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Our intimacy with God – His highest priority for our lives – determines the impact of our lives. How have you been pursuing an intimate relationship with God in the last week, last month, last year?
Are you allowing your relationship with God to suffer …by not faithfully reading your Bible? …by not communicating with Him through prayer? …by excusing sin in your life? …by ignoring your oneness with Him?
Is there a barrier to your intimacy with God such as pride, rebellion, or you not taking time to devote to Him?
Requirements for an Intimate Relationship with God A Spiritual Focus. Relate to God on an emotional & spiritual level. Personal Involvement. The Holy Spirit lives within every believer, giving each one the ability to develop a personal friendship with Christ. Trust. Intimacy cannot exist without trust. If you refuse to surrender to and obey God, you can't expect to have an intimate relationship with Him. Love. Oneness with God must be motivated out of love, not duty. Openness and Transparency. Confess specific sins and shortcomings to the Lord. Be honest with Him, and intimacy will grow. Two-way Communication. Ask the Father to show you how to hear His guidance for your life, and set aside time to listen to Him. Time and Effort. You must devote yourself to knowing the Lord if you want to experience the fullness of friendship with Him.
Benefits of Intimacy with the Father Stability: In the midst of life's storms, a solid relationship with God is your anchor Security: God is always with you, ready to help in any situation or circumstance. Serenity: Intimacy gives you quietness and peace in your spirit, no matter what happens. Sensitivity: God will give you greater spiritual understanding and increased awareness.
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Obey God and leave all the consequences to Him. On what do you base the decisions you make in regards to the challenges in your life? Do you involve God in your decision making process?
Are you making decisions for quick self gratification? Consider not only materialism, but also your spiritual wellness along with relationships in your life.
A consequence is that which naturally follows a previous action. It is always unwise to ignore the consequences of your decisions. Consequences can be joyful, costly, regrettable and cause suffering. Are you considering the consequences of your decisions?
Do you trust God? If so, are you being obedient to Him?
The Requirements of Obedience: Believe that God is sovereign—He controls all things at all times (Ps. 103:19). Trust that He will work for our good in every situation and circumstance (Rom. 8:28). Love the Lord. The Bible says we show our love for Him by obeying His commands (1 John 5:3)—and not just when they are convenient and desirable. Listen to Him. When you pray, make time to hear what He has to say. Be courageous. Obeying God takes courage because following His will often leads to conflict. You must be willing to do what is right anyway. Fully surrender to Him.
The Results of Obedience: You will experience personal victory if you follow His will, even if the world does not consider you a success. (See Josh. 1:8.) Obedience leads to supernatural peace and joy in every circumstance. Spiritual growth and maturity results when believers continue to walk with God in the midst of suffering.
How have you been responding to the storms in your life?
What is your anchor in life?
Are you searching God’s Word during the storms of your life or are you looking for a “bail out?”
As storms arise.Is there an area of your life that isn’t pleasing to God? Cause us to Surrender to Him .Is the Lord trying to gain your focus? Purify us from Sin . .Is there something you aren’t surrendering? Conform us to His Image .Reflecting the Principle through Self Evaluation Life Principle #3
God’s Word is an immovable anchor in times of storm.Are you allowing Him to mold you into His image? Equip us to serve Him . .Are you surrendering your heart for purification
. Get our attention . do you investigate what God’s purpose may be for the storm? God’s purposes in storms: He wants to .
How does the Word of God anchor us in times of storm? It comforts us. Apply it to your own life first—not the life of someone else. and provision in our lives. God’s Word can’t encourage you unless you study it. It teaches us how the Father works. Believe what it says. You must be willing to obey it. power. 3:5-6). read the Book of Psalms. the stories of Israel’s rebellion help us avoid similar mistakes. Scripture assures us of the Lord’s presence. Study how He used adversity in the lives of biblical characters for a better understanding of how He may want to use our struggles. Think about the Lord’s promises and how He proved His faithfulness to believers in the past. In the middle of heartache and struggle. Reading about the saints teaches us how to make wise decisions. It is a compass for our lives (Prov. Doubting God’s promises will block His blessings for you.
How does the Bible work as an anchor? You must read it. You must meditate on it.. It reminds us of God’s promises. It gives us God’s viewpoint.
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Can you think of a time in your life where you knew without a doubt God was present and speaking to your heart?
When was the last time you felt God’s presence in a special way?
