Based upon Dr. Stanley’s Life Principle Notes
Do you struggle with fully trusting the Lord? Even the disciples occasionally doubted Him. Our faith begins to wane when our prayers seem to go unanswered or adversity strikes. But trusting God means looking beyond what you can see to what He sees!
Review the MEMORY VERSE (Lk 1:37). Let’s hide the Word of God in our heart; MEDITATE, what does the verse say to you? Pray for understanding. Review, Review, Review!
DISCUSS: What did I learn in the Sunday School lesson and the sermon about “Trusting in Spite of Disappointment?”
Read: (1 Sam 17:20-51). How did David demonstrate his trust in God? Goliath was an imposing figure, but David focused on the spiritual (v 26). He declared victory before he picked up the 1st stone (46-47). What was the key to David’s victory? David realized that they were mocking God and he saw the picture of Goliath’s death – he knew the Lord would give the victory! How can you know if you are fully trusting God? You no longer fret. Worry reveals that you are no longer trusting God. When you rely completely on Him, you will stop pleading with Him and start thanking Him for answering your prayer (Phil 4:6-7).
Requirements for life changing faith: 1. A Clean Heart; are there impurities in your life? Confess all known sin; they hinder your fellowship with Him (1 Jn 1:9). 2. Pure Motives; is your objective righteous? Or is your request selfish? What is His will for the situation? 3. Focus on Him; we dwell on our emotions, the facts, and the opinions of others – STOP, keep your eyes on Jesus, “For nothing is impossible with God.” The Lord doesn’t play favorites; He will work powerfully in any believer’s life, including yours!!
Riverview Family Devotion Guides
Family devotion guides are provided to help reinforce the "Big Idea" that is studied in Sunday School and presented in the Pastor's message each week.