Scripture: Isaiah 43, 44
Fear not, God is in control. How are we to respond Fear of rejection, judgement and provision, in light of who He is? .
- Who is God? (Isaiah 44:1-8)
- Our Creator who chose us (v.1,2a)
- Our Helper (v.2b)
- Generous Giver (v.3)
- Personal & intimate (v.5)
- The ONLY God (v.6b-7a)
- Controls the future (v.8)
2. Our approach when we fear or anxious (Isaiah 43:18-21)
- Don’t be discouraged by past (v.18)
- Positive hope for future (v.19)
- Confidence in His provision (v.20)
- Proclaim praise to God (v.21)
Scripture: James 4:13-17
- Pay attention to what God says (v13a)
- Don't trust in our plans (v13b, v14a)
- Our life and plans are temporary (v14b)
- Put plans in submission (v15)
- Beware of arrogance and boasting (v16)
- Confident in knowing God's plans (v17)
Scripture: Ephesians 4:26
Do you know the difference - healthy anger and unhealthy anger?
There are 3 ways of responding to anger. Do you know which is the right way to respond?
- Open aggression
- Passive aggression
- Assertive anger
Scripture: Job 9:27
How do you manage hurt?
- Allow yourself to feel the pain, injury, wound of hurt (Job 9:27 MSG)
- Allow yourself to be healed (Job 5:18)
- Allow yourself to forgive (Job 42:7-11)
- Allow yourself to keep faith in God and remain in His steadfast love (Job 42:2)
Scripture: 2 Corinthians 1:24
Why do we feel these things?
- Our feelings are built-in sensors and indicators
- Our feelings are instruments of connection with God and others
- Our feelings allows us to embrace the experience of others
- Our feelings allows us to fully live life
8 Primary Feelings (Chip Dodd, The Voice of the Heart)
- Hurt indicates our need for healing
- Anger indicates our hunger and passion for life
- Loneliness indicates the value of intimacy
- Fear awakens us to danger and wisdom
- Sad expresses value and honour
- Shame instructs us to maintain humility and mercy
- Guilt instructs us to repent and asks for forgiveness
- Glad reminds us of the hope of our heart
Scripture: Hebrews 12:2
Why do we feel these things?
Pete Scazzero: “our churches are filled with people who remain emotionally unaware and socially and spiritually immature” (The Emotionally Healthy Church)
Scripture: Matthew 26:36-46
7 Steps to Overcoming Negative Thoughts (O.B.S.E.R.V.E.):
Scripture: Numbers 14
10 Negative Traits of Thoughts That We Need to be Aware:
- Jumping to Conclusion
- Mental Filtering
- Emotional Reasoning
- All or Nothing / Black and White
- Should and Shouldn't
- Disqualifying the Positive
Scripture: Numbers 13
Results of not managing the negative mind:
- Forfeit living life fully
- Forfeit living in the place of rest in God
- Forfeit living in victory, renewed and restored in Christ
The truth of the negative mind:
- Negativity is not a defect. It’s a defence mechanism.
- Negativity is not unalterable. Our minds can be renewed, rewired, reset.
- Negativity is not unmanageable. Our minds can be managed to function well.