“But we are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives. And we are eagerly waiting for him to return as our Savior.” Philippians 3:20 NKJV 1. WHEN YOU BECOME A CITIZEN OF HEAVEN, YOU BECOME A TOURIST ON EARTH!! Citizen: (n) an inhabitant of a city or town; especially one entitled to the rights and privileges of a freeman “Therefore, say to the people of Israel: ‘I am the Lord. I will free you from your oppression and will rescue you from your slavery in Egypt. I will redeem you with a powerful arm and great acts of judgment. I will claim you as my own people, and I will be your God.” Exodus 6:6-7 NLT 2. KINGDOM MENTALITY AFFECTS EARTHLY DECISIONS!! “We are here for only a moment, visitors and strangers in the land as our ancestors were before us. Our days on earth are like a passing shadow, gone so soon without a trace.” 1 Chronicles 29:15 NLT “They are headed for destruction. Their god is their appetite, they brag about shameful things, and they think only about this life here on earth.” Philippians 3:19 NLT 3. YOUR IDENTIFICATION IS YOURS TO OWN!! “But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;” 1 Peter 2:9 NKJV Victory Group Questions: 1) What does it mean, to be a Citizen of Heaven?? What does it look like to be a Tourist on Earth?? 2) Has the Kingdom mentality changed the way you live your life here on Earth?? If yes, in what ways?? If no, then why?? 3) How would you minister to someone who is struggling with their Identity in Christ?? Explain. 4) Read Philippians 3:19. What are some “Appetites” that you have battled with?? Have you overcome it or are you still battling?? Share how you overcame it or have the group speak life into how to overcome it??
“But we were hoping that it was He who was going to redeem Israel…” (Luke 24:21 NASB) 1. SPEAK OF NEGATIVE THINGS AS CHANGING “Death and life are in the power of the tongue…” (Proverbs 18:21 NASB) “They will mock Him and spit on Him, and scourge him and kill Him, and three days later He will rise again.” (Mark 10:34 NASB) 2. WALK WITH THE “BELIEVERS” WHO BELIEVE, NOT THE BELIEVERS WHO “DOUBT” “But these words appeared to them as nonsense, and they would not believe them.” (Luke 24:11 NASB) 3. NOT WALKING AWAY TOO FAST! “…Indeed, besides all this, it is the third day since these things happened.” (Luke 24:21 NASB) 4. THE NAME OF YOUR NEW HOPE IS “JESUS” “He is not here, for He has risen, just as He said…” (Matt. 28:6 NASB)
“But seeing the wind, he became frightened, and when he began to sink, he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus reached out with His hand and took hold of him, and said to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?” Matthew 14:30-31 (NASB) 1. YOU NEED THE COURAGE TO CHOOSE TO RISE AGAIN. COURAGE: The ability to do something that frightens you. Face your FEAR, don’t run from it, RISE from it. “For though the righteous fall seven times, they RISE AGAIN, but the wicked stumble when calamity strikes.” Proverbs 24:16 (NIV) “Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand." Isaiah 41:10 (NASB) 2. THE COURAGE TO RISE AGAIN IS FOUND IN YOUR CONFIDENCE IN CHRIST. “So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what He has promised." Hebrews 10:35-36 (NIV) 3. THE COURAGE TO RISE AGAIN IS DETERMINED BY YOUR READINESS. “For He taught His disciples and said to them, “The Son of Man is being betrayed into the hands of men, and they will kill Him. And after He is killed, He will rise the third day.” Mark 9:31 (NKJV) “Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in RISING every time we fall.” Victory Group Questions: 1. What area in your life is God asking you to be courageous and rise up in? 2. What are three things you can pin-point in your life that are holding you back from facing your fears today and why? 3. What was your biggest takeaway from this message and explain why?
SOME OF LIFE’S GREATEST LESSONS ARE OFTEN FOUND IN THE LONLIEST ROADS So it was, when the Philistine arose and came and drew near to meet David, that David hurried and ran toward the army to meet the Philistine. (1 Samuel 17:48 NKJV) 1. RUNNING ALONE MEANS YOU’RE WILLING TO FIGHT ALONE Then David put his hand in his bag and took out a stone; and he slung it and struck the Philistine in his forehead, so that the stone sank into his forehead, and he fell on his face to the earth. So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone, and struck the Philistine and killed him. But there was no sword in the hand of David. (1 Samuel 17:49-50 NKJV) 2. RUNNING ALONE MEANS MAKING THE MOST OF WHAT YOU HAVE 51 …And when the Philistines saw that their champion was dead, they fled. 52 Now the men of Israel and Judah arose and shouted, and pursued the Philistines… (1 Samuel 17:51-52 NKJV) 3. RUNNING ALONE CAN BE THE ONE THING THAT CHANGES EVERYTHING Victory Group Questions 1. Have you ever felt alone? Discuss some precious lessons learned from being alone. 2. Running alone means you make the most out of what you have. Share some life lessons on working with the little you have? 3. Your willingness to run alone can be the one thing that changes everything. Give examples from your personal life on how the act of one person can change everything. 4. What stood out to you most about the sermon and discussions? How would you be different from what you’ve heard and discussed today?
