MESSAGE NOTES: Soul Food #6

PROSPERING IN YOUR EMOTIONS (Part 2)

3 John 2 (NKJV) – Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.

  • God’s desire is for us to prosper and be in health in this season… this is directly connected to our ’soul prosperity’
  • 1 Thess 5:23 (ESV) – …and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
  • We are a spirit, we have a soul, we live in a body
  • Our soul = our mind, will, and emotions
  • God wants to prosper our souls in this season

Prospering in Our Emotions

Again, there are two sides to this topic that I want to make sure we touch on. The first is the danger to be led by our emotions rather than being led by the Spirit. The second is the danger to be disconnected not be ‘emotionally healthy’. In the last lesson we focused on the first, in this, we want to focus on the second.

1 Thessalonians 5:23 teaches us that we are Spirit, Soul and Body

  • Concept 1: We can grow and develop in each of these areas – in our spiritual life, in our bodies, and in our souls; for this lesson’s sake particularly in our emotions
  • Concept 2: Just because we are developed in one area doesn’t mean we will be well developed in another.
  • Concept 3: As Christians, we hear a lot about growing up spiritually… but not as much about growing up emotionally

Many believers have invested in a level of spiritual maturity; reading their Bible, fasting, prayer, witnessing and more, but they are have not invested the same in their emotional maturity.

Signs of an Emotionally Mature Christian

Pastor Pete Scazzero has outstanding teaching on faith and emotional health and I have drawn on it for much of this teaching. The following points come from an article he wrote that can be found at https://tinyurl.com/yy5duleh.

Why do so many Christians make lousy human beings?  Why are so many of us judgmental, unaware, and defensive? Part of the answer lies in a failure to biblically integrate emotional health and spiritual maturity. A vast industry exists around emotional intelligence that ignores spirituality. A vast amount of information also exists that defines a “mature” Christian. Rarely are the two integrated.

Here are some signs of an emotionally mature Christian:

1] You Anchor Your Life in the Love of Jesus

  • You don’t divide your life into “secular” and “sacred” compartments.
  • Instead, you rather enjoy communion with Him in all areas of your life – work, recreation, church, and parenting.
  • Towards that end, you regularly practice spiritual disciplines (e.g. meditation on Scripture, silence, solitude, community, confession, worship) to position yourself to practice His presence all throughout the day.

2] You Break the Power of Your Past

  • You can identify how issues from your family of origin (e.g. character flaws, ways of coping with pain) impact your current relationships and decisions.
  • As a result, you are reflective and open to feedback from trustworthy sources in order to minimize the negative impact of your past and live freely in the new family of Jesus.

3] You Listen to your Anger, Sadness, and Fear

  • You take the necessary time to experience and process these “difficult” emotions.
  • Thus, you are able to express anger, hurt, and sadness in ways that lead to growth in others and yourself.

4] You Slow Down for Sabbath

  • You regularly set aside a twenty-four hour period in which you stop your work and practice Sabbath – setting a healthy limit around your paid and unpaid work.
  • This rhythm of stopping, resting, delighting and contemplating God informs the structure of your week.

Get out to a Connexion this week where we will be talking about Sabbaths… what they can actually look like and how you can make them a part of your life.

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