We have a tendecy to drift in our purpose, our passion, our relationships with each other, and in intimacy with God. The thing about drifting is that it happens gradually, until one day we look up, and we’re nowhere close to where we should have been. We begin to wonder, “Wow, how did I get here?”
You Do You
weekend in review
Our strongest desires are not actually our deepest desires.
Begin with some conversation, checking in on how people are doing. You can talk about whatever you’d like, but here are a few potential questions to get the conversation going.
- Do you consider yourself an impulsive person?
- What’s the difference between being impulsive versus spontaneous?
Select 3-4 questions from the list below to guide your discussion time.
- Read Jeremiah 17:9. What examples have you seen of this being true? How about within your own experiences?
- Mike stated, “Our strongest desires are not actually our deepest desires.” He was referring to our deep desire to connect with the One who made us. Why does that deeper desire satisfy us, keep us anchored, and enable us to walk in true freedom?
- Read Galatians 5:13-26. How can freely chasing the wrong things end up destroying our real freedom?
- Read Hebrews 4:15 and 1 Corinthians 10:12-13a. We all wrestle with something. Share, if you feel comfortable, what that is for you.
- Understanding what it is that snares us, and then being honest with oneself, with God, and a trusted friend is huge in standing up to temptation. Have you a story to tell of this process working in your life?
- Read Luke 4:13 and Matthew 6:13. It’s a daily battle. Mike noted that temptation is universal, relentless, and throws cheap shots. What can you do to strengthen yourself to face temptations coming your way?
- Jesus responded to the devil’s temptations with scripture. Read Matthew 4:10 and Matthew 4:7. Jesus recognized the lies because he had a deep relationship with the truth. He knew who he was and what he was here to do. Describe who you are in Christ. What do you want to do with your life spiritually?
- As you each spend time in prayer this week, ask God to show you more about the temptations you face and where they are coming from. Ask him for his help. Find scriptures that will fortify you. An easy way to do that is to search the topic online, tacking on the word “Bible” in your search. Encourage each other in these matters in your small group.
WRAP UP & PRAYER
Share prayer requests and spend time praying for each other.