1. Read Galatians 5:16-17 and discuss the wrestling match of our emotions. Who is this battle against? What are the strongholds that the enemy uses to keep us pinned down?
2. How did you see men and women in your life growing up show their emotions? Where do you fit along the continuum in how you show strong emotions? (verbal? demonstrative? action oriented? quiet?) Share an example of a recent anger in action. What factors can make you so mad that you do things you regret? 
3. Read Ephesians 4:26. What does non-sinful anger look like?  How does “don’t let the sun go down on your anger” work in a practical way? What makes that practice hard for you personally?
4. Considering Galatians 5:16, 17 and Romans 8:6-8, how do we use both our minds and emotions, which are gifts from God, and yet also live by the power of the Holy Spirit as He leads us?
5. In what ways do you and I fight with God and do so out of insecurity? Who or what do you tend to compare yourself to that fuels and reveals your pride? How does “knowing who you are in Christ” serve as an antidote to your pride?




1. Review the Samson story of Judges 14: Without naming them, think of a modern day Samson who is strong, spiritually dedicated person but has lost an important battle. What factors led to their downfall?

2. What do you believe are the strongest spiritual character qualities, the things that help you be the person you really want to be for God? What helps you build and maintain that strength of character? What erodes it?

3. Why do you think the lust attitude of “I want it” is so common in our world today? Among men? Among women? Where are you places you go or things you do that you’re able to justify but take you into the vicinity of sin?

4. If entitlement weakens us, what entitlement are you susceptible to? Who in your sphere of spiritual influence would you give permission to point out to you an entitlement attitude they see in you?

5. Pride is definitely a destroyer of warriors. What are your “I can handle it” areas or situations that you need accountability in so you don’t become weak in your battle? Where could pride show up in the strongest parts of your character personally? Are there any other areas you need to stay vigilant on?