12 WORDS | 08.24.2017 | “Powerless”
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What are some characteristics that are necessary to succeed in our modern world?
What are some possible “downsides” to these characteristics? Have you ever experienced any of them?
Read Romans 7:15-20
Have you ever experienced activities or habits that match up with this statement? What are the things that you do that don’t WANT to do, but can’t seem to stop doing?
Have you ever tried to make a significant life change?
What made it difficult to change?
Read John 10:10
What does “abundant” or “full” life mean to you?
Do you desire that life?
On Sunday, Pastor Eric described a few “diagnostic tools” to identify possible issues of power and control (experiencing irritation and blaming; uncontrollable fear, anger and shame; feelings of isolation, loneliness and broken relationships; geographical cures; obsessions with controlling people and situations; and a pre-occupation with self-image).
Did any of those areas speak to you? If so, which ones, and how do they play out in your life?
What would happen if you kept on repeating these toxic behaviors?
What do you think it means to be “powerless”?
What would it mean to be powerless over areas like your family? Your job or career? Your grades? Your relationships?
What would it mean to surrender? Are you ready?
Getting Out of the Hole
First, you might want to consider sharing your journey with a Growth Group leader or a trusted friend.
Next, if you think you are ready to surrender and admit your powerlessness, a simple but effective start is to simply put your surrender in writing. If you don’t currently have a journal, you might want to get one (a simply spiral notebook will do), and begin by writing down the following:
“I, ____________________________, admit that I am powerless and that my life has become unmanageable.”
It is also helpful to write down some more specific ways and areas of your life in which you are powerless, such as:
– the behavior of your family or children
– the behavior or your supervisor or boss
– your friends or significant other
– the political climate in the country
Other areas may come to mind; respond and write them down as that happens.
Try to spend some time each day to remind yourself that (a) you are not in control and (b) that’s okay. From here, the journey to “abundant and full” life is just beginning.