This Present Darkness- Wk 3

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Talk It Out- This Present Darkness, Wk 3
These questions and thoughts are designed to help you create connection in your Community Group.

*Start Talking: Find a conversation starter for your group from the following questions…
- What is your all time favorite board or card game?

- What would your talent be if you were Miss or Mister World?

*Weekend Recap:
“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.” Ephesians 6:12 (ESV)

There is a FIGHT for our lives! Satan’s desire is to: kill, steal, and destroy. (John 10:10) God didn’t leave us alone to fight on our own.  As we continue to take a look at spiritual warfare, the question was asked: What do you do when you lose a battle?

Examples of what our behavior could be if we lose a spiritual battle:

  1. We often cope by becoming dependent on things other than God

  2. We question God obsessively.

  3. We can have a dramatic thought process

  4. We disappear (aka “ghosting”)

Paul’s story of weakness or loss never intimidated him… 2 Corinthians 11:21-33 and 2 Corinthians 12:7-10
Paul’s secret: he allowed the power of Christ to work through him constantly in the day to day.

When you lose a battle- RUN to the Heavenly Father! RUN past the hurdles, RUN past the temptations, RUN past the doubts and fears and RUN to Him!

*Discussion Points:
How do you respond to losing a spiritual battle?

What keeps you from running to the Heavenly Father when you experience loss?

What encourages you to run to the Heavenly Father when you experience loss?

Read Isaiah 40:29-31 (The Message version is worded well)- what are the characteristics of God described? How can this passage be encouraging?

*End in Prayer:
Take some time to pray together as a group- share requests/needs/praises.  You can pray in smaller groups of 2 or 3, or all together. Take turns praying for one another and encourage one another to pray throughout the week for all things.