Sometimes believers fall into the trap of trying to bargain with God.
The 3rd message on David’s attempt to cover his sin of adultery and murder.
Prayer Point for the Week – Let us pray that we the Church will stay focused on Christ and His mission during the Christmas season.
Questions for Reflection:
In the text above, David intimates that he is thirsty and tired. In what possible ways was he experiencing fatigue? Can you remember a time in your life that you were either physically, mentally, emotionally or spiritually exhausted? How does this scripture help us to deal with the guilt that we might experience when we have a “crash?”
What is believed to be David’s circumstances at the writing of this Psalm? How do you think they contributed to his “crash?” What are some of the life experiences that can lead to crashes today? Which of these have you or someone close to you experienced? How did they leave you feeling? Do David’s words make this scripture relatable to you?
Have you ever felt guilty because you were emotionally/spiritually spent? Reread Psalm 63. Now read Isaiah 40:12. What does this tell us about commonality of experiencing a “crash?” How should we respond when we feel How should we respond when we sense feelings of condemnation over “crashes” coming upon us?
Fatigue is a common excuse people use to back off from worship and service. In the above text, why is this not acceptable? Have you ever used this excuse to neglect your relationship with God & your ministry? How much easier is it to make excuses once you begin the process?
What are some of the ways people deal with “crashes” on their own? On average, how effective are they? What does Isaiah 40:31 show us? What does it mean to wait? How often to you out this verse into practice when you feel spent?
Prayer Point for the Week – Let us pray that the Lord would give us the desire and humility to exercise the Lord’s authority in a godly way.
Questions for Reflection:
In Luke 15, one of the gifts the father gives the Prodigal son is a ring which grants him the authority of the father. What insight does Matthew 10:1 give us concerning the authority the Heavenly Father gives His children? What is the scope? Does that authority exist today?
Luke 10:17 shows the danger of pride when exercising spiritual authority. What character trait is essential in demonstrating God’s authority wisely? How does Luke 10:18-20 help us to cultivate this character trait? What are some other ways that we can achieve this?
Joseph and Daniel were two men who were used by God to do extraordinary things while remaining humble. How did their understanding of the nature of supernatural gifts keep them from pride? What can we learn from this?
In Acts 19, a group of non-believers tried to invoke the name of Jesus to exorcise demons. What happen to them? Why? What does that teach us about the relationship of self-will and supernatural gifts?
Inn Matthew 17, the disciples were unable to cast a demon out of a boy. Why were they unable? What does this show us about the relationship of faith with divine authority? What is Jesus’ remedy to weak faith?
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