Lesson 12 | Our coping mechanisms
Summary of key points
- A coping mechanism is how we adapt to stress, either consciously or unconsciously driven by our desire for control and comfort.
- Coping mechanisms rely on our flesh, not on the Holy Spirit.
- Coping mechanisms are formed in our subconscious minds overtime and become hardwired and instinctual. We need God’s help to overcome them so that we can follow God faithfully.
- To start, we need to recognise our subconscious emotions that drive us to cope in our own sinful ways (with 50 examples).
- Strong emotions can even trigger physical sensations in our bodies (with examples).
- To be free from our emotional triggers, we need to forgive those who have caused us emotional stress and learn to go to the Holy Spirit for wisdom, counsel, understanding, and comfort.
- God’s children do not cope with life’s stressors, we learn to conquer them with His help.
Group reflection questions
- What are your coping mechanisms?
- How have they kept you from relying on God?
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