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ECLDN – Emotionally Healthy Spirituality Martin Spoelstra Pastor Discovery Church Bowmanville, Ontario
Begin the Journey…Through Emotionally Healthy SpiritualitySummary and Applications Selected Scriptures
The Problem of Emotionally Unhealthy Spirituality 7 Pathways • Know Yourself that You May Know God • Going Back in Order to Go Forward • Journey Through the Wall • Enlarge Your Soul Through Grief and Loss • Discover the Rhythms of the Daily Office and Sabbath • Grow into an Emotionally Mature Adult • Go the Next Step to Develop a “Rule of Life.”
Emotionally Unhealthy Spirituality Part 2 - King Saul 1 Samuel 15
King Saul - 1 Samuel 15 Started out well… on the surface he looks like a great Christian. He prays. He offers sacrifices. He quotes the Bible. He even prophesizes His emotional life and spiritual life are out of order Unable to reflect on what is going on inside He is not self-aware Seeks others’ approval Driven by fear and jealousy
Top 10 Symptoms of Emotionally Unhealthy Spirituality 1. Using God to run from God 2. Ignoring the emotions of anger, sadness, and fear 3. Dying to the wrong things 4. Denying the past’s impact on the present 5. Dividing life into “secular” and “sacred” compartments 6. Doing for God instead of being with God 7. Spiritualizing away conflict 8. Covering over brokenness, weakness, and failure 9. Living without limits 10. Judging the spiritual journeys of others
King David-Know yourself that you might know God - Part 2 1 Samuel 17
1 Samuel 17: 39-40 David fastened on his sword over the tunic and tried walking around, because he was not used to them. “I cannot go in these,” he said to Saul, “because I am not used to them.” So he took them off. Then he took his staff in his hand, chose five smooth stones from the stream, put them in the pouch of his shepherd’s bag and, with his sling in his hand, approached the Philistine.
ECLDN – Emotionally Healthy Spirituality FALSE SELF SYMPTOMS • I say “yes” when I really mean “no.” • I get depressed when people are upset with me. • I have a need to be approved by others to feel good about myself. • I act nice on the outside, but inside “I can’t stand you!” • I often remain silent in order to “keep the peace”. • I believe that if I make mistakes, I myself am a failure. • I criticize others in order to feel better about myself.
ECLDN – Emotionally Healthy Spirituality FALSE SELF SYMPTOMS • I avoid looking weak or foolish for not having the answer. • I have to be doing something exceptional to feel alive. • I have to be needed to feel alive. • I am fearful and can’t take risks. • I do what others want so they don’t get mad at me • I use knowledge and competence to cover my feelings of inadequacy. • I want my children to behave well so others will think I am a good parent. • I compare myself a lot to other people.
Four Practical Principles to begin making the radical transition to living faithful to our true self in Christ ECLDN – Emotionally Healthy Spirituality 1. Pay Attention to Your Interior Silence and Solitude 2. Find Trusted Companions 3. Move Out of Your Comfort Zone 4. Pray for Courage
Part 3 Going back to go forward Joseph - Genesis 37 - 50
3 Practical Applications • Recognize the Iceberg in You from Your Family • Discern the Good God Intends “in, through and, in spite of,” Your Family and Past • Make the Decision to do the Hard Work of Discipleship
You intended (PLANNED) to harm me, but God intended (PLANNED) it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. Genesis 50:20 • “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.”Jeremiah 29:11 • And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.Romans 8:28 • Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.Proverbs 19:21
Begin the Journey… Through Emotionally Healthy Spirituality, Part 4 - Journey through the wall Gen 22:1-15
Journey through the WallGenesis 22:1-15 • My Focus– My Will vs. God’s Will • My Work – Awareness Forgiveness Acceptance
Stage 1 Life-Changing Awareness of God Stage 6 Transformed into Love Stage 2 Discipleship (Learning) Stages of Faith Stage 3 The Active Life (Serving) Stage 5 Journey Outward (From my inner life) Stage 4 Journey Inward adapted from Janet Hagberg/ Robert Guelich THE WALL
Enlarging Your Soul Through Grief and Loss: Part 5 —Matthew 26:36-46
ECLDN – Emotionally Healthy Spirituality • Listen (to the Interruptions) • Learn (to Fall) “Although he was a son, he learned obedience from what he suffered.” Hebrews 5:8
Discover the Rhythms of the Daily Office and Sabbath: Part 6 Daniel 6 & Exodus 20
Contemplation (Being w/ God) Activity Your Life
Emotionally Healthy Spirituality Church-wide Initiative 1. The Daily Office (Fixed Hour Prayer) OFFICES (opus) = work of God My work in life first is to seek God. Psalm 27:4
Emotionally Healthy Spirituality Church-wide Initiative 2. Sabbath Keeping – to stop for a 24-hour period each week. Qualities to Biblical Sabbath: --Stopping --Resting --Delighting --Contemplating
Grow into an Emotionally Mature Adult: Part 7 Luke 10:25-37
2 Myths Emotionally Healthy Spirituality Church-wide Initiative 1. When I accept Christ and He comes to live inside me, growing into an emotionally mature adult is natural. 2. Christian’s ability to love those around them is qualitatively different than those outside the church.
Emotionally Healthy Spirituality Church-wide Initiative 2 Applications: • Become Aware of Your Family of Origin’s Capability for Emotional Connection. • Take Practical Steps of Discipleship to Grow into an Emotionally Mature Adult
Go the Next Step to Develop a “Rule of Life” Part 8 Acts 2:42 - 3:1
“RULE” of LIFEfrom Greek word“TRELLIS” • A framework or structure to help enable us continually pay attention to God
BE WITH GOD Scripture Silence and Solitude Daily Office Study REST Sabbath Simplicity Play and Recreation ACTIVITY Service and Mission Care for the Physical Body RELATIONSHIPS Emotional Health Family Community (Companions for your journey)