07.29.2018 | “1 John Week 11 (5.4-12)”
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I have two kids, which means I’ve played referee to their altercations once or twice (at least). If you’ve ever been there, you know that sometimes, in the heat of the argument, you hear yourself making somewhat insane declarations to them. Once I declared that the next child that “looked out the other’s car window” was going to be in big trouble (never mind how I would actually be able to stop someone from looking through a window).
Have you ever observed—or been a part of—an argument over something silly?
What started it? How did it end?
Eric described three drives that, when they are uncontrolled, can cause pain to ourselves and others (physical affection, material and emotional security, and status in society). When these drives persist, they are great (negative) examples of “how the world works”.
Which of these do you struggle with the most?
How have you seen the struggle play itself out in your life?
According to this passage (1 John 4-12), how have we overcome the world (or, more specifically how have we overcome the way the world works)?
What are some human/ineffective ways that we can try to overcome the world?
Have you used any of these yourself? How did that turn out?
Think of the drive that you struggle with the most, and then try to think of a specific person or situation where that struggle is being played out right now. What would it mean to bring the Cross to it? In other words, what would happen if you could surrender your desire for affection, your desire for material and emotional security, your desire for status and reputation, and your desire for control of the situation?)
How would it be different?
Where does “faith” and “trust” come into play?
Getting Out of the Hole
Consider writing down the areas of control/surrender, and keeping them some place where they can be constantly visible to you (computer screen, car dashboard, etc.).
Seek to bring the Cross (surrender and FAITH) to your life constantly by asking God to help you surrender these areas.