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Summary: Psalm 23 gives an answer for damaged emotions.

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GOD HAS AN ANTIDOTE FOR YOUR DAMAGED EMOTIONS

Stress busters - Part 2

THE PATH TO EMOTIONAL HEALING

1. LET GOD ____________________ MY ____________________

"My guilt has overwhelmed me like a burden too heavy to bear... I am bowed down and brought low; all day long I go about mourning." Ps. 38:4-6

"The Lord gave us a mind and a conscience. We cannot hide from ourselves." Pr. 20:27

"All of us have sinned... yet God declares us `not guilty’ IF we trust in Jesus Christ, who in mercy freely takes away our sins." Rom 3:23-24 (LB)

"He has forgiven ALL your sins. He has utterly wiped out the evidence of broken commandments which always hung over our heads, and completely annulled it by nailing it to the cross!" Col 2:13-14

2. LET GOD ____________________ MY ____________________

"Lord, have mercy, because I am in misery. My eyes are weak from so much crying, and my whole being is tired from grief." Psalm 31:9 (NCV)

3 Things to Do: 2 Sam 12

1. Accept what ____________________________________________

"Then David got up from the ground... He said, `While the child was still alive, I fasted and wept ... But now that he is dead, why should I fast? Can I bring him back to life?" 2 Sam 12:22-23

2. Play ________________________ and Pray __________________________

"After he had washed, put on lotions, and changed his clothes, he went into the house of the Lord and worshipped.

3. Focus on ________________________, not ___________________________

"Then David comforted his wife Bathsheba, and he went to her and lay with her. She gave birth to a son, and they named him Solomon." 2 Sam. 12:24

"To all who mourn ... he will give: beauty for ashes; joy instead of mourning; praise instead of heaviness."

Isa. 61:3 (LB)

3. LET GOD _____________________________ MY __________________________

"To worry yourself to death with resentment would be a foolish, senseless thing to do."

Job 5:2 (GN)

"You are only hurting yourself with your anger." Job 18:4 (GN)

"Dear friends, never avenge yourselves. Leave that to God, for He has said He will repay those who deserve it." Rom. 12:19 (LB)

"Get rid of all bitterness ... forgiving each other just as in Christ God forgave you."

Eph. 4:31-32

"Put your heart right, reach out to God... then face the world again, firm and courageous. Then all your troubles will fade from your memory, like floods that are past and remembered no more." Job 11:13-16 (GN)


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