by Brian Fletcher

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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) (1 of 2)
Series: Philippians
Brian Fletcher
Philippians 3:1-11

Intro: Description of OCD
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder characterized by unreasonable thoughts and fears (obsessions) that lead you to do repetitive behaviors (compulsions). With obsessive-compulsive disorder, you may realize that your obsessions aren't reasonable, and you may try to ignore them or stop them. But that only increases your distress and anxiety. Ultimately, you feel driven to perform compulsive acts in an effort to ease your stressful feelings.

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This passage in Philippians reveals a little known fact about the apostle Paul, he suffered from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Now, I realize I am the only person who has diagnosed Paul with this particular disorder so you may need to take my diagnosis with a grain of salt.

We all have a little bit of OCD in us though, don't we?
We wash our hands all the time
We check our email about 800 times a day
Concerned with dirt or germs
You know you have OCD when......the minute one of your children see you turn your head towards the back of the vehicle, they instantly say, ''Yes mom, we have our seatbelts on.''

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Here's how I want us to look at this passage. I want to look at some of Paul's obsessions
before he was converted
After he was converted
And how a little bit of obsession is not always a bad thing for us.

Paul BEFORE he was converted:
Lived for the law. He lived his entire life trying to please God by obeying the Law. Just take a look at how he describes himself:
- Circumcised on the eighth day
- Of the people of Israel
- Of the tribe of Benjamin,
- A Hebrew of Hebrews
- As to the Law, a Pharisee (the strictest religious sect, meaning he tried to obey every single solitary law there was)

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