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Unmasked - Aug 19 & 20

Unmasked

Pastor Scot Anderson

“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10 (NIV)

“‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”” Mark 12:30-31 (NIV)

"Don't try to be somebody else, become who you were destined to be." - Scot Anderson


CONTINUE THE CONVERSATION THIS WEEK...

  1. The purpose of a mask is to cover something. As humans we cover the things we don’t like about ourselves. How can you begin to identify the things about yourself that you are covering?
  2. You are God’s handiwork; you have special gifts and abilities. How God created you also reflects who He is. What is your favorite quality of God? Share with the group how you also have that quality.
  3. What is something God has called you to do? How can you connect that calling to a quality you love about yourself?
  4. When you love yourself you take better care of yourself. What is one way can you can practice self-love this week?
  5. We are priceless to God. He sacrificed His son Jesus to die for our sin. There is nothing that can happen to us or that we can do to change that. How does knowing God’s love for you is unconditional help you love yourself and others?

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To Hell and Back (A Love Story) - August 12 & 13

To Hell and Back (A Love Story)

Pastor Rick & Shelley Long

4 types of suffering we faced:

·      Natural forces.

“… for then you are working out of your true selves, your God-created selves. This is what God does. He gives his best—the sun to warm and the rain to nourish—to everyone, regardless: the good and bad, the nice and nasty.” Matthew 5:45 (MSG)

·      Hateful people.

“Do you know where your fights and arguments come from? They come from the selfish desires that make war inside you. 2 You want things, but you do not have them. So you are ready to kill and are jealous of other people. But you still cannot get what you want. So you argue and fight. You do not get what you want because you do not ask God.” James 4:1-2 (ICB)

·      Satan’s attacks.

“Control yourselves and be careful! The devil is your enemy. And he goes around like a roaring lion looking for someone to eat. Refuse to give in to the devil. Stand strong in your faith. You know that your Christian brothers and sisters all over the world are having the same sufferings you have.” 1 Peter 5:8-9 (ICB)

·      Selfish decisions.

”We must not be proud. We must not make trouble with each other. And we must not be jealous of each other.” Galatians 5:26 (ICB)

God’s path back to love:

“If you think you are standing firm you had better be careful that you do not fall.  Every test that you have experienced is the kind that normally comes to people. But God keeps his promise, and he will not allow you to be tested beyond your power to remain firm; at the time you are put to the test, he will give you the strength to endure it, and so provide you with a way out.” 1 Corinthians 10:12-13 (GNB)

1.    Pursue humility more than knowledge.

“If you think you are standing firm you had better be careful that you do not fall.” 1 Corinthians 10:12 (GNB)

“Don't do anything from selfish ambition or from a cheap desire to boast, but be humble toward one another, always considering others better than yourselves.  And look out for one another's interests, not just for your own. The attitude you should have is the one that Christ Jesus had: He always had the nature of God, but he did not think that by force he should try to remain equal with God.  Instead of this, of his own free will he gave up all he had, and took the nature of a servant. He became like a human being and appeared in human likeness. He was humble and walked the path of obedience all the way to death his death on the cross.  For this reason God raised him to the highest place above and gave him the name that is greater than any other name.  And so, in honor of the name of Jesus all beings in heaven, on earth, and in the world below will fall on their knees, and all will openly proclaim that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:3-11 (GNB)

2.    Look at how common my problems really are.

“No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man.” 1 Corinthians 10:13a (ESV)

“I've told you all this so that trusting me, you will be unshakable and assured, deeply at peace. In this godless world, you will continue to experience difficulties. But take heart! I've conquered the world.” John 16:33 (MSG)

3.    Acknowledge God’s promise to limit the intensity of my problems.

“He will not let you be tempted more than you can stand.” 1 Corinthians 10:13b (ICB)

“Trust the Lord with all your heart. Don’t depend on your own understanding.  Remember the Lord in everything you do. And he will give you success.” Proverbs 3:5-6 (ICB)

