Talk It OVER…Gratitude Week 1
These questions and thoughts are designed to help you create connection in your Community Group. For a more in-depth study on our Gratitude Series, you can refer back to the devo by connecting to the Gratitude Devo on the website.
*Start Talking: Find a conversation starter for your group from the following questions:
-How often are you thankful for different areas of your life? (friends, family, job, marriage, etc.)
-Would you say you are more of a positive person or negative person? Why or why not?
*Start Thinking: Ask a thoughtful question.
It’s easy to stay in the moment and look around and see the negative impact life has to offer. We could very well wake up each morning and instead of praising God, we could complain.
The Israelites spent forty years complaining the whole time they were in the desert. Even though God showed them endless miracles and how He provided for them, yet they complained.
How different would it have been if the Israelites would have praised God each day? Do you think Moses and the whole tribe would have walked into the Promised Land?
*Start Sharing: Go over these questions to help spark discussion in your group
Complaining creates an attitude of ungratefulness in our heart. What lies in our hearts comes out of our mouth. We can’t be effective to the world if we are constantly negative. Usually, people are turned off by the attitude.
I’m sure we all could say we have that person in our life. How do you feel when you are around that person? Do you have to create boundaries?
Exodus 14:10-18 NIV
10 As Pharaoh approached, the Israelites looked up, and there were the Egyptians, marching after them. They were terrified and cried out to the Lord. 11 They said to Moses, “Was it because there were no graves in Egypt that you brought us to the desert to die? What have you done to us by bringing us out of Egypt? 12 Didn’t we say to you in Egypt, ‘Leave us alone; let us serve the Egyptians’? It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the desert!” 13 Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. 14 The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” 15 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to me? Tell the Israelites to move on. 16 Raise your staff and stretch out your hand over the sea to divide the water so that the Israelites can go through the sea on dry ground. 17 I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians so that they will go in after them. And I will gain glory through Pharaoh and all his army, through his chariots and his horsemen. 18 The Egyptians will know that I am the Lord when I gain glory through Pharaoh, his chariots and his horsemen.”
God had just brought the Israelites out of Egypt, and they continued to look behind them because of the fear that gripped their hearts. Slavery seemed more appealing to them then forging ahead into the wilderness
It’s easy to keep our eyes behind us in the past. As long as your eyes are in the past, you can never look forward and see God’s promises that are ahead of you.
Moving forward and moving out shows that you have faith and trust in God; even when we can’t see the end results. We can know that God has the best interest at heart for you.
What promises has God put before you that you struggle with?
How can you change yourself to have an attitude of gratitude?
Don’t let your complaining keep you from all that God has for you.
*Start Prayer: Here are ways to close your group in prayer.
Have someone close in prayer asking God to help with those who need to break the spirit of complaining and negativity out of their lives.
Take this week and write down all the things you are thankful for. Then each morning praise God for those things.