Sunday, 19 November 2017

The Blessing of Provision

Pastor Troy Jester

From the beginning, God planned for humanity to enjoy the beauty, abundance, and fruitfulness of creation. 

We need to develop the habit of recognizing God’s provision for us. 

Make a list of the blessings in your life: 

We must be careful to not hold too tight to the blessings we have received from God. 

II Kings 7:1-11 & 18-20 

Because God has blessed us abundantly, we should be a blessing to others. 

II Corinthians 9:6-11 

Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. As it is written, “They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor; their righteousness endures forever.” Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.” 

God is a good Father who loves us so much that He will provide for us in all areas of life. 

Small Group Questions 

Assign the following scriptures to those in your group who like to read.

  1. Philippians 4:4-8
  2. Romans 12:12-13
  3. 1 Chronicles 16:8-14 & 31-34
  4. Psalm 28:6-7
  5. Psalm 100
  6. I Thessalonians 5:16-18 

Leader: Read the old time hymn, "Count Your Blessings."

When upon life's billows you are tempest tossed,
When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost,
Count your many blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done. 

Count your blessings, name them one by one,
Count your blessings, see what God hath done!
Count your blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done. 

Are you ever burdened with a load of care?
Does the cross seem heavy you are called to bear?
Count your many blessings, every doubt will fly,
And you will keep singing as the days go by. 

When you look at others with their lands and gold,
Think that Christ has promised you His wealth untold;
Count your many blessings. Wealth can never buy
Your reward in heaven, nor your home on high. 

Over and over, the writers of Scripture encourage us to give thanks, be joyful, and to pray continuously. Let's spend some time together doing just that! We are going to count our blessings … we are going to name them one by one. 

In popcorn style have your group speak out things that give them real joy. Allow for 3-5 minutes to do this. 

Next have your group pray sentence prayers of thanks. Like, "Lord thank you for my job." Ask them to pray several different times, in popcorn style, as things come to mind. Again allow for several minutes of thanksgiving. 

Ask for each person to thank God for one circumstance that is not necessarily something they are particularly happy about but that they are trusting God will work out. 

Close this time by thanking God for his many blessings and for all the circumstances of life because we know and trust that God is working all things out for our good.