Saturday, 07 January 2012
The Reality Choice
Pastor Peter begins the Life's Healing Choices series by looking at Jesus' opening verse in the Beatitudes- blessed are the poor in spirit; and the first choice we must make in order to receive God's blessing.

THE REALITY CHOICE

Life’s Healing Choices: The Beatitudes - Part 1

Peter Dupre

January 8, 2012

“I don’t understand what I do.  For what I want to do I don’t do, but what I hate to do, I do!  …I know that nothing good lives in my flesh.  I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out." Romans  7:15+18 (NIV)

Stress Diet Finances

Fears Worry Relationships

My overwork Bad habits Painful memories

Attractions  Anger Perfectionism

Addiction Dishonesty Resentment

Regrets Need to control Compulsive thoughts

THE CAUSE: ________________________________________

“In the pride of your heart you say, ‘I am a god…’  But you are just a man and not a god, though you think you are as wise as a god." Ezekiel 28:2 (NIV)

1st CHOICE (Memory Verse):

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."  Matthew 5:3 (NIV)

Realize I’m not God: I ADMIT that I’m powerless to control my tendency to do the wrong thing and that my life is unmanageable.

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“God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble."

James 4:6 (NIV)

“You will never succeed in life if you try to hide your sins.  Confess them and give them up; then God will show mercy to you."

Proverbs 28:13 (TEV)

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“We saw how powerless we were to help ourselves; but that was good, for then we put everything into the hands of God, who alone could save us, for he can even raise the dead.” 2 Corinthians 1:9 (LB)

“You're blessed when you're at the end of your rope.  With less of you there is more of God and his rule." Matthew 5:3 (MSG)

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“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work:  If one falls down, his friend can help him up.  But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!” Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 (NIV)

“Admit your faults to one another and pray for each other so that you may be healed.” James 5:16 (LB)

RGROUP GROUND RULES

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“When we were unable to help ourselves, at the moment of our need, Christ died for us…” Romans 5:6 (NCV)