Motivated but not driven ~balance, priorities (Part 1)

Balancing Life’s Demands The Peace and Power of a Prioritized Life (Part 1)

By Chip Ingram and Living on the Edge

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But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to
you as well.
Matthew 6:33 (NIV)

Six Symptoms of Misplaced Priorities:
1. ____________ – The Activity Trap.
2. ___________ stress and pressure.
3. Low grade ______ ______ .
4. _________________ debt (Habakkuk 1:1-10).
5. – “Leakage” in your devotional life.
6. __________________ behavior.

{Audio mentions twin epistle but 1st consider order of priorities and what really works (not linearly or vertically)
John 4:13-14 picture a well.
Prov. 4:23
Ice cube trey illustration,  pour in top and let it flow through the ‘V’ into other compartments.
Over flow
Walk in The Spirit}

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Take a look in your Bible at
An Overview of Biblical Priorities:
“The Twin Epistles”
Colossians & Ephesians

God – 3:1-7 – 5:1-20
Mate – 3:18-19 – 5:21-33
Family – 3:20-21 – 6:1-4
Work – 3:22-4:1 – 6:5-9
Ministry – 4:2-6 – 6:10-20

Two Words Hold the Keys to Enjoying the Peace and Power
Of a Prioritized Life:
A. Your _______________________________
Psalm 90:10-12
10 The length of our days is seventy years – or eighty, if we have the strength; yet
their span is but trouble and sorrow, for they quickly pass, and we fly away. 11 Who
knows the power of your anger? For your wrath is as great as the fear that is due
you. 12 Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.
Psalm 90:10-12 (NIV)

Ephesians 5:15-17
15 Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men, but as wise, 16 making the
most of your time, because the days are evil. 17 So then do not be foolish, but
understand what the will of the Lord is.
Ephesians 5:15-17 (NASB)

1. Give your first and _____________ _____ to God.

2. 2PROAPT = 20 minutes a day
P- Pray
P- Preview
R- Read
O- Observe
A- Apply
P- Pray
T- Tell

3. New Christian = Mark (less than a chapter a day)
Older Christian = James (2-3 paragraph max. a day)

Two Words Hold the Keys to Enjoying the Peace and Power
Of a Prioritized Life:
(2nd word)
B. Your ___________________
Proverbs 3:9-10
9 Honor the LORD with your wealth, with the first fruits of all your crops; 10 then your
barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.
Proverbs 3:9-10 (NIV)

Four Commitments
1. _________________ the first portion of each paycheck to God.
2. _________________ your bills next.
3. _________________ on the rest.
4. ______ ____ of debt.

Discussion Questions:
1. What does the word “priority” mean? Why is it so important that we live a prioritized
2. What are some of the negative consequences of failing to live by God’s priorities?
Which of the six symptoms could you identify with most closely?
3. Whose “best interest” does God have in mind when He teaches us to live according
to Biblical priorities?
4. Why does our use of time and money most accurately reflect our real priorities?
5. Lasting change demands deep, prolonged thinking. When this week will you set
aside some significant time to think through and discuss your priorities with a close

This concludes Part 1 of “Balancing Life’s Demands”
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Copyright © 2011 Chip Ingram and Living on the Edge

In Christ,

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