It’s Time | Week 1: The Light is Green

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God has a very clear goal and purpose for our church. It’s rooted in the Great Commandment and the Great Commission. Here is our vision:

  • Know God

God is not your religion, He is actually someone you can believe and trust and know.

  • Find Freedom

You can know God and be saved but still have issues that keep you from being who God wants you to be. So we let God take us on a journey of settling some of our issues and we want to take you on that journey.

  • Discover Purpose

You are no accident. It doesn’t matter what your parents version of how you came about. God has always had you on his mind. God has a purpose for your life.

You’re never going to be satisfied or happy without God. Go pursue whatever you want without God, and it will always be empty. Those things will never give you the joy you know you could have had.

  • Make a Difference

We want to take you on this journey of Knowing God, Finding Freedom, Discovering Purpose and Making a Difference in Jesus name.

You are somewhere in this process.

It doesn’t matter if you’ve been in church your whole life, you have another step. That’s why it’s called following Jesus. Some of you even know what the steps are, but the problem is, getting moving.

We need something or someone to push us toward the life you know you’re supposed to be living. The life that you’ve wanted to try, and you just needed the catalyst to get moving. That’s why this series of posts is called, It’s time.

We’ve got a brand new year and it’s time.


Have you ever sat at a stoplight and waited for the cars in front of you to notice the light is green? They aren’t going because they’re looking at something else or doing something else. While everything in you wants to lay on the horn to wake them up, what you really need to do is give a friendly beep, beep to get their attention on the green light.

Well there are some times that in our spiritual journey we stop paying attention and someone needs to come along and give a friendly beep, beep to remind you to keep moving forward. That’s what today’s post is all about.

The light is green. It’s time.

Take a look at this encounter Jesus had with three different people who want to become disciples of the Lord Jesus.

“As they were walking along the road, a man said to him, ‘I will follow you wherever you go.’ Jesus replied, ‘Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.’” Luke 9:57-58 NIV

Poverty was part of the curse Jesus carried. So, He told them this is going to be harder than you thought. It’s not going to be easy. If it were easy, you’d already be doing it. If it were easy, everyone would do it.

But if you want the life you were meant to have, we’ll help you but buckle up, because it’s not going to be a bump free road.

“He said to another man, ‘Follow me.’ But he replied, ‘Lord, first let me go and bury my father.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God.’”  Luke 9:59-60 NIV

This verse has been greatly misunderstood. Jesus isn’t against funerals and he wasn’t forbidding the man to arrange his father’s funeral. Most scholars would say the man was saying he’d like to take care of his father until he dies and then would be free to follow Jesus. This is the person who wanted to but felt like they had viable excuses.

That sounds like a great excuse. Jesus said, you’re missing it. The lights green and there aren’t endless cycles. Jesus takes first place.

“Still another said, ‘I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say goodbye to my family.’ Jesus replied, ‘No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.’” Luke 9:61-62 NIV

Jesus was on His way to Jerusalem and this guy is missing the urgency. Beep, Beep. Let’s go. Seize the day.

This new year and new decade gives us a fresh start. You know the song, Auld Lang Syne, sung at New Year’s celebrations. “Should old acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind…”

We all know this song but few know what it means. What the penman of this song, Robert Burns in Old Scottish, was saying was Auld Lang Syne which means Days Gone By. What the song is challenging all of us to do is to think about what should stay in 2019 and never come into our new year and what should we bring with us. So he asks the question, what old acquaintance, like the pains and mistakes and hurts, what should be forgotten and what should stay.

The Bible has so much to say about old and new. This year, let’s move on from three old things.

1. Move on from old hurts

You’re wounded and it hurts. Someone has said or done something hurtful to you. It happened, you move on. You can’t go back and change it, but you can let God clear the page. That’s what the cross and the empty grave are for.

We’re not going to be perfect, we’re going to disappoint people. People are going to disappoint us. But there is one, Jesus Christ, who is perfect and He made a way for sinners like us.

2. Move on from old habits

Move on from our addictions. We’re all an addict. We’ve gotten addicted to certain drugs and meds and drinks or certain foods, certain language, addicted to our phones, addicted to bad patterns bad relationship patterns. What do you do with a bad habit?

