Week 2 ~ Trusting
SUMMARY OF WEEK 1:
1. God Expects Our Surrender
2. God Accomplishes Our Surrender
3. God Maintains Our Surrender: We talked in week 1 about “mountain top experiences” and how we sometimes feel close to God, then for no apparent reason we go through a time when we feel God is far away and we don’t feel the excitement we used to feel towards Him.
"For we walk by faith, not by sight" (2 Corinthians 5:7)
Q. Why do we sometimes doubt that God hears us or is even near?
A. Because we do not fully believe and trust that when God began that work of absolute surrender in us, and accepted our surrender, that he then held himself bound to care for that surrender, and to keep it.
“Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ” (Philippians 1:6)
“Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us” (Ephesians 3:20)
Are we surrendering ourselves totally to that trust?
· Philippians 1:6
· Philippians 4:8
· 1 John 4:16-21
· Ephesians 3:20
· John 1:32
· 2 Corinthians 5:7
· Jeremiah 29:11
· Romans 8:28
Q. Why don’t we trust Him?
A. Because we don’t really believe that He loves us and has only our good in mind.
(We won’t trust someone if we don’t believe they really love us and won’t hurt us.)
Let’s read aloud together: Jeremiah 29:11…”For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” KJV
(For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”) NIV
Romans 8:28…“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”
Each day between now and next week’s bible study, let’s read Jeremiah 29:11, Romans 8:28 and 1John 4:16-21. (We will begin with these scriptures/topic the following week.)