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4 Keys to Effective Confrontation - March 22, 2020

I, Nebuchadnezzar, was living comfortably at home. I was prosperous while living in my palace. One night I had a horrifying dream. The images and visions that flashed through my mind horrified me.

-Daniel 4:4-5

1.  Confrontation works much better with those I’ve  with.

Question to ask:  Have I   in a with the person I’m about to confront?

2. My goal for confronting must always be .

Question to ask: Am I confronting this person because I want to be or because I genuinely want them ?

Then Daniel, who was called Belteshazzar, was very quiet for a while, because his understanding of the dream frightened him. So the king said, “Belteshazzar, do not let the dream or its meaning make you afraid.” Then Belteshazzar answered, “My master, I wish the dream were about your enemies, and I wish its meaning were for those who are against you!

-Daniel 4:19

3. When I confront I must do so with an attitude of __________.

If someone is trapped in sin, you should gently and humbly lead that person back to the right path. But watch out, and don’t be tempted yourself.

-Galatians 6:1

Question to ask: Am I confronting with a heart of or with a heart of ?

“The stump and roots of the tree were left in the ground. This is to show that you will be king once again, after you learn that the God who rules from heaven is in control. King Nebuchadnezzar, please accept my advice. Stop sinning and do what is right. Break from your wicked past and be merciful to the poor. Perhaps then you will continue to prosper.”

-Daniel 4:26-27

4. I must provide to the person I’m confronting.

Question to ask: Am I confronting to provide ?

 

At that time my sanity returned to me. I was restored to the honor of my kingdom, and my splendor returned to me. My ministers and my nobles were seeking me out, and I was reinstated over my kingdom. I became even greater than before. Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and exalt and glorify the King of heaven, for all his deeds are right and his ways are just. He is able to bring down those who live in pride.

-Daniel 4:36-37

 

LIFE APPLICATION
To discuss during the week with your family or Life Group

1.     Do you lean into confrontation or shy away from it? Share a time you did confront someone. What happened? Do you have any experiences with someone confronting you in a bad way?

2.     Of the 4 keys Gilbert shared in this message, which do you struggle with the most? What will you do to improve in this area?

3.     What is your next step as a result of this message?