the Messiah would suffer and die and rise from the dead on the third day.47 It was also written that this message would be proclaimed in the authority of his name to all the nations,[f] beginning in Jerusalem: ‘There is forgiveness of sins for all who repent.’ Luke 24:46-47

 

  • Restitution

 Meanwhile, Zacchaeus stood before the Lord and said, “I will give half my wealth to the poor, Lord, and if I have cheated people on their taxes, I will give them back four times as much!” Luke 19:8

 

  • Restoration

 

Confession will break the cycle of sin

Confession will dissolve the guilt.

Logo_ontransparent convertedAt one time we thought of Christ merely from a human point of view. How differently we know him now! 17 This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!  2 Cor 5:16-17

We are made new through a spiritual birth.

Change is a growth process.

Keep watch and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak!”  Matt 26:41

We are in a spiritual battle.

 

11 Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. 12 For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. Eph 6:12

We try to look and act right on the outside, but the problem is with the heart.  (nature)

Oh, what a miserable person I am!  Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death?  Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord. So you see how it is: In my mind I really want to obey God’s law, but because of my sinful nature I am a slave to sin.  Rom 7:24-25

Source: Enemies of the Heart by Andy Stanley

The freedom to love God and love people is blocked by feelings of

  • Guilt I owe you.
  • Anger You owe me.
  • Greed I owe me.
  • Jealousy God owes me.

Each emotion has a debt to debtor dynamic that causes an imbalance in relationships.

There are only two ways to resolve this tension:

  • Someone has to pay up
  • Someone has to cancel the debt

It’s difficult to self diagnose the problems of the heart.

 “The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is? Jer 17:9

We are taught to monitor our behavior.

God says our behavior comes from our heart.

 Jesus said, For from the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, all sexual immorality, theft, lying, and slander. Matt 15:19

Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life. Prov 4:23

How do we heal and protect the heart? …..

 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. Phil 4:7

If we grow the love … We will change and we will change the world.

 

 

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