"5 step to wrecking your life" Series This Sunday Aug 14 at 10:30a.m. (In person or on our YouTube or Facebook page)

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SERMON: 5 Steps to Wrecking your Life


HOW TO WRECK YOUR LIFE

July 31, 2022

Week 1


DRIFT FROM GOD


·     SATAN WANTS TO DESTROY YOUR FAITH.

But I’m afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ. 2 Cor. 11:3

 

19 When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is the seed sown along the path. 20 The one who received the seed that fell on rocky places is the man who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. 21 But since he has no root, he lasts only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, he quickly falls away. 22 The one who received the seed that fell among the thorns is the man who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke it, making it unfruitful. 23 But the one who received the seed that fell on good soil is the man who hears the word and understands it. He produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown." Matt. 13:19-23

 

We must pay more careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away. Heb 2:2


HOW TO DRIFT FROM GOD IN 5 EASY STEPS

 

1) NEGLECT YOUR TIME WITH GOD.

O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you,

my body longs for youPs 63:1  


2) IF YOU DON’T LIKE YOUR CIRCUMSTANCES, BLAME GOD.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding… Prov 3:5

 

3) HANG AROUND BAD INFLUENCES.

Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character...” 

1 Cor. 15:33

 

 4) GIVE INTO TEMPTATION.

14 but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. 15 Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death. James 1:14-15

5) LOVE THIS WORLD MORE THAN YOU LOVE GOD.

Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the father is not in him. 1 John 2:15


·     IF ALL ELSE FAILS: FAKE IT!

The Lord says: "These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from meIsa 29:13

 

I know your deeds; you have a reputation of being alive, but you are dead. Rev 3:1


RETURNING TO YOUR FIRST LOVE


…You have forsaken your first love. 5 Remember the height from which you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first... Rev 2:4-5

 

 

Discussion Questions


1)    Are you closer to God today than in the past? Why or why not?

2)    Describe what your time with God looked like this past week. If you didn’t seek him, be honest.

3)    We examined different ways to drift from God including: neglecting time with God, blaming God, hanging around bad influences, giving into temptation, loving the world more than God, and if all else fails, faking it. What is the one area you need to work on most? What specific action step are you going to take?


HOW TO WRECK YOUR LIFE

Aug 7, 2022

Week 2

HOW TO BECOME AN ADDICT


12 "Everything is permissible for me"-but not everything is beneficial. "Everything is permissible for me"-but I will not be mastered by anything. 1 Corinthians 6:12

 

mastered: exousiazo (ex-oo-see-ad'-zo); to be controlled by or enslaved, brought under the power of something.

 

WHAT HAS MASTERED YOU?

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14 He cut down cedars, or perhaps took a cypress or oak…15 Some of it he takes and warms himself, he kindles a fire and bakes bread. But he also fashions a god and worships it; he makes an idol and bows down to it… He prays to it and says, "Save me; you are my god." 18 …Their eyes are plastered over so they cannot see, and their minds closed so they cannot understand. 19 No one stops to think…"Half of it I used for fuel… Shall I make a detestable thing from what is left? Shall I bow down to a block of wood?" 20 He feeds on ashes, a deluded heart misleads him; he cannot save himself, or say, "Is not this thing in my right hand a lie?" Isaiah 44:14-15, 17-20


• When life begins to feel like Kryptonite, sapping your strength or maybe it just gets a little bland

and colorless, where do you go to escape? To a movie? TV? Sports? Starbucks?

A relationship? A good novel? Facebook? Food? What do you experience emotionally in

your place of escape?


"Everything is permissible for me"-but not everything is beneficial. "Everything is permissible for

me"-but I will not be mastered by anything.

1 Corinthians 6:12 (NIV)


• Do you think anything has ever mastered you?

Do your best to be transparent here.