That’s the power of the 21 Days we’re about to enter into. At the beginning of each year we make it a priority to seek God first. We do this by claiming 21 days in January as days of prayer and fasting. You can join us January 5-25 and make a commitment to pray each day.

You can choose to fast from many different things during those 21 days as well. We choose prayer and fasting because we know those are two powerful ways to turn down the noise of the world around us and tune in to God’s voice directing us.

Starting Monday, January 6th will offer prayer services in our worship center each weekday from 6-7am and Saturday mornings from 9-10. It’s so refreshing to just have some moments where we seek God together.

For some digital resources for 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting, visit our website or find the 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting section in the Rock Brook Church app.

This is a great opportunity to move on from old habits. Anything in your life that you’re not going let master you, you need to fast from.

What’s fasting? Is it to punish yourself to get God’s attention? No. That’s bad religious teaching and it’s not in the Bible. Fasting separates ourselves from the world to fuel our relationship with God.

3. Move on from old hang-ups

The things that still define you. The debts, patterns and events that have shaped how you view yourself. It’s time to move on from your hurts, habits and hang ups.

These words are pulled directly from Celebrate Recovery. Celebrate Recovery is a Christ-centered recovery program with foundations firmly established in Biblical truth. It exists so you can find freedom from any hurt, habit or hang-up and live fully alive in Jesus. At Rock Brook we have Celebrate Recovery meetings on Wednesday nights at 7:00.

“Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God. And when Christ, who is your life, is revealed to the whole world, you will share in all his glory. 

So put to death the sinful, earthly things lurking within you. Have nothing to do with sexual immorality, impurity, lust, and evil desires. Don’t be greedy, for a greedy person is an idolater, worshiping the things of this world. Because of these sins, the anger of God is coming. You used to do these things when your life was still part of this world. But now is the time to get rid of anger, rage, malicious behavior, slander, and dirty language. Don’t lie to each other, for you have stripped off your old sinful nature and all its wicked deeds. Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him.” Colossians 3:1-10 NLT


Time To Make A Change

It’s time to make a change in four areas.

1. It’s time to get closer to God

You may already love God. Great, get closer. The light is green.

Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world.” James 4:8 NLT  

We’ve all let our loyalties go to some other places, but not for the next 21 days. How do you get rid of that dividing line? You starve the world and you feed your relationship with God. You do that with prayer and fasting. 

Prayer gets you closer to God while fasting separates you from the world. It’s radical. You can’t do 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting all year. It’s an intense radical season that you can’t sustain that long, but that season jolts us into where we need to be. It takes kind of jolt to make the change.

One of the problems of moving on from hurts, habits and hang ups, we think it’s going to be easy.

If you want something you’ve never had, then you need to do something you’ve never done.

Some of you’ve never shown up to church all year long. What would it look like if you showed up to church 52 weekends this year? What would your life look like? You’d be closer to God. Your life and family would be healthier.

What if you participated in all 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting? Your life and family would be healthier.

2. It’s time to get honest with a godly friend

Share the whole real you with at least one other person. You’re not going to be able to get where you want to go alone. God designed this process to be achieved through fellowship with others. You’re not going to get there alone. That’s why we are a church of groups. That’s why groups matter to us so much, we try to cultivate environments where this can happen.

Everyone needs to be in a group or lead a group. Many of you need to lead a group for the accountability you get from leading. You’re going to pray harder knowing they’re coming over to your house. Your next level of growth is going to come through giving and leading.

“But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin.” 1 John 1:7 NLT

Some of our stuff is big and scary because it’s in the darkness. Bring it into the light and it shrivels. Set your mind to it, that’s what is going to make 2020 better. 

If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go with others.

3. It’s time to get in tune with God’s purposes and my SHAPE

Some of us have been living for ourselves, our purpose. You tried to find yourself instead of trying to find God. You tried self-discovery instead of God-discovery. It’s time to get in tune with God’s purposes.

And then our SHAPE. That stands for Spiritual Gifts, Heart, Abilities, Personality, and Experiences. All of those things make up who you are. God has shaped you. Your life trajectory has shaped you and the goal is that God would use that to help someone else.