How do you define God’s presence in your life?
Are you in a position spiritually or have you allowed yourself to surrender to God in such a way that He is showing Himself to you in a very powerful way?
How are you blocking God’s Spirit from motivating you to live a godly life?
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The awareness of God’s presence energizes us for our work.
The Holy Spirit dwells in each believer from the moment of salvation. The Lord’s presence helps us see life from His viewpoint. we have supernatural peace and confidence in every situation. teach and reveal the meaning of Scripture. Being in the presence of the universe’s awesome Creator inspires us to make righteous choices. energizing. There is a direct relationship between the Spirit of God and the way God manifests Himself. Experiencing His presence reminds us of how He worked in the past.How does the presence of God energize us? We are motivated to live godly lives. informing or warning us. As we recall biblical examples of His faithfulness.
The Presence Of God The presence of God is the revealing of God by His Spirit to our spirit for the purpose of enabling. We gain His perspective.
. David knew Jehovah would defend His name and give him the victory against Goliath (1 Sam. God revealed to Elisha’s servant that angelic warriors outnumbered King Aram’s army (2 Kings 6:11-17). His presence empowers us to overcome challenges. 17:45-47). He enables us to be more Christ-like. we can’t fellowship with God or experience His power working through us. His purpose is to empower. Apart from the Holy Spirit.
With this knowledge.
Think of how God has shown Himself in your life before.Reflecting the Principle through Self Evaluation Life Principle #5
God does not require us to understand His will. what makes you not follow God’s will today? List them and present them to God in prayer for healing.
Do you argue with God and disobey His will through your actions?
. Has God ever told you to do something that looked totally unreasonable? How did you respond? Did you decide to do whatever He said regardless or were you disobedient and followed your own reason?
Where do you end up when you disobey God’s direction? Think of particular situations in your life. just obey it. even if it seems unreasonable.
take it as a sign that you don’t need to know yet. it’s easy to obey Him when faced with bigger decisions. but no one is insignificant in God’s eyes. He will never call you to something and then not enable you to do it.
How can you discover the will of God? Open His Word and start reading. Be patient. The Lord reveals His will in small areas and larger ones.How does the will of God work? The Father has a specific plan for your life. Wise people will advise you with wisdom from God’s Word. If the Father doesn’t answer you immediately. You may hear an answer quickly. Ask God to speak to your heart. When you submit to God’s will in daily choices.
. You may consider yourself unimportant. or it might take time before you are ready to hear His voice. He may be setting the stage for a future blessing. Listen to godly counsel. Watch how the Lord works through circumstances. The Spirit will lead you by bringing a passage of Scripture to your attention. He can speak to us through opportunities as well as obstacles. The Father has equipped you to fulfill your calling.
more than you sow. organizations) contribute to your godliness or do they pull you away?
What kind of influence are you living to be?
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You reap what you sow. co-workers. and later than you sow Do you take into consideration that every choice you make in life has a consequence?
Have you been deceiving yourself and mocking God by rebelling against Him?
Do your choices contribute to your spirit or to your flesh?
Do the people you are around (friends.
We must take advantage of the opportunity we have to serve God (Gal. Sowing to the Spirit is an act of faith. Over time. 6:23).
. 19-21).. integrity. and as such. and healthy relationships—that have permanent value. and destruction. Ultimately. Corruption—Decay. .Looking Deeper at Terms in Galatians 6:7-8 Flesh—The part of us that wants independence from God. just as a fatal disease slowly takes a life. 6:10). We call that the flesh (Gal. which the Lord heals and sanctifies as we follow Him. When we plant godly seeds. or watch immoral movies. Eternal—Long-lasting. 5:17. high quality. rebellion against God destroys a person. people might overemphasize their appearance. focus on becoming rich. Obeying God increases the Spirit’s influence in your life.
Do not miss the opportunity . sin leads to death (Rom. For instance. Sow to the flesh—Yielding to harmful cravings and sinful desires. it is possible only during our time on earth. a part of every person still wants to live independently from God. we will reap quality things—such as peace. Sow to the Spirit—To do things that please the Lord. ruin. Although the Spirit dwells within each believer.
Are you in adversity at the moment? What things have you been telling yourself about the longevity of this adversity?
How have you been responding to the adversity? Are you keeping your focus on God? Are you rebelling against God?
One of God’s purposes to allowing dark moments in our lives is to conform us to the likeness of Christ. Are your choices and actions in line with the likeness of Christ?
