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1st Step to Freedom
“ I have seen how they acted, but I will heal them.  I will lead them and  help them, and  I will comfort those who mourn....
The first step to R.E.C.O.V.E.R.Y:    R ealize I’m  not God .  I admit I’m powerless to control my tendency to do the wron...
<ul><li>The Cause of My Problem:   </li></ul><ul><li>My   Sin   Nature </li></ul>There is a way that seems right to man, b...
<ul><li>The Cause of My Problem:   </li></ul><ul><li>My Sin Nature </li></ul>“ I don’t understand myself at all, for I rea...
<ul><li>The Cause of My Problem:   </li></ul><ul><li>My Sin Nature </li></ul>    The cause of my problem?  I want to be   ...
<ul><li>The Cause of My Problem:   </li></ul><ul><li>My Sin Nature </li></ul>  How we “play” God: By denying our  humanity...
<ul><li>The Cause of My Problem:   </li></ul><ul><li>My Sin Nature </li></ul><ul><li>Playing God with: </li></ul><ul><li>O...
<ul><li>The Consequences </li></ul>1.  Fear Gen 3:10 (Adam) “I was afraid because I was naked so I hid”
<ul><li>The Consequences </li></ul>2.  Frustration “ It seems to be a fact of life that when I want to do what is right, I...
<ul><li>The Consequences </li></ul>3.  Fatigue “  My strength evaporated like water on a sunny day until I finally admitte...
 
<ul><li>The Consequences </li></ul>4.  Failure “ You wil never succeed in life if you try to hide your sins.  Confess them...
<ul><li>The Cure </li></ul>Admit My Powerlessness Matthew 5:3  how happy are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom ...
<ul><li>The Consequences </li></ul>Admitting that I’m not god means I know I am: 2 Corinthians 12:9 But he said to me “My ...
 
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New Beginning 1: We Don't Have the Power to Change the Big Things

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Feel stuck? There are times in everyone’s life when we get stuck. We’ve done everything we know to do. No change. God uses those times to draw us to Him. He desires that we know Him, trust Him, and utilize His power in our lives.

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New Beginning 1: We Don't Have the Power to Change the Big Things

  1. 2. 1st Step to Freedom
  2. 3. “ I have seen how they acted, but I will heal them. I will lead them and help them, and I will comfort those who mourn. I offer peace to all, near and far!” Isaiah 57:18 (GNB)
  3. 4. The first step to R.E.C.O.V.E.R.Y:    R ealize I’m not God . I admit I’m powerless to control my tendency to do the wrong thing and my life is unmanageable.
  4. 5. <ul><li>The Cause of My Problem: </li></ul><ul><li>My Sin Nature </li></ul>There is a way that seems right to man, but it ends in death. Proverbs 14:12
  5. 6. <ul><li>The Cause of My Problem: </li></ul><ul><li>My Sin Nature </li></ul>“ I don’t understand myself at all, for I really want to do what is right, but I can’t! I do what I don’t want to—what I hate! I know perfectly well what I’m doing is wrong … but I can’t help myself! It is sin inside me that is stronger than I am that makes me do these evil things.” - Romans 7
  6. 7. <ul><li>The Cause of My Problem: </li></ul><ul><li>My Sin Nature </li></ul>    The cause of my problem? I want to be God .
  7. 8. <ul><li>The Cause of My Problem: </li></ul><ul><li>My Sin Nature </li></ul>  How we “play” God: By denying our humanity and by trying to control everything for selfish reasons.
  8. 9. <ul><li>The Cause of My Problem: </li></ul><ul><li>My Sin Nature </li></ul><ul><li>Playing God with: </li></ul><ul><li>Our image </li></ul><ul><li>Other people </li></ul><ul><li>Our problems </li></ul><ul><li>Our pain </li></ul>
  9. 10. <ul><li>The Consequences </li></ul>1. Fear Gen 3:10 (Adam) “I was afraid because I was naked so I hid”
  10. 11. <ul><li>The Consequences </li></ul>2. Frustration “ It seems to be a fact of life that when I want to do what is right, I inevitably do what is wrong … something else deep within me … is at war with my mind and wins the fight and makes me slave to the sin … “ Romans 7:21,23 (TLB)
  11. 12. <ul><li>The Consequences </li></ul>3. Fatigue “ My strength evaporated like water on a sunny day until I finally admitted all my sins to you and stopped trying to hide them” Psalm 32:4-5 (TLB)
  12. 14. <ul><li>The Consequences </li></ul>4. Failure “ You wil 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 (GNB)
  13. 15. <ul><li>The Cure </li></ul>Admit My Powerlessness Matthew 5:3 how happy are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
  14. 16. <ul><li>The Consequences </li></ul>Admitting that I’m not god means I know I am: 2 Corinthians 12:9 But he said to me “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness” Powerless to change : my past Powerless to control : people Powerless to cope : with my habits

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