Start Talking - Find conversation starters for the group or with a friend
- Do you find yourself having an “I’ve got nothing” mentality? What is the source of that – Is it in comparing what you have (or don’t have) to others? Is it in comparing what little you have in relation to a great need in your life?
- Can you think of a moment when you had the “I’ve got nothing” mindset? How would that situation been different if you had looked at it through the lens of what God can do with our “nothing”?
Keep Reading – Read the scripture and ask a question to get the group thinking.
Read these scriptures out loud:
- As you read this passage, what jumps out to you? What do you see about God? What do you see about God’s concern for His people?
- As we see from this passage, God’s purpose in empowering Cyrus was not just for his sake, but to bless God’s chosen people. Do you find yourself focusing solely on what God can do for you, or are you also aware that God desires to bless others through blessing and providing for you? How do you think your perspective on this impacts you?
2 Corinthians 9:10
For God is the one who provides seed for the farmer and then bread to eat. In the same way, he will provide and increase your resources and then produce a great harvest of generosity in you.
- Pastor Andreas said, “If what you have is not enough for a harvest, turn it into a seed.”
- We tend to always look for the “harvest,” and we get depressed or anxious when what we have isn’t sufficient to meet the need. What if what we have in our possession is a seed that God wants to bless to produce a great harvest? How does this impact your view of how God wants to meet your needs and provide for you?
Keep Talking – Choose questions to create openness.
- Lift It Up
- Read Matthew 14:13-21.
- Rather than looking at what little we have and calling it nothing, what if we take what we do have, lift it up to God, begin praising Him, and allow Him to bless it and multiply it? What is a situation in your life in which you’ve found yourself like the disciples in this story? What was your response? What would you do differently if you could do it again?
- Cast It Out
- Read Luke 5:4-7
- Have you ever found yourself like the disciples, you’ve tried everything you know to do and it just isn’t working? In that situation, did you go to God to get His direction to “cast out” one more time, only this time to do it His way? How did that play out?
- Pour It Out
- Read 2 Kings 4:1-7
- Like the widow, do you find yourself consistently measuring what you need against what you have? What does this story tell you regarding God meeting your own needs?
- Lift Your Eyes & Look Again
- Read 1 Kings 18:41-44
- We have to learn to “hear” in our spirit before we see in the physical. If we become grounded in the Word of God and learn to listen to the Holy Spirit, what we hear in our spirit will provide the endurance and patience to keep going until we see the physical manifestation of that promise. Does this seem hard to you? What can you do to become more like Elijah in this story?
Keep Moving/Going – Commit to a step and live it out this week.
- Challenge yourself to change your perspective in your day-to-day life. Get the “I have nothing” mentality out of your life, and begin to lift up, cast out, pour out, & lift your eyes and look again. We serve an abundant God who is more than enough for any situation we face in life.
- Pick one of this week’s key Scripture and make it a reminder in your phone. Spend a few minutes repeating it and thinking about it each day.
- S.O.A.P out the Scripture this week.
- Prayer requests from everyone at group
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