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Spiritual Freedom

Experiencing Spiritual Freedom

G. Allen Jackson

It is not uncommon to struggle with anger and bitterness from past hurts. Going to church doesn’t mean those things just fall away from our lives. Instead of pretending that we aren’t struggling, let’s learn how to be free! Pastor Allen shares in this 20-minute session steps we can take to lay down anger, bitterness, and the results of rejection. We want to imagine that God has a resolution for the challenges we face. Enjoy the lesson!

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Teaching Outline


Hebrews 12:14-15 (NIV®)
14 Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord. 15 See to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.

I. The Well-being of Your Soul

The well-being of your soul is your responsibility. God will help us. His power can do what our strength of will or determination cannot!

A. Live in Peace (with all men)
B. Be Holy
C. Do not Miss the Grace of God
D. No Bitter Root

Ephesians 1:3-6 (NIV®)
3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. 4 For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love 5 he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will– 6 to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.

E. 5 Steps Toward Freedom

1. Acknowledge the Struggle
2. Let Jesus be our Pattern
3. Lay Down Bad Fruit (anger, bitterness, hatred, loneliness, resentment)
4. Believe and Receive
5. Accept yourself


Discussion Questions


Hebrews 12:14-15 (NIV®)
14 Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord. 15 See to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.

1. If we miss the grace of God, what grows within us? (read v.15) What is the outcome?

2. Our soul is our mind, will, and emotions. We know how to stay healthy and well-groomed physically. What routines do you have for maintaining a healthy soul?

3. We have to “offload” negative emotions and responses just like we empty the trash in the kitchen. Describe an occasion when you experienced freedom by choosing to forgive.

Ephesians 1:3-6 (NIV®)
3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. 4 For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love 5 he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will– 6 to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.

4. For what purpose did God choose you? (read v.4)

5. For what are you predestined? (v.5)

6. Often, to accept God’s grace, we must reprogram our internal messages. Share a victory you have experienced over an idea or thought that limited your life.

7. Your words have authority. Take a moment and repeat this prayer together. Believe that God is bringing freedom to your life!

Prayer
I believe Jesus of Nazareth is the Son of God––that You died on a cross for my sins, and You were raised to life for my justification. I repent of all my sins. I forgive every other person as I would have God forgive me. I forgive all those who have rejected me, hurt me, and failed to show love to me. I trust You to forgive me. I thank You that I am accepted by Almighty God, that He loves me and has a purpose for my life. I rejoice in the knowledge that I am highly favored; I belong to the family of God. I accept myself. I believe God created me with great strengths, with significance, and He has given dignity to all of my days. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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