Drama Free in 23: Part 2 - Where It Comes From

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January 08, 2023
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Bottom Line: Drama is a symptom of the heart.


James 4:1 NLT
1 What is causing the quarrels and fights among you? Don’t they come from the evil desires at war within you?

1. Drama between us is because of drama inside of us.

James 4:2 NLT

2 You want what you don’t have, so you scheme and kill to get it. You are jealous of what others have, but you can’t get it, so you fight and wage war to take it away from them. Yet you don’t have what you want because you don’t ask God for it.

2. When there is drama someone doesn't have what they want.

James 4:2 NLT

2 You want what you don’t have, so you scheme and kill to get it. You are jealous of what others have, but you can’t get it, so you fight and wage war to take it away from them. Yet you don’t have what you want because you don’t ask God for it.

3. I don't have what my heart wants because I don't ask.

James 4:3 NLT

3 And even when you ask, you don’t get it because your motives are all wrong—you want only what will give you pleasure.

4. Drama inside of me comes from wanting what I want instead of what God wants.

James 4:4 NLT

4 You adulterers! Don’t you realize that friendship with the world makes you an enemy of God? I say it again: If you want to be a friend of the world, you make yourself an enemy of God.

James 4:5 NLT
5 Do you think the Scriptures have no meaning? They say that God is passionate that the spirit he has placed within us should be faithful to him.

James 4:6 NLT
6 And he gives grace generously. As the Scriptures say,“God opposes the proudbut gives grace to the humble.”

5. Drama is starved when my heart wants nothing more than Jesus.
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START TALKING
When have you tried to treat a physical symptom only to find out that it wasn't really addressing the root problem? How was treating the symptom maybe even causing even more pain or prolonging the sickness?

When have you had a problem with something at your house or with your car or a project at work or at school, and everything you did to fix it didn't work because it wasn't actually addressing what was causing the problem?

START THINKING
Read just the first question in James 4:1. What would your natural and honest answer to that question be if you didn't know what the rest of this passage said? How do you think most people in your life would answer that question?

Now read the second question in James 4:1. Do you agree with the point James is making here? Why or why not? Do you think most people in your life would agree with this? Why or why not?

START SHARING
Read James 4:2. When have you experienced this truth - that drama is really the result of one or both people/parties in the drama not getting what they want?

Read the last sentence of James 4:2 and all of James 4:3. What does this teach you about prayer? How have you prayed with the wrong motives for most of your spiritual journey (like we all have!)?

How have you experienced that praying with the right motives aligns your heart with the will of God?

Share about "drama" that you have had with someone recently. As you step back and look at that situation, what were the desires that you and/or they had that weren't being met? What "scheme" was used to try to get it? Did you pray about it and if so how?

What was the real need beneath the surface that only Jesus can really meet?

START DOING
How can you step back from a dramatic relationship or situation or conflict in your life to see it how Jesus sees it? How can you address or focus on the heart rather than the symptom of drama?

How would handling drama like we have discussed open up the door for you to put Jesus on display and live on mission? How can you share your own story about how drama affected you before following Jesus versus how you approach it - or can approach it - now that you do follow Jesus?

START PRAYING
Pray for each other in the microchurch to trust Jesus first and foremost to fill all of their desires. Pray for each other to be reminded in moments of conflict and fighting that there is a heart issue that can be and needs to be addressed more than the behavior in the moment. Pray that as we all humble ourselves to be more like Jesus that he will get the glory and he will be what people see in each of us.
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MULTIPLICATION

Share spiritual/missional conversations you've had where you live, work, and play:
  - Who did you have a conversation with that took a spiritual/missional turn this week?
  - What questions did you ask to discover where God is at work in their life, even if they are not aware?
  - How were you able to share your story of life change or how you have experienced Jesus?
  - How can you be intentional this week with people where you live, work, and play to have spiritual/missional conversations if the opportunity arises?
  - Who in your life do you think could be disciple-able or open to spiritual/missional conversations?
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WHAT'S NEXT?

  - Discuss the next step for your micro church. When will we gather again, and which purpose will it fulfill (missions, fellowship/care, growth, worship, multiplication)?/giveback/giveback
  - Discuss the next step for your micro church. When will we gather again, and which purpose will it fulfill (missions, fellowship/care, growth, worship, multiplication)?

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