4.    Never forget God has a way out.

“But when you are tempted, God will also give you a way to escape that temptation.” 1 Corinthians 10:13c (ICB)

“For God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son. God gave his Son so that whoever believes in him may not be lost, but have eternal life. 17 God did not send his Son into the world to judge the world guilty, but to save the world through him.” John 3:16-17 (ICB)


CONTINUE THE CONVERSATION DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

  1. How did your action step (small step of faith) go last week? What did you learn about God through it? If you didn’t follow through, why not?
  2. What does humility mean to you? How can you personally grow in your humility?  
  3. How does knowing your problems are more common than you think help you overcome them? Share an example.  
  4. God promises to never let your problems be more than you can handle with His help. Looking back, how have you seen God give you a way out when things looked bad?
  5. What are you going through right now that you are trusting in God’s promises that He will help you get through it? Share how the rest of the group can partner with you in prayer.1. 

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"I AM _______." - August 5 & 6

JEHOVAH–RAPHA.  THE LORD OUR HEALER.

“Praise the LORD, my soul, and forget not all his benefits— who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases…” Psalm 103:2-3 NIV

“So Moses brought Israel from the Red Sea; then they went out into the Wilderness of Shur. And they went three days in the wilderness and found no water. Now when they came to Marah, they could not drink the waters of Marah, for they were bitter. Therefore the name of it was called Marah. And the people complained against Moses, saying, “What shall we drink?” So he cried out to the LORD, and the LORD showed him a tree. When he cast it into the waters, the waters were made sweet. There He made a statute and an ordinance for them, and there He tested them, and said, “If you diligently heed the voice of the LORD your God and do what is right in His sight, give ear to His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have brought on the Egyptians. For I am the LORD who heals you.”” Exodus 15:22-26 NKJV

HAVE YOU EVER GOTTEN BITTER WHEN THINGS DIDN’T GO YOUR WAY?

“Look after each other so that none of you fails to receive the grace of God. Watch out that no poisonous root of bitterness grows up to trouble you, corrupting many.” Hebrews 12:15 NLT

For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things.” Matthew 12:34b-35 NKJV

“A merry heart does good, like medicine, But a broken spirit dries the bones.” Proverbs 17:22 NKJV

THE PROBLEM: GOD PROMISES TO BE OUR HEALER, BUT WE OFTEN EXPECT IT TO HAPPEN A CERTAIN WAY.

·      NAAMAN: 2 KINGS 5:1-19

“But Naaman became furious, and went away and said, “Indeed, I said to myself, ‘He will surely come out to me, and stand and call on the name of the LORD his God, and wave his hand over the place, and heal the leprosy.’”” 2 Kings 5:11 NKJV

·      LAZARUS: JOHN 11:1-43

“Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.”” John 11:22 NKJV

·       THE SICK MAN

“When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, “Do you want to be made well?” The sick man answered Him, “Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; but while I am coming, another steps down before me.”” John 5:6-7 NKJV

HOW CAN I GET TO KNOW GOD AS MY HEALER BETTER?

1)    BUILD A TREASURE OF GOD’S HEALING NATURE IN YOUR HEART

“So, faith comes from listening, but it’s listening by means of Christ’s message.” Romans 10:17 CEB

“Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.” Isaiah 53:4-5 NIV

“This fulfilled the word of the Lord through the prophet Isaiah, who said, “He took our sicknesses and removed our diseases.”” Matthew 8:17 NLT

“For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it.” Hebrews 4:2 NKJV

2)    CONFESS YOUR FAITH IN GOD’S PROMISES

“Let’s hold on to the confession of our hope without wavering, because the one who made the promises is reliable.” Hebrews 10:23 CEB

“So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God. For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.”” Mark 11:22-23 NKJV

“God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did…” Romans 4:17b NKJV

3)    STEP OUT AND ACT ON YOUR FAITH

“In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.” James 2:17  NIV

“You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did.” James 2:22 NIV

“Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms. Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” James 5:13-16 NKJV

