Stop the Emotional Roller Coaster
April 22, 2018

Stop the Emotional Roller Coaster

Preacher:
Passage: Psalms 23:3

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Psalm 23:1 (ESV)
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
Psalm 23:2 (ESV)
He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters.
Psalm 23:3 (b) (ESV)
He restores my soul.

1.  LET GOD REMOVE MY GUILT.
Psalm 38:4 (NIV)
My guilt has overwhelmed me like a burden too heavy to bear.
Romans 3:23,24 (ESV)
for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,
Colossians 2:13-14 (NIV)
13 When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, 14 having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross.

2.   LET GOD RELIEVE MY GRIEF.
Psalm 31:9 (NIV)
Be merciful to me, Lord, for I am in distress; my eyes grow weak with sorrow, my soul and body with grief.
What David Did with his Grief:
1.  Accept what cannot be changed. 
2 Sam 12:22,23 (NIV)

22 He answered, “While the child was still alive, I fasted and wept. I thought, ‘Who knows? The Lord may be gracious to me and let the child live.’ 23 But now that he is dead, why should I go on fasting? Can I bring him back again? I will go to him, but he will not return to me.”
2.  Play it down and Pray it up.
2 Samuel 12:20 (NIV)
Then David got up from the ground. After he had washed, put on lotions and changed his clothes, he went into the house of the Lord and worshiped.
3.  Focus on what's left not what's lost.
2 Samuel 12:24 (ESV)
Then David comforted his wife, Bathsheba, and went in to her and lay with her, and she bore a son, and he called his name Solomon. And the Lord loved him

3.  LET GOD REPLACE MY GRUDGES.
Job 5:2 (NIV)
Resentment kills a fool…
Romans 12:19
Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord.