Message: “Evaluate My Relationships! ” from Tom Leonard

Tom Leonard - February 27, 2011

Evaluate My Relationships!

Main Point: (Romans 7) - I must realize that I’m not God and admit I am powerless to change my sinful nature (my tendency to do the wrong thing), but through the power of Jesus Christ, I can be transformed and overcome! 1. R.ealize I’m not God and admit I’m powerless to control my tendency to do the wrong thing (change my sinful nature). (Romans 7:22-24) *I may have a controlling hurt, habit or hang-up – Has my life become unmanageable? Hurts – Abuse: physical, verbal,emotional,sexual. Pornography. Loss in Life: health, expectations relationships, divorce, death, adult child of dysfunctional fam. Co-dependency, depression. Hang-ups – Food, gambling,self injury, anger, unforgiveness, bitterness, finances, debt, lying, gossip, cheating, stealing... Habits/Addictions – Substance: alcohol, illegal drugs, prescript. Drugs, food, gambling, sex, smoking, relationships, pornography, Video games, shopping… Romans 6:16 ‘Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone to obey him as slaves, you are slaves to the one you obey – whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness?’ 2. E.arnestly believe that God exists; that I matter to Him and that He has the power to help me recover/overcome - through Jesus Christ! (Romans 7:25) 3. C.onsciously choose to commit all of my life and will to Christ’s care and control. (Romans 8:12-15) Last Week (James 5:13-16): I must examine myself, and confess my sins to God, and another trusted person and change if I want healing and recovery. 4. O.penly examine and confess my sins & faults to myself, God, and someone I trust. (verse 16) Matthew 5:8 Happy are the pure in heart… 5. V.oluntarily submit to any & all changes God wants to make in my life, and humbly ask Him to remove my character defects. Matthew 5:7 Happy are the Merciful, for they will be shown mercy! ~Evaluate all my relationships I Corinthians 15:33-34 ‘Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.” Come to your senses and stop sinning…’ ~Offer forgiveness to those who have hurt me. Matthew 6:14-15

Scripture References: 1 Thessalonians 5:11, Matthew 6:14-15, Matthew 5:7, Matthew 5:23-24, 1 Corinthians 15:33-34, Romans 7:22-24, Romans 6:16, Romans 7:25, Romans 8:12-15, James 5:13-16

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