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Series: Not a Fan
This Week: Total Surrender
TUESDAY — I surrender my emotions
Big Point: God wants us to give our hearts fully to him!
How would you answer this question: I love Jesus but sometimes I am still filled with _____. Anger? Fear? Sadness? Frustration? Loneliness? Guilt? Embarrassment? Shame? Stress?
Many people think that when they become Christ followers, they will automatically be filled with joy and negative feelings will simply disappear. When that doesn’t happen, they may begin to doubt God’s power to change them. On the other side, when we meet people who are happy all the time, it leaves us wondering, what are they really feeling beneath that happy front?
God does not want us to give up because we are not always filled with joy. He also does not want us to pretend to be happy all the time. What God wants is what He always wants—for us to trust Him so deeply that we surrender to Him every part of ourselves—especially our hearts. God is a God who feels and we are made in His image. God is not surprised that we are angry or sad or irritated. In the Bible, God is all of those things! God does not expect us to be perfect. But God wants us to learn to surrender our emotions to Him, so that He can share our struggles, fill our loneliness, and heal us. It is not our emotions that are the problem, it is what we do with them.
READ…What does the Bible say?
Ephesians 4:31, 32 (New Living Translation)
31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. 32 Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.
Psalm 4:4 (New International Version 1984)
4 In your anger do not sin; when you are on your beds, search your hearts and be silent.
THINK…Find the answers Read
Ephesians 4:31, 32. What are we to do with negative emotions and evil behavior? What emotions and behaviors should we exhibit instead?
According to Psalm 4:4, what is one way to “get rid” of negative emotions?
LIVE…What will you do now?
The first step in surrendering our emotions to God is learning to understand and express what we are feeling. One way to learn how to open up to God is to read and pray the Psalms. Read the excerpts from Psalm 55.
1 Listen to my prayer, O God. Do not ignore my cry for help!
2 Please listen and answer me, for I am overwhelmed by my troubles.
17 Morning, noon, and night I cry out in my distress, and the LORD hears my voice.
22 Give your burdens to the LORD, and he will take care of you. He will not permit the godly to slip and fall.
From Psalm 55
How do these verses speak to you?
Spend some quiet time with God before you go to bed. Review the events of the day with Him. Let God speak to you about your words and actions. Share with Him how you felt throughout the day. Try this tonight and write it here:
Not sure if this applies to you?
Ask yourself these questions:
Are you filled with the joy and contentment the Bible promises?
Do you try to control your emotions, but sometimes they leak out, often in the wrong situation or at the wrong people?
How are your relationships with others?
“Emotionally Healthy Spirituality”
by Peter Scazzero
PRAY…God, What do you want me to know & do?
Thank God for making you in His image, capable of emotions. Share how you are feeling right now with God. Ask Him to show you how to manage any difficult emotions you have.
Daily Bible Reading Commentary: Ezekiel 19-24
19 A lioness (symbolizing the nation of Judah) and her two cubs (two kings) illustration is used to create listener curiosity. The first cub was King Jehoahaz who had been taken captive to Egypt in 609 B.C. by Pharaoh Neco. The second cub was either King Jehoiachin, already taken into captivity in Babylon, or King Zedekiah.
20 A view of Israel’s history of rebellion. Shows God’s attempts to bring a nation of rebellious and disobedient people back to Him … responsible for the troubles and judgments. God clearly warned the people about the consequences of disobedience when Israel began. Since the Israelites disobeyed God by refusing to enter the Promised Land, God purified His people, forcing them to wander in the wilderness until that entire generation died.
21 The short message in 20:45 introduces the first of three messages about the judgments that would come upon Jerusalem: 1) the sword of the Lord, 2) the sharpened sword, and 3) the sword of Nebuchadnezzar. The city would be destroyed because it was defiled. God’s judgment was to purify through destruction.
22 Explains Jerusalem’s judgment. The leaders, whom God had chosen, were responsible for the spiritual climate of the nation. The priests no longer carried out God’s pure worship: teaching the people right living.
23 Explanation for God’s judgment through prostitute illustration. God called Jerusalem and Samaria prostitutes.
24 A 588 B.C. illustration … the people of Judah thought they were the “choice pieces of meat” since there was no captivity in 597. Illustration used in Ch. 11 to show that although the people thought they were safe inside the “cooking pot”, this pot would actually be the place of their destruction