Romans 8:28 tells us that ALL things work for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose. Are you searching for God’s purpose in this time of darkness? Ask God: “How are You using this adversity for Your glory and my good?”
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The dark moments of our life will last only so long as is necessary for God to accomplish His purpose in us.
As you meditate on the Scriptures. If you set aside time for listening to Him. Read His Word and allow the Lord to speak to you. He desires to mold you and me so that our character mirrors the nature of Jesus: the way He thinks.
. 8:29). and forgives. The more you think Christ-like thoughts. and that rebellion only lengthens the duration of our trials. you will not overcome difficulty. In the middle of a dark time. God’s love for us does not eliminate pain. Unless you rely on Him. loves.God’s Purpose for Dark Times The Father’s primary purpose for adversity is to conform us to the likeness of Christ (Rom. But God loves you and will complete His plan for your life somehow—if you trust and obey Him. He will lead you through every situation you encounter.
How can you survive the dark moments of life? Trust God. it may look as if the adversity will never end. you will be training your mind to think as God does. But it does guarantee that He will use it for His glory and our good (Rom. the more you will act in a holy manner. the Lord teaches us to depend on His presence instead of relying on our own strength. We learn to trust that He will bring good out of our difficulty. 8:28). That means you must dedicate time to reading and studying His Word. and heartache. suffering. The Lord uses suffering to teach us to keep our focus on Him. Through hardship.
so He can execute all His power by spending time on my knees before Him? Am I going to fight my battle God’s way so He can bring about His purpose for my life.
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Fight all your battles on your knees and you win every time. Who is omnipotent. Do I want to win or lose the battle? Do I want to fight the battle in vain or do I want it to be profitable to the kingdom of God? Am I going to engage God. With each ask yourself. omniscient. What are the battles you have been dealing with in your life lately? How do you fight your battles? We are going to fight many battles. omnipresent.
Freely express your desires. Throughout Scripture. Expect Him to bring up other issues in your life. accomplishments.
. 40:31). sin will keep you from experiencing God's best and enjoying a close relationship with Him. Prayer connects us with the Holy Spirit and His power. Don’t put your trust in yourself and pursue relationships. Remember that in a battle. or possessions instead of a relationship with the Father. but don't expect God to take orders from you. Listen quietly. We can accomplish nothing for God apart from the Spirit's power. we are no longer battling on our own. there can only be one general. God's servants fall on their faces before the Lord. He acts on behalf of those who trust in Him (Isa. You will never know Him better unless you listen for His voice. Know that battles are God's tools. No one can help you more than the Sovereign of the universe (Ps. 103:19). The Holy Spirit dwells within Christians.
How can you fight your battles on your knees? Set aside time to be alone with God.Why should we fight our battles on our knees? It is the biblical pattern. Until you repent and surrender to the Lord. When we turn to the Lord.
What giants (big problems) are you facing in your life today?
How have you been demonstrating your trust in God in regards to this giant in your life?
What level of faith have you been declaring? “I know the Lord can do this.” “I know that He will do it – at least for some people. Your way to recover from this cycle of worry: Stop asking and start thanking Him. then you are not fully trusting God.
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Trusting God means looking beyond what we can see to what God sees.”
Are you asking God for something in your life and continue to worry about it? If so.
you will be able to see when and where God is at work. unforgiveness. Make sure your motives are pure. the facts. When you walk in this level of faith. Often when we approach the Lord in prayer. 4:6-7). Is your intention righteous or selfish? Focus on the Lord. We dwell on our emotions.What is required for life-changing faith? Purify your heart. Visualize the answer to your prayer. All three are enemies to effective faith. surrender. The world has taken the term “visualize” and twisted it.
. Walk in the light of the finished product. our concentration isn’t on Him. you will have an awesome sense of peace and contentment (Phil. Your part is to discover God’s will. I could visualize being pastor of First Baptist Atlanta long before they called me to lead the congregation. Even a small amount of sin—such as bitterness. Live as if it’s only a matter of time before your prayer is answered. and the opinions of others. After your heart is cleansed. Renew your mind. For example. But it can actually be a God-given tool to strengthen your faith. and wait on His timing. or pride—will hinder your fellowship with the Lord.
