Forget You Part 2

Week #2: Forget You
 
Key Points:
-He must become greater. I must become less.
BIG IDEA: I can get better at making Jesus greater if I want to.
-Transformation is not a Formula; its a Journey. 
 
How do i renew my mind?
1. Renewing my mind involves spending time with God!
2. Renewing my mind involves daily obedience!
**My Closeness to God can be measured by the time it takes from His Command to My Obedience.
 
Further Conversation
1. What/Who are a few of the influences that shaped your life?
2. “I can get better at making Jesus greater if I want to.” Why do you think our “want to” doesn’t always match our “do do”? How can we adjust our “want to”?
3. Read Romans 12:1-2. What are a few of the patterns of this world that you conform to? In what ways can you renew your mind right now? How can you daily connect with God?
4. Read Romans 6:16 How well is your faith shown in your actions? What steps of obedience do you need to take immediately?
5. Read Philippians 4:8-9 Describe the things Paul says we need to fix our thoughts on. Why does practice matter?
6. How would you describe your closeness to God?
7. Restate the BIG IDEA in your own words. What are you willing to do to adjust your “want to”? Who will you get to help you?
 
Daily Devotions: Go Deeper this Week
 
Monday – Philippians 2:1-11
How much space do we give God? We give space by allowing room for God, and only God to move. In essence, do I take matters into my own hands doing what I believe is right… or do I obey God’s commands giving space for God to guide and fill me? Paul encourages the Philippians to be just like Jesus. In verse 7, Paul says Jesus emptied himself. (some translations say “gave up divine privileges”). By emptying, Jesus gave God all the space he had. God filled Jesus. How much room are we allowing God?
Pray: Almighty God, may I empty myself like Jesus and give you space to fully fill me with your favor!
 
Tuesday – Genesis 6:5-22
Noah found favor with God. How and why did Noah find favor? While every other person on earth was doing what they wanted, Noah was willing and available to do what God wanted. God wanted a lot…120 years of building a boat for a flood no one else believed would happen. Yet Noah said yes. What is God allowed to ask you to do?
Pray: Heavenly Father, may I find favor with you as I offer myself and all my decisions to you.
 
Wednesday – Romans 12:1-21
What does it look like to empty yourself and say yes to God? Paul spells it out clearly in Romans 12. To sum it up…do what is right, good, and loving at all times and allow God to deal with the consequences. Finding favor with God means giving control to God. We create space for God as we relinquish control to God. Who has final say in how much you give? Who you forgive? How long you will serve? Who controls you?
Pray: Holy God, I surrender control to you. Please renew my mind and teach me all your ways.
 
Thursday – Hebrews 10:26-36
God doesn’t always act fast. Sometimes we will endure pain, struggle, and even persecution for giving God control. The writer of Hebrews reminds us to stay the course. Remaining in God’s favor means choosing to be humble, believe in God, and make space for God. Where are you struggling to make space for God today? Ask God to remind you of his love, goodness, joy, and favor. How could you renew your hope in God today?
Pray: Holy Spirit, restore my hope today, that I may patiently endure, finding favor and joy in God!
 
Friday – Psalm 90
Its easy to talk of faith and God’s blessings when all things are working out according to our liking. Its far more difficult to remain faithful when we struggle while the wicked flourish. The writer of this Psalm understood difficulty. It feels as if God absent, even ignoring us. In crafting this psalm, song, and prayer, the writer chooses to remind us of the truth. What words or phrases stand out to you? Who else might need to hear this?
Pray: Holy LORD, I will chose to trust in you and remain faithful to you. Renew my heart today.
 
Saturday – Matthew 28:1-10
When everything starts falling apart, we fear. When our hopes are dashed, we fear. When life doesn’t make sense and we’ve lost our bearings, we fear. Mary was afraid. Jesus was dead. Nothing made sense. Yet the angel, and then Jesus himself repeat a simple phrase, “Do not fear!” Emptying ourselves is scary. Giving God full control is scary. Enduring suffering while waiting on God is scary. Fear comes easy. But we must fix our thoughts and minds on the truth. We must remember Jesus’ word, “Don’t be afraid!” And me must follow his command, “Go tell…” When fear swells, remember the truth. May we empty ourselves and make all the room we possibly can for God to fill us.
Pray: LORD God, may I be empty for you that through you I may be full!