Rethinking Your Life | Week 8: The Problem of Sin

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What would you say if you were asked what the biggest problem in your life is right now?

You might have a list of problems that you’re facing… BUT… that is not your biggest problem. Your biggest problem is you. You cause yourself more problems than anybody else does.

We cause those problems by the way we think. Because wrong thinking causes wrong feelings, wrong feelings leads to wrong actions, and wrong actions create all kinds of problems. Most of the problems in your life are caused by the way you think.

Not everything you think is the truth. Just because you think or feel something doesn’t mean it’s true. We lie to ourselves all the time. The Bible says, “The heart is deceitful and desperately wicked, who can know it?”

We lie to ourselves far more than we lie to anybody else. Sometimes we tell ourselves things are better than they really are. Sometimes we tell ourselves things are worse than they really are.

Not everything you think and feel is the truth. When you act on thoughts and feelings that aren’t correct, you’re going to have behavior that’s not correct. That will cause problems in your life.

This is called your sin nature and we all have one. It’s not your fault that you sin, you didn’t create your sin problem, you inherited it from Adam and Eve.

Since Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden, every human being has been born with a tendency toward sin. For instance, when you know the right thing to do, do you do it? Not always! When you know something is the wrong thing to do, do you still do it… or eat it? Yes, you do.

That is your old sin nature. And that is your biggest problem!


What Is Sin?

Even though sin is the biggest problem in your life. God has provided the solution to your biggest problem. God has provided the solution to your tendency toward sin.

Let’s start with a definition of sin. We usually think of sin as a behavior. We think of bad actions like murder, adultery, rape, and stealing. When we think of sin we think of mean, bad, nasty behavior.

But the Bible tells us that God is far more interested in your thoughts, feelings and words than even in your behavior. In fact, in the Bible has a lot more to say about sins of the tongue than sins of any other part of your body.

1. Sin is the opposite of God and good.

God is always good, He is never bad. So sin is the opposite of what God is.

“Everything God does is good and fair; all His commands can be trusted.” Psalm 111:7

“The Lord is good to everyone. He showers compassion on all His creation.” Psalm 145:9

God is good to everyone. Are we good to everyone? No. God shows compassion to all people. We try, but we fall short of that standard.

When God created the world in Genesis 1, He looked at what He had created and said, “This is good.” What we do is we take what God created as good and we use it in bad ways.

We take the good that God made and we misuse it, abuse it and then we lose it.

Money in itself is neither good nor bad but it can be used for good or used for bad. Sex isn’t bad or dirty, sex is holy. It was God’s idea. Drugs can be used to heal people or to relieve pain. But if we misuse it and abuse it then instead of being beneficial it’s destructive.

We get hurt when we subvert and pervert the good that God does. Sin is always a perversion of God’s good gifts.

It is impossible for God to do anything evil. He cannot sin or do wrong. Job 34:10

God wants us to be like Him, so anytime I’m sinning I’m being the opposite of God and that’s a bad thing.

2. Sin is the opposite of love.

One day a man asked Jesus, “What’s the most important commandment in the Bible?” Jesus said, “Love God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength. And love your neighbor as you love yourself.”

Life is all about love. If those are the two most important commands, then sin is the opposite of those two commands. Not loving God and not loving your neighbor is sin.

As sin and evil increase in the world, people’s love will grow cold. Matthew 24:12

Are we seeing that today? People are more rude and critical than ever. Civilization is becoming uncivil. Why? Because as sin increases… love decreases.

They’re the opposite of each other.

3. Sin is always selfishness.

“Wherever there is selfishness you find disorder and every kind of evil sin.” James 3:16

Sin is self-centeredness. The middle letter of sin in English is I… S-I-N. It’s a visual representation that the “I” centered life is the sinful life. We all have an “I” problem. I want it my way… I will do my own thing… I think this… I feel that…

4. Sin is always unbelief.

Specifically, it is an unbelief in who God is.

The Holy Spirit will show that the world’s sin is unbelief in Me.” John 16:9

Sin is when we don’t believe God is who He says He is and we don’t believe that God will do what He says He’ll do. When we become fearful or anxious, we’re showing our unbelief in God’s promises.

There are over 7,000 promises in this book and if you claim them you won’t be fearful or anxious. 365 times the Bible says, “Do not be afraid.” That’s one for every day of the year.

