Pastor Shane Ham : Cleaning Your Cache

Damaged Goods · 48:06 · Recorded November 20, 2016

Cleaning Your Cache

Romans 7:15, 19 (TLB) I don’t understand myself at all, for I really want to do what is right, but I can’t. I do what I don’t want to—what I hate… When I want to do good, I don’t; and when I try not to do wrong, I do it anyway.

Why is it so hard to change?

Time

False identity

Payoff

Satan

How do I begin?

1. Start by beginning to know yourself.

Who you’re made to be.

Psalm 139:15 (MSG) You know me inside and out, you know every bone in my body; You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit, how I was sculpted from nothing into something.

Where you’ve come from.

Where you want to go.

What you’re willing to do!

2. Learn to develop “contemplative” skills.

Getting aware of your emotions.

2 Corinthians 10:5-6 (MSG) We use our powerful God-tools for smashing warped philosophies, tearing down barriers erected against the truth of God, fitting every loose thought and emotion and impulse into the structure of life shaped by Christ. Our tools are ready at hand for clearing the ground of every obstruction and building lives of obedience into maturity.

Knowing your triggers.

Romans 12:2-3 (CEV) Don’t be like the people of this world, but let God change the way you think. Then you will know how to do everything that is good and pleasing to him. I realize how kind God has been to me, and so I tell each of you not to think you are better than you really are. Use good sense and measure yourself by the amount of faith that God has given you.

Connecting with God.

Jeremiah 31:33 (ESV) For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the LORD: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people.

John 15:4 (NIV) Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.

3. Practice small habits that’ll make big change!

Zechariah 4:10 (NLT) Do not despise these small beginnings, for the LORD rejoices to see the work begin, to see the plumb line in Zerubbabel’s hand.

Purposeful activities.

Healthy relationships with food.

Play and recreation.

Music.

4. Make vital connections with others.

Ecclesiastes 4:12 (NLT) A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.

James 5:16 (NLT) Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.

5. Get in regular service to others!

6. Realize that God is always for you!

Ephesians 1:4-5 (NLT) Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.

Psalm 139:17-18 (ESV) How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! If I would count them, they are more than the sand.

Study & Discussion Questions
  • What does the scripture from Romans at the top of your notes make you feel or think of? Can you relate to these feelings Paul is expressing? What particular area(s) do you struggle with the most in this way? Share that with your small group or a trusted friend and pray together for God’s strength for change in this area of your life.
  • Take some time with God this week to determine what your main barrier to change is. Look at the four provided – is it one of these? Something else? Be brutally honest with yourself and God about this – bring whatever the obstacle is into the light so you can address it and deal with it.
  • Memorize Romans 12:2-3 this week. As something triggers you, rely on this verse to remind you to let God change the way you think and that he’s showing you what is pleasing to him. Remember his goodness toward you and assess yourself accurately as you move forward in his will for you.
  • Do you agree that getting into regular service to others will help you change? Why or why not? Discuss this in your group. What differing opinions cause you to rethink your position?
  • God’s word is so good for us! As you move forward this week, remember Zechariah 4:10 and be confident that God is pleased to see you begin with small changes. Share small victories with others and don’t let Satan steal your joy. Continue to focus on the “plumb line” God lays out and build your life from there.
  • This week, focus on helping your children understand that everyone struggles to do the good things they want to and know they should! No one is perfect and God doesn’t expect any of us to be. Talk about the verses from Romans 7 and ask them how or when this happens for them. Share some of your struggles – they need to know you aren’t perfect and have areas in your life that need improvement too. Help them identify something they want to change and pray together each day for one another, specifically naming these areas.
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