1. The Struggle is Real
    Week 1
    Contentment
    Content = A state of peaceful happiness

    Discontent = Having a dissatisfaction with your circumstances

    Malcontent = Dissatisfaction that creates complaining or causes trouble

    Envy = Resenting God’s goodness in someone else’s life while ignoring it in your own.

    “Life is 10% what happens to you, and 90% how you respond.” -Chuck Swindoll

    Philippians 4:12-13 NIV I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 - I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

    3 Steps To Contentment

    1) Kill Comparisons

    2 Corinthians 10:12 NIV We do not dare to classify or compare ourselves with some who commend themselves. When they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are not wise.

    James 3:14-16 NIV But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. 15 - Such "wisdom" does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. 16 - For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.

    Exodus 20:17 KJV Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbor's.

    2) Celebrate Other Peoples Blessings

    3) Cultivate Gratitude

    Proverbs 15:15 NLT For the despondent, every day brings trouble; for the happy heart, life is a continual feast.

    Ecclesiastes 6:9 NLT Enjoy what you have rather than desiring what you don't have. Just dreaming about nice things is meaningless--like chasing the wind.

    Revelation 3:20 NLT “Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends.”

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  2. The Struggle is Real
    Week 2
    Relationships
    “A blessing is God using a human to impart His message and image of identity and destiny to the heart of another person.”

    “A curse is Satan using a human to impart his message and image of identity and destiny to the heart of another person.”

    Barak = To Bless

    To Bless = To kneel before someone.

    John 13:34-35 CSV “I give you a new command: Love one another. Just as I have loved you, you are also to love one another. 35 - By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

    Matthew 7:12 GNT The Golden Rule

    Do for others what you want them to do for you.

    Genesis 2:18 Douay-Rheims Bible And the Lord God said: It is not good for man to be alone: let us make him a help like unto himself.

    3 Ways Social Media Has Redefined Relationships

    1) The Term “Friend” Is Evolving

    2) We’ve Become Addicted To Immediate Affirmation

    3) It Gives Us The Power To Do Friendship On Our Own Terms

    Hebrews 10:24-25 NLT Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. 25 - And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.

    Matthew 18:20 CEV Whenever two or three of you come together in my name, I am there with you.

    2 Steps To Healthy Meaningful Relationships

    1) Be Present

    Romans 12:9-10 NLT Don't just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. 10 - Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other.

    2) Be Engaged

    1 Peter 4:8 NLT Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love covers a multitude of sins.

    Fomo = Fear of missing out

    1 John 3:18 NLT Dear children, let's not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions.

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  3. The Struggle is Real: Week 3

    Authenticity

    Exodus 34:34-35 NLT

    Then all the people of Israel approached him, and Moses gave them all the instructions the Lord had given him on Mount Sinai.
    33 When Moses finished speaking with them, he covered his face with a veil.
    34 But whenever he went into the Tent of Meeting to speak with the Lord, he would remove the veil until he came out again. Then he would give the people whatever instructions the Lord had given him,

    35 and the people of Israel would see the radiant glow of his face. So he would put the veil over his face until he returned to speak with the Lord.

    2 Corinthians 3:13-15 NLT

    13 - We are not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face to prevent the Israelites from seeing the end of what was passing away.

    14 - But their minds were made dull, for to this day the same veil remains when the old covenant is read. It has not been removed, because only in Christ is it taken away.

    15 - Even to this day when Moses is read, a veil covers their hearts.

    2 Corinthians 3:16-18 NLT

    16 - But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.

    17 - Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.

    18 - And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.

    2 Corinthians 3:15 NLT

    15 - Even to this day when Moses is read, a veil covers their hearts.

    Any Time a veil covers your face it’ll eventually cover your heart, inhibiting your ability to live in truth

    2 Corinthians 3:16 NLT

    16 - But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.

    How to Stay Authentic

    1) Constantly turn to Jesus.

    2 Corinthians 3:17-18 NLT

    17 - for the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.

    18 - So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image.”

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  5. The Struggle is Real
    Week 5
    Rest
    1 Corinthians 6:12 NIV “I have the right to do anything," you say - but not everything is beneficial. "I have the right to do anything" - but I will not be mastered by anything.

    Nomophobia = The fear of not being connected through a mobile device.

    Hebrews 4:9-11 NLT So there is a special rest still waiting for the people of God. 10 - For all who have entered into God’s rest have rested from their labors, just as God did after creating the world. 11 - So let us do our best to enter that rest. But if we disobey God, as the people of Israel did, we will fall.

    “God, You have made us for Yourself, and our soul is restless until it finds rest in You.” -St. Augustine

    Matthew 11:28-29 NLT Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 - Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

    2 Steps To Rest

    1) Be Still

    Psalm 46:10 NIV He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

    Psalm 131:2 BSB Surely I have stilled and quieted my soul; like a weaned child with his mother, like a weaned child is my soul within me.

    2) Listen

    Proverbs 13:16 TLB “A wise man thinks ahead, but a fool doesn’t and even brags about it!”

    Jeremiah 6:16 NIV This is what the LORD says: "Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls. But you said, 'We will not walk in it.'

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