When I get impatient that means I am doubting God’s perfect timing. God has a plan for your life and He is not in a hurry. His timing is perfect.

When I get resentful or bitter it means I am doubting God’s wisdom. God is a wise, good, loving God and He has a wise, good and loving plan for your life. But you look around at others and compare their lives to your own. It can make you resentful and bitter.

When I doubt that God can bring good out of bad, I get resentful.

What about carrying guilt? How long should a follower of Jesus Christ feel guilty? About one second. That’s how long it takes to confess a sin once you’ve done it,”Sorry, God, that was wrong. Please forgive me.” Boom, it’s gone, it’s forgiven.

But people carry guilt around for years! God doesn’t want you carrying guilt around like that. Confess the sin and get rid of the guilt. What does it mean when you carry guilt around like that? It means you can’t forgive yourself because you doubt God’s forgiveness, and that’s a sin.

What about when I feel inadequate? When you have feelings of inadequacy you’re saying you doubt God’s power to help you. Sin is really all about unbelief.


What’s The Problem With Sin?

Is sin really that big a deal? Let’s look at six problems with sin and then we’ll look at the solution.

1. The first problem is that I was born with a selfish desire to sin.

The classic Bible passage on this in Romans 7. The Apostle Paul, one of the greatest Christians who ever lived says,

“I feel that I’m a slave to my sinful desires. Sin masters me. … I can’t help myself because of my sinful nature inside me. … It’s a law at work in me that is at war with my mind.”

There is a battle raging in your mind between your old nature and your new nature. Between your desire to do the right thing and the natural human inclination to do the wrong thing.

This problem is not a new thing… it has plagued humankind since Adam and Eve. We were born with the tendency to make wrong choices and every one of you could give an example of that.

2. The second problem with sin, It breaks my fellowship with God.

Sin is a relational issue. Have you ever walked into a room when a couple has had a fight? You’re not even in on the fight but you can tell there is some tension in the room. Why? Because when you sin against your spouse it breaks your connection.

The same is true with God. Sin breaks our connection with God. That’s why when you pray your prayers bounce off the ceiling. That’s why you don’t feel God in your life.

“Your sins are the roadblock between you and your God. That’s why He doesn’t answer your prayers, or let you see His face.” Isaiah 59:2

Your sin matters. It affects your relationship with God, others and yourself.

3. Third problem, every time I sin something dies inside me.

The Bible tells us that sin is a silent killer. The wages of sin is death. There was no death on this planet until sin entered the world. If Adam and Eve had never sinned, they would have lived forever. Sin and death go together.

“Our evil desires make us sin and when sin is finished with us,… it leaves us dead. James 1:15

We’re not just talking about physical death here, a lot of stuff dies when you sin. Your passion for God dies. Your dreams of being closer to the Lord die. Your relationships die when you sin. Sin kills your potential. Sin kills your joy.

4. My sin may be a secret but it’s never private.

Our sin always affects other people even if nobody else knows about it. The reason why it’s never private is because it’s going to come out eventually. Either here on Earth or at the Judgment Day, every sin will be known.

You may be sure that your sin will find you out.” Numbers 32:23

The Bible says that if you cover up your sin you cannot be successful. But if you confess it and forsake it you get another chance.

“None of us lives to himself alone and none of us dies to himself alone.” Romans 14:7

Some people think as long as they aren’t hurting anyone else, it shouldn’t matter. But you are hurting other people when you sin.

5. That leads to the fifth one, sin does long term damage.

We think if we don’t see the damage right away maybe there won’t be any. Sometimes sin destroys your life suddenly like an earthquake. Sometimes it destroys your life over time like erosion or dry rot.

Sinning is like sowing seeds. When you plant a seed it takes time for the seed to germinate and grow to maturity. It takes time to produce a harvest. But whatever you sow, you will reap. Whatever you plant is what you’ll harvest.

Don’t deceive yourself, you can’t make a fool out of God. Whatever you plant is what you will harvest. If you plant in the soil of your sinful nature, you will harvest destruction. But if you plant in the soil of your spiritual nature, you will harvest everlasting life.” Galatians 6:7-8

You don’t plant apple seeds and reap tomatoes. You don’t plant bitterness and reap love.

