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Overcoming Emotional Strongholds

The Urban Alternative / Tony Evans, PhD
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October 11, 2021 8:00 am

Overcoming Emotional Strongholds

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October 11, 2021 8:00 am

God gave us emotions for a reason and they’re a big part of what makes us human. But Dr. Tony Evans says they also make us vulnerable, and in this lesson, he’ll talk about how to find healthy ways to reconcile our feelings and our faith.


I like Dr. Tony Evans is even though we can't ignore bad feelings. We don't have to surrender to God celebrating faithfulness.

This is the alternative Dr. Tony Evans mother speaker, senior pastor of Oakland Bible Fellowship in Dallas Texas and president of the urban alternative, God gave his emotions were reason there a big part of what makes us human. Dr. Evan says they also make us vulnerable and in today's message from our special Tony Evans top 40 series will talk about how to find a healthy balance between our feelings and our faith. Let's join will explaining the alcohol or drugs to sex whatever it is. The only problem with that word diction is used in the secular world suggests that, to my problem because bad genes keeps all what belongs to me were stronghold between words. Also spiritual dimension in addiction.

Addiction means you may never get out of its stronghold means spiritual right physical have to set me free. We want, stronghold specifically.

Today we want to overcome emotional stronghold. Three things very quickly today. First of all, the causes of emotional stronghold. What is the cause of emotional. I didn't ask what is the cause of your emotional addiction. What is the cause of emotional stronghold logically time when were all emotional stronghold that are not related to illnesses of the body are rooted in sin did not talk about diction you will hear the normal 12 step program. All stronghold I got depressed in fear, anger that is rooted in Mount before negatively that let me finish the root of your something you didn't know what it is rooted in somebody else's baby abused you when you were a child you got raped. It what you rooted in what I call. That if you live in a world of mental contaminated by sin, always showing up to take you down but it is a longtime female Bible all right. Let's open it up Genesis chapter 3, God created environments flawless and that was only joy, no negative emotional experiences. Satan came on the scene to rebel against God for seven then the eyes of both of them were opened and they knew they were neck and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves mowing coverings. Chapter 2 verse 25 the man and woman were both connected and were not ashamed.

Chapter 2 verse 25 but not ashamed.

After they have rebelled against God import the same type of rebirth seven ashamed and applicable himself. So now we have the emotion of shame, entering into the human race.

Verse eight and they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden of the cool of the day, the man himself in the presence of the Lord God among the trees of God. The Lord called and said where are you I heard the sound of the garden and I was afraid because I was now you have the emotion of never experienced before entering into the human race Before Adam and Eve had two baby boys came able. God didn't accept Cain's offering. Verse four Abel on his part also brought the first lot portion of the Lord. Every God will be offering a babel 14 and for his offering he had no regard okay became very angry and so now you have the human race, and of which we call today.

Depression so when he rebelled against God. Sin, Satan, shame and human rights and human rights anger into the human right and human rights. Why because the site of Satan in the life if you don't realize that you will go looking for that and if you don't know that the alarm will go off and you'll never see the fire. All emotional goals that are not logically rooted up to the present somebody else's way contaminated simple environment in which you and that God asked Cain verse six. Why are you angry, and why are you depressed if you do well, will not be lifted up, and if you do not well is crouching at the door and it is for you but you must master it. You get the point until you master said you never met your emotions until you master said never master your feelings tell you master the thing that is causing you to feel the way you feeling what your thoughts about health. Satan will always have the ability to keep you feeling so because of all emotional small rooted in somebody's somewhere in the second of three points that I want to make the second point is the category of spiritual stronghold. There are three general categories. First of all spiritual strongholds are rooted in the past what happened to me when I was a child I was abused by my mother or father was raped I was betrayed. Why had a traumatic experience as a kid. What happened here emotional room In our minds because what this Satan makes a type of negative experience and it keeps its finger on the replay button will category a problems in the present. You may not be struggling because the path you make. Begin with what's going on if anybody should've been depressed should be possible to review first printed 11 verse 23 is that I have neighbors I had imprisonments beaten times without numbers often in danger of death Received from the Jews 39 lashes 3 pounds. I was beaten with a rod. Once I was startled three times I was shipwrecked day in the night I spent in the deep. I have been a frequent journey in dangers from rivers babel from Robert Davis from my countrymen data from the Gentile data from the city, dangers in the wilderness they going to see dangers among false brethren. I have been in labor and hardship to many sleepless nights and hunger and thirst without food and cold and exposure apart from the things that is the daily pressure on me of concern for all the charges and you think you had a bad hair day and said let me tell you about my life mass every day.

I got my life trying to bring me down every day, yet you depressed with you want to throw in the towel even though he was going through the pain of the present category. Fear of the future, you scared about tomorrow what I get kids, what if I have a heart attack. What if one of my children dies, what if what if what you know. Matthew 634 says don't be anxious for tomorrow for the day has enough trouble of its own. You are to what might happen.

You live in fear of what they place you have in the past, present and future, but the past will get you the present.

My present don't get to the future well.

Lord have mercy. If you hostage all past, present and future. I'm tired of being an emotional dishrag without being scared in the morning and angry during the day.

Depressed at night. I'm tired of living on Prozac and value.

