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Discouraged

Hello My Name Is
Part 5
Hello My Name Is Discouraged

Romans 15:13 “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit."
Philippians 4:8 “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”

7 Reasons to be encouraged from Romans 8….

1. No CONDEMNATION

verse 1-2
“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, 2 because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.”

2. No INTIMIDATION

verse 15
The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you LIVE IN FEAR again;”

1 John 4:18 “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.”

2 Timothy 1:7 “God has not given us a Spirit of fear, but of love power and a sound mind”

3. No COMPARISON

verse 18
“I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.”

John 16:33 “in this world you will have trouble…”

Psalm 30:5 “Sorrows may endure for the night but joy comes in the morning.

4. No LIMITATIONS

verse 26 “In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness.”

Isaiah 40:30-31 “Even youths grow tired and weary,
    and young men stumble and fall;
31 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.”

2 Corinthians 12:9 “But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”

5. No APPREHENSIONS

verse 28
“We know that ALL THINGS work together for good for those who love God and are called according to His purposes.”

6. No COMPETITION

verse 31
“ What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?”

7. No SEPARATION

verse 35-39
“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? …37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Mad

Hello My Name Is
Part 4
Mad

Matthew 24:10-13 NKJV “And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. 11 Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. 12 And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. 13 But he who endures to the end shall be saved.”

Three ways we get mad:

1. Mad at our brother

2. Mad at our sister

Luke 10:38-42 NLT “As Jesus and the disciples continued on their way to Jerusalem, they came to a certain village where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. 39 Her sister, Mary, sat at the Lord’s feet, listening to what he taught. 40 But Martha was distracted by the big dinner she was preparing. She came to Jesus and said, “Lord, doesn’t it seem unfair to you that my sister just sits here while I do all the work? Tell her to come and help me.” 41 But the Lord said to her, “My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details! 42 There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.”

3. Mad at God

John 11:21 NIV “Lord,” Martha said to Jesus, “if you had been here, my brother would not have died”

Psalm 73:2-5 NCV “I had almost stopped believing; I had almost lost my faith because I was jealous of proud people. I saw wicked people doing well. 4 They are not suffering; they are healthy and strong. 5 They don’t have troubles like the rest of us; they don’t have problems like other people.”

verse 16-20 “I tried to understand all this, but it was too hard for me to see 17  until I went to the Temple of God. Then I understood what will happen to them. 18 You have put them in danger; you cause them to be destroyed. 19 They are destroyed in a moment; they are swept away by terrors. 20 It will be like waking from a dream. Lord, when you rise up, they will disappear.”

The key to being free from offense…

SURRENDER!

Philippians 2:6 NIV “Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; 7 rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.”

Philippians 2:17 NIV “But even if I am being poured out like a drink offering on the sacrifice and service coming from your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you. 18 So you too should be glad and rejoice with me.”

Matthew 10:39 NIV “Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.”

I'm Tired

Hello My Name Is
Part 3
I’m Tired

Ecclesiastes 2:22-23
Solomon asked a question:
"What does a man get for all the toil and anxious striving with which he labors under the sun? All his days his work is pain and grief; even at night his mind does not rest..."

Three dangerous things…

1. When I am tired I LET MY GUARD DOWN.

Judges 4:17-21 “Sisera, meanwhile, fled on foot to the tent of Jael, the wife of Heber the Kenite, because there was an alliance between Jabin king of Hazor and the family of Heber the Kenite. 18 Jael went out to meet Sisera and said to him, “Come, my lord, come right in. Don’t be afraid.” So he entered her tent, and she covered him with a blanket. 19 “I’m thirsty,” he said. “Please give me some water.” She opened a skin of milk, gave him a drink, and covered him up. 20 “Stand in the doorway of the tent,” he told her. “If someone comes by and asks you, ‘Is anyone in there?’ say ‘No.’” 21 But Jael, Heber’s wife, picked up a tent peg and a hammer and went quietly to him while he lay fast asleep, exhausted. She drove the peg through his temple into the ground, and he died.”

Luke 21:34 “Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with dissipation, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you unexpectedly like a trap.”

2. When I am tired my EMOTIONS are INCONSISTENT.

3. When I am tired I can FORGET MY PURPOSE.

Hebrews 12:2-3 “Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not GROW WEARY AND LOSE HEART.”

Psalm 62:1 "My soul finds rest in GOD ALONE; my salvation comes from Him."

