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Key Thought:

How long we stay in the wilderness is up to us


Key Quote

“The devil is conquered wherever his design to devour our faith is defeated.” - Dr. Jon Chasteen



Start talking. Find a conversation starter for your group.
  • What are some of the most devastating experiences people can go through?
  • What does the word “wilderness” make you think of?
  • Share with the group about a time you took a roundabout trip that took longer than expected.
  • Why do you think some people convince themselves they cannot win and then never even try?


Start thinking. Ask a thoughtful question.
  • Why does God allow us to go into the wilderness?
  • Every wilderness has an “in order to…” Do you know what YOUR “in order to is?”
  • Do you believe God can make good come from devastating things?
  • Why does God care about what’s in your heart?


Start sharing. Choose questions that create openness.
  • What wilderness have you experienced, and what was your big reveal?
  • In what area of your life do you still feel as if you’re in slavery?
  • Why do you think it’s important to speak scripture over your life?
  • What are some Scriptures you have spoken over yourself to help you through the wilderness?


Start praying. Be bold, and pray with power.

Dear Jesus, thank you for loving us. Thank you for showing us the way through the wilderness, giving us hope while we’re there, and revealing to us that YOU are our provider!. Just as we were once all lost in the wilderness, we ask that you help us find those who still are, bring them to church and introduce them to you. We ask this in your precious name. Amen.



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

Commit this week to praying for those in your group who are struggling and ask God how you can encourage them - then do it.

Memorize one of the verses from this week’s message that can help you fight through your struggle. The word of God is YOUR STRENGTH and SWORD OF TRUTH!

Share one of your temptations with the group, then create a list of scriptures that confronts that temptation. Then, use this list whenever temptation strikes.


Scriptures

“Afterward, the Holy Spirit led Jesus into the lonely wilderness in order to reveal His strength against the accuser by going through the ordeal of testing.” Matthew 4:1 TPT

When Pharaoh let the people go, God did not lead them on the road through the Philistine country, though that was shorter. For God said, “If they face war, they might change their minds and return to Egypt.” So God led the people around by the desert road toward the Red Sea. Exodus 13:17-18 NIV

Remember how the Lord your God led you all the way in the wilderness these forty years, to humble and test you in order to… Deuteronomy 8:2 NIV

Remember how the Lord your God led you all the way in the wilderness these forty years, to humble and test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands. Deuteronomy 8:2 NIV

Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: “This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed.” Luke 2:34-35a
NIV

But the men who had gone up with him said, “We can’t attack those people; they are stronger than we are.” And they spread among the Israelites a bad report about the land they had explored. They said, “The land we explored devours those living in it. All the people we saw there are of great size. We saw the Nephilim there (the descendants of Anak come from the Nephilim). We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them.” Numbers 13:31-33 NIV

He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength. Isaiah 40:29 NKJV

But he answered me, “My grace is always more than enough for you, and my power finds its full expression through your weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9 TPT

Afterward Moses and Aaron went in and told Pharaoh, “Thus says the Lord God of Israel: ‘Let My people go, that they may a feast to Me in the wilderness.’” - Exodus 5:1 NKJV

Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way. James 1:2-4 MSG

And take the mighty razor-sharp Spirit-sword of the spoken Word of God. Ephesians 6:17b TPT

So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Romans 10:17 NKJV

But as for you, your bodies will fall in this wilderness. Your children will be shepherds here for forty years, suffering for your unfaithfulness, until the last of your bodies lies in the wilderness. Numbers 14:32-33 NIV

...above all, taking the shield of faith, with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. Ephesians 6:16 NASB

For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world— our faith. 1 John 5:4 NASB

Be sober [well balanced and self-disciplined], be alert and cautious at all times. That enemy of yours, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion [fiercely hungry], seeking someone to devour. But resist him, be firm in your faith [against his attack—rooted, established, immovable], knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being experienced by your brothers and sisters throughout the world. [You do not suffer alone.] 1 Peter 5:8-9 AMP


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