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Hope for your home • Week four • November 29, 2020

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Galatians‬ ‭5:13, 16-25‭‭ ‭NIV‬‬

You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. 


So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. 


But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. 

The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. 


But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control…

Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.”

Desire is a gift from God, but gets hijacked by sin.

Proverbs‬ ‭13:4, 12‬ ‭NIV‬‬

“A sluggard’s appetite is never filled, but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied...

...Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.”


‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭19:2‬ ‭NIV‬‬

“Desire without knowledge is not good— how much more will hasty feet miss the way!”

Desire partners with the Spirit or it partners with the flesh.


‭‭Galatians‬ ‭5:16-17‬ ‭NIV‬‬

“So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want.”



Desire must be disciplined. Discipline is partnering with the Spirit, walking one step at a time.

Discipline is a path that leads to delight.


Psalms‬ ‭119:35‬ ‭NIV‬‬

“Direct me in the path of your commands, for there I find delight.”

Hope for your home requires discipline within your home.

Set limits, boundaries, and personal discipline in these areas:

  • Spending
  • Eating
  • Screen time
  • Silence
  • Rest
  • Children
  • Thoughts
  • Schedules

Eliminate the hustle of the holidays and embrace the holy in the season of Advent.

  1. God First
  2. Remove distractions
  3. Practice Gratitude

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‭‭Psalms‬ ‭37:3-8, 23-24‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. 

Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun. 

Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes. Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret—it leads only to evil….

...The Lord makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him; though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand.

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One Step at a Time. The holidays are often said to be the most wonderful time of the year. And in many respects, they can be. But sometimes the hustle of the holidays causes us to lose sight of the holy. When we choose to discipline our desires and walk in step with the Spirit, we find hope for our homes.


Connect with others & the Word.


  • What is one holiday treat you love?
  • Why do you think the holidays are so full of hustle and hustle?
  • Read Galatians 5:13-25. What do you notice in these verses? 
  • If we believe the wrong thing about freedom, will do the wrong things with our freedom. Can you think of any examples of how this is true?
  • Read Psalm 37:3-8, 23-24. What do you notice in these verses about living with discipline?
  • What is one area of your life that you feel you have good discipline? 
  • There are several areas within our home Pastor gave examples of that we need to define limits and boundaries. Which one do you need to develop discipline the most?
  • What is one thing from this message that resonated the most with you? Explain why.


Connect to Life Application. 


  • Participate in the Advent journey. Text “Advent’ to 620-604-9280.
  • Pick one area you want to grow in your discipline. Select one habit to start practicing each day to help you become disciplined in that area.
  • Search the word “discipline” in the YouVersion Bible App. Read through the scriptures.
  • Check out these resources ⏤ books: “Journey of Desire” & “Storm Tossed Family”, follow Dr. Caroline Leaf on social media, and parentcue.org and parentingonpurpose.org.
  • Study these Scriptures to explore this topic further: 1 Corinthians 13:4-8, John 15, Psalm 34:12-14, Psalm 145:16-19, Psalm 37, Matthew 11:28-30, John 8:44,


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