Pastor Steve Williams : Damaged, but Deliverable

Damaged Goods · 49:02 · Recorded October 23, 2016

Damaged, But Deliverable

Today’s Bible Text: Matthew 12:9-21 (p.896)

Assessing the damage

Those paying self-inflicted “stupid tax.”

Proverbs 19:3 (NIV) A man’s own folly ruins his life, yet his heart rages against the LORD.

Some who are victims & victimized.

Psalm 34:18 (HCSB) The LORD is near the brokenhearted; He saves those crushed in spirit. (MSG) If your heart is broken, you’ll find GOD right there; if you’re kicked in the gut, he’ll help you catch your breath.

Only digging the hole deeper

Chug more “bitter beer.”

Hebrews 12:15 (Phi) Be careful that none of you fails to respond to the grace which God gives, for if he does there can very easily spring up in him a bitter spirit which is not only bad in itself but can also poison the lives of many others.

Play “the entitled victim” card.

Spiral into dark places.

Take a self-imposed exile.

Proverbs 18:1 (HCSB) One who isolates himself pursues selfish desires; he rebels against all sound judgment.

James 5:16 (AMP) Confess to one another therefore your faults (your slips, your false steps, your offenses, your sins) and pray also for one another, that you may be healed and restored.

Meeting your match!

1. Jesus flows gentle kindness into our painful brokenness.

1 Peter 5:5-8 (Phi) God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble. So, humble yourselves under God’s strong hand, and in his own good time he will lift you up. You can throw the whole weight of your anxieties upon him, for you are his personal concern.

Matthew 5:3-4 (MSG) “You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule. You’re blessed when you feel you’ve lost what is most dear to you. Only then can you be embraced by the One most dear to you.”

2. Jesus breathes life into smoldering things again.

Matthew 15:30-31 (HCSB) Large crowds came to him, having with them the lame, the blind, the deformed, those unable to speak, and many others. They put them at his feet, and he healed them. So the crowd was amazed when they saw those unable to speak talking, the deformed restored, the lame walking, and the blind seeing.

John 6:37 (HCSB) “Everyone the Father gives me will come to me, and the one who comes to me I will never cast out.”

3. Jesus takes us alive with his greatest of all loves.

Ephesians 3:17-19 (NLT) Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.

4. Jesus never leaves us where he finds us!

2 Corinthians 1:4 (HCSB) He comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any kind of affliction, through the comfort we ourselves receive from God.

Study & Discussion Questions
  • Recall a time when something of value to you appeared to be irretrievably lost or broken or spoiled but was recovered or repaired or restored. What feelings did you experience in the process?
  • React to this statement by Eugene O’Neil: “We are born broken. We live by mending. God’s grace is the glue.” Where have you experienced grace as a redemptive glue for your own brokenness?
  • Which of the scriptures from this message seems to have your name on it and why? How can it speak encouragement to you?
  • When you think about how we can “dig the hole deeper” for our-selves in our pain, which of the ideas Steve mentioned do you observe people are most prone to? Why do you think this is? How has knowing God through Jesus helped you over those hurdles?
  • Of the 4 truths about Jesus in the last part of the message, which do you feel most grateful for today? Spend time in prayer with your group expressing your praise and thanks to him.
  • Do a “Re-purpose” project with your child(ren). You’ll find all sorts of ideas about how to do this online – Google it! Perhaps you could even make some Christmas gifts as a project. You’ll have fun spending time with each other. Help them think about looking for possibilities in things, use teachable moments along the way such as how cleaning things up makes them seem different; How “one man’s junk can be another man’s treasure” with things; The way new purposes can be discovered for discarded things. As you look for examples online, help them see how some people have a good imagination to see possibilities in things. Of course all these things relate to God’s grace for us in Jesus. Enjoy yourself!
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