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GOD’S WILL // FREE WILL

GOD’S WILL // FREE WILL

NOVEMBER 10

In the hustle and bustle of the daily grind, we are all faced with decision after decision, to the point that we often hit decision fatigue. This can cause us to make rash or bad decisions or to even decide not to make decisions any more at all. God offers us a respite from decision fatigue, and he’s promised to walk with us and guide us in making the right decisions in our life, no matter how trivial or important the decision is. What practical steps will you take to move toward putting your trust in God for your decision-making?

Work through the following questions and Scriptures on your own, and get together with your running partner, life group, or friends and family to talk through what you are learning.

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DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

1. Have you ever found yourself worrying about something trivial coming up in the future or perhaps become anxious about a trivial decision? Share an example.

2. This week we learned about communicating with God when we struggle to communicate within our own homes. What are some communication issues you’ve noticed in your home (around family and friends)?

3. We heard about the helpfulness of studying the book of Proverbs to learn to seek wisdom and asked the question, “Why would we fear a loving God?” (Proverbs 1:7) How do you interpret the “fear of the Lord” in your current spiritual walk?

4. This week we learned the word “ezer” means “helper” or “rescuer” and that there are multiple instances in the Bible when this word refers to those who come to the aid of others. Think about someone who has been an “ezer” in your life, either in succeeding or failing in attempts to help you. What did that look like for you, and how did it make you feel to know you had someone there to help?

5. Read Galatians 3:13-14. From that first bad decision with Adam and Eve in the Garden, humanity and our world has been cursed. Yet Jesus came to teach us how to live lives that would break the curse. What’s more, He broke the curse for all of us by giving His own life. What does it mean to you to know that Jesus took on the curse of us all, bore that weight and broke the curse for us to be made new?

6. Read Proverbs 3:5-10 & 13. Where do you struggle with the tenants of the teaching in this passage? What are some practical steps you can take this week to move beyond struggling and move toward fully trusting God in your decision-making process?

KEY SCRIPTURES

Galatians 3:13-14 – Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a pole.” He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit.

Proverbs 3:5-10 & 13 – Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones. Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine…Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding…

DIGGING DEEPER

As you look to dig deeper into the topics of this week’s message, consider reading the book of Proverbs and focusing in on the Scripture references listed below.

Read Proverbs (one chapter each day)

• Just ask God to speak to you.
• Read each chapter and then reflect on ways you can apply what you read.
• Ask God to guide you and reveal Himself and His ways to you.
• If you read one chapter a day, you will finish reading Proverbs in one month.

Key Scriptures to focus on:

Proverbs 3:5-13. Read this passage several times this week, and ask God to guide you in applying the words to your daily life.

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Work through the following questions on your own, and get together with your running partner, Life Group or friends and family around the dinner table to talk through what you’re learning!

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Work through the following questions on your own, and get together with your running partner, Life Group or friends and family around the dinner table to talk through what you’re learning!

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