Sunday, September 24, 2023

Overwhelmed Week 1
Conformed or Transformed?

Romans 12:2 NIV
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

Romans 12:2 NLT
“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” ‭‭ ‬‬‬‬

Romans 12:2 MSG
“Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what He wants from you and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to it’s level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you…”

1) Have I become so “well-adjusted” to this sinful culture that I fit in without even thinking?
2) Is this culture keeping me from being the person/family God intended?

What overwhelms you? Finances, work, relationships, schedule, family, kids, health, school, anxiety/depression, parenting, life, death, addiction?

Luke 17:11 – 13 NIV
Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!”

What do you do when you’re overwhelmed?
1) Choose the best place.

Hebrews 10:25 NLT
And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.

Luke 17:14 NIV
When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed.

Luke 17:15 – 19 NIV
One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan. Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?” Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”

2) Choose the best pace.
“God is the friend of solitude” – Mother Teresa

3) Choose the best priorities.
We don’t have an opportunity problem, time problem or money problem… we have a priority problem.

Luke 3:1 – 2 NIV
In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar—when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, Herod tetrarch of Galilee, his brother Philip tetrarch of Iturea and Traconitis, and Lysanias tetrarch of Abilene— during the high-priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John son of Zechariah in the wilderness. 

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