Your SHAPE is why some of you walk into a room and see things that needs to be done and some walk into a room and see people who need to be connected with. It gets bigger than that. Some of you are shaped to help people know their Bible better or make an environment more hospitable, some help kids or students or lead people in worship.

“For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”  Ephesians 2:10 NIV

It’s work, but it’s a good work. You’ll be tired, but it’s a good tired. That’s how God feels about His workmanship on you. He’s not embarrassed by you, He shaped you for a good work.

We’d love to help you take this spiritual journey. That’s why each Sunday we host an event that’s part of a four part series called Growth Track. This is Rock Brook’s way to help get in tune with God’s purposes and your design. Find out more about Growth Track on our website.

4. It’s time to get on doing something greater than myself

A great life doesn’t come from making money, sunny days, great politics or a great neighborhood. Real joy comes by knowing you’re on a God-driven adventure.

It’s when you do something with your life that actually matters.

If you’ll dedicate your life to something greater than yourself, God will fill your life with passion and adventure. 

“But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus—the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God.” Acts 20:24 NLT

Maybe you’re reading this and thinking about a mistake you’ve made. You’re looking in the rearview mirror and don’t know the light is green. If you’re trapped by something in your 2019 or before remember this…

You can’t go back and change the beginningbut you can start where you are and change the ending.

You can’t go back and change how the marriage started or something you did in it, but you can get that marriage on a track that has a great ending. You can’t go back and change the things in the past. You serve a God who is the only one with the ability to do this.

It’s time.


Check Back

Check back on your discussion from last week, “Your Timing Is Everything.” How did that message help you identify some areas where you need to speed up or slow down this year?

Listen to the sermon: online, iTunes podcastGoogle Play Music or Download the Rock Brook Church App

Hear the Word

Each person has a God-given design and a next step to take, but many of us have a problem getting started. In Luke 9:57-62, three people have the opportunity to follow Jesus but then make excuses for delaying the journey. Jesus plainly says, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.”

The New Year’s song, “Auld Lang Syne” challenges us to leave the unproductive in the past, and Scripture gives us direction for what we should leave behind. 21 Days of Prayer & Fasting is a great time to fast anything that is trying to master our lives.

Let’s stop delaying. It’s time to make a change by allowing Jesus to change our minds and our lives.

Spend some time in the word. Read Luke 9:57-62 and Colossians chapter three.

As they were walking along the road, a man said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” 58 Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.”

59 He said to another man, “Follow me.” But he replied, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.” 60 Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God.”

61 Still another said, “I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say goodbye to my family.” 62 Jesus replied, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.” Luke 9:57-62 (NIV)

Application

  1. What stood out to you in this message?
  2. What past history—hurts, habits, hang-ups—do you think about and are keeping you from seeing the new thing God wants to do in your life? Are they relational? Health? Financial?
  3. How can you use 21 Days of Prayer & Fasting to step into the newness God has for you this year?
  4. Which of the four It’s Times do you need the most right now?

Prayer Focus: Spend some time in prayer thanking God for hope, purpose, salvation and life. Ask him for direction for your life.

Tell Someone Else

With whom could you share this message of this series? You could give them an invite to this weekend’s message. You could share with them this message by telling them about it or sharing the podcast with them.

 

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Your Timing Is Everything

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Today’s post is about the importance of God’s timing in your life. The timing of every detail of your life.

“There is a right time and there is a right way to do everything, but we know so little.” Ecclesiastes 8:6

This verse means that we can do the right thing at the wrong time or in the wrong way. It takes skill to know how to follow God’s timing. There is a rhythm to life.

Wise people learn how to cooperate with that rhythm. They know when to speed up and when to slow down. The more you grow as a follower of Christ the better you get at following God’s timing.

Spiritually, it’s called walking in the Spirit. We’re facing a brand new year next week and one skill to learn in this new year is how to cooperate with God’s timing.

The Bible has a lot to say about running. It talks about running the race of life. If you look at Jesus’ life and ministry, you will find that He had an incredible sense of urgency.

The Gospels use the word ‘immediately’ fifteen times to describe something Jesus did. He had a sense of urgency in His life. The Apostle Paul also had a sense of urgency.

