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Abide

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Watch the short clips below, and answer the questions associated with each.  You can do this alone - but it's always more fun with a group of friends! Be sure to read/study the scriptures in each section.  God's word is the standard by which we measure all our thoughts and ideas.

 
 

1 | Abiding vs. believing

This last Sunday at dawn, Refuge City Church began the collective 21-Days of Fasting and Prayer. The whole purpose of this fast is to draw closer to God (to abide in God), not to punish ourselves for getting distracted by outside sources. By sacrificing what we are fasting from, we are presenting it as an offering to God.

  • Now that the fast has begun, is there a tendency to consider it a punishment, like a parent grounding their child from a favorite toy?
    • Biblically, what is an offering and how should it be presented to God?  Cheerfully or resentfully? 
      • How can we maintain our focus on this fast being an offering to God?

 

 

 

2 | the friend mentality

We cannot go through this fast with the wrong mindset.  We are not slaves to God, doing things in hope that we will obtain His favor.  We are children of God who want to draw closer in relationship to Him as a friend draws closer to a friend.

  • In our everyday lives, we have things that require our time: work, responsibilities, cooking, cleaning...do we get so busy with these requirements that we begin to lump our church and devotional times in with them?
  • What is the difference between being a slave to God versus a friend of God?
    • Do you spend time with God in order to make Him happy so He will bless you or do you spend time with Him because you desire to love Him more, draw closer to Him, and spend time with your Friend?

Scripture: John 15:15

 

3 | your desire

The purpose of this fast is NOT to get what you've always wanted, it is to draw closer to God. Fasting isn't a one-shot solution where you sacrifice and receive everything you need.  It's not a formula.  Be a friend of God.  Plant a seed that will transcend the 21 days and impact the rest of your life.

  • What should a fast accomplish?
  • How do you know if a fast "worked?"

 

Scripture: John 15:7, Isaiah 58:6-11