I have already mentioned I had a homegroup on Friday night. I have typed out what we discussed and thought since it’s all there, I may as well share it with the world, and if God can talk to you out of any of this, hooray! It’s always a good thing to receive a word from God, that’s for sure! So here’s a Bible study if you are short on something to use for devotionals this week!
I pray that God will increase your faith for what you are believing for!
2011 – A Year of Faith and Expectancy
I believe as a group God wants to take us to a new level this year. Two words that coming to me are EXPECTANCY and FAITH.
We need to be expecting God to intervene in our lives as a result of our prayers. Yes, the prayers may not be answered within our time frame or in the way we want – but so what! God is God. He is sovereign and in control. We need to keep asking and believing and be trusting in him.
This year, I want our faith to grow. We can go to the next level. God can only take us as high as we are willing to climb. Let’s climb to the Summit. Sure, the mountain may be treacherous, the slopes slippery and the prospects daunting. But with Him NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE. (Matthew 19:26) We can reach the top, and when we do, will not just view the Promised Land, we continue until we are walking in it.
EXPECT, EXPECT, EXPECT! For to do so is HOPE. When we start to dare to hope, our faith starts to grow.
Now Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1
I want to start fostering that seed of hope that is already in you.
Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the Word of God. Romans 10:17
Listen to the Holy Spirit, start building the Word of God in your heart, and start putting it to action. Start with the little things. Include God in your daily life, asking him first. Rely on God before all other advice you seek. Make him your first point of reference. Ask God throughout the day for what you need. Expect him to answer. Look for the events that you can report back on how God has answered your prayers. When you are confident with asking for the small stuff, move on with confidence to the next level, that you previously had doubted you would see a response.
Jesus granted requests according to people’s faith. Think about how each of these exhibited their faith, and ask God to show you what you can do to exercise and act upon your faith.
Matthew 8:5-13 The Centurion.
We need to pray with confidence that God has the authority on Heaven and Earth to answer our prayers. It can and will be answered in a moment. Remain in faith until that moment comes.
Matthew 9:20-22 The Woman with the Issue of Blood.
Matthew 15:21-28 The Canaanite Woman. Illustrated being persistent and bold.
Matthew 17:20 A little faith is a lot – it goes a long way. Why? Because a little of our faith taps into God’s infinite power.
Mark 11:22-26 Be encouraged to believe in faith for what you ask for.
Luke 12:28 We are deserving to receive of God.
Romans 4:18-21 Let’s be fully persuaded in God’s power.
Romans 10:17 Get into the Word! It builds your faith.
2 Corinthians 4:13 Speak out what you are believing. Don’t be silly or spiro about it, but in the right context, speak out words of faith.
1 Corinthians 2:5 …so that your faith might not rest on men’s wisdom, but on God’s power. Come to God first. Put your confidence in Him before all others.
In Him and through Him we may approach God with freedom and
confidence. Ephesians 3:5
Let’s stay strong as a group this year and grow in faith with one another.
Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some of us are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another. Hebrews 10:23-25