“But those who wait on the Lord Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31 (NKJV) 1. FIND REFUGE FIRST! “The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.” Psalm 18:2 (NIV) 2. YOU NEED REST BEFORE YOU CAN RENEW! “Even the youths shall faint and be weary, And the young men shall utterly fall, But those who wait on the Lord Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:30-31 (NKJV) 3. RENEW THE JOY OF THE LORD IN YOU! “Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” Nehemiah 8:10 (NIV) SIT AND SERVE! Victory Group Questions: 1. What activities drain your strength? 2. What activities renew your strength? 3. Why is waiting on God so difficult? 4. Read Psalm 27:14. What does it mean to wait on the Lord?
1. TAKING A STAND IS COURAGE, CHOOSING NOT TO FIGHT IS FAITH!! “Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego replied, ‘O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God whom we serve is able to save us. He will rescue us from your power, Your Majesty.” Daniel 3:16-17 NLT 2. COURAGE CAN BE FOUND IN CONFIDENCE!! “When you hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipes, and other musical instruments, bow to the ground to worship King Nebuchadnezzar’s gold statue.” Daniel 3:5 NLT “Then the LORD God called to the man, ‘Where are you?” Genesis 3:9 NLT 3. SMALL VICTORIES SET YOU UP FOR BIG CHALLENGES!! “But suddenly, Nebuchadnezzar jumped up in amazement and exclaimed to his advisers, ‘Didn’t we tie up three men and throw them into the furnace?’ ‘Yes, Your Majesty, we certainly did,’ they replied. ‘Look!’ Nebuchadnezzar shouted. ‘I see four men, unbound, walking around in the fire unharmed! And the fourth looks like a god!” Daniel 3:24-25 NLT “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.” James 1:2-4 NKJV Victory Group Questions 1) Have you ever been persecuted for your stance on God?? Did you stand courageous, or did you compromise?? Don’t be ashamed, explain. 2) What if I told you: “You couldn’t be killed!!”. How much more courage would you have?? How differently would you live your life?? 3) Why is it important to know who you are and whose you are?? Why does the enemy like to attack our Identity?? How does Confidence play a factor in being courageous?? 4) What are some of the “Small Victories” in your life?? Have you ever faced a Big Challenge and how did you fare?? Share and Pray for each other.
Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. 1 Peter 5:8 (NLT) 1. BREAK THE ENTANGLEMENT OF IDLENESS AND INTRIGUE Idleness: The state and condition of being lazy and inactive. To not work or not engage in activities. Intrigue: To arouse the interest, desire or curiosity in a person. To captivate or entangle. Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage. Galatians 5:1 (NKJV) 2. KNOW YOUR IDENTITY IN CHRIST! BE BOLD AND STRONG FOR THE LORD! The Righteous are as BOLD as a LION. Proverbs 28:1 (NIV) Be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. Ephesians 6:10-11 (NIV) 3. LIVE FOR THE CAUSE OF CHRIST AND ADVANCE THE KINGDOM OF GOD! David said…”Is there not a cause?” 1 Samuel 17:29 (KJV) The people who know their God shall be strong, and carry out great exploits. Daniel 11:32 (NKJV) VICTORY GROUP QUESTIONS 1. What areas of entanglement do you struggle with, especially when it comes to the area of idleness and intrigue? Read Galatians 5:1 and discuss with your group. Pray for one another. 2. What area is God wanting you to awaken and strengthen in this season of your life? Read Ephesians 6 about the Armor of God and share how you will apply these scriptures to your life. 3. Are you living for the “Cause of Christ” and advancing the Kingdom of God? In what ways are you doing this? If not, what steps of obedience will you take in your life to make the changes?