How can you know for sure that you’ve heard Him correctly? Ask yourself these questions: Is it consistent with the Word of God? Is it a wise decision? Can I honestly ask the Lord to help me achieve this? Do I have genuine peace about it? Does this decision fit who I am as a follower of Jesus? Does it fit the Lord’s overall plan for my life? Will this decision honor God?
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Stanley has always felt restless before major life changes. it’s wise to ask God. The influence of others: Others may comment that God wouldn’t expect you to make such a large sacrifice—and thereby discourage you from obeying. Circumstances: For a child of God. 119:105). and your decisions will become more Christ-like over time. Develop a godly conscience by saturating your mind with the Word of God. Godly counsel: Before taking advice. make sure the person counseling you leads a righteous life. “What do you think the Word of God says I should do?” Your conscience: It is the moral filter of your life. When this happens. there is no such thing as coincidence. Restless spirit: Dr. “What are You saying to me?”
What are some hindrances to discovering God’s will? Self-will: If you have already made up your mind. Ask. it will be difficult to hear what the Lord wants you to do. . Prayer: The Lord promises to guide us when we pray according to His will (1 John 5:14-15). Ignorance of God’s Word Doubt Unworthiness Busyness Fear Known Sin
.How can you discover God’s plan for you? The Bible: Apply scriptural truth so you won’t drift away from God’s will (Ps.
Review the Possible Causes of Unmet Needs listed on the other side of this card. What self dependency habits do you have which keep you from resting in the truth that God will supply all your needs? Write those habits down below.Reflecting the Principle through Self Evaluation Life Principle #11
God assumes full responsibility for our needs when we obey Him. Are any of these causes prevalent in your life?
even before we tell Him (Matt. This means our primary goal should be to honor the Lord. and you will find” (Matt. 6:8). We claim Scripture . We miss out on wonderful gifts because we refuse to wait on God. because the Father will not reward selfishness (James 4:3). Jesus told His followers to “seek first His kingdom and His righteousness. Philippians 4:19 says. you can’t expect to receive those things from Him. Don’t rush into something or try to pressure the Lord. We neglect to wait on God’s timing. 7:7). believe that you have received them. Our Savior promised. seek. and they will be granted you” (Mark 11:24). We should evaluate whether our request is a longing or a necessity. “Ask and it will be given to you. For example. Sometimes God will provide through people you don’t know or in ways you least expect. “All things for which you pray and ask. Sometimes the Lord will postpone answering our prayers until He can deal with an area of sin in our life. We aren’t open to the Lord’s methods. We don’t trust God.unless a disability prevents you from holding a job (2 Thess. 6:33).
. Remember that He knows what we lack.Possible Causes of Unmet Needs We confuse needs with wants.” This promise doesn’t apply to those who live in rebellion against Him. God will not do what you are equipped to accomplish yourself. When you constantly think about your need. then you can be confident that He will do it. But be sure your motives are pure. God seems smaller. Ask the Father to help you discern between desires and essentials. We don’t ask. Do you go to the Lord with your requests? If not. it becomes larger in your mind. and as a result. 3:7-10). you should work .but out of context. We fail to do our part. We lose focus. Don’t tell Him how to meet your need. and all these things will be added to you” (Matt. If God has confirmed He’ll meet your need. “My God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
Are you allowing yourself to wonder away from trusting the true characteristics of God?
True peace comes from God even in the midst of our circumstances. wisdom and love of God. Begin by rejoicing in the strength. then it’s time to evaluate your oneness with God. Are you submitting to God’s will and trusting in Him?
Peace in God is supernatural and depends of God’s unchanging characteristics.
We experience calmness beyond human comprehension when we submit to God’s will and trust Him to provide for our needs. Are you waiting on God to change the circumstances or are you claiming His true peace regardless the circumstances?
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Peace with God is the fruit of oneness with God Do you regularly experience disturbed sleep or quiet time with troubled thoughts? Does your soul need rest from these thoughts? If so. Reflect upon how He has been there for you in the past and renew yourself in His Scriptures.
God will cause all things to work together for our good (Romans 8:28). Jesus told His disciples. Transcendent peace rests on our agreement with God. we must hold on to our identity: children of God. you are in harmony with His Spirit. nor let it be fearful” (John 14:27).
Our Responsibility When we face situations that could cause turmoil. the Holy Spirit lives within you to make a godly life possible. Get your eyes off the source of disappointment and onto Him. not as the world gives do I give to you.
