Authority Issues, Brandon Stewart, March 30, 2014

1 Sam. 26:7-11, 23-24
Romans 13:1
– God places authority figures over us in life, but how we respond to them determines if they can lead us
– If I’m going to get over what God has placed under me, I must first get under what God has placed over me
1. Honoring authority provides the ultimate protection
2. Honoring authority provides a higher perspective
  – the day you realize that your perspective and natural instinct isn’t reliable is the day you will welcome higher perspective into your life
3. Honoring authority accelerates my maturity
  – God wants to put you and I through character school and He does it through submission to Godly authority
  – loyalty isn’t tested until you disagree
4. Honoring authority gives me a heightened sense of uniqueness
  – I find myself MORE free and MORE gifted when submitted to authority
  – when your aim is to honor God and godly authority, you will become who he wants you to be. When your aim is to please others or yourself, you will become who they want you to be

Freed by Truth, Part 4, Mar 16, 2014

Ps. 51:6
– the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom
John 8:31-34, 1 Thess, 5:23-24
– some truths that help keep me free and walking in peace:
– relinquishment: I can give someone up without giving up on them
– I respect boundaries: What is my responsibility “to” this person? Am I responsible in any way “for” them?
– I am not responsible for the choices adults make (but I can suffer the consequences of their decisions
– true brokenness has no demans
– I am only a part, I prophesy in part, I see in part
– I am not the Savior,I can only point to Him
– I can’t do everything and I am not called to do everything
– I can do for the one what I can’t do for the many
– unspoken expectations minus reality equal relational disaster
– yesterday is gone; tomorrow is not here; in this present moment I accept myself as God accepts me
– I am who I am by the grace of God. I am fearfully and wonderfully made and God has not called me to compare my life to someone else.
– rest glorifies God and is His gift to me
– work glorifies God and is His gift to me
– play glorifies God and is His gift to me
– all of my life can be worship to God
– only God can complete me and other complement me
– as God is to me, I am to be to others
– if God doesn’t build the house I labor in vain, if God doesn’t watch – I watch in vain and apart from Jesus I am nothing

Freed by Truth, Part 3, Mar 9, 2014

Ps. 51:6
– the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom
John 8:31-34, 1 Thess, 5:23-24
– some truths that help keep me free and walking in peace:
– relinquishment: I can give someone up without giving up on them
– I respect boundaries: What is my responsibility “to” this person? Am I responsible in any way “for” them?
– I am not responsible for the choices adults make (but I can suffer the consequences of their decisions
– true brokenness has no demans
– I am only a part, I prophesy in part, I see in part
– I am not the Savior,I can only point to Him
I can’t do everything and I am not called to do everything