Run hard and fast in the faith.”  1 Timothy 6:12

Run in such a way as to get the prize.” 1 Corinthians 9:24

I run straight to the goal with purpose in every step.” 1 Corinthians 9:26

“…I run to win.” Philippians 3:12

There are times when God wants you to move very, very fast. The Bible also has a lot to say about going slow, about waiting, about taking your time and being patient.

In this new year, when does God want you to move fast and when does He want you to move slowly?


When Should I Move Fast This Year?

1.  When God tells me to do something

The Bible is filled with instructions for life. They are called commands, precepts, or directives. Whatever you call them, God expects us to obey them. Parents, what if you told your child to do something and your child said, “I’ll think about it and get back to you.”

That doesn’t work because delayed obedience is disobedience. The same is true with God. When God says, “I’m telling you to do this,” and you say, “I’ll think about it.”  Or even, “I’ll pray about it.” You’re being disobedient.

“Jesus said to them, ‘Come follow me.’ So Simon and Andrew, immediately left their nets and followed Him.” Mark 1:17-18

These men are walking away from their careers. They are leaving their jobs to follow Christ. The Bible says they did it immediately.

“Without delay, I hurry to obey your command.” Psalms 119:60

What has God told you to do that you still haven’t done? Has He’s told you to be baptized? Don’t put it off, do it now. Has He’s told you to spend time with Him every day? Do it now. Has He’s told you to start tithing off your income? Do it now.

Delayed obedience is disobedience.

2.  When I need to ask or offer forgiveness

One of the biggest reasons you need to forgive quickly is for your own health. Your body is not designed to carry guilt, resentment, or shame. You’ve got to let it go.

When you hold on to guilt about what you have done to someone or you hold on to resentment about what someone else has done to you, it’s like drinking a bitter poison that will eat you alive.

If you’re giving an offering at worship and suddenly you remember that someone has something against you, leave your offering and go immediately to that person and be reconciled.  Then you can come back to worship and offer your gift.Matthew 5:23-24

If you remember somebody you haven’t forgiven take care of it, immediately. Never use worship as an excuse to procrastinate or to delay. Obedience is the highest form of  worship. What sin do you need to confess and ask God to forgive you for? Who do you need to forgive for wounding you?

God says not tomorrow, not next month, not next year, now!

3. When I feel tempted

This is a time to move out of a situation quickly. When you are tempted to do something that is not God honoring, here’s what you do.

Don’t argue with temptation. Never argue with temptation because you’re going to lose. Satan has been arguing for thousands of years longer than you and if you try to argue with the devil you’re going to lose.

The key to overcoming temptation is not to resist, but to run. Don’t argue, just get out of the building. Don’t fight it, flee from it.

RUN away from all evil things…” 1 Timothy 6:11

RUN away from the worship of idols…” 1 Corinthians 10:14

RUN away from sexual sin…” 1 Corinthians 6:18

4.  When I’ve made a promise to God

When you make a promise to God don’t delay. A delayed promise is an unfulfilled promise.

“When you make a promise to God, keep it as quickly as possible. He isn’t happy with foolish people. Do what you promised to do!” Ecclesiastes 5:4

What promise do you need to keep right now? Have you made a promise to share your faith with somebody or read through the Bible and never done it? Have you promised to start serving one of these days?

God blesses the person who keeps their promises to Him.

5.  When I have an opportunity to do good

When you have the opportunity to do something good for somebody else, don’t delay. Every day God gives you opportunities to practice kindness. This year God is going to give you 366 opportunities to help people in your life who have an obvious need.

God gives you these little tests and asks “Are you going to do something about it when you have the opportunity?”

“Do not withhold good from those who deserve it, while it is in your power to act.” Proverbs 3:27

If you see somebody who needs help, do it right then. We put things off because we think the timing will be better later.

“If you wait for perfect conditions, you will never get anything done.” Ecclesiastes 11:4

If you wait for perfect conditions to start reading the Bible, perfect conditions to start tithing, perfect conditions to get involved in a ministry, you’re never going to get anything done. There are never perfect conditions on earth.

Now the reason why the Bible says hurry on these kinds of things is because you don’t have any guarantee of tomorrow. 