EIGHT WAYS GOD HEALS IN SCRIPTURE

  • PRAYER OF FAITH. James 5:13-16
  • BELIEVERS LAYING ON OF HANDS. Mark 16:18
  • ANOINTING WITH OIL. James 5:13-16
  • PRAISE AND WORSHIP. 1 Samuel 16:23
  • REJOICING. Proverbs 17:22
  • COMMUNION AND REPENTANCE. 1 Corinthians 11:28-30
  • SPECIAL MIRACLES. Acts 16:11-12
  • GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT. 1 Corinthians 12: 7-11

CONTINUE THE CONVERSATION DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

  1. Share an example of when things didn’t go your way. What was your response?
  2. How can you relate to Naaman, Lazarus or the sick man? Share how you identify with that character and story and what you learned.
  3. What is one practical way you can “build a treasure of God’s healing nature in your heart” this week?
  4. What is one way you can begin to “confess your faith in God’s promises” and make it a habit?
  5. The Bible clearly teaches us that faith and actions go together. What is an action (small step of faith) you want to take this week that will draw you closer to knowing God as your healer? This week pray for the other people in your group and their commitments to add action to their faith as they grow closer to God.

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"I AM ______." - July 29 & 30

"I AM _____." GETTING TO KNOW GOD

JEHOVAH–SHAMMAH. THE LORD IS PRESENT.

“... and the name of the city from that day shall be: THE LORD IS THERE.” Ezekiel 48:35b NKJV

“This, then, is how you should pray: ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.’” Matthew 6:9-10 NIV

HOW CAN I KNOW FOR SURE GOD IS WITH ME?

· HIS PROMISE

“… And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:20b  NLT

“For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we may boldly say: “The LORD is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?”” Hebrews 13:5b-6 NKJV

· HIS PRESENCE

 “Moses said to the LORD, “You have been telling me, ‘Lead these people,’ but you have not let me know whom you will send with me. You have said, ‘I know you by name and you have found favor with me.’ If you are pleased with me, teach me your ways so I may know you and continue to find favor with you. Remember that this nation is your people.” The LORD replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” Then Moses said to him, “If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here.”” Exodus 33:12-15 NIV

“And he said, “Please, show me Your glory.” Then He said, “I will make all My goodness pass before you, and I will proclaim the name of the LORD before you. I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.” But He said, “You cannot see My face; for no man shall see Me, and live.” And the LORD said, “Here is a place by Me, and you shall stand on the rock. So it shall be, while My glory passes by, that I will put you in the cleft of the rock, and will cover you with My hand while I pass by. Then I will take away My hand, and you shall see My back; but My face shall not be seen.”” Exodus 33:18-23 NKJV

WHAT SHOULD I DO WHEN I DON’T SENSE GOD IS NEAR? 

1)    WALK BY FAITH AND BELIEVE GOD’S PROMISE

“For we walk by faith, not by sight.” 2 Corinthians 5:7 NKJV

“For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.” Hebrews 4:12 NLT

“For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe. But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.” Hebrews 5:13-14 NKJV

2) LOOK FOR GOD IN THE HARD PLACES

“Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have spoken to you.” Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, “Surely the LORD is in this place, and I did not know it.” And he was afraid and said, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven!” Then Jacob rose early in the morning, and took the stone that he had put at his head, set it up as a pillar, and poured oil on top of it. And he called the name of that place Bethel; but the name of that city had been Luz previously. Then Jacob made a vow, saying, “If God will be with me, and keep me in this way that I am going, and give me bread to eat and clothing to put on, so that I come back to my father’s house in peace, then the LORD shall be my God. And this stone which I have set as a pillar shall be God’s house, and of all that You give me I will surely give a tenth to You.”” Genesis 28:15-22 NKJV

3) PRACTICE GOD’S PRESENCE

“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.” Romans 8:14 NKJV

“The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God…” Romans 8:16 NKJV

4) SOMETIMES GOD IS PRESENT BUT SEEMS DISTANT BECAUSE WE ARE IN A TEST

“Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you…” 1 Peter 4:12 NKJV

“The LORD was with Joseph, and he was a successful man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian.” Genesis 39:2 NKJV

“Then Joseph’s master took him and put him into the prison, a place where the king’s prisoners were confined. And he was there in the prison. But the LORD was with Joseph and showed him mercy, and He gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison.” Genesis 39:20-21 NKJV

5) SOMETIMES GOD IS PRESENT BUT SEEMS DISTANT BECAUSE WE GRIEVE HIS SPIRIT

“And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.” Ephesians 4:30 NIV


SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

1.    God promises that He will always be with you. How can you acknowledge His presence as you begin your small group gathering?