. and courage. and you will experience peace. When you submit your daily choices to the Lord. Do not let your heart be troubled. Remember that if you are a born-again believer. “My peace I give to you. We must stop dwelling on negative circumstances and renew our focus on the Father. Claim Jesus’ gift! The peace of God depends not on circumstances but on a personal relationship with Jesus. we can possess a quietness that gives us strength to withstand adversity. He said. If we cultivate an intimate relationship with Him. and you will know supernatural peace. Since we are His beloved sons and daughters. including peace (Galatians 5:22). contentment. His Spirit will bring us quietness. any believer can find inner calm. “In Me you may have peace” (John 16:33). security. The Helper produces all kinds of good fruit within believers.The Peace of God Regardless of the situation. The Father doesn’t promise us a trouble-free life.
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Listening to God is essential to walking with God. Passive listener may enjoy a sermon. are you expectantly listening for God’s guidance. always praying about the situation but never feeling God’s guidance or His peace? If so. applying it to your life and being steadfast?
Is there a true desire in your heart for guidance from the Lord? Or are you desiring to participate in the grace of God without experiencing the sacrifices He may be guiding you to make in obedience to Him?
. What type of listener are you? Do you purposefully listen to God or passively listen to God? Purposeful listener expects God to speak and applies what they have learned.
During your quiet prayer time with the Lord do you dominate the conversation or do you listen to Him?
Do you find yourself constantly unsettled about a particular area of your life. but has no intention on applying.
Watch for Him to guide you through open and closed doors.As you read God’s Word. Prayerful . anticipate Him speaking to you personally. Slowly and thoughtfully read a section over and over. friends. Read at least a small portion of Scripture each day.God promises to speak to us.On important decisions. Prayer is talking and listening to God.
What’s the appropriate “posture” of listening to God? Reflective . When life takes you by surprise. Pray. ask Him what He is doing. He will use pastors.Meditate on biblical passages. Patient . Be watchful.
. and at times even strangers to lead you. it’s sometimes necessary to pray for weeks before understanding what the Lord is saying. ask for His help in applying it. Expectant . Look for the Lord to reveal Himself to you through circumstances. and ask God to speak through it. Listen to the Holy Spirit. One of His jobs is to guide you by speaking to your spirit. He will never tell you something that contradicts His Word.How do we listen to God? Read the Bible. Just be careful to evaluate everything in the light of Scripture.Be willing to obey whatever the Lord tells you to do. Submissive . parents. family members. Expect Him to guide you through others.
What are ways that you get ahead of God’s work in your life?
Do you find yourself on a regular basis manipulating circumstances around you to get your own way?
Are you calmly accepting the Lord’s work in your life?
Do you feel like you are outside of God’s will and have missed out on His best? Has hurt. Are they prevalent because of impatient actions you have taken instead of waiting on the Lord?
Do you trust that God will accomplish what He promises?
.not our own agenda . consider the disappointment and hurt in your life. pressure and suffering been prevalent in your life? If so.Reflecting the Principle through Self Evaluation Life Principle #14
God acts on behalf of those who wait for Him.to guide our lives. One of the hardest things for us to surrender is our own timing allowing God’s timing .
which is simply the will to wait. Preparing us to impact others.
Why do we have to wait? God is… Arranging circumstances Purifying our motives. watch Him work. and reap the reward . Rather than act out of lust. or pride. You can manipulate circumstances.
It’s your choice. Those who rush ahead of the Father run into unexpected difficulties. or wait on Him. Waiting requires that we calmly accept the Lord’s work in our lives. If every prayer were answered immediately. We must listen for further instruction.What does it mean to wait on God? Resting in the Lord requires patience. instead of rushing ahead with our solution. we might never learn to trust God. and obedience. Some of us may have to surrender what seems like an immediate need and resist the temptation to set our own timeline. service. Teaching us to rely on Him. you can be an awesome testimony of the Lord’s faithfulness.
. Protecting us from unseen danger. greed. When you wait on God’s timing. walk away from God. Waiting on Him is purposeful anticipation that God will accomplish what He promises. we should be stirred by love.
Are you allowing any of the following to get in the way of the Lord teaching you to rely more on Him? Pride Ignorance Fear Worldly entanglements unhealthy relationships rebelliousness strongholds of Satan Ask the Lord to reveal to you how you are blocking Him using you to the fullest. What does God keep targeting in your life? Is it your self-reliance?
In what ways have you acted independent from God?
