Slaying the Giant – A mini-series of hope.


Takeaway from church today is… you just need to watch the sermon. Slaying the Giant of Addiction.

What is addiction – Saying YES to things that don’t want you to be Free. They control your life until you break the chains of addiction and stop the cycle.

It’s not just drugs and alcohol. It could be sweets, work, food, shopping, exercise, gossip, worrying, negativity, co-dependency, etc. – whatever you are enslaved to is your addiction. We all have them!

I will post the sermon once it is posted on the church website. It was really eye opening as to how our addictive behaviors are formed and how it takes time to reprogram our minds to stop the behavior.

Some really good Bible scriptures with this sermon are below:

Romans 7: 19
Romans 7: 21-23
Romans 6: 16-19
Exodus 20:3
Philippians 2:13
Matthew 7: 7-8

Final thought – Find your “Me too Person” or be a “Me too Person” – meaning have someone in your life you can related to or be someone for someone else they can relate to. Breaking addiction takes love, compassion, understanding, prayers, and trust knowing others want the best for you!

What are my addictions? Let me put it out there!

1. Sweets – doing a better job at overcoming sweets.
2. Loneliness – doing a better job believing God will bring the right person into my life.
3. Worry – learning to have more faith that God will provide for my needs and it is not all up to me.

Until you can openly say your addictions out loud – you will continue to be enslaved! I plan to be FREE – How about you?


Takeaway from church – Slaying the Giant of Self:

A Giant we don’t realize is the Giant of Self. We have two which can sometimes inter-twine with each other.

1. The Giant of Self Pity – We are so consumed in our self pity that we don’t feel worthy of anything. Not worthy of love, forgiveness, friendship, etc. We think we are not worthy enough for God to even listen to our prayers must less exist on this earth.

2. The Giant of Self Centered-ness – We are so consumed in our own self that we don’t feel we need anything or anyone esle. We don’t need relationships, our church, even God. We think we are doing just fine on our own. We don’t have time to attend church – must less pray and talk to God.

God tells us in Matthew 16:25 – If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it, but if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it. God wants us to not rely on our own understanding or our own selves for our needs but to rely on him. If we don’t have it, he will provide it. If we have it and have it without thankfulness, he can take it away. He is waiting for us to call out to him.

We become slaves to the giants of self pity and self centered-ness. Both are equally as bad as the other. We get so comfortable with our own self that we don’t even try to see what God can do for us if we only ask him.

God gives us a direction for our lives. We must let go and be humble so our eyes can be opened to a new direction.

In the story of Bartimeaus (Mark 10:46-52), he was a blind man begging on the street for coins as people walked by. When Jesus asked him to stand up and tell him what he needed, Bartimeaus stood up and said “I want to be healed.” and Jesus healed him. He did not say, “I want coins.” He told Jesus want was in his heart so he could be healed.

In Self Pity and Self Centered-ness – we are calling out to be healed. One believes they have nothing and deserves nothing. The other believes they have everything but knows they have nothing. They are both looking to be healed. Rise up and tell God what you need so he can heal you. Either way, you can not do it alone.

Takeaway from church today:

How to slay the Giant of Anger – Ephesians 4:26-27 says “Don’t sin by letting anger control you. Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry for anger gives a foothold to the devil.”

Discover the source of your anger. Usually anger is a result of something deeper like an emotional hurt. James 1:19 says “Be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry.”

Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, and pray for those who mistreat you – Luke 6:27-28

“If you cannot control your anger, you are as a city without walls, open to attack.” Proverbs 25: 28

Develop a battle plan for your anger. Romans 12:19 – Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,”[a] says the Lord.

Surrender your weapons to God and choose to trust God’s word.
God does not want us to have a vengeful heart. He has promised us that when the time comes, he will take care of the situation for us.

He wants us to walk in the victory of forgiveness as he has forgiven us.

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