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Overcoming Emotional Strongholds, Part 2

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January 10, 2021 7:00 am

Overcoming Emotional Strongholds, Part 2

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January 10, 2021 7:00 am

When you find yourself driving in the wrong direction, you look for a place to make a U-turn. In this lesson, Dr. Tony Evans says the same is true when youre off course in life and explains how changing direction can reverse the spiritual consequences of sin.

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What will hundred 20 Evans talked about the danger of letting her feelings drive are free long as long as there is this is the alternative with Dr. Tony-author, speaker, pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas Texas and president of the alternative, the Bible tells us to run away from temptation when it's coming from your emotions.

There's no easy way to escape today.ribbons talks about how feelings try to control us and how you can decide who directs your thoughts, let's join him by emotional stalls, depression, disparagement, frustration, inferiority complex, lack of self-esteem, and on and on and on.

Fear paralyzed by their now it is not a mistake not use the word stronghold not addiction. Addiction is the world's way of explaining you being and hostage.

You can shake.

They say you are alcohol to drugs and sex. Whatever it is. The only problem with that worldly word is that the term addiction as it is used in the secular world suggests that, to my problem that I do not have the ability to get out of it because someone else caused it and not bad genes keeps it is a way of putting all what belongs to me the biblical word stronghold. What is the difference between fiction and the biblical word stronghold stronghold assumes a spiritual dimension in addiction stronghold assumes that there is something behind the scene that is cooperating with something visible on the things that is keeping me in the situation on addiction means you may never get out of its stronghold means spiritual right, the physical have to set me free. We want to overcome stronghold. Specifically, today we want to overcome emotional stronghold.

First of all, the causes of emotional stronghold. What most of us have in our homes. Smoke detectors smoke detector goes off, it would be a sizable is so that you don't have the noise it would be advisable simply to hear it to get used to the noise because the alarming so that you can hear its voice is not wise, making the noise. The smoke is letting you know you need to check out something else. The smoke detector is not concerned with itself. It's concerned, is breaking out. Don't check check when there is emotional stress in the life most people approach a wrong link because they wrongly many people with the emotional distress people did not get called suppression with the Nile. Now that's called repression exit with activities with distractions with TV programs with no so that they don't have the law going all in this country. The your emotions is making you completely is not addressing the problem. What smoke attacked the house emotions to the soul.

They love that God has given so not say that something else is wrong when you are emotionally distraught at the lifestyle and all your time dealing with your emotions like spending all your time dealing with slow protector never locating emotions on the way. You know something is wrong and it's just a little. The field of psychology and psychiatry have major purpose of attempting to help people to discuss what's wrong when done correctly, biblically without the second if you do just that, when done correctly, it just becomes a way to get you back next week when you go to the hospital and you say Dr. Bill good how you feel but you!

He takes an x-ray to look a little deeper. He prowls any BIOPSY because while your real name may not be the recall.

You want to get at what you do feel the way you feel not to sympathize with you that you feel it because a motion. What's the best collapse.

You know something is emotions are not something that is in every what is the cause of emotional strong. I didn't ask what is the cause of your emotional addiction. What is the cause of emotional stronghold that is not theologically time when were all emotional strongholds that are not related to illnesses of the body are rooted in sin is the root of your sin something you didn't know what is rooted in somebody else's. They abused you when you were a child you got right. It what you are is rooted in what I call atmospheric sin that if you live in a world of been so contaminated by sin, always showing up to take you down but it is the long-time female Bible all right. Let's open it up Genesis chapter 3, God created Adam and Eve environments flawless and that was only joy, no negative emotional experiences. Satan came on the scene.

He got to rebel against God for seven then the eyes of both of them were opened and they knew they were not good and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves mowing coverings not compatible. Chapter 2 verse 25 the man and woman were both naked and were not ashamed. In chapter 2 verse 20 father not ashamed after they have rebelled against God. The influence of Satan.

In chapter 3 verse 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 and the man and his wife hid themselves in the presence of the Lord God among the trees of God.

