3.1 Devotion The Way Healing Through The Word Copyright Brandy Ann Coffee Marks 1990 Brandy A...
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3.1 Devotion The Way Healing Through The Word Copyright Brandy Ann Coffee Marks 1990 Brandy A Coffee Marks, D.R.S. Slide 2 Last Week Commit to the Cause Last week you made a commitment and came to a better understanding of how a commitment helps you to achieve. Having made a commitment to success, you are ready devote yourself to God and discipline your life to be in complete obedience to God and His will for you. Slide 3 DISCIPLINE FOR SUCCESS Philippians 3.13, 14; Proverbs 4.23, 15.10; Jeremiah 5.3; 2 Timothy 3.16 Slide 4 God looked in wonder upon His world. The vision was not complete He considered how life would survive; when it would give of its goodness and when it should rest. Slide 5 On the fourth day of creation God set a pattern and rhythm for everything under the sun. Slide 6 The very pattern and rhythm of our lives shows the direction we are headed, Up Down BackwardForward Slide 7 Building bridges to success requires discipline after praying to God for directions. No follow-through is often the reason we fail. So, decide what to do, when, and just do it." Slide 8 We need to create a time for everything of importance in our lives in this order: Time for God Time for ourselves/spouse Time for our immediate family (then extended family - in-laws) Time for career and friendships Time to celebrate accomplishments (celebrations keep you motivate) Slide 9 Discipline is vital to success We do this by understanding ourselves and the part of us that God formed before we were even born. and what part we choose (these are our behaviors). Now that you have a vision and understand your belief system and are committed you are now ready to be obedient to God's will through discipline of your mind (thoughts) and your body (behaviors), and your speech (spoken words). Slide 10 As long as you refuse to change and blame your genetics, your families, or other people for the choices you make, God will not hear your prayers. If you obey, then he will be your God; walk in his way and all will be well. Jeremiah 7.16 Slide 11 If my people will: humble themselves pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and heal their land (home & lives). 2Chronicles 7.14 Slide 12 Discipline Often, the pattern of our lives is not everything we truly desire. Over the years, we develop bad habits We need to identify faulty behavior that gets in the way of our success. Slide 13 BEHAVIORS Any behavior can become a problem. We all have positive traits that may be expressed in unhealthy ways. You probably know your negatives, and need only to change them to positives. Positive behavior is loving behavior and examples are throughout the Bible. Slide 14 Believers Behavior 1 Love God above all else to the point of being selfless and giving to others without expecting to get anything in return. 2 Have undying faith in God never wavering for doubt is like a wave blown about by the wind James 1.6b 3 Love others as yourself. Love even your enemies. Do good to those who hate you. --- Luke 6.35 4 Do good. Not to have a bigger treasure in heaven, but because you want to do good/right. Thus, you glorify God every time you do good or perform an act of kindness, since you are one of his children. Slide 15 6 Don't judge others. "If another believer sins, rebuke that person; then if they repent, forgive them. Luke 17.3 As Jesus says, "Take the plank out of your eye before you try to remove the speck from another's eye", you hypocrite. 7 Read your Bible and pray always. Like eating and drinking it sustains your soul and body for Gods Words is the secret of life and health to all who discover them. Proverbs 4.22 8 Keep giving to God: give up your right to hate, judge or get revenge. Set it right--if you can--but that is not revenge. 9 Tell everyone your story of salvation, your testimony, and where God brought you from and who you are now. 10 Remember Jesus died for our sins so we do not have to suffer in hell for them, but we do have to believe he is the Son of God and he died for our sins. Slide 16 Developmental Character Traits Next we will describe character traits and the goal common to each, and their most common fear and challenge to overcome. At one time or another, each of these may be found in us depending on our present stage of human and spiritual development. These are not necessarily biblical but they are common to us all and can be very helpful. So, have fun with the ideas presented and don't feel that change is impossible Slide 17 Behavior change is developmental, in stages. The various stages of human development include prenatal (in the womb), infancy, toddlerhood, early childhood, middle childhood, adolescence, young and middle adulthood and late adulthood. Each stage is marked by milestones in physical, cognitive, and socio/emotional development as well as spiritual development. As you read