Peacekeepers chapter 9


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Peacekeepers chapter 9

  1. 1. Falling Down
  2. 2. <ul><li>Cynical </li></ul><ul><ul><li>1 . Believing or showing the belief that people are motivated chiefly by base or selfish concerns; skeptical of the motives of others: a cynical dismissal of the politician's promise to reform the campaign finance system. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2. Selfishly or callously calculating: showed a cynical disregard for the safety of his troops in his efforts to advance his reputation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>3. Negative or pessimistic, as from world-weariness: a cynical view of the average voter's intelligence </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>4. Expressing jaded or scornful skepticism or negativity: cynical laughter </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Matthew 6:34 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Have you found yourself being cynical towards people either on or off the job? </li></ul><ul><li>How did you feel afterwards? Did you feel you could have handled the situation better? </li></ul><ul><li>How do you think that God would want you to handle the situation? </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>The idea of cynicism and and of being bitter, seems to be most true for anyone who works with the general public and who can become understandably grouchy over a period of time </li></ul><ul><li>What are some professions where this may occur? </li></ul><ul><li>Give examples of how this manifests itself in your line of work? </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>A major factor behind most of our stress could be that we are too busy living a life being critical without allowing God to share in our lives </li></ul><ul><li>Being negative is from Satan </li></ul><ul><li>James 1:16-17 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers and sisters. 17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Satan would like for us to focus on our own self-issues and the negativity found in both our lives and our jobs. Whenever we do this our minds are not focusing on God but rather on ourselves. </li></ul><ul><li>Proverbs 14:29 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Whoever is patient has great understanding, but one who is quick-tempered displays folly. </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Galatians 5:22-23 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Exodus 34:6 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, “The LORD, the LORD, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Proverbs 29:22 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>An angry person stirs up conflict, and a hot-tempered person commits many sins. </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>Often times we fail to understand that our cynicism, worry, stress, and anger come from us trying to handle our own problems instead of turning them over to God. </li></ul><ul><li>As Law Enforcement or other jobs where we are taught to make quick decisions we tend to try to rely on ourselves in all aspects of life. </li></ul><ul><li>Proverbs 3:5-6 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>This attitude of going it alone is often referred to as spiritual immaturity. God never intended for us to be a Lone Ranger Christian. It has always been his desire to see us connected to the Church ; the Body of Christ. </li></ul><ul><li>Hebrews 10:25 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Let us not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>God repeatedly makes reference to us being part of a church family </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>Law Enforcement see man’s inhumanity too man </li></ul><ul><li>What inhumanity have you seen on the job? </li></ul><ul><li>Romans 13:4 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>For he is God’s servant to do you good. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Anyone who is God’s servant and given authority to do good works will possess a certain amount of Godly Strength and character. </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>As peace officers we can easily forget about our purpose in serving God, and instead become distracted with our own problems </li></ul><ul><li>When this happens our spiritual strength can come under attack by Satan and he (Satan) magnifies our problems so that they seem to become too difficult to overcome. </li></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>1 Peter 5:8 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>What is your personal stress, cynicism, worry, or anger that impacts your life? </li></ul><ul><li>How can you better release this stress, cynicism, worry, or anger? </li></ul><ul><li>Philippians 4:4-6 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li>Read 1 Peter 5:7 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Proverbs 14:29 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Whoever is patient has great understanding, but one who is quick-tempered displays folly. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Ephesians 4:26 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>In your anger do not sin” Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Isaiah 41:13 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>For I am the LORD your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, do not fear; I will help you. </li></ul></ul>