The Lord called and said where are you said.

I heard the sound of the garden and I was afraid because not with neck. Now you have the emotion of never experienced before entering into the human race just before Adam and Eve had a baby two baby boys came able. God didn't accept Cain's offering verse four and Abel on his part also brought the first lot that portion of the Lord. Every God will be offering available 14 and for his offering he had no regard to Kate became very angry and so now you have got entering into the human race and public health event which we call today, depression so when he rebelled against God.

Sin at the Satan shame and human rights human rights anger into the human rights and human rights.

Why human life and entered that because the site of sin in the life of against. If you don't realize that you will go looking for that and if you don't go looking for that the alarm will go off, you'll never see the fire. All emotional strongholds that are not logically rooted up to the present somebody else's or a 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 look to be lifted up, and if you do not, well, sin is crouching at the door and its desire is for you but you must master it. You get the point until you master said you'll never Matthew emotion I tell you.

Master said you'll never master your feeling on tell you master the thing that is because you feel the way you're feeling thought somebody else will be outlets for your sake that will always have the ability to keep you feeling. So the cause of all emotional stronghold is rooted in somebody sin somewhere that leads to a second of three points that I want to make a point to submit next the category of spiritual stronghold.

There are three general categories of all spiritual strongholds are rooted in pain of 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 and what happened here emotional room… In our minds because once this Satan makes a type of negative experiences and he keeps his finger on the replay button or category problems in the present. You may not be struggling because of the path you make. Begin with what's going on right now if anybody should've been depressed should been the apostle Paul reading first rent 11 verse 23 he said 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 rods, once I was told three times I was shipwrecked, a day in the night I spent in the deep.

I have been a frequent journey in danger from rivers data from Robert's dangers from my countrymen, dangers from the Gentiles data from the city, dangers in the wilderness, then going to see dangers among false brethren. I have been in labor and hardship, through many sleepless nights and hunger and thirst without food, in cold and exposure apart from the things that is the daily pressure on me of concern with all the charges and you think you had a bad hair day. They said let me tell you about my life mass every day.

I got folk in my life trying to bring me down every day, yet depressed with you on the opposite want to throw in the towel even though he was going through the pain of the present category of pain, fear of the future. Just get about tomorrow. What if I get cancer. What I have a heart attack. What if one of my children dies, what if what if what if, even though you know Matthew 634 said 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 to the present might present don't get to the future well.

Lord have mercy. If you hostage all past, present and future was the cure for my 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 men. I am tired of on stuff to make the comfortably sick. You don't sure emotional strongholds by denying that they exist, nor do you overcome emotional strongholds by overwriting them by getting something more powerful to distract you from it could distract you, but I'm depressed. Let me go watch TV depressed and AA to cover it, to deal with it.

Let me do something that will cause me not to.

But I have with you overcome emotional strongholds by avoiding things that bring them up.

You know what 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 the Satan knows it will bring it to the right person in the right place at the right time to remind you. So what we do when those negative feelings seem inescapable with Dr. Evans will have the answer for us when he continues her message just a moment with us. How can the church answer the racial healing and reconciliation. That's with Dr. Tony Evans reveals this book. Oneness embraced Dr. Jack Graham of Prestwood Baptist Church calls this book a must read for Christians who desire to live in obedience to the heart of the gospel and Dr. DeForest B. Souris Junior First Baptist Church of Lincoln Garden says the American church embraces this book, race relations will be transformed healing and hope possible, and it begins with God's people get your copy of oneness embraced today. You can request your copy of Tony Evans.or. And while you're there, you can also make the arrangements to get your own copy of Tony's current sermon series. Your best.