these, consider how important it is to learn about God and His word throughout your development. Slide 18 From infancy to early childhood, relationships are mainly with parents. Exploring our world, we are impulsive as we begin to separate self from others and learn the basics of social interaction. In early childhood, our impulsiveness begins to give way to self-control when we have the opportunity to learn and grow from our mistakes. Having and being aware of consequences greatly effects our choices. In Middle childhood we go from family to peers for approval. If we havent learned self-discipline now seeking peer approval can create problems. Slide 19 Issues of identify, sexuality and sexual expression, conflict and resolution and inner stability prevail in early adult years. Knowing Biblical standards versus social standards for sexual behavior is vital. By young adulthood, the focus shifts from peers to career, social role, building external stability, finding a mate and starting a family. Middle adulthood has psychological and emotional challenges such as the mid-life crisis. Now we begin to question our life and an inventory is taken. Change for better or worse may occur depending on our level of emotional and spiritual maturity. Slide 20 In late adulthood ideally we have matured and learned to truly care for our self and others. If we are spiritually mature, we trust God to meet our need for security and love and can let go of faulty expectations for others. And we are able care for ourselves and others because we know God loves and cares for us, providing all that we truly need. "Fear not. I bring you peace of mind and heart, not like the peace the world gives, so do not be troubled or afraid." Slide 21 Archetypes are recurring patterns found in life and literature. They are the stuff of stories, found in plots, characters, or the images in the story. Archetypal plots are story patterns. One common story is the fall from innocence and this is seen in the story of Adam and Eve and paradise lost. Some characters are heroes (Jesus), villain (Judas) and trickster (Satan), plus many others. Images, symbols, and settings also are archetypes. Light and darkness are classic archetypal imagery. Earthly paradise is an idealized archetypal setting that appears throughout literature, as is the desert or wasteland (a common negative archetype). Slide 22 Motto: Free to be you and/or me Desire: to return to home in paradise Goal: to be happy Greatest fear: to be punished for doing something wrong Strategy: to do things right Weakness: boring for all their naive innocence Talent: faith and optimism The Innocent is also known as: Utopian, traditionalist, naive, mystic, saint, romantic, dreamer. 1.The Innocent Adam and Eve were true innocents. When exposed to the evil in the world they lost their home in paradise. Slide 23 Motto: Were all created equal Core Desire: connecting with others Goal: to belong Greatest fear: to be alone or stand out from the crowd Strategy: to be down to earth, the common touch Weakness: losing one's self in an effort to blend in Talent: realism, empathy, lack of pretense Also known as: good old boy, everyman, the guy/gal next door, the realist, the working stiff, solid citizen, the good neighbor, the silent majority 2. The Orphan Having lost his or her home in paradise the desire is to reconnect and not be alone. Slide 24 Motto: Where there's a will, there's a way Desire: to prove one's worth through courageous acts Goal: expert mastery in a way that improves the world Greatest fear: weakness, vulnerability, being a "chicken Strategy: to be as strong and competent as possible Weakness: arrogance, always needing another battle Talent: competence and courage Also known as: crusader, rescuer, superhero, soldier, dragon slayer, the winner and the team player. 3. The Hero or Warrior Always embroiled in controversy with one battle after another to win just to prove that he or she is strong and competent Slide 25 4. The Care-Giver Afraid of being selfish, you take care of problems, or people who have been hurt. Your vulnerability is used to manipulate others. Motto: Love your neighbor as yourself Core desire: to protect and care for others Goal: to help others Greatest fear: selfishness and ingratitude Strategy: doing things for others Weakness: martyrdom and being exploited Talent: compassion, generosity Also known as: saint, altruist, parent, helper, supporter. Slide 26 EXAMPLE: A story might go something like this: Warrior is afraid of snakes (embracing love). Caregiver is afraid of being used (by being cared for). Caregiver falls into a pit and must allow someone else to rescue her/him (warrior). Thus the warrior has a chance to overcome the fear of snakes and caregiver learns the joy of being cared for and cared about. Warrior battles for personal gain only; is faced with a friend (caregiver) who needs aid (bitten by snake). When you as a warrior give aid at no cost to you, youre then, transformed and receive your r