Freed by Truth, Part 1, Feb 23, 2014

1. God desires truth in our inward being (Ps. 51:6, John 8:31-32)
  – He wants the truth to go from the head knowledge to heart knowledge
  – speak truth in the lives of thoes around you
2. abiding in truth will set you free
  – continuous abiding in truth and obeying God will keep you continuously in freedom
  – “Some secular pychologists focus on self-esteem with the goal of simply feeling good about ourselves. A biblical self-concept focuses on self-worth based on an accurate perception of God, ourselves, and others.” Dr. Steven Riser
  – we need to udnergo a transition from a (works) a “have to” mentality to (grace) a “want to” mentality
  – God desires to get to the root and replace the lie with truth
3. your internal belief system interprests your perception (Num. 13:30-33, Prov. 23:7)
  – emotion always trumps reason
  – people make decisions based on their emotions and then rationalize them
  – belief systems bring forth your emotions – when we get changed on the inside, it begins to show on the outside
– four general lies people tend to believe – from Robert McGee in his book “The Search for Significance”.
1. the performance trap – “I must meet certain standards in order to feel good about myself.”
  – becasue I’m justified, I don’t have to fear failure
  – true grace comes in our lives and we want to do the right thing

Consequences: the fear of failure; perfectionism; being driven to succeed; manipulating others to achieve success; withdrawal from healthy risks, anger, resentment, pride, depression and low motivation.

God’s Answer: Justification (by grace through faith)—just as if I had never sinned. Romans 5:1: “Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Because of justification, I am completely forgiven and fully pleasing to God, I no longer need to fear failure.

Results of God’s Solution: Increasing freedom from the fear of failure; desire to pursue the right things: Christ and His kingdom; greater love for Christ and desire to please Him through loving and serving others.

2.The Approval Addiction: “I must be approved (accepted) by others to feel good about my­self.”

Consequences: the fear of rejection; attempting to please others at any cost; overly sensitive to criticism; withdrawing from others to avoid disapproval, being easily manipulated, codependency; control, depression, etc.

God’s Answer: Reconciliation—brought into a right relationship with God.

Colossians 1:21-22: “Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behav­ior. But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation…”

Because of reconciliation, I am totally accepted by God. I no longer have to fear rejection. God is at peace with me.

 Results of God’s Solution: Increasing freedom from the fear of rejection; willingness to be open and vulnerable, able to relax around others; willingness to take criticism; desire to please God no matter what others think.

How does God feel about me? 1 Corinthians 13:4-7: Substitute the word “God” for the word “love”.

My Heavenly Father is: (1) Very patient and kind; (2) not envious, never boastful; (3) not arrogant; (4) never rude nor self-seeking; (5) not quick to take offense; (6) keeps no score of wrongs; (7) does not gloat over my sins but is glad when truth prevails; (8) knows no limit to His endurance, no end to His trust; (9) always hopeful and patient