In Month’s Past
Part 4

Paul Foslien, Senior Pastor, Living Word Family Church, Naples, FL

September 12, 2016

This week we are taking a moment to wrap up our series, In Month’s Past. We have been focusing on the importance of emotional health so that we can grow and move forward spiritually.

A windshield is always bigger than the rearview mirror. We should be directing our thoughts and actions on the things that are in front of us rather than on the things that have already happened.

Actions for Achieving Emotional Health

1. Self-regulation: being in control of our actions and emotions

Proverbs 16:32 reads,
He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, And he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city. (NKJV)

Proverbs 25:28 reads,
A person without self-control is like a city with broken-down walls. (NLT)

2. Peace with your past: Groundhog Day was only a movie – it shouldn’t be your life.

Philippians 3:13 reads,
No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead (NLT)

Remember: The devil is the whisperer of lies, flaws, and mistakes. Don’t buy his lies!

3. Focus Thoughts on God’s Word: God’s Word is the answer to all things negative.

Hebrews 4:12 states,
For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. (NKJV)

Emotional health will not happen until our thoughts are consistent with God’s.

4. Receive the Holy Spirit: The Holy Spirit is our guide and internal compass.

Galatians 5:16-24 reads,
(16) If you are guided by the Spirit, you won’t obey your selfish desires. (22) God’s Spirit makes us loving, happy, peaceful, patient, kind, good, faithful, (23) gentle, and self-controlled. There is no law against behaving in any of these ways. (24) And because we belong to Christ Jesus, we have killed our selfish feelings and desires. (CEV)

5. Commit to being Healthy: Spirit, Soul, and Body.

Being healthy requires on-going attention and adjustment:

•  Eat well and maintain good physical health
•  Stay in church, go to counseling, and read a book about emotional health every year
•  Identify an accountability partner who will tell you the truth
•  Grow spiritually and get involved in the community
•  Step away from negative relationships and make new, positive ones

What you feed grows, and what you starve dies. Lay down the things that are preventing you from becoming all that God has intended.

Focus on Him, His Word, and your path forward.

Christ-centered for Life,

Pastor Paul


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