June 19, 2022
Key Scriptures: Hebrews 12:1-2 NKJV; John 17:20-23 TPT; 1 Corinthians 12:7 TPT; 1 Peter 4:10 TPT; Hebrews 8:12 NKJV; John 14:23-26 TPT; Exodus 31:18 NIV; Exodus 32:1 NLT; Exodus 32:15-16 NLT; Exodus 25:26 NLT; Exodus 32:19-20 NLT; Exodus 33:17-19 NLT; 2 Corinthians 3:2-3 TPT; Exodus 34:6-7 NLT; Exodus 34:10 NLT; Exodus 34:28 NLT; Proverbs 3:1-4 NLT; Psalms 147:3 TPT; Hebrews 8:11-12 TPT
- We don’t possess the benefits of the Father for our own sense of completion, but we manage the effects of the Father for a purpose.
- When we focus on ourselves and not the elements of God, it’s tough to find peace and balance.
- God balances us by declaring us righteous and holy.
- Jesus gives you the vision of how He sees you so that you can look at the world as He looks at the world.
- Perfected faith allows us to hope for the completed promises of Jesus as if they have already been fulfilled.
- Don’t be too distracted and too blinded to see what has been placed on the inside of you by God Himself.
- Prepare your heart for the promises of God.
- It may seem like you are in a time of preparation, but being prepared by God means He has a word he needs you to store as precious.
- Look past your circumstance and allow His perfected faith in you to see the promise.
- Do not let frustration rob you of the promise.
Let’s Talk: I remember a time when I was first married that I became so frustrated that I totally lost it. I was fishing in a nearby lake with trot -lines for catfish. For those who may not know, a trotline is a long line tied between two weights with hooks spaced out ever few feet. You bait out and come back the next day to take off your fish. Well, my line had gotten hung up in some rocks and I couldn’t get it undone. I had become so frustrated with the circumstances of my life, mainly work, that I went into a rage! I took out my pocket knife and started cutting up my trotline, completely ruining it! I pulled in what line I could get free, throwing stuff, not saying nice things, and completely losing my peace! I was so frustrated with how my life was going, it only took one thing to make me explode. In reality, I had become so focused on myself and everything that was going wrong, I forgot who God had made me, and for a moment, I lost myself. I was living in an unbalanced place, not looking unto Jesus the Author and Perfecter of my faith, and because of that, I was easily knocked down.
- Have you ever been so frustrated with life that even the smallest thing could set you off?
2. How has the circumstances of life affected your stability?
3. What are some ways you can keep your focus on Jesus instead of your circumstances?
4. Is there someone in your life that has become unbalanced and easily frustrated? How can you help to bring them peace?
Let’s Think: One of the faults of humanity is that we easily forget. We become too distracted and blinded to see what God has place on the inside of us. One way for us to eliminate distraction is by keeping the soil of our heart ready for God to plant the seed of His word in it. We have to prepare our hearts for the promises of God in order for us to see them come to pass in our lives. When we live a distracted life, we become blind to what God is trying to unlock inside of us. This becomes a purposeless life that can and will lead to frustrations with in us. We cannot allow frustrations to rob us of the promises. We have to look past our circumstances and allow His perfected faith in us to see the promise. We have to allow His goodness to overwhelm our circumstance and pride.
- Have you forgotten what God has placed inside of you?
- What things in your life have become a distraction for you?
- How can you keep the soil of your heart ready to receive the promises of God?
- What promises of God have we allowed frustrations to rob us of?
- What can you do to limit distractions in your life?
Going Deeper: The world will break your heart through frustration and disappointments, but God will restore and sustain you through ever circumstance. Those circumstances are meant to stop you from reflecting to the world who God is. They are there to stop your from showing others the love of God but we cannot let them frustrate us. What God has placed inside of you is not for you alone, it’s for others. God’s desire is not to just heal your broken heart, but for you to point others to the One who can heal theirs. Psalms 147:3 says God heals the wounds of every shattered heart.
- Have you ever allowed frustration or disappointment to keep you from dreaming with God or having hope?
- Have you taken those frustrations or disappointments to God so He can restore and sustain you?
- How can allowing God to restore and sustain you through difficult times bring hope to others?
- Is there someone you know that has pushed God away because of their circumstances? How can you help them receive the healing of God?
Walk it out:
For someone who is currently going through a tough time, there is a temptation to withdraw, disconnect, worry, and become hopeless.
Who is someone you know who is currently in a tough situation? Make it a point to reach out to them, help them stay connected, and help them on the journey of restoration. Don’t just send them a text or make a phone call, try to go by and see them in person. Give them a hug or a handshake. Invite them to lunch (you pay) or bring them to church. You are the hand and feet of Jesus, therefore Go!