Pastor Shane Ham : The Wounded Spirit

Choose · 44:14 · Recorded November 20, 2022

The Wounded Spirit

The Book Of Proverbs

Proverbs 12:25 (NIV84)  An anxious heart weighs a man down, but a kind word cheers him up.

Proverbs 13:12 (NIV84)  Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.

Proverbs 14:10 (NIV84)  Each heart knows its own bitterness, and no one else can share its joy.

Proverbs 14:13 (NIV84)  Even in laughter the heart is sad, and the end of joy is grief.

Proverbs 14:30 (NIV84)  A tranquil mind gives life to the flesh, but passion makes the bones rot.

Proverbs 15:4 (NIV84)  The tongue that brings healing is a tree of life, but a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.

Proverbs 15:13 (NIV84)  A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit.

Proverbs 15:14 (NIV84)  The discerning heart seeks knowledge, but the mouth of a fool feeds on folly.

Proverbs 16:2 (NIV84)  All a man’s ways seem innocent to him, but motives are weighed by the Lord.

Proverbs 18:14 (NIV84)  A man’s spirit sustains him in sickness, but a crushed spirit who can bear?

Proverbs 28:1 (NIV84)  The wicked man flees though no one pursues, but the righteous are as bold as a lion.

1. God gives priority to what’s happening on the inside.

Ephesians A3:16-17 (NIV)  I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.

1 Thessalonians 5:23 (NKJV)  Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

2. God knows it’s complicated!

It could be physical.

It could be emotional/relational.

It could be moral.

It could be existential.

It could be faith.

3. God knows it’s difficult to understand.

What’s the answer?

It’s the tree of life.

Psalm 22:1 (KJV)  My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?

Psalm 22:14 (NIV84)  …My heart has turned to wax; it has melted away within me.

It’s choosing to apply the gospel to my emotions.

Talk It Over
  • The theme or goal of the book of Proverbs is to impart moral wisdom and an “uncommon” sense of right living. Of the proverbs we talked about today, which struck you as most important? Most surprising? Most confusing? Most impactful? Why?
  • Shane spent a lot of time talking about the “crushed spirit” referred to in Proverbs 15:4, 15:13, and 18:14. Has your spirit been crushed? Is it now healed? How did that happen? Can you identify the healing process and help encourage it in others?
  • Of the different aspects of a crushed spirit, which has affected you most significantly in the past? Had you thought about the correlation or causation between each of the aspects that were listed and the impact on your soul/spirit before?
  • God knows us so well! Better than any person in our lives and even better than we know ourselves. Have you made the decision to put him first in your life and have you followed that up with action? We want to know, we want to pray with you and for you. Write your decision on your Connection Card so we can share in your joy!
  • Parents:  Work with your children to memorize Proverbs 12:25 (ERV) Worry takes away your joy, but a kind word makes you happy. Talk together about how God wants us to give him everything that concerns us and that we don’t need to worry. Encourage your children to talk to God about what worries them and give kind words to one another to lift each other up.
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  • A Thousand Hallelujahs

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  • Firm Foundation

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