UPROOTING DESTRUCTIVE EMOTIONS


24 Aug
24Aug

Ungodly emotions are one of the most difficult things to deal with and sometimes difficult to even notice since they are so personal and can easily blend into your character.

The enemy often uses certain emotions to cause us to be self-destructive and self-limiting without him having to do much!

Proverbs 16:32 (NKJV Strong's)

32 He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty,

And he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.


1 Peter 5:5-9 (NKJV Strong's)

Submit to God, Resist the Devil

5 Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for

“God resists the proud,

But gives grace to the humble.”

6 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, 7 casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.

8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. 9 Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.

Anxiety

  • Worry about something with an uncertain outcome

Anxiety and failing to walk in the peace of God could hinder you from walking in His best blessings

Philippians 4:2 (NLT)

2 Now I appeal to Euodia and Syntyche. Please, because you belong to the Lord, settle your disagreement.

Philippians 4:4 (NKJV Strong's)

4 Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!

Philippians 4:6-7 (NKJV Strong's)

6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

What anxiety does to you!

  1. Anxiety keeps you wondering and worrying about what is unknown at that moment
  2. It gives room for the enemy to torment you with lies and deception
  3. It may cause you to take rushed and uniformed actions that may be more costly
  4. It tends to make you desperate and vulnerable
  5. It could cause you to overreact in the face of offense

Matthew 6:31-34 (NKJV Strong's)

31 “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

The word “worry or take thought (KJV)” is the Greek Word ‘merimnao’ which means to be anxious or worry about tangible needs or to.

Bitterness

Hebrews 12:15 (NKJV Strong's)

15 looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled;

It has the potential to make an enemy out of lifelong friend or partner. It can destroy your life’s investment in relationships.

It starts with a seed - e.g. an offense that has not been dealt with or a competitive attitude caused by envy or selfishness

It develops a root - when you actively entertain the attitude or emotion (you are watering it). It becomes part of you. Remember it will produce after its own.

Then it springs out - it causes trouble, i.e. the full manifestation of bitterness affecting you and others and hindering God’s grace over your life. It becomes difficult to identify as the cause of problems. Once it springs forth it produces things like:

  • Corrupt communication - evil or destructive words
  • Bad attitudes - pride, resentment
  • Evil speaking - speaking badly about others
  • Anger - creating a hostile and threatening attitude towards others
  • Malice - intention or desire to do evil against someone
  • Clamor - chaotic noise and confusion
  • Hatred - intense dislike of another

Ephesians 4:29-32 (NKJV Strong's)

29 Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. 32 And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.

Frustration

- a feeling of being upset or annoyed because of inability to change or achieve something

  • Frustration makes you feel like you are just chasing shadows
  • Frustration will prevent you from hearing from God
  • It hinders you from receiving fresh thoughts and ideas
  • You become unfairly critical of others, like a dog which only bucks when a car starts moving! 
  • A frustrated person frustrates others - if you don’t know what to do with yourself; others will not know what to do with you!

James 5:13 (NKJV Strong's)

Meeting Specific Needs

13 Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms.

YOUR SEVEN STEPS TO VICTORY AND SUCCESS

(NASB) 1 Thess. 5:16-22

  1. Rejoice always;
  2. pray without ceasing;
  3. in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
  4. Do not quench the Spirit;
  5. do not despise prophetic utterances, but examine everything carefully;
  6. hold fast to that which is good;
  7. abstain from every form of evil.
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