Sometimes stepping forward in doing new things can be scary. Pastor Daniel spoke this Sunday about how we can take possession of our own future by making a plan, staying in the word, and having the courage to step out. Today we will continue the discussion.
What stood out to you from Sunday’s message?
Don't go charging into battle without a plan. Proverbs 20:18
A wise man thinks ahead... Proverbs 13:16
In 2016, what is one thing you want to see happen in your life?
What are some steps you plan to take to see this happen?
In general, what are some ways you can gauge your progress?
Read Joshua 1:1-11,
After the death of Moses the Lord’s servant, the Lord spoke to Joshua son of Nun, Moses’ assistant. He said, “Moses my servant is dead. Therefore, the time has come for you to lead these people, the Israelites, across the Jordan River into the land I am giving them. I promise you what I promised Moses: ‘Wherever you set foot, you will be on land I have given you— from the Negev wilderness in the south to the Lebanon mountains in the north, from the Euphrates River in the east to the Mediterranean Sea in the west, including all the land of the Hittites.’ No one will be able to stand against you as long as you live. For I will be with you as I was with Moses. I will not fail you or abandon you.
“Be strong and courageous, for you are the one who will lead these people to possess all the land I swore to their ancestors I would give them. Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the instructions Moses gave you. Do not deviate from them, turning either to the right or to the left. Then you will be successful in everything you do. Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do. This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
Joshua then commanded the officers of Israel, “Go through the camp and tell the people to get their provisions ready. In three days you will cross the Jordan River and take possession of the land the Lord your God is giving you.”
What’s something you can relate with from this passage?
In what ways has fear or discouragement kept you from succeeding?
What would it change if God told you that He was with you and for you?
In what way would staying in the word keep you on track? Be specific.
Pass out a piece of paper to everyone in the group, have them take it home and write out their plan for this year (they do not have to bring it back, it is just for them to take it home and remember to do it).
Jesus, give us courage to take steps that might be scary. Amen.
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