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Summary: God desires to restore our wholeness…including our inner life….. emotional wholeness.

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Taking Responsibility for Our Lives

Series: Emotionally Healthy Spirituality

Brad Bailey – March 11, 2012

Intro

We are continuing in our series Emotionally Healthy Spirituality….focused on restoring some healthy understanding to our spiritual formation… that can lead to emotional health and maturity.

God desires to restore our wholeness…including our inner life….. emotional wholeness.

As Paul says in 1 Thessalonians…

“May God himself, the God who makes everything holy and whole, make you holy and whole, put you together—spirit, soul, and body—and keep you fit for the coming of our Master, Jesus Christ.” - 1 Thessalonians 5:23 (MSG)

So last week….we saw that becoming emotionally mature adults is a process….. and none have fully developed.

It is about becoming individuals who can take a healthy responsibility for our own thoughts, feelings, and choices.

This emerges from love. I believe that when parents have an ability to love…. provide security and significance…we can individuate into relatively emotionally healthy adults. But no parent or person is perfectly loving. So we are all have varying degrees of struggling to take a healthy responsibility for our own thoughts, feelings, and choices.

The problem is that…

We are still in recovery from the root of our separation from God.

“…separated from the life of God” - Ephesians 4:18

The Scriptures begin telling us that we have lost the very source of life.

As Paul says, we are “separated from the life of God” (Ephesians 4:18). We must be reconciled to life the way it was created to work.

In the beginning…God created us to live in relationship to Him as the source and center of life… and as the One who reigns over life.

The Tempter came along and brings the deception that we could “be like God’… find life independent of God… and be in control. The result is that those created with freedom…chose to be on our own… and became enslaved to a life separated from real life.

It can be described as…

I. Living Out of a False Role

(Adapted from Henry Cloud and John Townsend “How People Grow”) [1]

Here are the roles as God created them:

Reality God’s Design for Humans

He is the Source. / We depend on him.

He is the Creator. / We are the creation and cannot exist unto ourselves.

He has control of the world. / We have control of ourselves.

Here is a snapshot of how the roles changed after the Fall:

The Deception / The Result

We are the source. / We depend on ourselves.

We are the creator. / We exist unto ourselves.

We have control of the world. / We try to control our world and lose control of ourselves.

The underlying issue is that of trying to control everything around us… rather than learning to control ourselves.

This is what Christ comes to redeem and restore us from. But there are some common issues that arise out of the false roles we have known…. that we need to face.


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