Main Idea: God will fill our sails with a fresh wind, but if we aren’t ready to heed the Holy Spirit’s beckoning, we’ll sail in circles.
Introduction: God loves His children and hates to see them suffer, however if we want revival, we must first align ourselves with the purpose He’s given us to follow His fresh wind.
Discussion Starter: Where will your allegiance be when God’s fresh wind fills your sails? Will you trust and allow Him to steer your ship? Or will you fight to control the wheel?
Primary Scriptures: Matthew 6:24, Luke 19:8-9, 2 Corinthians 9:7 and 10-15, Hebrews 13:16
- When God checks the temperature of our hearts, know that the thermometer reads everything, including our bank accounts. When we talk about generosity, your response will always reveal your heart! Who is your captain? Is God leading your ship, or is your ship divided? Are there some areas you allow God to lead and other areas where you seize control?
- Read Luke 19:8-9. God’s word says that Zacchaeus was given salvation, and that his generosity proved it…Giving reveals the nature of our hearts, and it’s not only about money. Understand that each time we give, whether it’s from our wallets or it’s wisdom in a moment of need, we become more and more like our heavenly Father. Discuss the implications of this scripture, and the power behind giving.
- For revival to rest upon us, we must surrender everything to God. Our problems. Our concerns for loved ones. Our anxieties, and our pains. God will fill the sails of the stuck, and the broken, but we must TRUST in Him to guide us afterward. So what’s holding you back from trusting in Him? Is something stopping you from believing that God will pull you through such difficult times? Read 2 Corinthians 9:10-15 as an encouraging reminder of God’s provision and our part in generously sharing that provision.
Discovery Bible Method: For deeper study, as an alternative to the questions above, read Luke 18:18, 22-30 and use the Discovery Bible Method to explore the passage.
Consider the things that lead your life. Is it sports, your job, your college classes, or maybe a relationship? Break into pairs and spend time in prayer with one another. Discuss together where you are struggling to feel the fresh wind of God in your lives, and declare the chain breaking truth over one another that God’s favor is upon you, and that His love for you is greater than anyone’s here on earth.