2.    How can you look for God in the hard places? How does this help you?

3.    In Exodus 33:12-15 God calls Moses to lead His people. In his insecurity, Moses asks who will go with him and God reassures Moses that He will be by Moses’ side. How can you relate to Moses?

4.    How does knowing God as Jehovah-Shammah help you step out in faith?

5.    If you haven’t already, would you like to ask Jesus to forgive your sins and be the leader of your life? Or would you like to recommit your life to Jesus? Pray this simple prayer:

      “Dear God, Thank you for sending Jesus to die on the cross for me. I ask that you forgive me of my past and mistakes. I invite you to come into my life and lead me from this day forward. I want to receive the free gift of salvation and incredible life that you have for me. Surround me with people who will encourage me and point me to you. Thank you for always being with me no matter what. Amen.”

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"I AM _____." - July 22 & 23

"I AM ____." - GETTING TO KNOW GOD

JEHOVAH-RAAH THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD

“The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the LORD Forever.” Psalms 23:1-6 NKJV

“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep. But a hireling, he who is not the shepherd, one who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees; and the wolf catches the sheep and scatters them. The hireling flees because he is a hireling and does not care about the sheep.” John 10:11-13 NKJV

1)    THE LORD AS MY SHEPHERD GATHERS ME.

“For thus says the Lord GOD: “Indeed I Myself will search for My sheep and seek them out. As a shepherd seeks out his flock on the day he is among his scattered sheep, so will I seek out My sheep and deliver them from all the places where they were scattered on a cloudy and dark day...”” Ezekiel 34:11-12 NKJV

2)    THE LORD AS MY SHEPHERD PROVIDES FOR ME.

“The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.” Psalms 23:1NKJV

“Delight yourself also in the LORD, And He shall give you the desires of your heart.” Psalms 37:4 NKJV

“One thing I have desired of the LORD, That will I seek: That I may dwell in the house of the LORD All the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the LORD, And to inquire in His temple.” Psalms 27:4 NKJV

“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” Matthew 6:33 NKJV

3)    THE LORD AS MY SHEPHERD RESTORES ME.

“He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul.” Psalms 23:2 NKJV

“Be still, and know that I am God…” Psalms 46:10a NKJV

“Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, And uphold me by Your generous Spirit.” Psalms 51:12 NKJV

4)    THE LORD AS MY SHEPHERD LEADS ME.

“He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake." Psalms 23:3 NKJV

“There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death.” Proverbs 14:12 NKJV

“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.” John 10:27 NKJV

5)    THE LORD AS MY SHEPHERD PROTECTS ME.

“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil…” Psalms 23:4-5a  NKJV

“T’warn’t me, 'twas the Lord. I always told Him, I trust you. I don't know where to go or what to do, but I expect you to lead me.’ And HE always did” – Harriet Tubman

“Your words were found, and I ate them, And Your word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart...” Jeremiah 15:16a NKJV

6)    THE LORD AS MY SHEPHERD BLESSES ME.

“You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the LORD Forever.” Psalms 23:5b-6 NKJV


SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

  • How did God "gather" you? What brought you to Capital Christian or this small group? Why do you keep coming?
  • What ways do you allow the Lord to lead you? How do you recognize His voice?
  • How have you experienced God's protection in a situation where you had no control?
  • What is a circumstance or situation in your life where you have wandered off on your own? How would things be different if you were following God's voice instead?
  • What is an area of your life that you need restoration? Consider sharing so that your small group can pray for you at the end of this gathering and throughout this week.

