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Key Thought:

God doesn’t always provide every detail when He calls you. Is there something in your life that God has called you to do that you haven’t taken action on?



Key Quote

“We keep asking God to bless our actions, but He doesn't, He blesses our intentions."                     - Pastor Bil Cornelius



Start talking. Find a conversation starter for your group.
  • What has been your favorite road trip or vacation?
  • What was your best/worst surprise?
  • What is something important a grandparent or older mentor taught you?


Start thinking. Ask a thoughtful question.
  • Have you ever been in a season waiting on God’s promise?  How did you handle it and what could you do better in the future?
  • Often in our impatience we take matters into our own hands. How can you better demonstrate your faith in God going forward?


Start sharing. Choose questions that create openness.
  • Is there an area of your life or struggle that you have not given to God in prayer?  Are you lacking obedience to God’s Word therefore blocking your own blessings?  Where do you keep falling?
  • Training is the answer to growing in life.  What are you currently training for?  Are you training to be a better parent, employee, spouse, disciple, etc?  If you are not training, what do you need to do now so that you are ready for God to take you to the next level?


Start doing. Commit to a step and live it out this week.

Are you blessed to be a blessing?  Are you taking what God has given you and being of service to others, or have you taken the blessings of God and kept them for yourself?


Scriptures

“The Lord had said to Abram, ‘Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.’ So Abram went, as the Lord had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he set out from Harran.”  Genesis 12:1-4 NIV

“His master praised him for good work. ‘You have been faithful in handling this small amount,’ he told him, ‘so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Begin the joyous tasks I have assigned to you.’"  Matthew 25:21 TLB

"He took him outside and said, 'Look up at the sky and count the stars—if indeed you can count them.' Then he said to him, 'So shall your offspring be.' Abram believed the Lord, and he credited it to him as righteousness."  Genesis 15:5-6 NIV

"Now Sarai, Abram’s wife, had not been able to bear children for him..So Sarai said to Abram, ‘The Lord has prevented me from having children. Go and sleep with my servant. Perhaps I can have children through her.’ And Abram agreed with Sarai’s proposal...So Abram had sexual relations with Hagar, and she became pregnant. But when Hagar knew she was pregnant, she began to treat her mistress, Sarai, with contempt. Then Sarai said to Abram, 'This is all your fault!'"  Genesis 16:1-5a NLT

"Then Abraham spoke up again: ‘Now that I have been so bold as to speak to the Lord, though I am nothing but dust and ashes, what if the number of the righteous is five less than fifty? Will you destroy the whole city for lack of five people?’ 'If I find forty-five there,” he said, “I will not destroy it.”  Genesis 18:27-28 NIV

"Some time later God tested Abraham. He said to him, ‘Abraham!’ ‘Here I am,’ he replied.  Then God said, ‘Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.’”  Genesis 22:1-2 NIV

“When Abram heard that his relative had been taken captive, he called out the 318 trained men born in his household and went in pursuit as far as Dan. During the night Abram divided his men to attack them and he routed them, pursuing them as far as Hobah, north of Damascus. He recovered all the goods and brought back his relative Lot and his possessions, together with the women and the other people.”  Genesis 14:14-16 NIV

“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training.They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.”  1 Corinthians 9:24-25 NIV

“..train yourself to be godly.”  1 Timothy 4:7 NLT

“Now the Lord was gracious to Sarah as he had said, and the Lord did for Sarah what he had promised.  Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the very time God had promised him. Abraham gave the name Isaac to the son Sarah bore him. When his son Isaac was eight days old, Abraham circumcised him, as God commanded him. Abraham was a hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him.”  Genesis 21:1-5 NIV


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