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Pastor Ronnie McDougall : Breaking Free

Progress Not Perfection · 41:03 · Recorded November 14, 2021

How to Break Free of Habitual Sin

Begin TODAY

Ecclesiastes 11:4 (TLB) If you wait for perfect conditions, you’ll never get anything done!

Refuse to BLAME OTHERS

Proverbs 19:3 (NLT) People ruin their lives by their own foolishness and then are angry at the LORD.

Examine MY LIFE

Psalm 32:4-5 (TLB) My dishonesty made me miserable and filled my days with frustration…until I finally admitted my sins and stopped trying to hide them…And God forgave me! All my guilt is gone!

Ask CHRIST TO TAKE OVER MY LIFE

Romans 6:12-13 (NLT)  Do not let sin control the way you live, do not give in to sinful desires. 13 … Instead, give yourselves completely to God…

Keep Away FROM THE TEMPTATION

Romans 13:14 (Ph) Don’t give any chances to the flesh to have its fling.

Focus ON SOMETHING BETTER

Proverbs 4:23 (GNT) Be careful how you think; your life is shaped by your thoughts.

Philippians 4:8 (NIV) Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

Restore BROKEN RELATIONSHIPS

Romans 12:18 (NLT) Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone.

Enlist A SUPPORT GROUP

Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 (GNT) Two are better off than one, because together … if one of them falls down, the other can help him up. But if someone is alone and falls … there’s no one to help him."

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

Extend MYSELF TO OTHERS

Galatians 6:1-2 (CEV) So if someone is trapped in sin, you should gently lead that person back to the right path. But watch out, and don’t be tempted yourself. You obey the law of Christ when you offer each other a helping hand.

Talk It Over

  • Have you been able to “BREAK FREE” from habitual sin in the past? Encourage others by sharing your story.

  • Is there someone you found yourself wishing could hear this message? What part of it do you think they could use most?

  • Looking back at your notes from this week’s teaching, was there anything you heard for the first time or that caught your attention, challenged you, or confused you?

  • Sin can be alluring. Often the sin option is more appealing. Sin appears easier, more cost effective, and it can simply be easier to justify as the better option. In 1 John 1:5-10, John addresses the issue of sin in a way that is still very important for us to hear. How does John contrast the path of sin and the path of light? How could that help us when lured by sin today?

  • 1 John 2 continues John’s discussion on sin and gives us some very clear-cut examples where we can choose sin or obedience. After reading 1 John 2:3-11, rate yourself on a scale of 1-5 on how well you are following these verses.

(1 = needs a lot of work and 5 = doing great)

  • Which Scripture(s) in this message seemed to speak to you most personally and powerfully? What do you think God wants you to know, remember or do in light of this verse(s)?

Parents: Read 1 John 2:9 together. What does it mean to walk in
the light? Walking, or living in the light is us being honest with God. Share with your child that when we are honest with God, we know when we do wrong. Then we admit our sin to God. If we lie when we have done wrong, we are lying to ourselves. We are living in the darkness of our sins. Together, think of a way you can all live in “the light” this week.

Talk It Over

  • Have you been able to “BREAK FREE” from habitual sin in the past? Encourage others by sharing your story.

  • Is there someone you found yourself wishing could hear this message? What part of it do you think they could use most?

  • Looking back at your notes from this week’s teaching, was there anything you heard for the first time or that caught your attention, challenged you, or confused you?

  • Sin can be alluring. Often the sin option is more appealing. Sin appears easier, more cost effective, and it can simply be easier to justify as the better option. In 1 John 1:5-10, John addresses the issue of sin in a way that is still very important for us to hear. How does John contrast the path of sin and the path of light? How could that help us when lured by sin today?

  • 1 John 2 continues John’s discussion on sin and gives us some very clear-cut examples where we can choose sin or obedience. After reading 1 John 2:3-11, rate yourself on a scale of 1-5 on how well you are following these verses.

(1 = needs a lot of work and 5 = doing great)

  • Which Scripture(s) in this message seemed to speak to you most personally and powerfully? What do you think God wants you to know, remember or do in light of this verse(s)?

Parents: Read 1 John 2:9 together. What does it mean to walk in
the light? Walking, or living in the light is us being honest with God. Share with your child that when we are honest with God, we know when we do wrong. Then we admit our sin to God. If we lie when we have done wrong, we are lying to ourselves. We are living in the darkness of our sins. Together, think of a way you can all live in “the light” this week.

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