He cut down cedars, or perhaps took a cypress or oak… Some of it he takes and warms himself, he

kindles a fire and bakes bread. But he also fashions a god and worships it; he makes an idol and

bows down to it… He prays to it and says, "Save me; you are my god." …Their eyes are plastered

over so they cannot see, and their minds closed so they cannot understand. No one stops to

think…"Half of it I used for fuel… Shall I make a detestable thing from what is left? Shall I bow down

to a block of wood?" He feeds on ashes, a deluded heart misleads him; he cannot save himself, or

say, "Is not this thing in my right hand a lie?"

Isaiah 44:14-15, 17-20 (NIV)


• Why is it often easier to look for comfort and satisfaction in people, places and things rather

than in God?


So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature. For the sinful

nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. They

are in conflict with each other, so that you do not do what you want.

Galatians 5:16-18 (NIV)


• Our addictions come out of those broken and wounded places in our lives. Is there one

particular addiction that you battle repeatedly? If so, what is it? How might that battle be a

result of a broken or wounded place in your life?


• If our addictions come out of our wounds and brokenness as human beings, it would make

sense that healing in these places would be the answer to our battle with addictions. Can you

heal these places yourself? If so, how? If not, who can?


• Why do you think our efforts to battle addictions with the weapons of “will power” and

determination alone, almost always fail?


"But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said, 'I have just bought a field, and I must go

and see it. Please excuse me.' "Another said, 'I have just bought five yoke of oxen, and I'm on my

way to try them out. Please excuse me.' "Still another said, 'I just got married, so I can't come.'

Luke 14:18-20 (NIV)


Admitting to an addiction is one thing, but often the most difficult thing to do is recognize that we

even have an addiction.

• Take a moment and ask yourself this difficult question: Think of the things that provide you

with a sense of security, or comfort, or excitement, or relief in your life right now. Now, how

easily could you let them go? Even the slightest hesitation in our answering this question

might be cause for us to look closer at the “thing” to determine if it has taken root somewhere

in our soul.

He who conceals his sins does not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them finds

mercy.

Proverbs 28:13 (NIV)


• What is the difference between “renouncing” your sin and simply putting strategies in place to

make it harder for you to sin?

For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with

are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.

We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and

we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ .

2 Corinthians 10:3-5 (NIV)

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened

again by a yoke of slavery…

Galatians 5:1 (NIV)


• Is simply not acting on the desire that drives your addiction really freedom from addiction?

Why or why not? What kind of freedom do you think Christ has given us.: Freedom from bad

behavior or freedom from the destructive desires holding us captive? Explain.


Final thought:

What is Christ offering you freedom from today? What kinds of things are holding

those around you captive? The battle of our addictions is truly a battle for our relationship with God.

The enemy has sold us a counterfeit and told us that it will satisfy us where God will not. As a

group agree to see the battle for what it is and wage war with the divine weapons you’ve been

given. Agree that there will be many battles in the war, but agree to fight them together and with

the strength that comes only from God.


For Further Study

To use this resource, simply select one or two questions from each category

below that you think will help you use in your own personal devotions during the week.


Open

• What activities or pursuits are part of popular culture currently that seem to

lead to addiction for many people?


Explore

Read 2 Peter 2:1-22

• What did Peter warn his readers that false prophets would attempt to do?

(2:1)

• What did Peter say would happen when people followed false prophets?

(2:2)

• What did God use as an example of what will happen to the ungodly? (2:6)

• What effect did living among immoral people have upon Lot? (2:7-8)

• How did Peter say the Lord would deal with the godly and the unrighteous?

(2:9)

• How did the evil people of whom Peter wrote affect others? (2:18)

• What did such sinful men promise? (2:19)

• To what were sinful people slaves? (2:19)

• How did Peter say a person could escape the corruption of the world?

(2:20)


Reflect

• How do you deal with the influence of immoral or rebellious people around

you?

• When are you typically tempted to lapse back into some sinful activity or

attitude? Why

• How can be become enslaved to a desire without even realizing it?


Apply

• Beginning today, is there a sinful desire that God wants to help you escape

from?


If we can help you in this journey, please contact us.


Dr. Rick Mendoza