Is there are area of your life that you have not brought into submission to God’s will?
What part of your attitude has the Lord convicted you about lately .selfrighteousness.
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Brokenness is God’s requirement for maximum usefulness. self-reliance.
. We delay the fulfillment of God’s will in our lives. He does so out of love. Whether He allows difficulties to arise in our family. or health. We hurt those who are closest to us. We are “put on the shelf”—unused by the Lord and prevented from experiencing His blessings and future rewards. We limit what the Father can do through our gifts and talents. His ultimate purpose is that we become spiritually mature and effective for His kingdom.Why We Resist Brokenness Pride Ignorance Fear Unhealthy relationships Rebelliousness Strongholds of Satan. Worldly entanglements
Consequences of Resisting Brokenness We hinder our relationship with the Lord.
We are only as useful to God as we are obedient to Him. finances.
So we participate in sinful acts with others because we want their companionship. and turn back to God. Come to your senses.For example.
. Our heavenly Father can bring restoration. Let Him demonstrate His amazing mercy in a personal way. we desire companionship. Or maybe the fires of sin have burned in a less visible way. Is the immediate gratification of your transgression against God so enjoyable that you have no desire to obey God? Has your life been reduced to ashes? Perhaps the devastation is obvious to everyone. leaving mostly internal damage. What do you desire? Are these desires for things that bring only momentary fulfillment and immediate gratification? Are you rebelling against God to fulfill this desire? Even if the desire is pure. admit you have wandered away from His will. no matter how severe the destruction is.Reflecting the Principle through Self Evaluation Life Principle #16
Whatever you acquire outside of God’s will eventually turns to ashes. sometimes we rebel to obtain the desire.
Why do we disobey God’s will for our lives? Satan encourages us to focus on immediate desires. Spiritually speaking. nothing is left but ashes—insubstantial fragments of what was. their wrongdoings will eventually destroy them. When a house burns down. 11:25). ashes are the remains of disobedience and rebellion. We fail to consider the consequences of wrong choices. But unless they turn from it. Sin may look appealing. Disobedience is pleasurable in some ways.
God warns us that what we acquire outside of His will turns to ashes.God may allow us to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a little while. Why is rebellion enjoyable? It momentarily fulfills a desire. but it leads to destruction (see Numbers 32:23). for a short time (Heb. The fact that sin is forbidden can increase its appeal. People may be able to cover up the external consequences of sin. We forget about the blessings we already enjoy.
. Transgression typically offers immediate gratification.
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We stand tallest and strongest on our knees. do you find yourself turning to prayer or are you relying on yourself? Review the back of this card then ask yourself: Do my actions and application of God’s Word show that I recognize God as sovereign of the universe? Am I hindering my prayers by not confessing sin in my life? Am I still relying on myself instead of God’s awesome power? Do I make myself available for God to use? Have I acquired God’s vision or am I trying to make my own vision work in my life?
. Take a moment to evaluate the following: How active is your prayer life? When conflicts come into our life.
Be available for God to use you. Acquire God’s vision and direction. God delights in using your weaknesses to teach you how to rely on Him. As humans.” Our heavenly Father never ceases to be ruler & master of the universe. He will never call you to do something that you can’t accomplish through His power and strength. Recognize your inadequacy. Experience the Holy Spirit’s enabling power. We should approach Him with reverence and awe. Scripture teaches that the Lord won’t hear our prayers if we’re holding onto un-confessed sin (Ps. God wants you to look at your. “The Lord has established His throne in the heavens. we all fall short of His absolute holiness. Confess sin. and His sovereignty rules over all. Recognize that God is holy.
. 66:18). He hasn’t made a mistake. What’s on your heart? Surrender every dream/goal to the heavenly Father. When the Lord tells you to do something. In the power of the Spirit. Some prayers will never be answered unless we take an active role in their fulfillment. you have the ability to do whatever He asks.How should we pray? Recognize that God is the Sovereign of the Universe. Psalm 103:19 says.self as He does—as someone with potential. In fact. Purity of heart and the power of God are connected. & watch what He will do in & through you.
we are never victims of our circumstances. Read Paul’s pep talk to all Christians in Romans 8:31-39. Think about how these feelings have caused you to have an uneasy spirit. write down or ponder your true feelings of how you have felt like a victim. How are you going to submit to the Holy Spirit to allow Jesus’ strength to help you conquer your circumstances?