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"I AM ______." - July 15 & 16

"I AM _____." Getting to Know God

JEHOVAH -SHALOM THE LORD IS PEACE

“Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord…” 2 Peter 1:2 NKJVp

“My people are being destroyed because they don’t know me…”  Hosea 4:6a NLT

THE BACK GROUND

“… another generation grew up who knew neither the LORD nor what he had done for Israel. Then the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the LORD and served the Baals. They forsook the LORD, the God of their ancestors…” Judges 2:10b-12a NIV

“But the wicked are like the troubled sea, When it cannot rest, Whose waters cast up mire and dirt. “There is no peace,” Says my God, “for the wicked.”” Isaiah 57:20-21 NKJV

“The angel of the LORD came and sat down under the oak in Ophrah that belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, where his son Gideon was threshing wheat in a winepress to keep it from the Midianites. When the angel of the LORD appeared to Gideon, he said, “The LORD is with you, mighty warrior.” “Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon replied, “but if the LORD is with us, why has all this happened to us? Where are all his wonders that our ancestors told us about when they said, ‘Did not the LORD bring us up out of Egypt?’ But now the LORD has abandoned us and given us into the hand of Midian.” The LORD turned to him and said, “Go in the strength you have and save Israel out of Midian’s hand. Am I not sending you?” “Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon replied, “but how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family.” The LORD answered, “I will be with you, and you will strike down all the Midianites, leaving none alive.”” Judges 6:11-16 NIV

“Then Gideon understood he had been talking to the angel of the LORD. So Gideon cried out, “Lord G OD! I have seen the angel of the LORD face to face!” But the LORD said to Gideon, “Calm down! Don’t be afraid! You will not die!” So Gideon built an altar there to worship the LORD and named it The LORD Is Peace.” Judges 6:22-24a NCV

HOW CAN I GET TO KNOW THE GOD OF PEACE BETTER?

1)    BY PUTTING YOUR TRUST IN CHRIST

“Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,”.  Romans 5:1 NKJV                                          

“… and through him to reconcile to himself all things, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.” Colossians 1:20 NIV

"Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” John 14:27 NKJV

“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 NKJV

2)    BY LOVING GOD’S WORD

“Great peace have those who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble.” Psalm 119:165 NIV

3)    BY KEEPING WORSHIP (NOT PAIN AVOIDANCE) YOUR FOCUS

“You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You.” Isaiah 26:3 NKJV

“So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace.” Romans 8:6 NLT

4)    BY HAVING A PRAYER LIFE

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7 NKJV

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” Matthew 11:28-30 MSG

5)    BY BEING EASY TO GET ALONG WITH

“… endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” Ephesians 4:3 NKJV

“And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.” Colossians 3:15 NKJV


SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

  • When was a time you were stressed and anxious, but looking back on it now you can see that God had you covered all along? How does the revelation of seeing how God provided impact how you will perceive future situations?
  • Re-read Isaiah 26:3. What are some things you think about that steal the Peace of God from you? How can you think about them differently?
  • Share a time when you experienced God as Jehovah-Shalom.
  • How can a being in community help you experience and understand God as Jehovah-Shalom?
  • In what area do you need the Peace of Jehovah-Shalom in your life? Consider sharing so others in your group can be in prayer for you this week.

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"I AM _____." July 8 & 9

I AM. GETTING TO KNOW GOD.

“Let them praise the name of the LORD, For His name alone is exalted; His glory is above the earth and heaven.”   Psalms 148:13 NKJV

“In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name.” Matthew 6:9 NKJV

I AM JEHOVAH – JIREH. THE LORD WHO SEES AND WILL PROVIDE.

