Everlasting father gives courage.
- Acknowledge your fear.
- Everlasting means HE will never leave you.
- Courage is a decision based on God’s character.
- What are the top three things you are afraid of today (i.e., loneliness, debt, personal secrets, world events, supervisor, etc.)?
- When you’ve been in a fearful situation, has it been easier to choose a route of courage or cowardice? What influenced your actions?
- Do you feel the freedom to try something (whatever it may be) and fail? If not, from where does the fear come?
- When considering the characteristics of God as an everlasting father, do you have a greater confidence to act in courage in difficult situations or relationships? Why or why not?
- I will trust God as my everlasting father who wants the best for me.
- I will take action in a situation or relationship that scares me.
Mighty God gives strength.
- Admit your lack of power.
- Believe God can do it.
- Act on it.
- Describe one situation in your life where a power struggle exists. What seems to be the root cause of that struggle?
- If you were to admit your lack of power to change a person or situation, do you believe that admission would be seen as a sign of weakness? If yes, by whom? In the big picture, how important is that person’s opinion?
- How has pride affected your ability to admit a lack of power? Or that you might be in the wrong?
- “Doing life well” requires strength. Do you believe God provides the necessary power to do life well and beyond your expectations? Why or why not? What is keeping you from embracing God’s power?
- I need to admit I lack the power to change _________________ .
- I will believe that God has the power to change this situation in my life.
Wonderful Counselor gives guidance.
- Tell Him your troubles.
- Listen to His words.
- He brings clarity to confusion.
- Rely on His strategy.
- He is someone you can trust.
- How often do you Google for advice? Have your results been helpful? Is there a subject you would not Google? Why?
- Describe a time you received damaging advice. How’d that situation work out?
- Is it difficult to believe that a man who lived 2000 years ago can offer relevant advice for today? Is it difficult to believe that the book written about him is trustworthy today?
- Do Jesus’ words seem too simplistic for today’s complicated situations? Explain.
- Many times we proceed through steps 1-4 in Pastor Steve’s message, but get stuck on step #5. What is the biggest obstacle for you to fully embrace #5?
- I will choose to seek healthy advice for a difficult decision.
- I will trust Jesus and His advice.