- What one major point from Christine Caine’s message really stood out to you?
- Thinking about what Christine said about issues being our “mats,” what is a mat in your life that you’re currently lying on?
The Bible speaks a lot about our identity and who God says we are.
Read John 5:1-17
- What issues in your life have you allowed to determine your identity?
- Referring to the sick man in the story, Christine noted that our posture or position impacts our perspective. What changes do you need to make in your life to get God’s perspective about your issue?
- Can you think of a time when you followed Jesus’ words to the man to “Stand up, pick up your mat, and walk”? What did that look like?
Read the following passages for just a few examples of who God declares you to be:
- Deuteronomy 31:6, Psalm 103:2-5, Jeremiah 31:3, Galatians 5:1, 1 Peter 2:24, 1 John 3:1
- What were your thoughts as you read those passages? How do these passages affect how you see yourself?
- Naysayers won’t like it when you pick up your mat.
- Anytime you step out in faith to obey Jesus, you will face opposition. What can you do practically to hold fast to what Jesus says above the voices of the naysayers?
- Healing from your issue will give you access to where you’ve never been before.
- Think about that issue that’s keeping you down. What new areas would open up to you if you were to “pick up your mat, and walk”?
- Getting off your mat isn’t just about you.
- Although we tend to focus on ourselves when thinking about our issues, the truth is that our issues also affect those around us and limit our God-given potential and purpose. Think of those around you (family, friends, coworkers, etc.) and the dreams that God has placed inside you – what do you think would change if you picked up your mat to walk in the healing and deliverance Jesus suffered and died to make available to you?
- What next step is God asking you to take to get up off of your mat?
- After the man in John 5:1-17 receives his healing, Jesus warns him by saying, “Now you are well; so stop sinning, or something even worse may happen to you.” What steps do you need to make to ensure you don’t go back to your issue?
- Challenge: Whatever your identity issue is, change your posture by finding out what God says about it in His Word, the Bible, and allow the truth of His promise to change your perspective. As you go through the week, regularly remind yourself of what God says about your issue – put it on your phone, write it on a card and keep it in your pocket, put it on your bathroom mirror or the fridge, or anywhere else where it will be a constant reminder of God’s promise to you [Romans 10:17, 12:2].
- Prayer requests from everyone in the group