More Than More Than
Neither denial of our emotions nor blind obedience to them will result in well-developed personalities. We must go back to the Bible (truth, logic, reason) for some essential facts and principles about how to handle the business of our emotions in a godly and MORE-THAN manner.
1 - God has emotions and created us in His image with a similar emotional capacity.
God is love, is joyful, is compassionate, is sorrowful, and yes, sometimes God is angry. As a human being, Jesus revealed to us the heart of God. He experienced and expressed sorrow, anger, frustration (Luke 9:41), disappointment and amazement (Luke 7:9), grief (John 12:39), and joy (Hebrews 12:2). Our emotional design and expression is one of the ways God's image is seen in us.
2 - Human beings are physical, spiritual, and emotional.
We connect to our environment with our bodies, and we connect to God through our spirits. Our emotions are affected by both connections. We simply cannot separate the different components of our natures into distinct and unrelated compartments. Just as we are able to experience physical pain or pleasure, we also have the capacity to experience emotional pain or pleasure - both are real. Imagine what it would be like to be intelligent, volitional beings without emotions. We'd be like computers, machines with no sensitivity, no ability to relate, no sorrows, and no joys. That doesn't sound very appealing to me! Our emotions were given not to control us but to enable us to be MORE-THAN.
We often think we can solve our spiritual needs with a change in our physical circumstances. We take a little vacation. We shop Amazon and buy a whole new wardrobe. For some, escape involves dependence and co-dependence - porn, alcohol, gambling, drugs and so on. For others, it's living for pleasure and self. But those are all temporary - in the long-term, not the real deal. We are simply feeding symptoms—and often making our circumstances even worse in the process.
3 - God wants to heal our emotions by working through our spirits rather than by adjusting our circumstances.
Escape never touches the root cause, which lies much deeper. God wants to heal the cause, not just relieve the symptoms of our emotional pain.
4 - God wants our emotional stability to be based on our relationship with Him rather than on physical or chemical stimuli.
Clearly, scripture says God is our great Healer - Christ Jesus is this provision. The bible is filled with characters who experienced difficult emotions—selfishness, guilt, fear, worry, inability to forgive, anger, envy, rejection, greed, pride, feelings of inferiority, disappointment, discontentment, grief, and loneliness. God's solution is the active presence of His Holy Spirit. Holy Spirit helps us in real-time with these emotions, creating, teaching and guiding. Finally, to be MORE-THAN in our emotions, we acknowledge and rest in the reality that God can perform His miracles within the fragile network of our day to day, moment by moment emotions. Leading to overcome any circumstance before us.
Praise the Lord! For it is good to sing praises to our God; for it is pleasant, and a song of praise is fitting. 2 The Lord builds up His people; he gathers the outcasts of Israel. 3 He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. 4 He determines the number of the stars; he gives to all of them their names. 5 Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; his understanding is beyond measure.
I’d like to talk to you today about me. My name is Pastor Todd Bookout. I am the son of Mike and Vickie Bookout. The youngest of five siblings - Jennifer, Marcie, Michael (Mikey), Jodie, then me. I was born in Arizona and lived the majority of my life in Glendale (west side).
I was always a straight-A student, well behaved, student of the month type. And I Love, I mean Love, sports. I grew up playing baseball, basketball, swimming team, bowling league, karate, and of course football.
While a model citizen in school, outside of school I have always had a penchant for the mischievous. I like to party! Always have… This lead to some fun years (emphatically, simultaneously stated as straightforward and sarcastic). After battling through drug addiction at 15 years old, I attended Phoenix Christian high school and discovered a call from God.
I lived as a missionary in early adulthood. I became a youth pastor at 22 with my buddy Fish.
I met my wife (Amy) at 26 - and I became a husband, a father, even a grandfather by 36 (I know, hard to believe someone this you and handsome is a grandfather). My daughters are Ariana, Mallory, Maisy, and Emerald (I even got a Ricky out of the deal). My grandsons are Daniel Mateo and Leonardo.
I’m a full-time national sales director and marketing director for a nation-wide benefits consulting firm based in Scottsdale, AZ. And I am an associate pastor for the Reunion Community Church.
That’s all about me - unique and personal.
Inner monologue: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dNQyubd9ARc
Personal: of, affecting, or belonging to a particular person rather than to anyone else
For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. 4But let each one test his own work, and then his reason to boast will be in himself alone and not in his neighbor. 5For each will have to bear his own load.
And he said to him, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38This is the great and first commandment. 39And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. 40On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets."
Who here has ever had anything stolen from them? I would assume that it’s the majority of the people in this room, if not all of them. What has been stolen from you? Typically we have physical items stolen from us. Money, belongings, clothing. There was a great meme about a young boy trying to get back his sweater from a girl that liked him. It’s gone… for good.
But do you ever feel like anything else can be stolen from you? What are some abstract realities of theft? Can innocence be stolen? Can time be stolen? Can your emotions be stolen? Your heart?
Now hopefully, what was stolen from you, either tangible or abstract, was eventually given back to you, rediscovered, or restored.
If what was stolen was restored, how did that make you feel?
If what was stolen was not restored, how did that make you feel?
Restitution: the restoration of something lost or stolen to its proper owner
More in number than the hairs of my head are those who hate me without cause; mighty are those who would destroy me, those who attack me with lies. What I did not steal must I now restore?
Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed.
8Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.
"Therefore if you are presenting your offering at the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your offering there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother, and then come and present your offering.
And why do people steal? What is the endgame from robbing someone of something that rightly belongs to them? We surveyed 100 people and the top answers are: Greed, Hatred, Ignorance, Necessity, The High, Kleptomania, Just Because.
I’d say the majority of these top reasons are selfish pursuits. Let me ask you, are you selfish? When you consider your resources, are they utilized for personal gain and well-being, are they utilized for the gain and well-being of others, or are they some form of a combination of the two?
I like to think that I am fairly concerned with others - that I think of others above myself - but if I am at all honest with myself, I find this not to be true.
Altruistic: showing a disinterested and selfless concern for the well-being of others; unselfish
1 John 3:16-18
By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. 17But if anyone has the world's goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God's love abide in him? 18Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.
"This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 13Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.”
What do you long for? Do you long for personal things? Do you long for restitution of things lost? Are you selfish or selfless in this pursuit?
C.S. Lewis wrote,
“If I find in myself desires which nothing in this world can satisfy, the only logical explanation is that I was made for another world.”
“O God, you made us for yourself and our hearts are restless until they find their rest in you.”
For he satisfies the longing soul, and the hungry soul he fills with good things.
Yearning: a feeling of intense longing for something
Adverb \ ˈthrü \
Definition of through
1: from one end or side to the other
2 a: from beginning to end b: to completion, conclusion, or accomplishment
3: to the core : COMPLETELY
4: into the open : OUT
He divided the sea and let them pass through it, and made the waters stand like a heap.
Original Word: עָבַר
Part of Speech: Verb
Phonetic Spelling: (aw-bar')
Definition: to pass over, through, or by, pass
But passing through their midst, he went away.
dia: through, on account of, because of
Original Word: διά
Part of Speech: Preposition
Phonetic Spelling: (dee-ah')
Definition: through, on account of, because of
Usage: (a) gen: through, throughout, by the instrumentality of, (b) acc: through, on account of, by reason of, for the sake of, because of.
521 occurrences in the Bible
Get through this
One side, the other
This place, in time, aged feeling - another
Travel resolute confusion
Pass, on account of, this “season”,
Because of, therefore, by reason
Pass through this
You do this
You do miss
So true this
Fitting expositions of time
On to, just need, but why
When calculated rhyme
Before, then comply
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