Grow Notes |  Explosive Practicality Part 3 

Grow Notes |  Explosive Practicality Part 3 

 August 7, 2022

   Key Scriptures: John 19:28-30 NLT; Revelation 3:1-2 NLT; Acts 20:24 NLT; Luke 22:42 NLT; Luke 14:28-30 NLT; Hebrews 12:2 NLT; 1 Corinthians 9:24:27 NLT; Hebrews 12:1 NLT; 2 Corinthians 8:11 NLT; Philippians 1:6 NLT; Joshua 24:15 NLT

Take Aways:

  • The prophetic word of God should give us the courage to follow through even when it’s hard. 
  • The promises of God are to be sought and worked out. 
  • Things get left undone when the costs disrupt the desire. 
  • Jesus is our finisher. He does not finish it for you but gives us the courage to follow through and finish it for Him. 
  • Love isn’t given as an investment to see a return, it is given away completely and sacrificially. 
  • Seed is not sown only when a crop is assured, but whenever, wherever, and to whoever. 
  • In the most painful moment of Jesus’ ministry, he ignores His flesh to fulfill what God had called Him to do. 
  • When the decision of your mind meets the intension of the father it’s a decision you should keep.   

Key Words: 

Tetelestai  – to end, complete, execute, discharge (a debt). 

Let’s Talk: It drives me crazy when things are left undone. This is why I do not start those 1000 piece puzzles! I remember putting one together years ago, and I worked on it for a whole week! I would get up in the middle of the night and work on it! It drove me crazy to leave it unfinished! When I finally put what I thought was the last piece in, I noticed there was one missing. I couldn’t believe it! I immediately went into how-I-could-fix-it mode. I could call the company, make a piece out of cardboard, or something to make it complete! Then, I had the thought, what if it fell behind the table I was working on? As I looked under the table, I could hardly believe my eyes! There it was, laying next to the baseboard, waiting for me to find it! I quickly grabbed the piece and placed it in the final spot! It was done! Finished! I was so happy that I took puzzle glue and glued it together and framed it! There was no way I was going to take it apart and put it back in the box. You know, I wonder how may of us have that same intensity about finishing the things Jesus has ask us to do. What things have been left undone that we have lost passion for and become lethargic about completing it. I pray that we will all have the  passion to see those things left undone completed for Jesus, and for those who’s fire has gone out, for it to be rekindled into a strong flame once again. 

  • What things has God called you to that have been left undone?
  • What are some roadblocks that have delayed you from completing these things?
  • What needs to happen for you to begin working toward completing these things?  

Let’s Think: One of the biggest roadblocks for someone completing something God has called them to is time. What do I mean by time? Well, things can take years to complete. God may have called you to complete a specific degree in something, but it doesn’t happen over night. He may want you to get married and have a family, but you are still single. He may call you to have a small business that turns into something big, but it will take time to develop. Also, following through with something unto completion can be painful. The ups and downs, disappointments in trying to get something to work. Being patient can be painful, but it’s a short term pain for a long term gain. If we do not keep our eyes on Jesus, though, we can give up, and leave things undone. Jesus is our finisher! He does not finish it for us, but gives us the courage to follow though and finish it for Him. 

  1. Have you ever given up on something because it has taken longer than you expected? 
  2. Have you ever given up on something because it was just too painful to continue? 
  3. How can you get a fresh perspective about what you are trying to accomplish? 
  4. Who is someone you know that has given up on what God has called them to accomplish that needs your encouragement to keep going? Send them a text, call them, or go get a coffee with them and encourage them today!  

Going Deeper: In reality, God has called each and every one of us to be “All In”! This, too, can be a major roadblock. We want to serve God, but we also want to do what we want. We can create an unhealthy tension in ourselves going back and forth between God and our own selfishness. It’s not easy to follow God fully. It takes sacrifice, and can be painful, but it’s always worth it in the end. I want to step up my commitment level to Jesus every day. One of my greatest fears is that I would end this life with unfinished business, knowing that I could have accomplished it with Jesus, but I allowed other things to get in my way! Just like Jesus on the cross, when He said it was finished, I want to be able to say the same thing about the things He has called me to.  

  1. Do you struggle with full commitment to Jesus?
  2. What are some of the reasons that you struggle with full commitment to Jesus? 
  3. What is the long term gain in fully committing to Jesus?  
  4. Who is someone that is struggling with fully committing to Jesus that you can encourage this week?   

Walk it out: Spend some time thinking about the things that God has called you to that you haven’t accomplished yet. Make a list of those things and make one or two action steps for each one. The action steps will help you get the ball rolling. Keep these things before you in prayer and monitor any changes or new steps that need to be added. Share these things with someone so they can encourage you on the journey. When you have completed one, celebrate with your friends!  

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