I am tired of on stuff to make the comfortably sick. You don't sure emotional stronghold by denying that they exist, nor do you overcome emotional stronghold by overriding my getting something more probable to distract you from it distract you. I'm depressed. Let me go watch TV depressed and they eight to cover it will have to deal with it.

Let me do something that will probably not to, but I have with you overcome emotional stronghold by avoiding things that bring them up in a while. Satan will always have another thing around the corner to bring it up again. I'm just saying that you cannot always run from it because they know it will bring the right person in the right place at the right time to remind you. So what are we doing those negative feelings seem inescapable.

Dr. Evans will have the answer for us when he continues her message just a moment. Stay with us. God has an amazing plan for your child's life. There is no greater joy than helping them discover things Kingsgate series can help instilling kingdom principles in your time. Thanks, teaching them how to build others up there wearing understand God's theories and engage in spiritual warfare against the written for kids ages 8 to 12 easy-to-read vents are filled with biblical truth, aimed at guiding readers into a life for God and confidence in his faithfulness and because you can read in his family. These guys are sure to encourage everyone in your home theater child by helping them discover content using plan for civic and timeline their potential for a lifetime of following Jesus. Find out more Tony and while you're there, you can also make the arrangements to get a copy of the special sermon series you're listening to today. It's called Tony Evans top 40 selection of his most powerful sermons over the last 40 years. Earlier this summer, we put together volumes one into this four volume series and now for the first time ever, volumes three and four can be yours with our thanks when you make a donation to help keep this broadcast coming your way.

The final installment of this series available on CD or digital download. Includes messages on overcoming emotional strongholds, maximizing your potential, the sufficiency of Scripture, and much more. Please visit Tony make your donation letter sent you all 20 lessons in Tony Evans top 40 volumes three and four and if you missed out on getting the first two volumes you can learn more about how to obtain those for your audio library as well. Just visit Tony or call our resource Center at 1-800-800-3222 day or night. I repeat that contact information after part two of today's lesson and this coming November Church of Jesus Christ traveling with Dr. Tony Evans as he retraces the life and human journey of the greatest being to ever walk this earth over here in Capernaum place where Jesus did most of his miracles is in this place. Demonstrated he truly is some of God traveled the streets and synagogues think Jesus walked and physical locations were some of the most powerful events recorded in the Bible took place like that much of what we read about in Galilee have the right journey with Jesus in theaters November 15, 16th and 17th. Dr. Tony visit Tony location showtimes people don't know emotions don't have. What's this intellect, emotions they don't think emotions what's this have to borrow they have to borrow thoughts in order of the rope emotions respond to what we think most of your life. Who controls your life is controlling your thinking you feel like you want to give God is controlling your thinking you will feel like God want you to feel because emotions piggyback off because of the man so was.

That's why Jesus said, you will know the truth that that data will set you free.

It will set you free. In this case from emotional stronghold. But you know the truth for some of you just discovered your identity in Christ. You never knew that truth before you at your own identity and I don't think you never know what rights was built feel that way because he controlled all of Israel's dad said that the towering non-plus giant day David showed up, saw how big the lie that man is totally different. John 1633 in this world you shall have tribulation so much money to get Jesus that I did say this in this world. If you live in here right now you still love you and you shall have tribulation and malign pretrip you anything other than accept Christ a lot of troubles away in this world you shall have tribulation. The barks, but be a good chief that inspired and in spite of what you're going through that big chair that brings you JR is me the words God can take the mass and trotted into America and not good look at the feelings you say that you keep looking at you look at won't say what God is doing and he will keep you distract emotional predicament of quiet place when you come to find encouragement for site not be something of yourself together.

Hebrews 10 for spare one another up to encourage one another place you come to find people who will keep looking at God when you Casey what you focus on what you want to talk to somebody recommend that marriage found God, for God to show up in the midst of what seemed like a possible marriage situation you want to find it.

You know why Israel with the promised land because of the long report to God. Dr. Evans will come back with a closing song for us in just a moment. It's technically a story about a song, but he will be back stay with us.

In the meantime, I wanted to quickly tell you that the message you been listening to today as part of Tony Evans top 40, a collection of his best and most powerful messages of all time.

Remember volumes three and four of this four volume collection are now available and they can be yours with our sanction return for your donation to the urban alternative. We depend completely on the prayers and gifts of friends like you to keep Tony's teaching on the station and we consider making these resources available to help strengthen your faith and life impact is both our privilege and sincere responsibility. Contact us or give us a call at 1-800-800-3222 or someone from our resource team is waiting to assist you again 1-800-800-3222 or online it Tony you have and they say it takes two to tango, but Dr. Evan says a successful marriage takes three he'll explain next time. In a classic sermon titled paradise restored, drawn from the archives of 40 years of ministry. Right now though he's back with a few words that will likely sound pretty familiar to you souls going out with Eddie Kendricks, David Ruffin hello Otis Williams Melvin Franklin all available this I got sunshine on a cloudy day when it's cold outside.

I got them out for me to talk about what you want to know. I guess you say what this way and talk about what it was. My butt outside, but I got up this you say what relationship that is outside on the small ship got shot when it's called wanted because God's way. On a cloudy day maybe all know maybe because they thought going right prescription may not be called out that you may not know what you're asking. You can make this my God on a cloudy day when it made no money but you want to feel this way God did not didn't say the alternative with Tony celebrating 40 years of thanks for the generous contributions of listeners like you

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