The Hillcrest Church Podcast

I Wish I Had More Control. April 26

May 19, 2020

I Wish
I had more control - Outline
April 26, 2020

What do you wish you could control? (Make a list)

How do we manage our need to control the things we can’t control?

David’s Story: David could have tried to control his _______________________________________.

1. David cut Saul’s ___________________________ but did not harm him. (1 Samuel 24:5-7)

“The LORD forbid that I should do this... I shouldn’t attack the LORD’s anointed one, for the LORD himself has chosen him.” (1 Samuel 24:6, NLT)

2. David entered Saul’s camp but did not harm him. (1 Samuel 26:22-23)

Now may the LORD value my life, even as I have valued yours today. May he rescue me from all my troubles.” (1 Samuel 26:24, NLT)

Choose to rule over the _________________________________ of your own heart.

1. Be ________________________________ in the areas you can control.
2. _______________________ in God’s ________________________ in the areas that you cannot control.


What does it look like to be proactive in areas we can control?

Examine your __________________________.

What habits do you have that are proactive?
What habits do you have that are passive?

David’s Story: David exchanged a ________________________ habit for a _______________________ habit.

In the spring of the year, when kings normally go out to war, David sent Joab and the Israelite army to fight the Ammonites. …David stayed behind in Jerusalem. (2 Samuel 11:1, NLT)

David experienced what James talked about many years later.

Temptation comes from our own desires, which entice us and drag us away. These desires give birth to sinful actions. And when sin is allowed to grow, it gives birth to death. (James 1:14–15, NLT)

Passive habits contain three parts:
a. A _______________________________.
b. A ________________________________.
c. A _________________________________.

Passive habits are hard to break because your brain is hard-wired to move toward them in times of stress.


How do we get rid of passive habits?

1. ___________________________________ your triggers.


What is your trigger?


2. Issue a ___________________________ reward.

…let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. (Romans 12:2, NLT)

Find a reward that leads you into a ________________________________ habit.


3. Insert a ______________________ routine.

throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy. (Ephesians 4:22–24, NLT)


Learn to rule over the kingdom of your own heart.

But David found ___________________________ in the LORD his God. (1 Samuel 30:6b, NLT)



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