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Life is full of obstacles, and most of us feel as if we are featured in a three ring circus as the juggling act. We are simply trying to keep our head above water and sometimes we feel embarrassed or ashamed to ask for help. In this series we are going to tackle some of the very issues that give us the biggest fits, such as: time management, relationships, raising kids in the 21st century, and finding financial freedom. We will tear down the facade that we have it all together and look at Biblical and practical advice for your “friend.”
WEEK 1 // Time Management
What matters most to you?
What do I value?
Pareto Principle-80/20 Rule
Psalm 90:12 (NLT)
12 Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom
Proverbs 27:23-24 (NLT)
23 Know the state of your flocks, and put your heart into caring for your herds, 24 for riches don’t last forever, and the crown might not be passed to the next generation.
Matthew 6:33 (NLT)
33 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.
What am I going to do to focus on my top priorities?
What would life look like if you placed Christ first in your life?
Philippians 4:6-8 (NLT)
6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. 8 And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.
There is a battle going on for your time with competing forces.
John 10:10-15 (NLT)
10 The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd sacrifices his life for the sheep. 12 A hired hand will run when he sees a wolf coming. He will abandon the sheep because they don’t belong to him and he isn’t their shepherd. And so the wolf attacks them and scatters the flock. 13 The hired hand runs away because he’s working only for the money and doesn’t really care about the sheep.14 “I am the good shepherd; I know my own sheep, and they know me, 15 just as my Father knows me and I know the Father. So I sacrifice my life for the sheep.
Thief - represents satan and his plot to destroy your life.
1 Peter 5:7-8 (NLT)
7 Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you. 8 Stay alert, Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.
Good Shepherd - represents Jesus and the sacrifice, he ultimately made for everyone.
Luke 23:33-34 (NLT)
33 When they came to a place called The Skull, they nailed him to the cross. And the criminals were also crucified—one on his right and one on his left.34 Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing.” And the soldiers gambled for his clothes by throwing dice.
Luke 24:1-7 (NLT)
1 But very early on Sunday morning the women went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. 2 They found that the stone had been rolled away from the entrance. 3 So they went in, but they didn’t find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4 As they stood there puzzled, two men suddenly appeared to them, clothed in dazzling robes.5 The women were terrified and bowed with their faces to the ground. Then the men asked, “Why are you looking among the dead for someone who is alive? 6 He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead! Remember what he told you back in Galilee, 7 that the Son of Man must be betrayed into the hands of sinful men and be crucified, and that he would rise again on the third day.”
Hired Hand - represents false prophets, those who teach contradictory to the Bible.
Philippians 3:18 (NLT)
18 For I have told you often before, and I say it again with tears in my eyes, that there are many whose conduct shows they are really enemies of the cross of Christ.
Wolf - represents the attacks by satan, wanting to destroy you. They can be people, situations, etc..
Ephesians 6:12 (NLT)
12 For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.
Shift from an attitude of excuses to an attitude of reflection.
Excuses deflect perspective.
Reflection creates perspective.
So I didn’t spend time with God, or my family, etc. WHY?
What is keeping me from accomplishing my goal?
What self defeating behaviors do I have that sabotages my desired progress?
Luke 23:39-43 (NLT)
39 One of the criminals hanging beside him scoffed, “So you’re the Messiah, are you? Prove it by saving yourself—and us, too, while you’re at it!” 40 But the other criminal protested, “Don’t you fear God even when you have been sentenced to die? 41 We deserve to die for our crimes, but this man hasn’t done anything wrong.” 42 Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your Kingdom.” 43 And Jesus replied, “I assure you, today you will be with me in paradise.”
Two men hung on a cross next to Jesus. One sought his power to escape his agony, the other took the opportunity to reflect.