You this five message collection will remind you with the concept of faith is all about and teach you practical ways to overcome emotional strongholds and stop blocking the miracles between you and the turnaround you been praying for. Through the end of this week, we're making this life-changing collection available on CD or digital download is our gift when you make a contribution to help us keep Tony's teaching on the station. Visit us or give us a phone call day or night at 1-800-800-3222 to make the arrangements all have our contact information for you again after part two of today's lesson that I'm taking so many people don't know emotions don't have. What's this intellect, emotions are done they don't think emotions what's this have to borrow for. They have to borrow thoughts in order to off of it because they have no fault of their own emotions. Respond to what we think. If the motion of your life who control your life determines. Did you emotions is controlling the thoughts that emotions are piggybacking off control emotion will express itself is controlling your thinking you feel like you want your God is controlling your thinking you will feel like God want you to feel because emotions that because of the man think so. That's why Jesus said, you will know the truth you will you will know if you know not not just here, if you know the truth that that data set you free. It will set you free. In this case from emotional strongholds, but you need to know the truth for some of you just discovered your identity in Christ. You never do that truth before you went out to your own identity and you never knew what Bryce was always at the field feel that way because he controlled a few good men. The last scene, the trial scene when Tom Cruise is interrogating Jack Nicholson and Tom Cruise looks straight in the eye, Jack Nicholson says you are not Jack Nicholson looks back as only he can handle when you come at this thing from what God says rather than what he says this will ship out Goliath at all of Israel scattered bath powering flip-flops giant plans today. David showed up. So how big Goliath was said that man is so big I Had a total different Joan of the Bible says what depressed when he got all say the preacher will be depressed greatest revival and remand time. All city get say at one time. The press wanted Donatello.I want to work and change them you upset you believe in a lot, you are thinking like the evil one. Do not think you, like me, that's why you depressed. It is nonthinking that has led to your wrong action Jesus in John 1633 in this world you shall have tribulation so much money to get Jesus and I did say that in this world. If you live in here right now you still love you and you shall have tribulation and align pretrip I tell you anything other than accept Christ and watch all your troubles away in this world you shall have tribulation, but then he finishes the parts but be of good cheer, crazy talk is, but you shall have tribulation and frustration will be bad but if you make a choice that inspired things and in spite of what you're going through the control be good cheer, but that brings you JR is me all the world. In other words God can take the mass and turn it into a miracle if you look at look at the feelings as long as they keep you looking at you look at God and we did won't say what God is doing and he will keep emotional monitors from the predicament of quiet place when you come to find encouragement site not be something of yourself together. Hebrews 10 for there one another up encourage one another to charge the place you come to find focal will keep you looking at God when you Casey when you get this Garrett your problem, but they will point you not focus on you're not much I would church members right now with you want talk to somebody reddening the marriage found God to continue with God to show up. That's not what you'd like for possible marriage situation you want to find a Israel with the promised land because in the long report and not to see 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 there with us.

In the meantime, I wanted to quickly tell you that the message you been listening to today as part of Tony's first teaching series of the year called your best. You, as I mentioned earlier are five full-length CDs or digital downloads. In this set can be yours with our thanks when you make a contribution to help us keep bringing Tony's teaching your way every day.

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For details, 1-800-800-3222 resource team members are on hand 24 seven to help you. That's 1-800-800-3222, or make the arrangements We all know that actions have consequences. But next time Dr. Evans will show us why in the spiritual arena. Some of the worst of them can be reversed. Right now though he's back with a few words. That'll probably sound familiar, are you all know my favorites soul singing group growing up with what Eddie Kendricks David Ruffin no Otis Williams Melvin Franklin all available got this I got sunshine on a cloudy day when it's cold outside. I got them out for me and talk about what you want to know is I guess you say to make me feel this way and talk about what it was and is my butt outside, but I got up this answer. You say what you relationship that is on outside on the and feel on the inside it all night friendship with Dave. I got shot when it's called wanted because I'm gone somewhere out in situation you don't know when a golf on a cloudy day maybe calling you maybe separated maybe because they thought going right. This prescription may not be in your when it's called that you may not know what you asking you to make bail this way talking about God's on a cloudy day when I made no money down the you want to feel this way God wanted done. Not bad, and still get my God and your God didn't say. The alternative is made possible by the generous missions

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