“Now it came to pass after these things that God tested Abraham, and said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” Then He said, “Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.””  Genesis 22:1-2 NKJV

“Then they came to the place of which God had told him. And Abraham built an altar there and placed the wood in order; and he bound Isaac his son and laid him on the altar, upon the wood. And Abraham stretched out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. But the Angel of the LORD called to him from heaven and said, “Abraham, Abraham!” So he said, “Here I am.” And He said, “Do not lay your hand on the lad, or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me.” Then Abraham lifted his eyes and looked, and there behind him was a ram caught in a thicket by its horns. So Abraham went and took the ram, and offered it up for a burnt offering instead of his son. And Abraham called the name of the place, The- LORD -Will-Provide;…..””Genesis 22:9-14 NKJV

THE REVELATION OF JEHOVAH – JIREH COMES WITH OBEDIENCE

“Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires.” Psalms 37:4 NLT

1)    GOD LOVES TO BLESS YOU

““So don’t be afraid, little flock. For it gives your Father great happiness to give you the Kingdom.”  Luke 12:32 NLT

“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.”  James 1:17 NIV

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ,”. Ephesians 1:3 NKJV

“He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?”  Romans 8:32 NKJV

“And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19 NKJV

2)    SOMETIMES GOD’S BLESSING COMES WITH A TEST

“For we walk by faith, not by sight.” II Corinthians 5:7 NKJV

“My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.” James 1:2-4 NKJV

“Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.” Matthew 6:21 NLT

“Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the best part of everything you produce. Then he will fill your barns with grain, and your vats will overflow with good wine.”  Proverbs 3:9-10 NLT

QUESTIONS TO CONSIDER

·       WHERE IN MY LIFE DO I NEED GOD’S PROVISION?

·      IS THE ANY PLACE IN MY LIFE I AM WAITING ON GOD TO PROVIDE BUT I AM NOT BEING OBEDIENT TO HIS MOST BASIC COMMANDS?

·      AM I ASKING GOD TO PROVIDE WISDOM AND GUIDANCE BUT NOT READING AND STUDYING HIS WORD?

·      DO I NEED PROVISION BUT NOT TITHING AND LIVING GENEROUSLY?

·      AM I SHOWING RESPECT AND HONOR TO THOSE IN AUTHORITY  

·       IS THERE SOMEONE I NEED TO FORGIVE?

·      AM I SHOWING LOVE AND GENEROSITY TO THE PEOPLE HE IS ASKING ME TO?

3)    GOD’S BLESSINGS COME WITH RESPONSIBILITY

 ““And you shall remember the LORD your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.” Deuteronomy 8:18 NKJV

“Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy. Let them do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share,” I Timothy 6:17-18 NKJV

4)    THOSE WILLING TO PART WITH ANYTHING FOR GOD WILL HAVE IT MADE UP WITH UNSPEAKABLE  BLESSINGS

“Then the Angel of the LORD called to Abraham a second time out of heaven, and said: “By Myself I have sworn, says the LORD, because you have done this thing, and have not withheld your son, your only son — blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply your descendants as the stars of the heaven and as the sand which is on the seashore...”” Genesis 22:15-18 NKJV

So Jesus answered and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My sake and the gospel’s, who shall not receive a hundredfold now in this time—houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions—and in the age to come, eternal life.”   Mark 10:29- 30 NKJV

“Once I was young, and now I am old. Yet I have never seen the godly abandoned or their children begging for bread.”  Psalms 37:25 NLT

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"I AM ____." July 1 & 2

I AM JEHOVAH NISSI
THE LORD YOUR BANNER

 

“Now Amalek came and fought with Israel in Rephidim. And Moses said to Joshua, “Choose us some men and go out, fight with Amalek. Tomorrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the rod of God in my hand.” So Joshua did as Moses said to him, and fought with Amalek. And Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill. And so it was, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed; and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed. But Moses’ hands became heavy; so they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it. And Aaron and Hur supported his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun. So Joshua defeated Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword. Then the LORD said to Moses, “Write this for a memorial in the book and recount it in the hearing of Joshua, that I will utterly blot out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven.” And Moses built an altar and called its name, The- LORD -Is-My-Banner;”. Exodus

DON’T GIVE UP YOUR WORSHIP

DON’T GIVE UP YOUR COMMUNITY

DON’T GIVE UP YOUR MINISTRY 

JEHOVAH NISSI REVEALS 

1. THE LORD WANTS US TO LIVE UNDER HIS BANNER

“He brought me to the banqueting house, And his banner over me was love.”

