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Working Through the Storm Inside

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Working Through the Storm Inside

Proverbs 25:28 (NASB1995) Like a city that is broken into and without walls is a man who has no control over his spirit.

Helpful perspectives:

• God has emotions.

• My ability to feel is a gift from God.

• I need to be careful to avoid emotional extremes.


Four emotional extremes:

1. Stuffers conceal how they feel.

Jeremiah 15:17-18 (GNT) …I stayed by myself and was filled with anger. Why do I keep on suffering? Why are my wounds incurable? Why won't they heal?...

2. Exploders reveal how they feel.

Genesis 4:5, 8 (GNT) …Cain became furious, and he scowled in anger. … When they were out in the fields, Cain turned on his brother and killed him.

3. Prisoners are chained to their pain.

Proverbs 15:15 (NLT) For the despondent, every day brings trouble; for the happy heart, life is a continual feast.

4. Manipulators blame for their pain.

Luke 15:28 (GW) “Then the older son became angry and wouldn’t go into the house. His father came out and begged him to come in.”


A better way to deal with how you feel:

1. Name it properly.

2. Assess it regularly.

Proverbs 13:16 (GNT) Sensible people always think before they act, but stupid people advertise their ignorance.

3. Appraise it truthfully.

“What offends the mind reveals the heart.”

4. Surrender it humbly.


Ask: Have I really given this to God?

Psalm 42:5-6 (NIV84) Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God. My soul is downcast within me; therefore I will remember you from the land of the Jordan, the heights of Hermon…

5. Share it openly.

6. Work at it heartily.

Colossians 3:15 (NLT) And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace.


Growing Deeper Together

  1. What emotional extreme do you find yourself battling most often? o Read Proverbs 25:28. What can you do a to help control your spirit this week?
  2. Managing our emotions can be a huge challenge. Disappointment can bring anger and resentment towards others. Take time this week to work through a few of six steps Shane shared when you are facing difficult emotions this week.
  3. Who can you share your emotional struggles with? Do you have a trusted friend? A mentor or small group leader you can share your struggles with? If not, what steps can you take to seek out a person like this in your life?