What is a game show you think you would succeed on, and why?
Ask the Lord to help those in the group.
“Then Jesus went to Capernaum, a town in Galilee, and taught there in the synagogue every Sabbath day. There, too, the people were amazed at his teaching, for he spoke with authority. Once when he was in the synagogue, a man possessed by a demon—an evil spirit—began shouting at Jesus, ‘Go away! Why are you interfering with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God!’ Jesus cut him short. ‘Be quiet! Come out of the man,’ he ordered. At that, the demon threw the man to the floor as the crowd watched; then it came out of him without hurting him further” (Luke 4:31–35 NLT).
Fake news is on the minds of many people today. Truth is needed more than ever. Just as one ingredient can throw off a recipe, so can twisting and changing one truth prove disastrous. Jesus was amazing when He spoke. The authority with which He declared the truth was undeniable. He was not concerned with being politically correct but was very direct and truthful in everything He said. The first thing we all need in our lives is truth.
Have you found truth by knowing the Lord, or are you like Pilate, who philosophically asked, what is truth?
Next, we all need freedom. Just as Jesus freed the sick and demon tormented, He can free you from any substance or habit. If you are are tormented, Jesus wants to set you free.
Have you allowed the freedom only Christ can grant to define your life? Is there something that has attached itself to you that you would like to be free of?
Next, we all need healing. Jesus was asked by a leper if He was willing to heal him, and Jesus responded, “I am willing.”
Have you ever laid hands on someone to help them receive a healing? Share your experience with the group.
Finally, we all need purpose. Jesus showed Peter that his fishing business was not nearly as valuable as reaching souls. He filled Peter’s nets in minutes, until they were breaking with the catch.
Have you realized that your vocation is secondary to your purpose in God’s kingdom? Share with the group a time that you had a “Peter’s net” moment, when money and jobs took a backseat in your life.
God designed you to receive ministry in these four areas. Seek God when you need truth, freedom, healing, or purpose.
This week, make it a point to set no limits on God. No matter what the circumstance, recognize that God can drive it into the next universe without even lifting His little finger. Let “He is willing” be your focus.
Do you look forward to Daylight Saving Time, or do you dread it? Explain your answer.
Lord, manifest Your presence in our group tonight.
“And now I’m afraid that exactly as the Snake seduced Eve with his smooth patter, you are being lured away from the simple purity of your love for Christ” (2 Corinthians 11:3 MSG).
Have you ever lost something that mattered a great deal, like a passport or a wallet, or even a person? Today we are going to look at vital things you must never lose in your walk with God.
John 14:6 (NASB) reads: “Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.’” Remember, it is not your own ability but Christ’s that gives you access to the Father. Christ is the leader; without Him, you have no access.
Have you ever started to mistakenly feel sufficient in your own righteousness? What was the occasion, and what was the result?
John 15:5–6 (MSG) reads: “I am the Vine, you are the branches. When you’re joined with me and I with you, the relation intimate and organic, the harvest is sure to be abundant. Separated, you can’t produce a thing. Anyone who separates from me is deadwood, gathered up and thrown on the bonfire.” Your fellowship is directly tied to your spending time with the Lord in prayer. Remember, Christ is the rod, the vine; without Him, you have no fruit.
Many of us get distracted, and our connection with Christ in prayer suffers neglect. When was the last time the Holy Spirit reminded you to remain close to Jesus? What happened to get you off track?
John 3:14–15 (NASB) reads: “As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up; so that whoever believes will in Him have eternal life.” Without Jesus, the poison remains. Christ is the serpent; without Him, you have no healing.
Is there something in your life that needs the cross? Do you have an event, habit, unforgiveness, or a certain person that you need to bring to the cross?
Resubmit your life to the Lord this week. Let Him be your covering and connection. Without Him, you have no access and can achieve nothing.
Let the cross heal your life! Remember:
Look to the cross and receive healing from guilt, shame, striving, and bondage!
When is a time during the week that you can relax? What do you do in your down time?
Lord, teach us to see things through Your eyes.
“Moses gave the men these instructions as he sent them out to explore the land: ‘Go north through the Negev into the hill country. See what the land is like, and find out whether the people living there are strong or weak, few or many. See what kind of land they live in. Is it good or bad? Do their towns have walls, or are they unprotected like open camps? Is the soil fertile or poor? Are there many trees? Do your best to bring back samples of the crops you see.’ (It happened to be the season for harvesting the first ripe grapes.)” (Numbers 13:17–20 NLT).
We all view life, situations, challenges, and success through different lenses. How we see things affects our attitude. Our attitude in turn affects what we say. And what we say or confess has power to affect or change our outcome. Proverbs 18:21 (NIV) says, “The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” But it all starts with what we see.
The first thing to consider in how we see life is the contrast of a lens of conquest versus a lens of “can’t be done.” This has everything to do with attitude. Joshua and Caleb had a conquering attitude. Caleb, even at 80 years old, still had a conquering attitude. He said, “Give me this mountain.” The other 10 spies said, “The giants are too big. It can’t be done.” It’s very easy to look at a situation and say, “It can’t be done.” With God, however, all things are possible. We just have to have the right attitude.
Have you ever been discouraged about your life because you looked through the wrong glasses? Share with the group.
The second thing to consider is a lens of prosperity versus a lens of poverty. All the spies saw the land flowing with milk and honey and the huge grapes and pomegranates. This represents prosperity and abundance. Ten of the spies, however, because of a poverty mentality, thought it would be better to maintain their slave existence rather than face the risks of going into the Promised Land.
What helped you to change your mentality from a slave mentality to one of prosperity?
Third, we must consider a lens of faith versus a lens of frustration. Because of his faith, Caleb saw the giants as helpless prey. We must never allow ourselves to become frustrated by challenges, but rather see them as opportunities for the Lord to receive honor through our deliverance.
What faith challenge have you been bringing before the Lord?
Consider yourself like one of the spies. What report are you giving your loved ones and friends about the difficulties or challenges? Are you looking through God’s lens or the enemy’s lens?
No matter what you face this week, before you say or think it can’t be done, make it a point to adopt a positive and conquering attitude. Remember, bad reports spread negativity, doubt, and discouragement.
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