FEAR AND INSECURITY
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding” (Proverbs 3:5)
These killers fail the FAITH test: Am I trusting God more than anything else?
Fear and insecurity corrupt from the inside out… and can be difficult to discover because they masquerade as caution.
Fear forgets that God is bigger than our problems.
Insecurity forgets the infinite value we have as creations of the perfect God.
Fear can lead to over-control, saying, “Pain is so terrible, I must manage all possible risks”
Insecurity can lead to lobbying for respect/honor, saying, “Love me so maybe I’ll learn to love myself.”
- Interrupt fear by LETTING GO of your need to control.
- Interrupt insecurity by HOLDING ON to God’s promises.
ZEAL AND APATHY
“It is not good to have zeal without knowledge, nor to be hasty and miss the way.” (Proverbs 19:2)
“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” (Matthew 6:33)
These killers fail the PASSION test: Is God’s purpose my top priority?
Zeal and apathy work differently to achieve the same result: they force out joy and satisfaction.
Unchecked zeal forgets that God has a specific purpose for our leadership.
Apathy forgets that God’s calling in our lives has eternal consequences,
Unchecked zeal can lead to over-valuing motion over movement forward, activity over ministry. It says, “It’s good to be busy!”
Apathy leads to the pursuit of comfort at the expense of making necessary changes. It is an abuse of the Sabbath, saying, “I’ve done enough, let someone else do the work”
- Interrupt zeal the PURSUIT of knowledge, truth, and understanding.
- Interrupt apathy by DEVELOPING your conviction and ambition for God’s will to be done on earth.
TERRITORY AND HISTORY
“Who has ever given to God, that God should repay them? For from him and through him and for him are all things.” (Romans 11:35-36)
“Look at the nations and watch—and be utterly amazed. For I am going to do something in your days that you would not believe, even if you were told. (Habakkuk 1:5)
These killers fail the STEWARDSHIP test: Do I recognize that everything–even the future– belongs to God, even the future?
History and territory work together to block change and weaken teamwork.
Territory forgets that everything belongs to God.
History forgets that God is doing something new.
Territory can lead to loving possessions and power too much, saying, “This is mine, I’ve earned it! I am entitled!”
History can lead to loving the past too much, saying, “This is how we’ve always done it!”
- Interrupt territory through SURRENDERING everything within your control to God.
- Interrupt history through ANTICIPATION of the unexpected.
ARROGANCE AND INCOMPETENCE
“All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” (1 Peter 5:5)
“If the ax is dull and its edge unsharpened, more strength is needed, but skill will bring success.” Ecclesiastes 10:10)
These killers fail the HUMILITY test: Am I looking to the interest of others?
Arrogance and incompetence inject uncertainty into personal connections with an infection that destroys trust.
Arrogance forgets that glory belongs to God.
Incompetence forgets everyone has room for improvement.
Arrogance can lead to an unhealthy self-sufficiency, saying, “I don’t need anyone.”
Incompetence can lead to a lack of growth, saying, “My mistakes don’t matter.”
- Interrupt arrogance with HUMILITY and surrender
- Interrupt incompetence with personal GROWTH.
INDULGENCE AND IMPURITY.
“Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, and they are full of greed.” (Ephesians 4:19)
“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” (Proverbs 4:23)
These killers fail the HOLINESS test: Am I set apart to be used by God?
Indulgence and impurity dull and darken our ability to experience the joy God has for us.
Indulgence forgets that God has provided everything we need and calls us to contentment.
Impurity forgets that God has called us to live according to a higher standard.
Indulgence can lead to an erosion of contentment and restraint, saying “I must have it!”
Impurity can lead to insensitivity to the Spirit and says, “This isn’t the best for me, but it’s not the worst…”
- Interrupt indulgence with PRAYER and SELF CONTROL.
- Interrupt impurity with CONFESSION and accountability.