6. Disobeying God is neither fun nor funny.

Disobeying God is neither fun nor funny. We often fall for one of Satan’s biggest traps. Satan wants us to laugh at sin because if we laugh at it lowers our resistance to it. When Satan wants to take society to a new low he does it through comedy. He’ll put it on a sitcom, or in a standup routine, or on Saturday Night Live.

Because when you laugh at it sin it doesn’t seem so bad. But sin is not a laughing matter. Sin killed the Son of God on a cross. And that’s not funny.

“A fool’s fun is in being bad.” Proverbs 10:2

The ESV says, “Doing wrong is like a joke to a fool.”

The fool thinks sin is a joke but it’s not. How much of our entertainment today is watching people commit sin?

“Because of your stubbornness in refusing to repent and turn from your sin,   you’re storing up terrible punishment for yourself. For there’s going to come a day of judgment when God will judge all people according to what they have done. He will give eternal life to those who seek God, but for those who are self-seeking, and reject the truth and practice sin, they will face God’s anger.” Romans 2:5-8

That’s pretty sobering. Nobody likes to read that verse, but it’s there. Now, here’s the good news… God has solved your sin problem! You can’t solve it but God has solved it for you.

Jesus dying on the cross is the answer to everything. God doesn’t want you to be a slave to your sin nature. God wants you to find freedom in Christ.


How Do I Break Free From My Sin?

There are three things you need to do.

1. Understand what Jesus did for me.

On the cross, Jesus not only paid for the penalty of your sins, He also broke the power of sin in your life. By paying the penalty for your sin Christ broke sin’s power over you. On the cross Jesus Christ broke Satan’s power in your life so that you now have the power to say “No” to sin, that’s a power you didn’t have before.

If you trust in Christ you have the power to say “No” to sin that you did not have before. It’s more than willpower, it’s Holy Spirit power in your life.

“Jesus personally carried away our sins in His own body on the cross so that we can be dead to sin and live for what is right.” 1 Peter 2:24

“Although Jesus died on the cross in weakness, He now lives by the mighty    power of God. We, too, are weak, but we live in Him and have God’s power.” 2 Corinthians 13:4

2. Let God give me a new nature.

“Those who have been born again into God’s family will not continue in habitual sin, because God’s life is in them now.” 1 John 3:9 NLT

“If you have the Spirit of God living in you, you are controlled by your new nature!” Romans 8:9 LB

If you have the Spirit of God living in you you’re controlled by your new nature. You don’t just have your own sin nature that wants to do the wrong thing, you have a new spiritual nature that wants to do good things. You want to walk in the Spirit so that you

It’s off with the old nature and on with the new nature. And that battle is won or lost in your mind.

3. That’s why I must change the way I think about sin.

“Jesus died to defeat sin once for all. Now He lives in and for God. In the same way, you should think of yourselves as dead to sin but alive to the power of God in Christ Jesus.” Romans 6:10-11 NIV

“Do not let sin control the way you live anymore or do what your sinful nature wants to do. Don’t let any part of your body become a tool of evil used for sinning. Instead, give yourselves completely to God since you have been given new life. Offer your body as a tool for doing good for the glory of God.” Romans 6:12-13 NLT

Sin is the opposite of God and good. Sin is the opposite of love. Sin is always selfishness. Sin is always based in unbelief toward God. Sin is my biggest problem. But God solved that problem for me through Jesus Christ. And when we understand what Christ truly did for me, we choose to live life with the new nature God has given me.

When we change the way we think about sin we can be free from the penalty and the power of sin.


Check Back

Briefly check back on your discussion from the last week, “Five Lies of Relationships.” Any more thoughts or observations?

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Big Idea

What is sin? 1) Sin is the opposite of God & good. 2) Sin is the opposite of love. 3) Sin is always selfishness. 4) Sin is always unbelief in who God is.

What’s the problem with sin? 1) I was born with a selfish desire to sin. 2) Sin breaks my fellowship with God. 3) Every time I sin, something dies inside me. 4) My sin may be a secret but it’s never private. 5) Sin does long term damage. 6) Disobeying God is neither fun nor funny.

How do I break free? 1) Understand what Jesus did for me. 2) Let God give me a new nature. 3) Change the way I think about sin.

Discussion & Application

1. Jesus said, “As sin and evil increase in the world, people’s love will grow cold.” Matthew 24:12 (NCV) Take a few minutes and think about how you would define sin. Write down your personal definition. Share with your group.

