Know Yourself That You May Know God
Topic: General Verse: 1 Samuel 17:1–17:58
Symptoms of a “False Self”
- I say yes when I really mean no.
- I get depressed when people are upset with me.
- I have a need to be approved by others to feel good about myself.
- I act nice on the outside, but inside “I can’t stand you!”
- I often remain silent in order to “keep the peace.”
- I believe that if I make mistakes, I myself am a failure.
- I criticize others in order to feel better about myself.
- I avoid looking weak or foolish for not having the answer.
- I have to be doing something exceptional to feel alive.
- I have to be needed to feel alive.
- I am fearful and can’t take risks.
- I do what others want so they don’t get mad at me.
- I use knowledge and competence to cover my feelings of inadequacy.
- I want my children to behave well so others will think I am a good parent.
- I compare myself a lot to other people.
Four Practical Principles to begin making the radical transition to living faithful to our true self in Christ:
1. Pay attention to your Interior in Silence and Solitude
2. Find Trusted Companions
3. Move out of your comfort zone
4. Pray for courage
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