No Journey Too Far, Pastor Adam, Jan 30, 2011

Gen. 37 – 47

Seven patterns of reaction:
1. Aggressive pattern: feelings of getting even or revenge (Rom. 12:17-21)
2. Passive pattern: feeling sorry for yourself, self-pity, low self-esteem, depression
3. Holding pattern: bottling emotions, letting them eat at you, hurts relationships with others
4. Worry pattern: feelings of uncertainty, looking for stability in anything (Luke 12:22-34)
5. Abrasive pattern: living in constant tension, preparing for the worst, negative comments and attitude, gossip, abuse (Eph. 4:29-32)
6. Forgiveness pattern: walking in forgiveness (Matt. 5:43-48)
7. Joy pattern: what?!?!?! (James 1:2-18)

How do we persevere in our lives as Christians?
– keep your eyes on Jesus – not circumstances
– draw near to Jesus
– hold fast and confess
– get connected to a house of God
– let us stir one another