Resilient: Week 3

Resilience

Self-help Is not so Helpful when you have no energy in your Self

Isaiah 40:28-31 Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the  everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

What is God’s unique perspective on building resilience?

Fear loves to dress itself up as an excuse. It’s too late I’m too old they won’t like it. I’m not as good as… We make up all kinds of stories to disguise our fear. What if those stories weren’t true? Kate Marshal

“When we try and remove the risks in our lives, we focus on removing the danger. And we become caged Christians.” Mark Batterson

The Lord was with Joseph

Joseph served God while in prison

Joseph was tempted

Gen. 39:9 How then could I do such a wicked thing and sin against God?

How can I do such a wicked thing, against God      

We all have mind patterns 

RO 8:5 Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. 6 The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace;

Gen. 45:4-5 Then Joseph said to his brothers, “Come close to me.” When they had done so, he said, “I am your brother Joseph, the one you sold into Egypt! And now, do not be distressed and do not be angry with yourselves for selling me here, because it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you.

Gen. 50:15-21  When Joseph’s brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, “What if Joseph holds a grudge against us and pays us back for all the wrongs we did to him?” So they sent word to Joseph, saying, “Your father left these instructions before he died: ‘This is what you are to say to Joseph: I ask you to forgive your brothers the sins and the wrongs they committed in treating you so badly.’ Now please forgive the sins of the servants of the God of your father.” When their message came to him, Joseph wept. His brothers then came and threw themselves down before him. “We are your slaves,” they said. But Joseph said to them, “Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God? You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. So then, don’t be afraid. I will provide for you and your children.” And he reassured them and spoke kindly to them.

Am I in the place of God?

Sin is missing the mark

Sin always comes with a price

Unwise living eventually leads to sin

Carrying sin/foolishness will wreck your resilience

How could I do such a wicked thing against God?

Am I in the place of God?

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.

Will this help me? (Really)

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