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Key Thought:

God is with you whether you are in the desert or in the promised land.


Key Quote

“The real problem is we’ve made people big and God small.” - Pastor Bil Cornelius



Start talking. Find a conversation starter for your group.
  • What are your top 3 favorite movies?
  • What’s the hottest temperature you’ve ever felt? Where were you?
  • What are three characteristics that make someone a good friend?
  • Who is your celebrity crush?



Start thinking. Ask a thoughtful question.
  • What can you tell about someone from their social media?
  • Why do you think God will sometimes lead us into a desert? How does He use this experience to teach us more about life with Him?
  • Why shouldn’t we trust people in open rebellion to God?
  • Who has the biggest influence on your behavior?



Start sharing. Choose questions that create openness.
  • Do you have a friend who influences you negatively? How about positively?
  • When people around you start mocking others, do you join in or steer the conversation in a different direction? Remember God has called you to be a leader.
  • Have you ever had a prompting that you knew came from God? Tell us about it.
  • Read Luke 6:45. Through the lens of this verse, what state is your heart in?



Start praying. Be bold, and pray with power.

Dear Jesus, thank you for your faithfulness. Even when we are in a desert or no opportunities seem to be coming our way, you are with us and for that we’re ever grateful. In your name we pray, Amen.



Start doing. Commit to a step and live it out this week.
  • What we consume eventually comes out, which is why what we see and listen to is so important. Take a serious look at your entertainment choices & discuss with the group. Do they honor God? If you feel a prompting to make some changes, choose to do that starting today.
  • We often have short-term memory when it comes to the faithfulness of God. Make a list of ways God has been faithful and refer to that list daily for reminders of His love.
  • “Show us your friends. We’ll show you your future.” It may be time to end the toxic relationships in your life right now. Tell the group about any relationships you have that you’re unsure of, then run these relationships through the filter of this message to decide how to proceed.

Scriptures

Fools show their stupidity by the way they live; it’s easy to see they have no sense. Ecclesiastes 10:3 CEV

Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand around with sinners, or join in with mockers. Psalm 1:1 NLT

Where there is no prophetic vision the people cast off restraint, but blessed is he who keeps the law. Proverbs 29:18 ESV

Who is this fellow David?” Nabal sneered to the young men. “Who does this son of Jesse think he is? There are lots of servants these days who run away from their masters. Should I take my bread and my water and my meat that I’ve slaughtered for my shearers and give it to a band of outlaws who come from who knows where?” 1 Samuel 25:10-11 NLT

“...for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.” Luke 6:45 ESV

The LORD said to Moses: Tell the Israelites to take for me an offering; from all whose hearts prompt them to give you shall receive the offering for me. Exodus 25:1b-2 NRSV

Jesus, filled with the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan…the Spirit led Jesus into the desert. Luke 4:1 NCV

And now, behold, I am going to Jerusalem, constrained by the Spirit, not knowing what will happen to me there. Acts 20:22 ESV

The LORD said to Moses: Tell the Israelites to take for me an offering; from all whose hearts prompt them to give you shall receive the offering for me. Exodus 25:1b-2 NRSV

Jesus, filled with the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan…the Spirit led Jesus into the desert. Luke 4:1 NCV

And now, behold, I am going to Jerusalem, constrained by the Spirit, not knowing what will happen to me there. Acts 20:22 ESV

Your sins are telling your mouth what to say. Your words are based on clever deception. Job 15:5 NLT

So Sanballat and Geshem sent a message asking me to meet them at one of the villages in the plain of Ono. But I realized they were plotting to harm me, so I replied by sending this message to them: “I am engaged in a great work, so I can’t come. Why should I stop working to come and meet with you?” Nehemiah 6:20-3 NAS

The fear of human opinion disables; trusting in GOD protects you from that. Proverbs 29:25 MSG

Oh, magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together! Psalm 34:3 ESV


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