1. You are labeled MADE in HEAVEN! I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. Psalms 139:14 NIV Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Psalms 100:3 NIV 2. Embrace your own IDENTITY don’t embark to be IDENTITICAL. “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”Jeremiah 1:5 NIV 3. Your DIFFERENCE can make DIFFERENCE. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10 NIV For you did not chose me, I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit – fruit that will last – and so that whatever you ask in my name the father will give you. John 15:16 NIV 4. Let your COURAGE be CONTAGIOUS! For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. 2 Timothy 1:17 NIV
1. DESIRE IS NOT ENOUGH, YOU NEED TO BE STRONG AND COURAGEOUS “But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, ‘Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.’ Peter said to Him, ‘Lord, if it is You, command me to come to you on the water.’ And He said, ‘Come!’ And Peter got out of the boat, and walked on the water and came toward Jesus.” (Matthew 14:27-29 NASB) 2. GOD COMMANDS STRENGTH & COURAGE “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9 NASB) 3. PERSONALIZE AND REPEAT GOD’S COMMAND, AND TAKE ACTION “…let the weak say, ‘I am strong’.” (Joel 3:10 NKJ) 4. GOD COMMANDS STRENGTH & COURAGE FOR A “WORTHY CAUSE” “…Now I had not been sad in his presence. So the king said to me, ‘Why is your face sad though you are not sick? This is nothing but sadness of heart.’ Then I was very much afraid.” (Nehemiah 2:1-2 NASB) “…in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” (Romans 8:37 NIV) IT TAKES STRENGTH TO SURVIVE, IT TAKES COURAGE TO LIVE!
“Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” Luke 6:38 (NIV) 1. PRAYING FOR OTHERS HAS A BOOMERANG EFFECT! “After Job had prayed for his friends, the Lord restored his fortunes and gave him twice as much as he had before.” Job 42:10 (NIV) 2. PRAYING FOR OTHERS CHANGES OUR HEART! “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.” John 17:20-21 (NIV) “Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed…” James 5:16 (NASB) 3. PRAYING FOR OTHERS RELEASES ABUNDANT BLESSINGS! “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came so that they would have life, and have it abundantly.” John 10:10 (NASB) Victory Group Questions. 1. Read Matthew 6:9-13 the Lord’s Prayer 2. How has praying for others changed your heart? 3. Identify 3 prayer points that you can pray for an individual. 4. Share a moment when God has allowed the blessing for you to witness an answered prayer for someone.
“And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, So that he will not destroy the fruit of your ground, Nor shall the vine fail to bear fruit for you in the field,’ Says the Lord of hosts;” Malachi 3:11 NKJV 1. HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH MONEY, BUT EVERYTHING TO DO WITH HEART!! “Such is the fate of all who are greedy for money; it robs them of life.” Proverbs 1:19 NLT 2. REMINDS THE ENEMY, WHO’S BOSS!! “in which you previously walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience.” Ephesians 2:2 NKJV 3. MEANS FINDING PROTECTION UNDER THE PROTECTOR!! "Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty. This I declare about the Lord: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I trust him. For he will rescue you from every trap and protect you from deadly disease. He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection." Psalm 91: 1-4 (NLT) 4. HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH MONEY, BUT EVERYTHING TO DO WITH HEART!! “Inasmuch as these people draw near with their mouths And honor Me with their lips, But have removed their hearts far from Me, And their fear toward Me is taught by the commandment of men,” Isaiah 29:13 NKJV Victory Group Questions: 1) Be honest with the group. How is your HEART when it comes to the church and your money?? What do you think of the Tithe?? 2) Do you believe God has stopped the devourer in your life?? In what ways?? Share. 3) Do I really need to be under the covering of God to receive His Blessings and Protection?? Why?? 4) What is one thing that you took from the sermon?? Did you accept the “Heart Challenge" ??
Let us not love with words or speech, but with actions and in truth. 1 John 3:18 (NIV) 1. DISPLAY GOD’S LOVE OUT LOUD (LOL) If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I am a noisy GONG or a clanging cymbal. 1 Corinthians 13:1 (ESV) A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another. John 13:34 (NIV) 2. MATURE THROUGH SACRIFICIAL LOVE When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 1 Corinthians 13:11 (NIV) 3. REBUILD LOVE THROUGH RECONCILIATION Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. Ephesians 4:2-3 (NIV) VICTORY GROUP QUESTIONS 1. In what ways can you practically “LOVE OUT LOUD” with your family, friends and those in your world? 2. In what areas do you need to grow up and mature as a Christian, in the area of giving sacrificially to God and to others? 3. How is God challenging you to yield and submit to one another? In what ways are you becoming more Christlike? Read 1 Corinthians 13. 4. Do you have a relationship in your life that needs reconciliation? What steps can you take to build a bridge of love and restoration to that person?