Our feelings are important to God and He uses them to leverage His kingdom work!

Sermon Notes from Morning Worship
Sunday, January 9, 2011
Series: “Dealing With My Feelings”
Today: “God’s Focus on Our Feelings”

God's Focus on Our Feelings

Scripture:  Philippians 2:12-15 Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed–not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence–continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, 13 for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose. 14 Do everything without complaining or arguing, 15 so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe.

Ephesians 3:16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being.

Intro:  Our feelings are important to God and He uses them to     leverage     His kingdom work!

 

I.    GOD USES OUR FEELINGS IN OUR      DECISIONS           .

A.  God works in you to     will       and to act according to His good purpose.

B.  God can sanctify our        “wanter”         .

* Conditions needed to trust your “wanter”:

1.   You approach decisions with      prayerful        caution.

2.   You evaluate your spiritual      disciplines       with honesty.

3.   You      wait        on the Lord before making the decision.

 

II.   GOD TURNS OUR FEELINGS INTO OUR      PASSIONS       .

* When God focuses on our feelings, He is moving us toward the passions that will       shape        our lives!

 

III.  GOD HELPS OUR FEELINGS STABILIZE AND     MATURE   .

A.  Ephesians 3:16 – Paul prayed for the Ephesian Christ followers to be strengthened in their      inner being        .

B.  Areas of emotional health.

1.   Controlled      anger       without wild emotional outbreaks.

2.   Short bouts of discouragement with quick     rebounds     to joy-filled living.

3.   Finding times of spiritual      refreshment       after an emotionally draining experience.

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