So many of us live stuck. Stuck in trying to seem perfect. Stuck in sadness. Stuck feeling numb. Stuck pursuing more stuff to make us happy. These stuck places often go unattended inside of us and they are shaping our lives more than we would like to think. We've been trying to fix this feeling with everything but...God. He has a plan for these spaces inside of us, but we have to go to Him. Stuck is a journey to take an honest look at the fight going on inside, leading us to the God who has a plan to restore us.
There is a tension that we feel. Most of us know we are stuck and imperfect, broken. But focusing on the reality of our brokenness usually brings about one of two disconcerting responses: we either run to the dark place of rebellion or to the seemingly safe place of covering it up. Shame follows us to both places. In this introductory session, you will identify three places you feel most stuck. Then, prepare for Session One by completing the lesson in the study guide on your own.
We were designed to come to the end of ourselves again and again and again, to slip down the rungs of our ladder, until maybe, after years of reaching the end of myself, I would consider that I had a problem...that I might be stuck. I might need God. Dig into Romans 8 and face your need to be broken over your sin.
Anger is our reaction when we feel our rights are being taken from us. We get angry about not getting what we think we deserve. The problem with anger is really what we believe about God. Do we trust Him to defend us if we stop defending ourselves? Or are we too afraid of becoming a door mat? Study James 1 and find God's instructions for us concerning our anger and living rightly.
Discontentment is plaguing the souls of women. Our houses are too small; we wear the wrong size; we can’t get pregnant; we can’t get married; we can’t afford the right jeans. We need kids who obey and hair that obeys and husbands who obey, and we need jobs that are fulfilling and enough money to do it all. We need the big things and small things because we want something more, something different. And our souls are sick with it. From Romans 12, define the fulfilling life that God has in mind for us.
The things we sit and spin over are our idols. You may be spinning over what you think people think of you. Caring about what others think becomes an idol if you care more about their opinions than God's. The truth is, we worry about the things we most love. We worry about what we value. And if you value the admiration and approval of others, their invisible thoughts will control you. Matthew 6 confronts our propensity to "spin" from worry, and helps us get unstuck.
God has an assignment for each one of us, and not because He wants us to have more to do. In fact, running around and doing every good thing is not what He wants from us. He is not pleased with random sacrificial service. He is pleased with obedience. With all the choices and decisions we have to make, to obey Him is simple...if we hear Him. It cuts down on options. In Ephesians 2, discover your purpose, and see how knowing that can uncomplicate your life.
We live in such disappointment when our dreams are not fulfilled, as if God owes us something here and now. And oftentimes depression and discontentment rise out of our expectations for happy, fulfilling lives here on earth rather than the hope of eternity with our God in heaven. We see in Romans 8:25 that God wants us to hope, but He wants for us to hope in something way bigger than today. He desires for us to believe in Him and the place He is preparing for us, and to actually hope in it, wait for it, live for it.
The overarching question of this study is . . . Are you willing to die? Because until our pride, our expectations, our plans, our desires, our will, our idols, and our very self dies . . . we are stuck. Explore John 15 to gain a bigger view of God, to see what he wants from us, to see our need for Him, and to learn how to depend on him.