2. Which of the problems with sin did you resonate with the most?

3. “Everything God does is good and fair; all his commands can be trusted.” Psalm 111:7 (NCV) Everything God creates is good. We are the ones who have twisted His good creations, using them for bad. Think of a recent selfish, unloving, or unbelieving act. Looking back, how might you have chosen differently?

4. Sin stands in the way of communicating with those who love you. What are some of the roadblocks that exist in your relationship with God?

5. Jesus personally carried away our sins in his own body on the cross, so we can be dead to sin and live for what is right. 1 Peter 2:24 (NLT) One or two of you brave souls share a time in your life when you sought to break free from sin in an area in your life. Briefly tell how you found freedom in Christ.

Prayer Focus

Ask how you can pray for and support one another this week. In your closing prayer, ask Jesus to help you live Godward, God-centered lives, to change the way you think about sin, and to live as Christ before others.

Next Steps

Reflect and take seriously the three ways to break free. Next, join us next week as we look at how fight against persistent temptations.

 

Getting To Know God | Week 1: What God Knows About You

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We’re beginning a new series of posts on the attributes of God. The Apostle Paul said that the goal of his life was to know Jesus Christ and the power of His resurrection.

What is God really like?

To start us off, let’s look at a character quality that is completely unique to God.

Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare to Him to whom we must give account.”  Hebrews 4:13 NIV

The Bible says nothing in creation is hidden from God. 

“Great is our Lord and mighty in power; his understanding has no limit.”  Psalm 147:5 NIV

What these verses are talking about is what theologians call the omniscience of God. Omniscience means God is all-knowing, God knows everything. There is no question He cannot answer, no problem that confuses Him. He’s never surprised or shocked. God knows everything.

1.  God knows all about Himself

You don’t know all about yourself. That’s why you have a lot of problems. We are constantly surprising ourselves with things we thought we could do that we can’t or things we thought we could not do that we can.

God never has these moments because God knows what He’s doing. We don’t always know what God is doing, but He does.

2. God knows all about creation

He knows about everything He has made.

“God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.”  Genesis 1:31 NIV

There are two amazing statements here, God saw everything. Every rock, every tree, every blade of grass, every fish, bird, animal, star and grain of sand. He was totally aware of everything that He created and He said, “It is good.”

This is before the fall. When things were the way God created them, they were very good, because God is a very good God.

3. God knows all about history

He knows the past, present and future. He knows the scope of history from beginning to end.


Before we move on in this post, we need to ask you to do something first. We want you to worship first. What we have already read about God is amazing, and we should not move on from this too quickly.

Throughout the book of Psalms you see these interludes. Your Bible might say, “Selah.” It’s a pause moment, an interlude. A chance to take a breath.

Weigh the meaning of what you have just read about God. Rest in the fact that God is all-knowing. So take a moment, literally a few minutes, and sit with this. Here’s an instrumental playlist you can have playing while you sit in wonder and awe of a God who is completely and eternally omniscient.

As you do this, stuff is going to come to your mind. Don’t let those thoughts frustrate you, but use them as an opportunity to give what ever it is that comes to mind back to God. To say: “God knows and God is good. I submit that to you God.”

“Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom.” Psalm 145:3 NIV

“Can you fathom the mysteries of God? Can you probe the limits of the Almighty? They are higher than the heavens above- what can you do? They are deeper than the depths below- what can you know? Their measure is longer than the earth and wider than the sea.”  Job 11:7-9


What God Knows About Me (Psalm 139)

The Bible says in Psalm 139 that God knows everything about you. We say God knows everything, but we really don’t live like it.

Let’s look at five specific areas that God knows everything about in your life and the difference that it will make if you just remember that fact.

1. God knows all your faults and failures

This is the bad news. God knows everything about us. The fact is, sometimes we want to forget the omniscience of God because it’s a little uncomfortable. It is uncomfortable to realize we have no secrets from God. There are some things we’d rather God not know about us.

“O God, you know how foolish I am; my sins cannot be hidden from you.”  Psalm 69:5 NLT

Foolishly, when we do something wrong, we try to hide our sins, put them in the closet and lock the door, but God knows what’s behind that locked door.