Jesus says, All of us must quickly carry out the tasks assigned to us by the Father who sent me because there’s little time left before the night falls and all work will come to an end.John 9:4

You aren’t guaranteed tomorrow much less next year. So what did you intend to get done last year that you’re still saying, “I’m going to get around to it when the time is right.”

What do you need to get done now? What kind act have you been intending to do for your neighbor, but you still haven’t done it? What act of hospitality are you waiting on?

6. When God offers me salvation

Maybe you have been putting off stepping across that line of faith. You might intend to decide for Christ one of these days, but one of these days turns into none of these days.

Not to decide is to decide. When you say, “Not yet,” you’re saying “No” to Christ.

“God is ready to help you right now. Today is the day of salvation.” 2 Corinthians 6:2

So these are six things that God says to do quickly. When these things come up in your life in the new year, don’t wait, do them quickly.

 


When Should I Move Slowly This Year?

Not everything in life requires a fast response. There’s a rhythm to life. There are waves and seasons and cycles to life.

“It’s smart to be patient.” Proverbs 14:29

Sometimes you go fast and sometimes you go slow.

1. When I don’t have all the facts

Our culture thinks impulsiveness is cool. We worship spontaneity. We think that if you don’t think about it then it’s authentic, if you plan ahead then it’s inauthentic.

Have you ever heard someone say, “Just go with your gut.”  That’s a terrible way to make a decision your gut is often wrong.

“The heart is deceitful and desperately wicked, who can know it.” Jeremiah 17:9

You lie to yourself all the time. You tell yourself things are better than they really are. You tell yourself things are worse than they really are. 

What you really need this new year is not to trust your gut. What you need is an objective source of truth beyond yourself. Something that you can rely on more than your feelings because your feelings often lead you in the wrong direction.

“Zeal without knowledge is not good; a person who moves too quickly may go the wrong way.” Proverbs 19:2

You get all excited to do something but don’t have the facts yet, that’s not good. How many people do you know that just want to make a decision, it doesn’t matter if it’s right or wrong. 

“To decide before knowing the facts is shameful and stupid.” Proverbs 18:13

On your major decisions you want to get the facts not just rely on your gut. That’s why you need to slow down.

2.  When I’m hurt or angry

When you are hurt, angry or depressed never make a major decision. Have you ever have made a bad decision when you were upset? We react, we retaliate, we respond before we really it think through and we often make the wrong decision.

“Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.” James 1:19

There’s a rhythm in that verse? Quick, slow, slow. Quick, slow, slow. If you do the first two the third one’s automatic.

“Whoever is slow to anger has great understanding. But he who is quick tempered makes foolish mistakes.”  Proverbs 14:29

“The godly think before speaking.” Proverbs 15:28

Put your mind in gear before you put your mouth in motion. Especially when you are on social media. You don’t have to comment on everything you see there. Social media is full of angry, mad, argumentative people.

“Losing your temper causes trouble but staying calm settles arguments.” Proverbs 15:18

3.  When making a major decision

You get in a hurry on a major decision and you’re headed into a brick wall. You get in a hurry to get married, change jobs or make a large purchase you’re headed into a brick wall.

These are decisions that should not be made in a hurry. These are thoughtful decisions that should take some time.

“Wicked people bluff their way through life but God’s people think before they take a step.”  Proverbs 21:29

Ponder the path of your feet then all your ways will be sure.” Proverbs 4:26

Ponder means carefully consider the direction of your life. You can’t ponder fast, you must go slow.

“Sensible people see trouble coming and avoid it but an unthinking person will walk right into it and regret it later.” Proverbs 22:3

You know the number one place for an impulsive, bad decision? In your spending, impulse buying. Buying on credit rather than saving for it and paying cash.

“Plan carefully what you do and you’ll have plenty. If you act too quickly, you will never have enough.” Proverbs 21:5

What does it mean to plan carefully in your spending? Planned spending is called a budget. The solution to impulsive buying is to nip it in the budget.

Here’s the question you need to ask: What do I need to do at the beginning of the year to get me where I want to be at the end of the year? Answering that question takes planning, it takes slow thinking.

4. When waiting for a seed I’ve planted to grow

The Bible talks a lot about sowing and reaping. You plant your seed and then you reap a harvest. This happens in every area of your life.

