Part of the Sunday series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
Past Present Future series
(introduction - listen to it again!)
Building healthy disciples.
What voices do we listen to in our minds? (I'm a mistake. I'm not allowed to make mistakes. If certain people approved of me, then I'm OK. I can't get too excited or joyful. Can't express what I really feel. I don't have the right to feel, because if I did, I would pour acid over people around me. If I did really feel, it would hurt too much. I'm only valued by my intelligence/looks...)
If we are emotionally unhealthy, then it's going to be difficult to be spiritually mature. Acknowledging what's below the surface. Not just "letting it all hang out", but taking it all to God. Jesus coming into that place in our hearts where he wants to heal and restore.
Ignatious. Founder of the Jesuits. Not that we blindly follow our feelings, but acknowledge that's how God guides us. Feeling what we're feeling, maybe God is trying to talk to us in our life? Not just the "what" of it, but the "why", so it doesn't become a blame factor. I take responsibility for it, then take it to God to deal with it in our lives.
Matthew 11:30. yoke is easy and burden is light.
I've crafted you. He knows you intricately and intimately. This yoke fits you. Life is hard, difficult, not easy. But if you follow me, you'll go through these trials and tests, it's the easiness of God's strength. The God thing on your life fits you and will carry you.
Matthew 3:17. In God there is a safe place. Because when you're dealing with some of this stuff, you don't want everyone to know. Temptations that Jesus faced in the wilderness. Baptism of Jesus, God says "This is my son, with whom I am well pleased"
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30For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. (KJV)
17And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. (KJV)