Matthew 11:28-30 “Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you REST. 29 Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”

Matthew 11:28-30 MSG “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”

Three things about resting in Jesus…

1. Walk with me

Verse 29 NIV “take my yoke upon you.”
MSG ”Walk with me…”

2. Work with me

MSG “walk with me and work with me.”

Isaiah 40:30-31 “Even youths grow tired and weary,
    and young men stumble and fall;
31 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.”

3. Watch me

MSG “Walk with me and work with me—WATCH how I do it. LEARN the unforced rhythms of grace.”

a. Spiritual rest

Mark 1:35 ESV “very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place and there he prayed.”

b. Physical rest

Mark 4:38 “Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?”

c. Relational rest

Mark 7:24 “Jesus left that place and went to the vicinity of Tyre. He entered a house and did not want anyone to know it…”

Hebrews 10:24-25
 “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”



Hurt

Psalms 55:4 “my heart is in anguish within me…”

Verse 12-13 “If an enemy were insulting me I could endure it. If a foe were raising himself against me, I could hide from him. But it is you, a man like myself, my companion, my close friend with whom I once enjoyed sweet fellowship as we walked with the throng in God’s house.”

Three normal reactions to relational hurt.

1. Lash out.

2. Shut down.

3. Give up.

Four things to do when you are hurt.

  1. Seek to understand.

Philippians 2:4-5 “Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus.”

Romans 15:2 TLB “We must be considerate of the doubts and fears of others. Let's please the other fellow, not ourselves, and do what is for his good and thus build him up in the Lord.”

2. Seek peace.

Romans 12:17-18 “Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. 18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.”

Matthew 5:9 “Blessed are the peacemakers for they will be called the sons of God.”

a. I listen more than I speak.

James 1:19 “Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry,”

Proverbs 15:1 “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.”

b. I admit my part of the problem.

James 4:6 “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”

c. Attack the issue, never the person.

d. Offer grace and forgiveness.

Colossians 3:13 “Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.”

3. Seek God’s perfect love. 

Proverbs 18:24 NET “A person who has friends may be harmed by them, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.”

2 Timothy 4:16-18 “At my first defense, no one came to my support, but everyone deserted me. May it not be held against them. But the Lord stood at my side and gave me strength.”

Psalm 142:4-6 "Look and see, there is no one at my right hand; no one is concerned for me. I have no refuge; no one cares for my life. (But) 5 I cry to you, Lord; I say, “You are my refuge, my portion in the land of the living. Listen to my cry for I am desperate in need. ”

Ephesians 2:14 “For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility…”


Insecure

Hello My Name Is
Part 1
Insecure

3 things about insecurities…

1. You will never BE right until you SEE right.

Romans 12:3 “Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you.”

2. When I SEE who God is, He will SHOW me who I am

Mark 10:46-52 MSG “As Jesus was leaving town, trailed by his disciples and a parade of people, a blind beggar by the name of Bartimaeus, son of Timaeus, was sitting alongside the road. When he heard that Jesus the Nazarene was passing by, he began to cry out, “Son of David, Jesus! Mercy, have mercy on me!” Many tried to hush him up, but he yelled all the louder, “Son of David! Mercy, have mercy on me!” 49-50 Jesus stopped in his tracks. “Call him over.” They called him. “It’s your lucky day! Get up! He’s calling you to come!” Throwing off his coat, he was on his feet at once and came to Jesus. 51 Jesus said, “What can I do for you?” The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.” 52 “On your way,” said Jesus. “Your faith has saved and healed you.” In that very instant he recovered his sight and followed Jesus down the road.”

Verse 49-50 “Jesus stopped in his tracks. “Call him over.” They called him. “It’s your lucky day! Get up! He’s calling you to come!” Throwing off his coat, he was on his feet at once and came to Jesus.”

Verse 51-52 “Jesus said, “What can I do for you?” The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.” 52 “On your way,” said Jesus. “Your faith has saved and healed you.” In that very instant he recovered his sight and followed Jesus down the road.”

Matthew 16:18 “Now I say to you that you are Peter (which means ‘rock&rsquoWinking, and upon this rock I will build my church, and all the powers of hell will not conquer it.”

3. When I’m confident in MY IDENTITY I can walk in HIS SECURITY.

John 13:2-4 “2 The evening meal was in progress, and the devil had already prompted Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, to betray Jesus. 3 Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; 4 so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist.