I deserve it.
I should be able to do what I want, when I want.
I’m good in every other area of my life. I can let this one go.
- What do you feel like doing?
- Why do you feel like you have a right to do this?
- Do you think God agrees with your outlook on life? Why or why not?
- What usually happens when you live by your rights and feelings in this area of your life?
- Are you the type of person who can do what you feel like doing in this area of your life without having it either control you or mess up your life? Explain.
- If not, what will you need to accept?
- Are boundaries easy to follow or do you usually have to give up something to follow them?
- What will you need to give up to follow your boundaries this time?
- What will your life look like a couple of months down the road if you renew your mind every time you feel like breaking your boundaries?
- When you think of all you’ll gain, is it worth taking the time to renew your mind?
Jeremiah 2:13 For My people have committed two evils: they have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters, to hew for themselves cisterns, broken cisterns that can hold no water.
Romans 13:14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts.
Philippians 3:7 But whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ.
Philippians 3:8 More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ.
Philippians 4:11 Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am.
1 Peter 1:14-16 As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance, but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior, because it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”
1 John 2:15-16 Do not love the world not the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world.
Dan Black on Leadership says
Good questions and passages. Really enjoyed this excersie.
Loren Pinilis says
This is great, because we so rarely think about these things. We just proceed forward without taking a good, hard look at the depths of our hearts. We don’t really examine what’s going on in our minds when we go through these situations – and these are some very great probing questions.
Arlene Seuell says
I really needed this! How deep are the roots of materialism are not in our culture…..but in ME! That you for this other articles I recently read. They by the Power of Christ hit the right spot in my heart!
Barb Raveling says
Glad they helped, Arlene!