Sin, Trouble & Consecration


Part 1

Our greatest battles in life always involve battling sin. “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” – Romans 3:23.

Q1: Why do you think sin is such a tough battle we all face?

Read Joshua 7:1 - But the people of Israel broke faith in regard to the devoted things, for Achan the son of Carmi, son of Zabdi, son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, took some of the devoted things. And the anger of the Lord burned against the people of Israel. The effects of our own sin can and will ripple out beyond us. It will affect those we love.

Q2: Have you ever see someone suffer or experience consequences for someone else’s sin?

Q3: Going back to the beginning, how did Adam and Eve’s sin affect all of us?

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. – Romans 8:37-39.

Q4: Do you see yourself as a super conqueror because of God’s love? Why or why not?

Q5: How does this promise bring you comfort in the midst of hardship?

Q6: How does it help you face your fears?

Read Joshua 3:5 - Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the LORD will do wonders among you. Consecrate yourselves means to set yourselves apart and prepare yourselves. The emphasis is on personal responsibility. It portrays the need to deal with sin in our life. It was used of setting something apart for use by the Lord and His purposes in the sense of cleansing, preparing, and dedicating it to the Lord. The battle is still God’s. But when we do this, we will see and experience the LORD will do wonders in our midst. We see the same thing in the New Testament for believers in Christ. 2 Timothy 2:20-22 - Now in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver but also of wood and clay, some for honorable use, some for dishonorable. Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable, he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work. So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart. Those who depart from such errors and avoid impurity in their lives prepare themselves to be useful to the master and ready for every good work. This is a promise of blessing in the pursuit of holiness.

Q7: Have you noticed the difference in how God uses people who “cleanse themselves from what is dishonorable?”

Q8: Who are some people that come to your mind that have been instruments used for special purposes by God currently and in history?

Q9: You don’t have to answer this out loud to the group, but is there anything you need to cleanse yourself from in order to a vessel for honorable use and set apart for God to be ready for every good work?

Mark 11:22-23 - And Jesus answered them, "Have faith in God. Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, "Be taken up and thrown into the sea," and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him.Jesus didn’t say “pray about the mountain”. Jesus said, speak to the mountain… “There comes a moment when you must stop talking to God about the mountain in your life, and start talking to the mountain about your God.” (Mark Batterson) When you are in alignment with God and able to stand blameless before Him there are no limits to what He can do, and with confidence you can speak to any mountain and make it move.

Q10: What mountains do you need to talk to about your God?

Q11: What have you learned from this discussion? Is there anything you need to think about differently or do differently?

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