Welcome to the Post-Weekend Push with Brian Tome.
The macro theme of the Bible is freedom. We see it all over the place, from a guy named Moses all the way to Jesus. On this Veteran’s Day week, when we celebrate the men and women who have fought for freedom, let’s begin with this question: what does “freedom” mean to you?
Mammon is a spirit, and he is present when we trust in anything that is not God. Mammon wants to be possessed, wants to use us, and will lie to us. What lie about money does Mammon specifically speak to you? (Ex: You’ll never have enough; if you just made a little bit more you would feel secure; your money is all yours, etc.)
In Exodus 32, we find the story of the Golden Calf. God rescued his people from Egypt, allowed them to plunder the Egyptians, and they turned his blessings into an idol. Can you relate to that story? What blessings are you tempted to elevate to the place only God should occupy?
There are two ways to be stiff-necked: (1) When you don’t do what you know you are supposed to do or (2) When you do what you know you shouldn’t. Either way, God breaks stiff-necks. Don’t want to experience that? Identify where you are being stiff-necked and one way you can begin to move in the opposite direction.
When there are difficult things that God has called us to do, there is oftentimes a blessing on the other side of it. What is the difficult thing God wants you to do? How can you get moving?
Pray: After everyone shares the difficult thing God wants them to do, take time to pray for each person and scenario. Pray is the thing that elevates our lives beyond the scope of our own power.
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Nov 9, 2019