“We will rejoice in your salvation, And in the name of our God we will set up our banners! May the LORD fulfill all your petitions.”  Psalms

THE LORDWANTS TO BE LIFTED UP IN WORSHIP

“And when I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw everyone to myself.””

WHEN GOD IS LIFTED UP IN WORSHIPIT RELEASES HIS POWER

“Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants You have ordained strength, Because of Your enemies, That You may silence the enemy and the avenger.”  Psalms

“...When the enemy comes in like a flood, The Spirit of the LORD will lift up a standard against him.”   Isaiah

“O our God, will You not judge them? For we have no power against this great multitude that is coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are upon You.””

“Now when they began to sing and to praise, the LORD set ambushes against the people of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah; and they were defeated. For the people of Ammon and Moab stood up against the inhabitants of Mount Seir to utterly kill and destroy them. And when they had made an end of the inhabitants of Seir, they helped to destroy one another. So when Judah came to a place overlooking the wilderness, they looked toward the multitude; and there were their dead bodies, fallen on the earth. No one had escaped. When Jehoshaphat and his people came to take away their spoil, they found among them an abundance of valuables on the dead bodies, and precious jewelry, which they stripped off for themselves, more than they could carry away; and they were three days gathering the spoil because there was so much. And on the fourth day they assembled in the Valley of Berachah, for there they blessed the LORD; therefore the name of that place was called The Valley of Berachah until this day. Then they returned, every man of Judah and Jerusalem, with Jehoshaphat in front of them, to go back to Jerusalem with joy, for the LORD had made them rejoice over their enemies.”    II Chronicles

THE LORDWANTS US TO LIVE IN COMMUNITYWITH OTHER BELIEVERS

“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones God’s messengers! How often I have wanted to gather your children together as a hen protects her chicks beneath her wings, but you wouldn’t let me.”    Luke

A father of the fatherless, a defender of widows, Is God in His holy habitation. God sets the solitary in families; He brings out those who are bound into prosperity; But the rebellious dwell in a dry land.”   Psalms

“Assuredly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. “Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.””  Matthew

“The LORD their God will save them in that day, As the flock of His people. For they shall be like the jewels of a crown, Lifted like a banner over His land—”. Zechariah

 

 

 

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"I AM ____." - JUNE 24 & 25

GETTING TO KNOW GOD

“My people are being destroyed because they don’t know me…” Hosea 4:6a NLT

“You Samaritans know very little about the one you worship…” John 4:22 NLT

GOD WANTS US TO GET A REVELATION OF WHO HE IS

“When Jesus came into the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, saying, “Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?” So they said, “Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”

He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.

And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”” Matthew 16:13-19 NKJV

CASE STUDY: THEY DON’T KNOW ME

“And God spoke to Moses and said to him: “I am the LORD. I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, as God Almighty, but by My name LORD I was not known to them.”” Exodus 6:2-3 NKJV

• GENESIS 1   HE IS ELOHIM. GOD THE CREATOR

• GENESIS 2   HE IS JEHOVAH- ELOHIM. LORD GOD

      I AM NEAR.    I AM PRESENT.    I AM ACCESSIBLE.

• GENESIS 17   HE IS JEHOVAH- EL SHADDAI. ALMIGHTY GOD

“Therefore say to the children of Israel: ‘I am the LORD; I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, I will rescue you from their bondage, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great judgments. I will take you as My people, and I will be your God. Then you shall know that I am the LORD your God who brings you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians. And I will bring you into the land which I swore to give to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; and I will give it to you as a heritage: I am the LORD.’ So Moses spoke thus to the children of Israel; but they did not heed Moses, because of anguish of spirit and cruel bondage.” Exodus 6:6-9 NKJV

“So all the congregation lifted up their voices and cried, and the people wept that night. And all the children of Israel complained against Moses and Aaron, and the whole congregation said to them, “If only we had died in the land of Egypt! Or if only we had died in this wilderness! Why has the LORD brought us to this land to fall by the sword, that our wives and children should become victims? Would it not be better for us to return to Egypt?”” Numbers 14:1-3 NKJV

“The LORD hates us; so he brought us out of Egypt to deliver us into the hands of the Amorites to destroy us.” Deuteronomy 1:27 NIV

THE REVELATION THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL MISSED

•  I SEE YOUR OPPRESSION.