“For your ways are in full view of the Lord, and he examines all your paths.”  Proverbs 5:21 NIV

The devil tempts us by saying, “No one will ever know.” So we go ahead and do it and then afterwards he hits us with another question, “What if they find out?” 

You have already been found out. God knows and He’s the one who counts.

Fact: God is not shocked by your sin.

Your Response: Be honest and turn from your sin.

He’s already seen it. When we confess to Him the things we’ve done wrong, He’s not shocked. He understands our faults and our failures.

So be honest. The Bible says, “If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.”

Just admit it. You’re not fooling anyone. “God, You’re right. I was wrong.” 

“Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy.”  Proverbs 28:13 NIV

God knows everything about you. He already knows all you’ve done wrong and He still loves you. When you admit it to Him, it never changes the way He feels about you, because He already knows.

He loves you and He loves you unconditionally. That means you don’t have to fake it, you don’t have to pretend.

2.  God knows all my feelings and frustrations

You may thing that no one knows what you’re going through, or that no one feels the pain you’re going through.

God knows. He knows your feelings and frustrations.

“…you have seen my troubles, and you care about the anguish of my soul.”  Psalm 31:7 NLT

Often when we’re hurting we feel very isolated, very lonely. Maybe there’s been a death in the family, a divorce, a traumatic event. We feel alone thinking that no one understands they way we feel.

What does God think when He knows how you feel?

“As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him; for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust.”  Psalm 103:13-14 NIV

Fact: God is sympathetic to your hurts.

Your Response: Trust Him with your hurts.

Not only does He see, He cares. God understands why it happened. The Bible says He understands because He made us. He sees the hurt in your heart that nobody else may see.

Listen, God knows what He’s doing. We may have no earthly idea what he’s up to, but, whatever it is, it will be good and meaningful. There is a God and there is purpose for pain and hope for humanity.

Are you trusting God in the dark? Are you trusting God in the midst of your feelings and frustrations?

“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”  1 Peter 5:7 NIV

Cast them all permanently, once and for all, don’t take them back. Give Him your hurts just like you give Him your faults, every area of your life.

3.  God knows all your future

“Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.”  Psalm 139:16 NIV

Everybody is interested in the future. People try all kinds of things trying to figure out what’s going to happen next. Astrology, horoscopes, reading tea leaves, bio-rhythms.

Fact: God sees your tomorrow, today.

Your Response: Ask for his advice.

He already sees the things we’ll face. God is not limited by time. He’s not limited by sequence of events.

It’s like when they show a helicopter shot of the Macy’s thanksgiving day parade. You could see the beginning of the parade and the end of the parade all at the same time, without even stopping it.

God, from His perspective, can see it all at once. That gives us greater confidence in God, because He knows everything that is going to happen in your life, and He still created you.

He knew every horrible thing that would happen to me and every stupid thing you would do and He still thought it was worth it to create you. He doesn’t want anyone to suffer for nothing. What He has in store must be greater than we could have ever imagined.

The things you don’t know, God can tell you about. He’s not going to lay out your whole life all at once, telling you everything that will happen in your life. If He did you’d get very discouraged or full of pride or both. He will lay it out a little at a time.

Here’s a practical application: When go over your schedule with the Lord, say, “Heavenly Father, You’ve already seen this day that I’m about to experience. You know every interruption I’m going to face, every cranky person in the office, everything my teacher is going to throw at me. You’ve already seen it. Would You, right now, give me the strength to cope through this day, the strength that I need for today.”

He already knows and you can ask Him in advance for wisdom and strength, for what you will face that day. 

4.  God knows all my fears

Often, the things we get most uptight about are in the areas of finances, our needs.

“So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.”  Matthew 6:31-32 NIV

He knows everything you need. Worry is the result of not realizing the omniscience of God. When you think that God doesn’t know what’s going on in your life, that He’s unaware of it and He doesn’t care, then you start to believe you need to take matters in your own hands.

Worrying is us trying to play God. Worrying is taking responsibility for things God never intended you to have.

“…your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.”  Matthew 6:8 NIV

Fact: God knows all your fears.

Your Response: You don’t worry.

Don’t worry, trust God. Don’t panic, pray and surrender it to God.

5.  God knows all your faithfulness

Every time you do the right thing, God is watching. Every time you don’t give in to temptation, every time you exhibit the fruits of the spirit, God understands and He sees your faithfulness to Him. 

