Illusions Audio Download

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      Part 1 - Out of the Shadows (Jeff Henderson)
      To some extent, all of us spend our lives projecting an image that is contrary to who we really are on the inside. We hide behind illusions of what we want people to see about us. It’s often easier to lie about your marriage, your career, your finance, or your relationship with God than to deal with the messy reality of life. But living in the shadows can prevent us from experiencing the life-changing truth that Jesus came for the real you, not the fake you.

      Jesus came for the real you, not the fake you. God won’t be surprised or shocked with the parts of your life that you’ve been trying to keeping in the shadows. So what are the issues that God wants to deal with in your life?

      Scripture: Luke 7:37-38 — “When a woman who had lived a sinful life in that town learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee's house, she brought an alabaster jar of perfume, and as she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them.”


      1. What areas of your life would you prefer to leave in the shadows?

      2. Why is it easier to hide parts of our life behind illusions instead of dealing with the messy truth about us? What benefits are there to maintaining illusions? What damages are there to maintaining illusions?

      3. Read Luke 7:36-38. What are some possible reasons that this woman is drawn to Jesus?

      4. Who in your life allows you to be who you really are without having to leave any parts behind in the shadows? What does it mean to you that Jesus came for the real you, not the fake you?

      5. Why is denial or guilt an easy option when choosing to dealing with your brokenness and mess? When have you chosen to respond this way?

      6. What is keeping you from stepping out of the shadows and into the light?


      Part 2 - Self-Delusions (Jeff Henderson)
      We can sit in the comfort of our homes as we follow the downward spiral of celebrities in the media and think to ourselves, “Wow, that person is really messed up!” And in doing so, we can be deceived by the illusion of our own goodness. Yet when the truth of who you are meets the truth of who Jesus is, you discover the truth that sets you free. Free from the illusions of your life. Free to pursue God with confidence. Free to worship him out of the reality of who we really are.

      The tell-tale sign of whether you’re becoming a victim of the “illusion of your own goodness” is the amount of gratitude in your heart. How is your gratitude demonstrated in your relationship with God?

      Scripture: Luke 7:47 — “Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven as her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little.”


      1. In what situations are you likely to present a fake or masked version of yourself?

      2. What keeps us from realizing our own need for God? What do you feel like there is in your life for which you need forgiveness?

      3. Read Luke 7:41-47. What is keeping Simon from realizing his own need for forgiveness?

      4. The comparison game can blind us from our own mess by comparing our lives with those around us who are heading in a downward spiral. But who should we really be comparing ourselves to? How do we compare to Jesus?

      5. Why is it that the longer someone walks with Jesus, the less desperate they seem to become for Him? In what ways have you lost passion/desperation in your relationship with God?

      6. How can you renew your desperation and gratitude for Jesus?