Handling Emotions

Posted by on Oct 3, 2009 in Blog, Featured, Third Talk | 0 comments


Outline from Friday night’s Third Talk. Please feel free to use for reference or personal study. Text is Luke 24:13-17
What God supplies: 1 Tim. 1:7
1. God designed us to be Spirit led, not soul-controlled.
2. The spirit that God gives is one of power, love and sound mind

Why this is important:
1. Properly controlled emotions show others that our strength is in Christ
Proverbs 16:32 – He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city
2. If we lose control of our emotions, we are vulnerable to Satan’s attacks.
Proverbs 25:28 – He that hath no rule over his own spirit, is like a city that is broken down, and without walls

Context of the Scripture passage: Luke 24:13-17
– This is on Sunday (Easter) Sunday
– the words seem as idle tales and they believed them not (v.11). They were dealing with unbelief, doubt and despair (sadness)
– The lessong is to see how Jesus dealt with His followers
– We want to reach people were they are at but we don’t want to leave them there (come as you are but don’t leave as you were)

I. Accept the reality (v.17)

– Some people may live on an emotional plain. Many live on an emotional mountain range.
– While some people may be able to express themselves in a public setting, to say it doesn’t bother them is not truthful

Just because you are at peace with the situation doesn’t mean you are handling life properly. You may be at peace with your life and be outside the will of God totally.
– Ex. Jonah – He was asleep in the belly of the ship, even though he was in direct Disobedience with God. Why? Becuase having peace is not the catch all.

However, if you are right with God you can have peace NO MATTER the circumstance
– Ex. Jesus – Sleeping in the bottom of the boat while the disciples said, “Master, Carest thou not that we perish?”

A. Emotions are not designed to be ignored nor are they designed to control
– Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane was under great emotional distress and yet said, “nevertheless, not my will but thine be done”
– It was an emotional experience, but it did not control Him
B. They are designed to be experienced
– Weep with those who weep, rejoice with those who rejoice
– Do not sorrow as those that have no hope
C. Emotions are not changed by the will but by the application of Truth
– Jesus does not tell them to suck it up
– You cannot help the mind without affecting the heart

Proverbs 16:3 – Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established.

II. Identify the Thought (or Thought Pattern)

v.19 – What is the value of Jesus asking them “What Things?”
– The value is to identify their thoughts. We think things constantly, and many times can’t stop thinking (depression and anxiety)
– Identifying the reasons behind the thinking, and then expressing or verbalizing them is difficult
– People feel the way they feel because they think the way they think
Prov. 23:7 – For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he…

A. v.19-20 – Identify the thoughts behind the feeling.
This is done for our benefit. Since the beginning, God has shown that He is a communicating God.

III. Understand the Conclusions of the Thoughts (v.21-24)

Their wrong thinking led them to some wrong conclusions.

A. Loss of expectation – they had expected it to be different (we trusted that it would have been he)
– we get happy when things work out for the better, but when they work out for worse our expectations are crushed
B. Loss of hope – (this is the third day since these things have been done)
– the culture of that time believed that the soul left the body after three days. Thus, being three days after left them without hope of a resurrection.
C. Loss of direction
– There is a reason why you lose direction
– Previously they had been followers of Christ. Now they are headed, presumably, back to where they came from. But definitely away from where Christ was.
– If they were followers of Christ wouldn’t they have gone back to the tomb to see if this was empty

Their feeling was sadness. They were thinking wrong. This led them to some poor conclusions.

IV. Identify the Lie (v.25-26)

There were two great lies behind these conclusions.
v.25 – that God did not tell them the truth (slow to believe all that God said)
v.26 – that God was not in control (the suffering and death, etc. took God by surprise)

Gen. 3:10 – the first temptation was rooted in these two lies.
– “Ye hath God said?” Satan challenged the truthfulness of God
– “…ye shall be as gods knowing good and evil”. Satan challenged the fact of God being in control
– If he can get us to believe either of these lies it will lay the groundwork for bad decision making
– Define the truth behind the lie, and the truth that challenges their thinking

V. Apply the Truth (v.27-35)

– He drew nigh unto them
– He does not give them a verse of Scripture and have them call Him in the morning
– In great detail He takes God’s Word and confronts the lies.
– As He explained to us the ‘Scripture’…
– Notice the great and immediate change after the Scripture was applied and they realized it was Christ.
– The immediately changed their direction (ran back to Jerusalem), regained all hope and expetation (told the others)

A. Take the time to internalize the Truth to the point that it changes your thought pattern.
– The constent application of medicine is what heals the illness…
– If you want something to deal with embedded despair and anxiety
– There is a process for overcoming these feelings

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