. Write down how you can begin claiming these truths in your life so that you may live as a conqueror instead of a victim of your circumstances. Have you felt like a victim of the circumstances in your life? If so.Reflecting the Principle through Self Evaluation Life Principle #18
As children of a sovereign God. Then think about the following: Have I allowed these feelings to interfere with my trusting God and my relationship with Him? Take a moment to look up the word sovereign and write down in your own words what it means to you to have a sovereign God as the Lord of your life.
He is the Sovereign of the universe. We can have confidence that the Lord will work through adversity. Our heavenly Father promises to provide for our basic needs (Matt. Be more patient in times of adversity. You and I are able to face difficulty because we know and can rely on the One who is in charge. Because the sovereign Lord is our provider. Experience freedom from worry. We can be confident that suffering will end one way or another .He will either bring us through the adversity or take us home to be with Him. 6:25-33). That means when we lack something. Have an increased sense of gratitude.
.What rewarding truths are connected with the sovereignty of God? We can: Live with greater trust in the Lord. Our requests are not met simply by chance. we can have confidence that every need will be satisfied. He promised never to leave or forsake us (Heb. Anticipate God’s work in our lives. but according to His goodness and fatherly care. 13:5). God must be working good through that situation.
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Anything you hold too tightly. If you are wondering how you can tell if you are holding on to someone or something too tightly. you will lose. then ask yourself the following questions in regards to the person or item you cherish:
Am I being disobedient to the Lord? Am I rejecting the Lord's commands for my life? Am I seeking this relationship or item in my life on a regular basis. money or service to the Lord? Do most of the decisions I make in my life revolve around this person or item? Do I feel the Holy Spirit convicting me at this moment that I am serving this person or item instead of serving the Lord?
. sometimes causing me to deny time.
4. Begin by recognizing that God is not first in your life.What do people hold too tightly? Relationships Goals and dreams The past Wrong ideas and perceptions Timing Possessions Old hurts
How can you release your grip? 1. Then ask Him. and He will help you arrange all other priorities. or person?”
2. or energy do I put towards this item. Let Jesus be first. Acknowledge that you devote more time and energy to something other than the Lord.
. Decide to put everything in its proper place. “How much of my time. position.
. energy and other resources) so that you will not allow discouragement to overcome you. Has God's answer to a prayer in your life been something that you did not hope for?
In what way have you responded to this disappointment in your life?
Do you feel like this response is one that shows you trust God?
Write down ways that you can reorganize your life (time. Commit to these ways during your prayer life and walk with Christ.Reflecting the Principle through Self Evaluation Life Principle #20
Disappointments are inevitable. discouragement is a choice.
God has the ability to rescue you from harmful attitudes.The Consequences of Discouragement Divided attention Placing blame Anger and depression Estrangement Loss of confidence Negative spirit Unwise decisions Spiritual drift
The Cure for Discouragement Pursue a relationship with the Father. Ask. Responding correctly to discouragement involves several things. He can turn adversity into something good. Ask God to reveal the best response to difficulty. evaluate your use of time. Look within yourself. Believe that He is in control (Ps. Don’t dwell on hurtful things in the past. Why am I discouraged? Look up.
. 103:19). Resolve to trust God. and other resources. Look back. Make sure you’re doing the right things in the right way. In other words. loves you. think about God’s faithfulness to deliver you. Instead. and will never leave you (Heb. Reorganize your life. Rest. You will be amazed at the difference a positive attitude makes. Focus on what the Lord is doing now in your life. Physical and emotional exhaustion often lead to discouragement. energy. Resist discouragement. Look ahead. 13:5). Be encouraged by what He has planned for the future.
. how has your environment done this? Ponder ways you can change your environment so that you may be more productive and obedient to God? Ask God to reveal to you ways of changing. How would you describe a blessing in your life?
In what ways has God blessed you through your obedience?
In what ways have you been struggling to be obedient to God?
Do you recognize missed blessings from your disobedience?
Our environment (everyday life habits and routines) many times sets us up for being disobedient to God.Reflecting the Principle through Self Evaluation Life Principle #21
Obedience always brings blessing.
Suffering before Blessing Often.
