Steps 3 & 4

November 3, 2019 Pastor: Jonathan Glisson Series: How to Ruin Your Life in 5 Easy Steps!

Scripture: Judges 14:10–15:20

Introduction: The threat against what God desires for your future is not out “There”, it’s Within.

  • 3 Realities about Your Future 
    • Your Future is Determined by Choices
    • God works In You if You Choose
    • God works Through You if He Chooses
  • Samson was a Nazarite (Judges 13:5): Do not Consume Grapes, Do not Touch anything Dead, and Do not Cut your Hair.

Step 1: Affirm your Misguided Entitlement (Judges 14:1-4)

  • Solution: Recognize that you were Born “Entitled” to Death & Hell (Ephesians 2:1-5)

Step 2: Conceal your Sin (Judges 14:5-9)

  • Solution: Confess- What you Cover, God will Uncover… but what you Uncover, God will Cover. (1 John 1:8-9)

Step 3: Choose the Wrong Friends (Judges 14:10-20)

  • Association à Participation à Destination- “Show me your friends and I will show you your future(Prov. 12:26, 1 Cor. 15:33)
  • Wrong Friends are… Sad for your Successes, Fans of your Failures, and Detractors from your Deliverer

Step 4: Indulge in Self-Centered Anger and Self-Serving Revenge (Judges 15:1-20)

  • Anger is not a Sin (Ephesians 4:26)
  • Anger is a Choice- Nothing makes me angry”
    • Godly Anger- Focuses on God and His Desires
      • Leads to Justice and Change
    • Ungodly Anger- Focuses on Self and “Getting Even
      • Leads to Revenge and Destruction

Solutions to Steps 3 & 4:

  • Step 3: Forsake your Association with Wrong Friends and Forge a Connection with Right Friends (Colossians 3:12-14)
    • Right Friends are… Compassionate, Kind, Humble, Gentle, Patient, Forgiving, Sincerely Love you and God
  • Step 4: Submit to God-Centered Anger and God-Serving Justice (Romans 12:17-19)

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