Fact: Every good deed will be rewarded.

Your Response: Don’t be discouraged.

Every good deed will be rewarded no matter how insignificant, regardless of whether anybody else on earth saw it or not. Every encouragement you give to other people, every time you serve your husband or wife, every time you pick up around the office when it’s not your job, or set up chairs in church or stuff bulletins, He sees it.

Every act of courtesy, every time you had the opportunity to gossip and you didn’t, every time you had the opportunity to be critical and you weren’t, He sees every little thing and every big thing.

Every time you gave an offering sacrificially, served someone in a big way or went the extra mile, God sees it. He’s seen it all and He will reward you. 

It really doesn’t matter how we appear in public. What matters is how we are in private. Character is who you are in the dark. Reputation is what other people say about you.

Character is who you really are. What matters is the integrity in your life when nobody is looking, because there is someone looking…God. That is a tremendous motivator to live a Christ-like life.

If God sees all the good things that you do and He’s out there cheering you on and you are going to get credit for them all then we shouldn’t be discouraged.

Every act of kindness, every act of love — God is recording it all. Nothing good that you do is ever done in vain.

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”  Galatians 6:9 NIV

Matthew 10 says even a cup of cold water given in the name of Jesus Christ, God is interested in it. Knowing these things and knowing that God knows everything in your life, can either be very disturbing or very comforting. It depends on your relationship to Him, whether your trying to fool Him or not.

Which of these five areas have you been acting as if God is totally unaware?

God knows all your faults and failures. Have you been acting as if, pretending, that God does not know the wrong things that you’re involved in? Maybe you thought you could get away with it or that no one will ever know. You may be fooling other people, but you’re not fooling God. 

You need to admit it to yourself and to God — come clean — and ask God to forgive you.  Remember that He already knows about it and He still loves you. 

God knows all your feelings and frustrations. Maybe you’re hurting or feel misunderstood. Have you forgotten that God understands you, completely?

He sees the crisis in your soul, every time you cried yourself to sleep, He has seen it. He loves you and He’s very much aware of all that has happened in your life, that has brought you hurt. Look to Him for comfort and strength. Realize He understands you even better than you do.

God knows your future.

God knows your fears.

God knows all about your faithfulness. Are you discouraged trying to do what’s right? God knows and He will reward you. Nobody knows you like God does. He knows you better than you know yourself and at the same time, nobody loves you like God does.


Check Back

Check back on your discussion from last week, “The Excellent King.” (Am I making wise choices? Am I managing what God has given me well? Am I treating people well? Am I worshipping sacrificially?) Any more observations or thoughts on that message or your discussion?

 

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Big Idea

This week we began a new sermon series on the character of God. In this series we’ll look at what God knows about us, his omniscience; God’s power in our lives, his omnipotence; Where God is when we need him, his omnipresence; Our unchanging God, his immutability. From his love and grace to his sovereignty and faithfulness, let’s get to know God!

To start things off, we looked at what God knows. The Bible says nothing in creation is hidden from God. Hebrews 4:13 says “Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.” What this verses is talking about is called the omniscience of God. That means God is all-knowing. God knows all about himself. God knows all about creation. God knows all about history.

“Can you fathom the mysteries of God? Can you probe the limits of the Almighty? They are higher than the heavens above—what can you do? They are deeper than the depths below—what can you know? Their measure is longer than the earth and wider than the sea.”  Job 11:7-9 NIV

Read Psalm chapter 139 with your group.

Discussion & Application

1. Growing up, what was your family’s view of God? Was he ever discussed? How did you picture God? What influences were shaping the character of God for you?

2. Which of the five things God knows about you stood out the most?

3. Proverbs 5:21, “For your ways are in full view of the Lord and he examines all your paths.” Why do people feel they can hide their faults and failures from God? Have you ever concealed a sin from God? What were you hoping would happen?

4. Psalm 139:16, “Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” Since God knows all my future, what might it look like to ask God for advice? How will he respond?

5. Galatians 6:9, “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” How could the fact that God knows our faithfulness impact our daily life?

Prayer Focus

Ask the group for how you can pray for and support one another this week.

Next Steps

Have you been honest with God and confessed your sin to him? Have you asked God to save you through Jesus Christ so you don’t have to face the punishment for sin? If you’ve never done that, let the group know so they can pray with you.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

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