1. God is everywhere you are.
- Psalm 139:7-12
- Leader Notes
- 1 Omnipresent is a big word that describes the idea that God is everywhere and always present. God is not contained in our physical reality, He is outside of all that we can understand, and yet, He desires to take up residence deep within your heart.
- 2 Like all of us, King David was a gifted person, with many flaws. David was honest with his shortcomings and expressed them in the Psalms with full transparency.
- 3 The omnipresent God of the Bible is never far from us especially when we fall short of His glorious standards.
- Question for reflection: Before we know where God is we must first take an honest look at where we are spiritually, emotionally and even physically. Take time to ask yourself where you are in proximity to God? Are you dwelling on yesterday’s epic fails? Are you overwhelmed by tomorrow’s uncertainties?
2. The Lord desires to lead & protect you.
- Jeremiah 23:24
- Leader Notes
- 1 The Prophet Jeremiah reminds us that we cannot hide from God. Even when we think we can elude Him, God is always near.
- 2 Though God is everywhere, a person uniquely experiences the presence of God when the Spirit of God takes residence within them. Yes all living people have the general spirit of life, but a believer in Jesus is filled by the Life Giving Spirit of God.
- 3 When God is leading your life, His Spirit will reveal all that isn’t inline with His will.
- Question for reflection: In order for God to lead and protect you, who or what do you need to allow into your life for you to be more aware of God’s presence? Is there a spiritual mentor or group you need to seek out and join? What’s keeping you from starting new spiritually healthy rhythms like, joining a community group, serving, reading the Scriptures, fasting, or praying? How would God show up for you if you started these new “rhythms”?
3. Because God is light, you are light.
- Psalm 34:7-10, 1 John 1:5-7, Ephesians 5:8
- Leader Notes
- When it comes to great leaders, Jesus is the best. Simply put, you can’t be a follower of Jesus and lead yourself. You can remedy such poor leadership by simply praying “Lord lead me.”
- If you are insistent in leading yourself, God will let you. More accurately, He will allow it until He absolutely has to take over.
- Sometimes we allow darkness to cloud our decision making. God wants to allow the light of His presence to lead us in every choice we make.
- Question for reflection: Sometimes the things we idolize the most are the things we foolishly try to keep in darkness from God. As we read in Psalm 139 the light of God’s presence drives out the darkness. What are 3 areas of your life that need the most “Light of God” in order to made clean and pure? List these things and ask God to come in and help you prioritize them in your life.
Optional Follow-up Questions:
- What makes you say that?
- How do you feel about that?
- How would you explain your answer to a non-Christian friend or neighbor?
- Why did God design it to work that way? Why not just do (whatever else) instead?
- What would you say to someone who disagrees with that?
- Why do we really have to do it like that? Why can’t we just go (some other route) instead?