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How To Get What You Really Want, Part 1: Careful What You Want For by Andy Stanley

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If what we want leads to a cycle of wanting more and more, maybe we want the wrong things. So, what do you want?

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We all have wants. Life can feel like a constant pursuit of those wants. We want to do what we want to do. We want constant pleasure. And we want what we want now. But actually getting what we want can be tricky . . . and even dangerous. It usually leaves us wanting more. If what we want leads to a cycle of wanting more and more, maybe we want the wrong things. So, what do you want?

"If we get what we want now, we may not get what we want later." — Andy Stanley

Lurking in the shadows of what we want is what we value. You’ll never get what you really want until you discover what you really value. Jesus challenged all of our assumptions about what is valuable and what is not. He pointed us toward a different kind of wanting. If you follow him, you’ll pursue what is of greatest value.

"You will never get what you really want until you discover what you really value." — Andy Stanley


Scripture: James 4:2b-3 — You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures. 

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How to Get What You Really Want, Part 1: Careful What You Want For

INTRODUCTION
We all have wants. Life can feel like a constant pursuit of those wants. We want to do what we want to do. We want constant pleasure. And we want what we want now. But actually getting what we want can be tricky . . . and even dangerous. It usually leaves us wanting more. If what we want leads to a cycle of wanting more and more, maybe we want the wrong things. So, what do you want?

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

  1. During the message, Andy asked the question, “What do you want?” What came to mind?

  2. Talk about a time when you had a seemingly innocent want give birth to a sin, habit, or regret.

  3. Where are you potentially getting in your own way of getting what you really want?

  4. Have you ever pursued something you wanted that conflicted with something you valued?

  5. What do you really want? What do you value? Which is most important to you?

MOVING FORWARD
Lurking in the shadows of what we want is what we value. You’ll never get what you really want until you discover what you really value. Jesus challenged all of our assumptions about what is valuable and what is not. He pointed us toward a different kind of wanting. If you follow him, you’ll pursue what is of greatest value.

CHANGING YOUR MIND

You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures. James 4:2b–3

Andy Stanley:
Communicator, author, and pastor Andy Stanley founded Atlanta-based North Point Ministries in 1995. Today, NPM is comprised of six churches in the Atlanta area and a network of 30 churches around the globe, collectively serving nearly 70,000 people weekly. As the host of Your Move with Andy Stanley, with over five million messages consumed each month through television and podcast, and the author of 20-plus books, including The New Rules for Love, Sex & Dating; Ask It; How to Be Rich; Deep & Wide; Visioneering; and Next Generation Leader, he is considered one of the most influential living pastors in America. Andy and his wife, Sandra, have three grown children and live near Atlanta.

 

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