“And the LORD said: “I have surely seen the oppression of My people who are in Egypt, and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters, for I know their sorrows.” Exodus 3:7 NKJV

•  I HEAR YOUR GROANS.

“Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.” Romans 8:26 NKJV

•  I KNOW YOUR SORROWS.

“For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:15-16 NKJV

•  I WILL BE I AM. 

“God replied to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM. Say this to the people of Israel: I AM has sent me to you.”” Exodus 3:14 NLT

I AM ABBA FATHER.

“For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.”” Romans 8:15 NKJV

“… God is love.” 1 John 4:8b NIV

 “I have manifested Your name to the men whom You have given Me out of the world…” John 17:6 NKJV

“Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep through Your name those whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We are.” John 17:11 NKJV

“And I have declared to them Your name, and will declare it, that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them.” John 17:26 NKJV

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"I AM ____." - June 17 & 18

"I AM ____." GETTING TO KNOW GOD

“Draw near to God and He will draw near to you…” James 4:8a NKJV

GOD WANTS US TO KNOW HIM SO WE CAN WORSHIP HIM BETTER

 “You Samaritans know very little about the one you worship…” John 4:22a NLT

“Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.” John 4:23-24 NIV

KNOW: TO GAZE WITH WIDE OPEN EYES AT SOMETHING REMARKABLE OR AMAZING

“It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings.” Proverbs 25:2 NIV

“Then Jesus called a little child to Him, set him in the midst of them, and said, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.’” Matthew 18:1-4 NKJV

GOD WANTS TO REVEAL HIMSELF TO YOU

“Then Moses said, ‘I will now turn aside and see this great sight, why the bush does not burn.’ So when the LORD saw that he turned aside to look, God called to him from the midst of the bush and said, ‘Moses, Moses!’ And he said, ‘Here I am.’” Exodus 3:2-4 NKJV

‘Then Moses said to God, “Indeed, when I come to the children of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they say to me, ‘What is His name?’ what shall I say to them?” And God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And He said, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’” Moreover God said to Moses, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel: ‘The LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you. This is My name forever, and this is My memorial to all generations.’”’ Exodus 3:13-15 NKJV

Jehovah- Tsidkenu, Lord is our Righteousness

Jehovah- M’Kaddesh, Lord who Sanctifies

Jehovah- Shalom, Lord our Peace

Jehovah- Shammah, Lord is There

Jehovah –Rapha, Lord our Healer

Jehovah – Jireh, Lord Sees and Provides

Jehovah – Nissi, Lord our Banner

Jehovah – Ra’ah, Lord our Shepherd

1) OUR FATHER WANTS TO REVEAL HIMSELF IN CREATION

“So he answered and said, “’You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind’.” Luke 10:27a NKJV

“Science without religion is lame and religion without science is blind.” - Albert Einstein

“I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well.” Psalm 139:14 NKJV

 “Ever since the creation of the world, God’s invisible qualities—God’s eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, because they are understood through the things God has made. So humans are without excuse.” Romans 1:20 CEB

2) OUR FATHER WANTS TO REVEAL HIMSELF THROUGH HIS WORD

“And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:13 NKJV

“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15 KJV

3) OUR FATHER WANTS TO REVEAL HIMSELF THROUGH JESUS

‘“If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.” Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.” Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?”’ John 14:7-9 NIV

“God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son,” Hebrews 1:1-2 NKJV

“My people are being destroyed because they don’t know me...”  Hosea 4:6 NLT

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