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Transcript of Self Awareness
Devotion - Journaling
READ God's Word & Meditate on it
Write about events of the day, or a situation
REFLECT on your feelings, thoughts, behavior, attitudes or beliefs in the writing
WRESTLE: write down how God's Word interacts & wrestles with the above
WISDOM: What do you learn about yourself & how God views you?
Insight for living & God's leading?
Memorize & Meditate Scripture
Journal at key events and crossroads of life: so you can remember the lessons & graces of God
Memorize key scripture passages so you do not forget the lessons of God for your character
Spiritual Wrestling: Walking Daily with Scripture
Keep this book of law on your lips, meditate on it day and night so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Joshua 1:8
SPIRITUAL FORMATION - DAILY SKILLS TO BE LEARNED:
worship with it
rejoice in it
put your faith in it
meditate on it
gain wisdom and insight for each day
How does scripture instruct in Bio-Psycho-Social-Spiritual realms of life?
And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hb 12:2
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. Hb 12:1
For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.
1 Tim 4:18
In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.
1 Peter 1:6-8
Growth in Community
Lay it on the altar
The Way of Kings
Write down scripture daily & memorize it
For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Hb 4:12
Search me, God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
See if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting. Ps 139:23-24
May your eyes be open toward this temple day and night, this place of which you said you would put your Name there. May you hear the prayer your servant prays toward this place. Hear the supplications of your servant and of your people Israel when they pray toward this place. Hear from heaven, your dwelling place; and when you hear, forgive. 2 Chronicles 6:20-21.
For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. 16 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”
“‘Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against anyone among your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the Lord.
Personality strengths & weaknesses
Character, psychological & sin blind spots
Awareness in relationships
Awareness of God’s leading and calling
Prayer, bible studies, worship, fellowship, service, E-Work, Christ-centered
Building a Team
Activity & Evaluation
SELF AWARENESS & GROWTH
ABILITIES & COMPETENCIES
LOVE FOR GOD
“Now a traveler came to the rich man, but the rich man refrained from taking one of his own sheep or cattle to prepare a meal for the traveler who had come to him. Instead, he took the ewe lamb that belonged to the poor man and prepared it for the one who had come to him.”
David burned with anger against the man and said to Nathan, “As surely as the Lord lives, the man who did this must die! He must pay for that lamb four times over, because he did such a thing and had no pity.”
Then Nathan said to David, “You are the man! This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you from the hand of Saul... Why did you despise the word of the Lord by doing what is evil in his eyes? You struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword and took his wife to be your own."
2 Samuel 4:10-17
Recurrent Thoughts &
Attitudes & Core Beliefs
Influence of upbringing
Fault-Lines & Blindspots
not liked by people
re-enacting the same unhealthy thoughts and behavior patterns in relationships
self-righteousness: I expect and demand from...
relationship with wife & kids?
Physical self-care & appearance
Proper eating, sleeping & self-care & recreation-sabbath?
love myself like Christ loves me?
love my enemy?
Idols vs. Lordship
Love the church?
God's leading & will?
Lordship of Jesus
Lordship of Jesus
1 Samuel 16:6-7
When they arrived, Samuel saw Eliab and thought, “Surely the Lord’s anointed stands here before the Lord.”
7 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
painful or negative emotions - thoughts
anger, shame, guilt, fear, excitement, grudges, bitterness
I need this to feel happy...
attitudes & core beliefs?
18 When he takes the throne of his kingdom, he is to write for himself on a scroll a copy of this law, taken from that of the Levitical priests. 19 It is to be with him, and he is to read it all the days of his life so that he may learn to revere the Lord his God and follow carefully all the words of this law and these decrees 20 and not consider himself better than his fellow Israelites and turn from the law to the right or to the left. Then he and his descendants will reign a long time over his kingdom in Israel. Deuteronomy 17:18-20
A maskil[b] of David. When he was in the cave. A prayer.
1 I cry aloud to the Lord;
I lift up my voice to the Lord for mercy.
2 I pour out before him my complaint;
before him I tell my trouble.
3 When my spirit grows faint within me,
it is you who watch over my way.
In the path where I walk
people have hidden a snare for me.
4 Look and see, there is no one at my right hand;
no one is concerned for me.
I have no refuge;
no one cares for my life.
5 I cry to you, Lord;
I say, “You are my refuge,
my portion in the land of the living.”
God's Word is a Mirror - Self-Awareness & Inner Growth
22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. 23 Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror 24 and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. 25 But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do. James 1:22-25
you cannot manage your blind spots without having 2 or 3 friends with whom you can share your journaling
In His Image... Fearfully & Wonderfully Made...
Born with temperaments
No one temperament is more desirable than the other
Each temperament has unique strengths & weaknesses
We need each temperament to perform its work in the body of Christ
“God has arranged the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be”
Goal is to become more like Christ: As the Holy Spirit Shapes us, we begin to lose our rough edges—the weaknesses— and become more like Christ, and we can take on the strengths of temperaments that are not natural to us.
Know & accept why I think & behave the way I do
Know how others tend to perceive me
Optimize my Strengths
Improve my Weaknesses
Purposes & Principles I
From him the whole body...grows & builds itself up in love, as each part does its work. Eph 4:16
Recognize temperament differences in others, accept them as they are, and tone down my expectations
Learn how to get a long with others: learn from their perspective, work with their strengths, and give them grace to grow in their weaknesses
Purposes & Principles II
Relaxed & Calm
Easy going & stable
Patient & Agreeable
Good Listener & friend
Excited & energy
Life of the party
Warm / Friendly
Deep & thoughtful
Analytical & orderly
Serious & creative
Likes charts, graphs, figures
Sensitive to others
Practical Solutions Competitive
What Annoys Them
Maximize Your Strengths;
Grow in Your Weaknesses;
Connect With People in the
What Annoys Them
Best dealing with people enthusiastically; expressing thoughts with excitement; up-front positions of attention
Best in details keeping records, charts, graphs analyzing difficult problems
Best in mediation routines that may be dull to others
Best in jobs that require: quick decisions, instant action and accomplishments; strong control and authority
Connect with people in the right style;
Emphasize and maximize their strengths;
Be gracious and skilful in their weaknesses.
FIX YOUR EYES
& RUN THE RACE
Be still and know that I am God. Psalm 46:10
Search me... Test me and see if there is any anxious way in me. Psalm 130:23-24
The LORD is close to the brokenhearted & saves those who are crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:18
Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law... your statutes are my delight; they are my counselors; for you have broadened my understanding. Psalm 119: 18, 24, 32
(Conscious or Unconscious Defence)
Recurrent patterns of behavior
Attitudes, Core Beliefs, Motives
Upbringing & Culture
The heart is deceitful above all things
and beyond cure.
Who can understand it?
“I the Lord search the heart
and examine the mind,
to reward each person according to their conduct,
according to what their deeds deserve.”
Created for CMC Sunday School
Edmonton Chinese Alliance Church
Dec 1, 2013