God’s Purposes for Our Suffering To bring us to the end of ourselves so we rely on Him. but suffering. However. Perhaps He will use suffering to draw you closer to Himself. We shouldn’t assume that difficulty means we’ve made a mistake or that He has abandoned us. To demonstrate His faithfulness to His children. To deepen our understanding of His ways. if you walk in His will.” (2 Tim.Certainly he was blessed to do so. they have been blessed by being recognized as important leaders. Paul recognized in his “fight” that his faith allowed him to “finish the race. can you expect His blessings? Yes. To prevent pride. Or He may use it to remove from your life those things that hinder fruitfulness for Him. the first effect of obedience is not blessing. But remember that His choice of blessing may be different from yours. Take into consideration Moses and Paul who both followed God and encountered suffering. To remove idols from our lives. No matter what. what God requires of us will initially lead to pain and sadness.
If you obey God. Sometimes. 4:7) .
. He will bless you in surprising ways.
Do you feel a peace in your heart about the way you have responded to the Spirit’s promptings. If not. pray about how you can yield.
. rather than by following the leadership of God’s Holy Spirit?
When was the last time you felt the Holy Spirit’s promptings?
How did you respond? Did you ignore Him because you were unsure about where He was directing you?
Did He challenge your beliefs or was He moving you to change your course?
We must stay yielded to the Holy Spirit and trust that He will guide us.Reflecting the Principle through Self Evaluation Life Principle #22
To walk in the Spirit is to obey the initial promptings of the Spirit. Think about your answers to the above questions. Are you trying to live the Christian life in your own strength and wisdom.
the wise man or woman will obey the Spirit’s voice . Other times. Delayed obedience is disobedience. However. 8:11) Reveals the Lord’s plans for us (Rom. 7-8) Gives power. 8:26) Seals our salvation (Eph. 8:15-16) Equips us with spiritual gifts (1 Cor. sensitive to His voice.
. When the Spirit speaks to your heart. and obedient to Him. 12:4. including the future.He knows all things. 8:14) Assures us that we are children of God (Rom. especially for evangelism (Acts 1:7-8) Intercedes for us (Rom. and judgment (John 16:8-13) Guides us into all truth (John 16:13) Glorifies Christ (John 16:14) Dwells within every believer (Rom. and His guidance is always for our benefit. 1:13)
What does it mean to walk in the Spirit? This phrase means to live each moment dependent on the Holy Spirit. obey immediately. Sometimes it will become clear why the Holy Spirit directs us one way and not another. we may never know why.What does the Holy Spirit do in our lives? Teaches and reminds us of what we’ve learned (John 14:26) Seeks to testify about Jesus rather than Himself (John 15:26) Convicts us of sin. righteousness.
How would you describe your trust in God based off of this fact?
. but hesitant to obey Him with the gifts He has given to you?
The way we handle our finances displays how we trust God.Reflecting the Principle through Self Evaluation Life Principle #23
You can never out give God How do you make financial decisions in your life?
Are your financial decisions based on your balance sheet or on your obedience to God?
Are you eager to receive God’s blessings.
God promises to provide for us.
. To provide for the needs of others: we should share food and clothing with the needy but above all. we are to remember that humanity’s biggest need is for the gospel. In other words. 1:5-7).Why should we give? To provide for His work: giving supports the work of the gospel. we demonstrate His kindness to the world. So if Christians don’t have the basic things they need. not only locally but also around the world. disobedience has consequences. To honor God: as we give to others.
What is God’s plan for giving to us? God’s greatest blessings come to those who live obediently before Him. which can include financial struggles (see Hag.
God provides for His children. To prove His faithfulness: when we are generous givers. they should prayerfully evaluate their lives.
. Are you worried that you are not doing enough to deserve a relationship with God?
What is distracting you from following God?
What would you say is creating a yoke of bondage on you that shouldn’t be there?
The God who saved you can teach you how to live for Him.Reflecting the Principle through Self Evaluation Life Principle #24
To live the Christian life is to allow Jesus to live His life in and through us. Ask Him to teach you how to allow Jesus to live His life through you.
What is troubling your heart today?
What concern is consuming you with fear and doubt?
Think of the distractions that have been troubling you and keeping you from allowing Jesus to live His life through you. and you will miss the blessings of the abundant life that God planned for you. then you’ll continue being distracted by issues that were never yours to worry about.How will you live out Life Principle 24? Everything that concerns you is Christ’s responsibility to care for rather than yours. Submit these distractions to God and ask Him to show you how to overcome them in your life.
. If you don’t allow Jesus to take care of the concerns of your life. .
It is important that you realize the following . Your job is to simply obey Him. .