Plant kindness you reap kindness, plant joy you reap joy, plant gossip you reap gossip. Whatever you plant you will reap.

But there is always a delay between planting and harvest. You don’t put a seed in the ground and next day have an apple tree. There’s a delay between planting and harvest.

“There is a time for everything. And there is a season for every activity under heaven… There is a time to plant, and there’s a time to harvest… a time to scatter and a time to gather…”  Ecclesiastes 3:1-5

Everything in life starts as a seed, an idea or a dream. Unless the seed is planted, nothing happens. Once you plant it, you don’t get to harvest it immediately.

You will always reap in a different season than you sow.

Some of you are being generous in an area and you don’t see generosity coming back to you yet. You will reap in a different season than you sow.

“Keep on sowing your seed for you never know which ones will grow, perhaps they all will.” Ecclesiastes 11:6

This year you can plant seeds of love, seeds of generosity, seeds of patience, seeds of kindness and financial seeds through giving to God.

And in the law of planting and harvesting, you always get back more than you planted.

If you are discouraged by the delay,

God says: “At the time I have decided, My words will come true. You can trust what I say about the future. It may take a long time, but keep on waiting, it will happen!” Habakkuk 2:3

There are times you need to go fast and there are times you need to go slow and trust God’s timing.

Let’s begin this new year with a prayer that Solomon prayed in 1 Kings 8:58.

“May God keep us centered and devoted to Him, following the life path that He has cleared, watching the sign post and walking at the pace and rhythms He laid down for our ancestors.”

There’s a pace and a rhythm in life. Sometimes you go fast and sometimes you go slow.


If you’ve never opened your life up to Jesus Christ, you need to start the new year with a new life. You need to do this now. Don’t go one more day without Christ on your side.

If you’ve never invited Jesus Christ into your life you can pray this:

Jesus Christ, come into my heart and life right now. I don’t want to wait another day to follow you. I ask you to forgive me of my sins and give me that new, eternal, abundant life that you offer to those who trust in you. I pray this in Jesus name, Amen.


Check Back

Check back on your discussion from last week. What are some ways that you were able to let go of fear and latch onto hope last week? Have you identified some voices you need to stop listening to in 2020? What are you going to replace them with?

Listen to the sermon: online, iTunes podcastGoogle Play Music or Download the Rock Brook Church App

Hear the Word

“There is a right way and there is a right time to do everything, but we know so little!”  Ecclesiastes 8:6

  • What do you think the author means by the importance of the right timing and the right way of doing things in your life? 

“Without delay, I hurry to obey your command.” Psalm 119:60 TEV

  • Delayed obedience is disobedience and to hurry is good when it is related to obeying God. What has God told you to do that you haven’t promptly done? What is holding you back from obeying?

“Zeal without knowledge is not good; a person who moves too quickly may go the wrong way.”  Proverbs 19:2 NLT

  • We should not move fast in all that we do in life; there are times when going slow is ideal. Discuss when it is prudent to slow down. What is an area where you need to slow down?

“Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.”  James 1:19 NIV 

  • There can be times when it is difficult to put these principles into practice. What are some situations in  life when it is hard for you to follow these steps and how can you make it easier to obey this command?

Application

God says “At the time I have decided, my words will come true. You can trust what I say about the future. It may take a long time, but keep on waiting – it will happen!” Habakkuk 2:3 (CEV) 

  • What hope do you find in this passage?

Read Ecclesiastes 3:1-5

  • Discuss what God tells us in his word about his timing. Share your experience with God’s timing in your life.  How do you trust even when it seems to take a long time?

“When you have made a promise to God, keep it as quickly as possible. He isn’t happy with foolish people. Do what you promised to do!”  Ecclesiastes 5:4 TEV 

  • What promise have you made to God that you need to fulfill right now?  How can you help one another take your next steps of obedience?

“May God keep us centered and devoted to him, following the life path he has cleared, watching the signposts, and walking at the pace and rhythms he laid down for our ancestors.” 1 Kings 8:58 MSG 

  • Pray 1 Kings 8:58 together in your group and ask the Holy Spirit to guide you and keep you aware of the signposts and path the Lord has cleared for you.

Tell Someone Else

Who can you share what you have learned in this lesson to help them either speed up or slow down?

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