Concupiscence What can I get from you (or get you to do) for my own gain/benefit• It feigns friendship and influence, but seeks power and authority• It sounds honest and sincere, but misrepresents the truth• It breeds confusion in values and judgments• It appears to hear and listen, but it corrects with rebukes• It consumes and seems to never be satisfied• It preaches vulnerability, but practices self-preservation• It emasculates those it claims to teach and train• It discredits those who leave its service or circle of influence• It seeks to indenture the follower• It seeks to stifle any awakening of direction and purpose• It haunts opponents with thoughts of giving up and quitting• It engages in “reconciliation” to vindicate itself and to further it own purposes
Self Donative “What can I give of myself for your gain, growth, or benefit?”Matthew 20: 24-25: . . . But Jesus called them to Himself and said, Youknow that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great menexercise authority over them. It is not so among you, but whoever wishesto be become great among you shall be your servant, and whoever wishesto be first among you shall be your slave; just as the Son of Man did notcome to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.
Cannot give away what you do not have… What you have has value…
Study yourselfGet comfortable being uncomfortable What are your signs/symptoms? BP/HR/sweaty palms (physical) Alpha Male, stutter, red/flushed, (emotional) Over-speak, talk too much, brain freeze (mental) Make it predictable