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    • Falling Down
      • Cynical
        • 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.
        • 2. Selfishly or callously calculating: showed a cynical disregard for the safety of his troops in his efforts to advance his reputation
        • 3. Negative or pessimistic, as from world-weariness: a cynical view of the average voter's intelligence
        • 4. Expressing jaded or scornful skepticism or negativity: cynical laughter
      • Matthew 6:34
        • Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
      • Have you found yourself being cynical towards people either on or off the job?
      • How did you feel afterwards? Did you feel you could have handled the situation better?
      • How do you think that God would want you to handle the situation?
      • 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
      • What are some professions where this may occur?
      • Give examples of how this manifests itself in your line of work?
      • 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
      • Being negative is from Satan
      • James 1:16-17
        • 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.
      • 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.
      • Proverbs 14:29
        • Whoever is patient has great understanding, but one who is quick-tempered displays folly.
      • Galatians 5:22-23
        • 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.
      • Exodus 34:6
        • 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,
      • Proverbs 29:22
        • An angry person stirs up conflict, and a hot-tempered person commits many sins.
      • 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.
      • 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.
      • Proverbs 3:5-6
        • 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.
      • 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.
      • Hebrews 10:25
        • 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.
      • God repeatedly makes reference to us being part of a church family
      • Law Enforcement see man’s inhumanity too man
      • What inhumanity have you seen on the job?
      • Romans 13:4
        • For he is God’s servant to do you good.
      • Anyone who is God’s servant and given authority to do good works will possess a certain amount of Godly Strength and character.
      • As peace officers we can easily forget about our purpose in serving God, and instead become distracted with our own problems
      • 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.
      • 1 Peter 5:8
        • Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.
      • What is your personal stress, cynicism, worry, or anger that impacts your life?
      • How can you better release this stress, cynicism, worry, or anger?
      • Philippians 4:4-6
        • 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.
      • Read 1 Peter 5:7
        • Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
      • Proverbs 14:29
        • Whoever is patient has great understanding, but one who is quick-tempered displays folly.
      • Ephesians 4:26
        • In your anger do not sin” Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry,
      • Isaiah 41:13
        • 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.