The Explosion that Changes Everything [Podcast]

Notes:

12 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. 2 We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith.[a] Because of the joy[b]awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne. -Hebrews 12: 1-2

Christianity isn't something that you add. It is an explosion that changes everything you had. - Tim Keller

Christianity isn’t something that you add. It is an explosion that changes everything you had. – Tim Keller

[shareable cite=”Tim Keller”]Christianity isn’t something that you add. It is an explosion that changes everything you had. [/shareable]

1.) The Relationship Lid – Your relationships with either greatly enhance your life, or greatly limit it!

Conditions:
You are in a relationship you shouldn’t be in and you know it
You are in a friend group you shouldn’t be and you know it!
20 He who walks with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm. -Proverbs 13:20

14 Don’t team up with those who are unbelievers. How can righteousness be a partner with wickedness? How can light live with darkness? 15 What harmony can there be between Christ and the devil[d]? How can a believer be a partner with an unbeliever? – 2 Corinthians 6:14-15

Friends love you the way you are, but real friends love you enough to not let you stay where you are.

[shareable]Friends love you the way you are, but real friends love you enough to not let you stay where you are. [/shareable]

2.) The Fear, Anxiety, and Depression Lid

Conditions:
You are constantly fearful and anxious – worrying about everything
You are depressed all the time
Solution: God will free you from all your fears, anxieties, and depression!

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. -Phil.4:6

I Peter 5:7 – 7 Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.
Psalm 34:3 – I prayed to the Lord, and he answered me. He freed me from all my fears.

The Lord hears his people when they call to him for help.He rescues them from all their troubles.
18 The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed. -Psalm 34:17-18

3.) The Lid of Hidden Sin

Conditions:
You have sin in your life that you haven’t been strong enough to defeat
Solutions
Recognize that you aren’t the only one struggling with this!
Admit it, Quit it, Forget it!
He who conceals his transgressions will not prosper, But he who confesses and forsakes them will find compassion. -Proverbs 28:13

You’re only as strong as you are honest! -Craig Groeschel

[shareable cite=”Craig Groeschel”]You’re only as strong as you are honest! [/shareable]

21 This includes you who were once far away from God. You were his enemies, separated from him by your evil thoughts and actions. 22 Yet now he has reconciled you to himself through the death of Christ in his physical body. As a result, he has brought you into his own presence, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before him without a single fault.23 But you must continue to believe this truth and stand firmly in it. Don’t drift away from the assurance you received when you heard the Good News. Colossians 1:21-23

4.) The Identity Lid

Conditions of an Identity Crises:
Your identity is based on a lie
Your identity is to wrapped up in something you could lose

24 “Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. 25 Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock. 26 But anyone who hears my teaching and doesn’t obey it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand. 27 When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will collapse with a mighty crash.” -Matthew 7:24-27

Build your identity on the only thing you can never lose, God!

5.) The Family Lid

Conditions Holding You Back:

You have bad parents
Your Parents Disappointed You
You take how good your parents are for granted
You don’t honor your parents
Recognize that Your Parents did the best they knew How
Hebrews 12:10 – 10 For our earthly fathers disciplined us for a few years, doing the best they knew how.

Honor Your parents:
Ephesians 6:2 says, “2 “Honor your father and mother.” This is the first commandment with a promise: 3 If you honor your father and mother, “things will go well for you, and you will have a long life on the earth.”
First Look – Last Look

God is Your Father and He never leaves you nor forsakes you!
John 16:27 says, “The Father Himself loves you…
Psalm 27:10 says, “Even if my father and mother abandon me, the LORD will hold me close.”

6.) The Lid of Disappointment

Conditions:
Something happened to you in your life that caused you to be disappointed in God and to stop trusting Him

Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. 6 Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. -Proverbs 3:5-6
28 And we know that God causes everything to work together[m] for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. -Romans 8:28

17 This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! – 2 Corinthians 5:17

Christianity isn’t something that you add. It is an explosion that changes everything you had. – Tim Keller
Conditions:

2.) God’s going to explode your lids by you giving them to Him!

12 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. 2 We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith.[a] Because of the joy[b]awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne. -Hebrews 12: 1-2

Lids:
The Relationship Lid
The Lid of Fear Anxiety and Depression
The Lid of Hidden Sin
The Identity Lid
The Family Lid
The Disappointment Lid
Hebrews 4:16 So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.

Questions:
Which lids did Doug talk about that resonated with you?
What lids have been holding you back?
How do you need God to explode the lids in your life?
Do you need to surrender your life to Him?
Do you need to rededicate your life to him?
Do you need to cast your cares on Him?
Do you need to make a decision you know God’s been dealing with you to make?

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