Usually a good discipline brings a good result. Not being disciplined usually brings a negative result. Work out physically, your health improves. Make sales calls, get more clients in the pipeline. You get the picture. Discipline yourself around making choices to love God and people, God's plan and purposes come about in your life. Choose not to be disciplined in this way, then what? Evil starts to have its way. That's the focus of this final session in our STRONG D series. We are going to answer the question: Why does Satan love a spiritually undisciplined man?
“See, there’s a difference between happy relationships and healthy relationships. Health relationships have conflict and know how to do forgiveness. Happy relationships minimize the offense and resume the relationship while all of these trailing asteroids and issues are being dragged by the issue through the relationship. And guess what. Those rocks pile up.”
“A reflecting man is a connecting man. When you are a good self reflector. When you are able to look at yourself in the mirror first. And you’re honest with yourself and you do inventory in the same area that you are addressing in the relationship- trust me – that conversation will go ten times better.”
“Here’s a little mathematical formula- truth plus tact, plus timing equals transformation. You want your relationship to change? You’re gonna have to resolve conflict well. You gotta plan when you’re going to say stuff. What you’re going to say. How you say it. And truth plus tact plus timing equals a transformed relationship.”
“You’re filled with love or you’re filled with anger. And whatever is dominating your insides will leak on the outsides and dominate your interactions with people… at work, with your neighbor, with the person that needs you, with your wife, with your kids, it’s just going to leak out. So guess what? You gotta fill up on love.”
“God’s man should be great at relationships. He should love aggressively because he has been aggressively loved. We love because he first what? Loved us. See the connection? Burnin’ Love.”
“Love is the primary objective of life. If you don’t know how to love, if you do not live a life of love. If you’re not good at relationships…. nothing you say, nothing you know, nothing you believe, nothing you give, or nothing you accomplish will matter.”
“But love without deeds is simply indifference. You can blah blah blah it all day long but until people see you actually extend yourself and extend your hand and reach into their lives, the translation to them is, ‘he’s indifferent’. You know what the world needs? Guys who don’t substitute sympathy for action.”
“What is the general texture of your relationships? Not as how you would assess it but how would others around you assess you? Are you easy to be around? Are you affectionate in the same way that God has shown his affection toward you? And guys, we just gotta, we have a problem with this, we just gotta get over it!”
Bible says that being a man-pleaser (caring more what others think about you than God) is a TRAP. Jesus’ critics could not deny one specific characteristic they saw in him. They said, “you aren’t swayed by men.” Are you? Join us for this powerful study about living on the other side of the fear of men.