Emotional Ties (Part 2)

Mark Estepp - 10/3/2021

Emotions aren’t bad - they’re built-in. 

God is emotional - we are created in the image of God.

When it comes to emotions, we are tempted to make ties to lies.

False Identities

Matthew 4:1-11:

Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 

2 After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 

3 The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”

4 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”

5 Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. 

6 “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written:

“‘He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’”

7 Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’”

8 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. 

9 “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.”

10 Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’”

11 Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.

5 Emotional Ties to Lies Regarding Your Identity:

Pedigree - I am the sum of my family’s issues.  

Present - I am the present difficult situation.

Performance - I am what I do.

Possessions - I am what I have.

Platform - I am people’s opinions of me. 

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