Three Hots and a Cot
-Jesus once asked a lame man if he wanted to get well.
-A Mental Prison can appear to be an oasis.
-A Mental Prison can be a fortress of protection.
-Living free isn’t free – Freedom can be costly
Four Mental Prison Guards That Keep In Jail:
1. Tolerating unrighteousness certitude.
1 Cor 13:9 We know in part and we prophesy in part, but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears.
Jonah 2:8 Those who cling to worthless idols forfeit the grace that could be theirs.
Psalm 36:2 In their own eyes they flatter themselves too much to detect their own sin.
2. Mis-treating your opposition.
Matthew 5:44 Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.
1 Corinthians 13:4 Love is patient, kind and does not envy, boast, nor is proud. Love doesn’t dishonor others, is not self-seeking, is not easily angered, and it keeps no record of wrongs. Love always protects, hopes, and perseveres.
Amos 1:3 The people of Damascus have sinned, I will not let them go unpunished! They threshed my people with wheels having iron teeth.
1 Peter 3:7 Husbands live with your wives in an understanding way and show her honor as a fellow heir of the grace of life, so that your prayers will not be hindered.
3. Sanctioning self-righteousness.
Luke 18:9 Jesus told this parable to some people who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and viewed others with contempt:
1 Corinthians 4:4 My conscience is clear, but that does not make me innocent. It is the Lord who judges me.
4. Engaging entitlement.
Luke 17:8 So, when you do all the things which are commanded you, say, We are unworthy slaves; we have done only that which we ought to have done.
John 13:13 You call me "Teacher" and "Lord," and rightly so, for that is what I am. Now that I, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another's feet. I have set an example that you should do as I have done for you.