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How To Get What You Really Want, Part 2: Don't Be Deceived by Andy Stanley

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We’ll never get what we really want until we discover what is of most value. But how do we avoid being deceived by our short-term desires?

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We’ll never get what we really want until we discover what is of most value. But choosing what’s valuable isn’t natural. We’ve all had the experience of getting what we naturally want, only to discover it’s not what is most valuable—it’s not what we ultimately want. But how do we avoid being deceived by our short-term desires?

"Most of us do not know what we REALLY want because we are so distracted by what we want." — Andy Stanley

What we naturally want is rarely what we ultimately want. Think about how you would answer the questions Andy posed at the end of the message:

  1. What do I really want?
  2. What’s dragging me away?
  3. How long do I plan to let what I naturally want drag me away from what I ultimately want?

"What we naturally want is often in conflict with what we ultimately want." — Andy Stanley


Scripture: James 1:14-16 — 14 but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. 15 Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death. 16 Donʼt be deceived, my dear brothers and sisters. 

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How to Get What You Really Want, Part 2: Don't Be Deceived

INTRODUCTION
We’ll never get what we really want until we discover what is of most value. But choosing what’s valuable isn’t natural. We’ve all had the experience of getting what we naturally want, only to discover it’s not what is most valuable—it’s not what we ultimately want. But how do we avoid being deceived by our short-term desires?

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

  1. Read Romans 7:15–19. Growing up, how was the internal battle between right and wrong explained to you? What terms did your parents use to describe that internal conflict?

  2. How do you define that internal conflict now? What terms do you use as an adult?

  3. During the message, Andy said, “We’ve all gotten what we naturally wanted and ended up with the very thing we didn’t ultimately want.” Does anything come to mind?

  4. What are some reasons it’s difficult for us to prioritize what we really want ahead of our immediate desires?

  5. Read James 1:14. Think about a time you were dragged away by desire. It’s obvious what we are dragged toward, but what were you dragged away from?

  6. Read James 1:15. Have you ever had a dream, relationship, or opportunity die because you were dragged away by something you wanted?

MOVING FORWARD

What we naturally want is rarely what we ultimately want. Think about how you would answer the questions Andy posed at the end of the message:

  1. What do I really want?
  2. What’s dragging me away?
  3. How long do I plan to let what I naturally want drag me away from what I ultimately want?

CHANGING YOUR MIND

Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death. Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers and sisters. James 1:15–16

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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