Trust God for help - Matthew 5:3
Session 7 Index Session 9
(A1) Open the session with prayer
(A2) Did you read through session 8 and answer the questions?
(A3) How many days did you read the Bible and send a text of the Bible verse you liked the most from your reading? Which one was your top one?
(A4) Did you make you weekly phone call to encourage and pray with the person that was on your right?
(A5) Don't Worry... This Message Is for You (last of the Philippians sermon series) Todd Wagner Dec 9, 2018 LINK
(1) In this sermon Todd shows that if we trust God to help us we won't worry.
(2) Did you listen to the message?
(3) 18% of Americans have depression. But a lot of it is really a heart/mental problem and not a physical problem. If we just deal with our idolatry, strategies, and wrong thinking, it would heal us from our anxiety and despair a lot more than treating it as a brain (chemical) instead of a heart/mental problem.
(4) If you continue to live in a way that is unwise it will create psychosis problems and if you only treat it physically and don't treat the spiritual problem that is at the foundation of it you will NEVER get well. You'll take medicine that will make you feel better but you'll be only dealing with the symptoms and not the real problem.
(5) You want to be healed? Be transformed by the renewing of your mind (Romans 12:2).
(6) Need to view most mental issues as a spiritual problem.
(7) Paul says if you have a spiritual problem then your thinking is going to cause anxiety.
(8) Don't worry, but trust God will give you everything you need.
(9) Worry is believing God won't get it right. Despair is believing God got it wrong.
(10) Corrie Ten Boom: "Worry does not rob tomorrow of it's sorrow BUT it robs today of its strength"
(11) Phil 4:8 is what to do when you worry. What is true? Not that I will lose my house, but I might lose it. What is true is that God loves you. Is there anything more honorable than Jesus?
(12) Jesus taught on trust in God (do not worry) in Matthew 6:25-34.
(13) Jesus says in the same chapter (Matthew 6:11) to pray for your daily bread. When you worry, you are asking for tomorrow's needs to be given to you today.
(14) God will give you what you need today.
(15) Remind myself today what is true, honorable.
(16) Isaiah 26:3 "You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!"
(17) Phil 4:9 Don't just have a good focus (thinking about what is true ...) BUT also a good practice.
(18) Which ones of the above quotes did you like the most?
(A6) Did you listen to Matthew chapters 21-24?
(A7) Click here to view the applications and split into groups of 2 and work on saying word perfect from memory Applications 1-6. Once you're back in the big group have everyone say the applications by memory.
(A8) Who did you teach the Sermon on the Mount to last week?
(1) How is it going?
(2) How far did you get with them?
(3) Have they started teaching someone else?
(B) Trust God for Help
(B1) Matthew 5:3 “God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs."
(1) Only those that have become a child of God have the power and the desire to develop these beatitudes in their lives and therefore receive the eight blessings. Philippians 2:12b-13 "Work hard to show the results of your salvation, obeying God with deep reverence and fear. 13 For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him." Where does the desire and the power to please God come from?
(2) From Guzik: "The call to be poor in spirit is placed first for a reason, because it puts the following commands into perspective. They cannot be fulfilled by one’s own strength, but only by a beggar’s reliance on God’s power. No one mourns until they are poor in spirit; no one is meek towards others until he has a humble view of himself. If you don’t sense your own need and poverty, you will never hunger and thirst after righteousness; and if you have too high a view of yourself, you will find it difficult to be merciful to others."
(B2) Trust God and not yourself or others to meet your needs: Psalms 78.22 "trust him to care for them." Dwight Hill "God hates pride and sets himself against those who push total dependence upon him to the side."
(1) 1 John 4.16 "We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in his love." What must we understand about God so that we can trust God?
(2) Romans 8:31-32 "If God is for us, who can ever be against us? (32) Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else?" How much does God love us?
(3) 2 Corinthians 1.9,10,12 "we stopped relying on ourselves and learned to rely only on God, ... (10) We have placed our confidence in him, ... (12) We have depended on God’s grace, not on our own human wisdom." What must we stop doing? And what must we start doing?
(4) Jeremiah 17.5,7 "This is what the Lord says:“Cursed are those who put their trust in mere humans, who rely on human strength and turn their hearts away from the Lord. ... (7) “But blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence." In v5 what happens to those who don't stop trusting in others or themselves? In v7 what happens to those who have made the Lord their hope and confidence?
(5) Proverbs 3.5-6 "Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. (6) Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take." What three things must we do to get God's guidance?
(6) Proverbs 29.25 "Fearing people is a dangerous trap, but trusting the Lord means safety." If I want to live in safety what must I do?
(7) Isaiah 40:31 "But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength." What does trusting God give us?
(8) Psalm 34:4 "I prayed to the Lord, and he answered me. He freed me from all my fears." Who do we go to with our fears? And what will God do for us?
(9) Psalm 34:9-10 "Fear the Lord, you his godly people, for those who fear him will have all they need. (10) Even strong young lions sometimes go hungry, but those who trust in the Lord will lack no good thing." If we truly fear God what does He give us? If we truly trust in the Lord what will He give us?
(9) Four times in Matthew 6:24-34 Jesus commands us not to worry. Then in verse 33 he tells us the reason why we don't need to worry. Matthew 6:33 "Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need." What is the promise? What are the conditions? The more we can believe (trust) this promise of Jesus, the less worry we will have.
(10) Which verse in this section impacted you the most? And why?
(B3) How to trust God and not worry: Philippians 4:6-9 "Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. (7) Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. (8) And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. (9) Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you."
(1) What is Jesus' promise in v7 and repeated in v9?
(2) What four things must we do in v6?
(3) What one thing must we do in v7?
(4) What must we do in v8?
(5) What one thing must we do in v9?
(6) Which one or two requirements are the hardest for you to do?
(7) Any idea on how you can do it better? (Ask God for help in doing it? Ask someone to hold you accountable? Set aside specific time each day to do it?)
(B4) The test to see how much one is trusting and relying on God:
(1) 1 Thess 5:17 "Never stop praying". How much am I praying? The less one prays the more one depends on self and the more one misses out on one's joy, power, guidance, and answers.
(2) Matthew 6:9,11 "Pray like this: ... Give us today the food we need," How much am I praying this daily?
(3) Matthew 6:13 "And don’t let us yield to temptation, but rescue us from the evil one," How much am I praying this daily?
(4) Matthew 7:7 "Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you." How much am I praying this daily?
(5) Matthew 7:11 "So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him." How much am I praying this daily?
(6) How much am I praying for safety, conviction, growth, power, witnessing, discipling of love ones, friends, co-workers, and neighbors?
(7) How did you do on the test?
(B5) Review: For you what are the 2-3 key points of this session?
(B6) Summary: Realizing our need for him gives us the power to do the of the Beatitudes because we will be trusting and relying on his help to live His way. Prayer is the key way to do this. We depend on God for help by asking direction, power, favor, and needs and believing he'll keep his promises to us.
(B7) Application: Is there any change you can start applying today from some teaching in this session?
(C) Assignment for session 9
(1) Memorize applications 1-8 word perfect.
(2) Study carefully session 9.
(3) Continue to read the Bible. Read at least a few minutes every day from the New Testament (preferably the Gospel of Matthew). Then text the verse you liked the most to everyone else in the group.
(4) Listen to the Sermon: Click here to watch or listen to session 9's sermon(s).
(5) Listen to the Bible: Using the Bible App listen to Matthew chapters 25-28 this week, it'll only take about 22 minutes.
(6) Weekly phone call: In a few days call the person on your right.
(7) Making Disciples: If you haven't yet, find someone to start training with the Gospel of Matthew
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