(Message 4) Who’s in control, you or God? The answer seems obvious, but in practical living most of us act as if we are in control. How do we give up control to God and live in His power? Join us as we learn how to yield to the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives. #GCWindAndFire
Matthew 6:24 “No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and be enslaved to money.” Ephesians 3:14-21 When I think of all this, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father, the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth. I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God. Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen.
Start talking. Find a conversation starter for your group.
Share a time when you felt completely powerless over a situation or circumstance.
Start thinking. Ask a question to get your group thinking.
Shawn talked about about some other things besides addictions that can rob us of the peace and stifle power of the Holy Spirit in our lives.
Name some other “unlikely” obstacles stifling the Holy Spirit in your life. How have you tried to control and/or have power over these obstacles?
Read Ephesians 3:14-21. Paul explains how he prays for the people and their understanding of God’s love and power. What has He accomplished in and through you beyond your asking?
Start sharing. Choose a question to create openness.
If you are willing to share, what pain in your life are you still denying? Why are you still trying to control it on your own (guilty, shame, embarrassment, fear, etc…)
Shawn mentioned Two Sets of Action Steps on how we give in and give “it” over to God.
(1) STOP denying the pain and START admitting you are powerless
(2) STOP playing God and START admitting that your life is unmanageable
What steps have you taken to give God more control over you and trust more in the power of the Holy Spirit? Have others noticed a difference in you and have you noticed a difference in yourself?
Start doing. Commit to a step and live it out this week.
Shawn stated at the end of his message that only through the power of the Holy Spirit can we overcome the struggles and battles keeping us from a mature walk with God. Commit this week to prayer and asking God to reveal to you the things that are keeping you from truly experiencing the presence of the Holy Spirit’s power in your life.
Start praying. Be bold and pray with power.
Holy Spirit thank you for the role you have in our lives. Please help us to understand that we are powerless without you. Reveal to us the things in our own lives that are holding us back from truly being used by You. – Amen