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Key Thought:

Restrain yourself and give the triggers in your life back to God as an act of worship.


Key Quote

“What do you do when your faith doesn’t make sense?” – Pastor Bil Cornelius



Start talking. Find a conversation starter for your group.
  • What brings you great joy?
  • What is the funniest thing you’ve ever argued about with someone?
  • What is one of your pet peeves?
  • Have you ever had something happen that wasn’t funny in the moment, but is funny to talk about now? Share your story!



Start thinking. Ask a thoughtful question.
  • How is it possible for a blessing from God to actually not be what someone wanted?
  • Scripture indicated that Isaac was old enough to overpower Abraham when Abraham went to sacrifice him. How was Isaac showing trust in God during this?
  • Why doesn’t God always answer prayers the way we want?
  • Where don’t you trust God to provide?



Start sharing. Choose questions that create openness.
  • What do you get triggered by? How can you make those triggers an area of spiritual growth in your life?
  • Tell about a time where you waited on God and things turned out better than you could have imagined.
  • How have you personally grown in your walk with God during times of waiting?
  • How are you inviting God to help you through your frustrations/struggles/tests?



Start praying. Be bold, and pray with power.

Dear Jesus, even when things don’t make sense we trust you. We surrender our pride, hurt, and triggers at your feet. Help us to live a life of love, patience, and self-control. In your name we pray, Amen.



Start doing. Commit to a step and live it out this week.
  • Every single one of us will face trials, obstacles, and triggers in our lives. Most of them won’t make sense. During those moments take time to stop, pray, and search God’s Word for answers.
  • Sometimes all it takes to end a trigger is to hear another person’s point of view. Find someone you disagree with and take some time to listen to their heart. Once you hear their side of things you may find you feel a little more empathy to their position.
  • Ask God to show you something you haven’t fully surrendered over to Him. Commit to taking steps to let God work in that area/situation of your life.


Scriptures

Some time later, God tested Abraham’s faith. “Abraham!” God called. “Yes,” he replied. “Here I am.” “Take your son, your only son-yes, Isaac, whom you love so much-and go to the land of Moriah. Go and sacrifice him as a burnt offering on one of the mountains, which I will show you.” The next morning Abraham got up early. He saddled his donkey and took two of his servants with him, along with his son, Isaac. Then he chopped wood for a fire for a burnt offering and set out for the place God had told him about. Genesis 22:1-3 NLT

On the third day of their journey, Abraham [said]... “Stay here with the donkey.. the boy and I will travel a little farther. We will worship there, and then we will come right back.” So Abraham placed the wood for the burnt offering on Isaac’s shoulders, while he himself carried the fire and the knife. As the two of them walked on together, Isaac turned to Abraham and said, “Father.. we have the fire and the wood.. but where is the sheep for the burnt offering?” “God will provide a sheep for the burnt offering, my son,” Abraham answered. And they both walked on together. When they arrived at the place where God had told him to go, Abraham built an altar and arranged the wood on it. Then he tied his son, Isaac, and laid him on the altar on top of the wood. At that moment the angel of the LORD called to him from heaven, “Abraham! Abraham!” “Yes,” Abraham replied. “Here I am!” “Don’t lay a hand on the boy!” the angel said. “Do not hurt him in any way, for now I know that you truly fear God. You have not withheld from me even your son, your only son.” Genesis 22:4-12 NLT

Then he tied his son, Isaac, and laid him on the altar on top of the wood… Genesis 22:9 NLT

And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. 2 Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. Romans 12:1-2 NLT

Then Abraham looked up and saw a ram caught by its horns in a thicket. So he took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering in place of his son. Genesis 22:13 NLT


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