Turn your heart back to God
1 Kings 18
When God gets your ATTENTION
If you are living a lifestyle of sin and are rejecting the will of God for your life, then God will eventually get your attention:
God applies pressure so that we turn our heart back to Him.
TURNING BACK our HEART to God
What does it take to turn your heart back to God? Why do some people change while others continue to selfishly walk in the wrong direction?
- Blame yourself, not the messenger.
- Sitting on the fence is not an option.
- Humble yourself and admit that the Lord is God.
The BLESSING of TURNING BACK our HEART
When we finally give up control over our own sin and decide to follow Jesus Christ, God overwhelms us with His unfailing love:
Repentance unlocks the door of God’s mercy.
1. Have you ever witnessed God applying pressure to someone in order to get their attention? How did this person respond? Did they listen to God right away, or did they ignore His warning? Would you like to share about a time when God pressured you to come back to Him?
2. Read Hebrews 12:4-11; proverbs 3:11-12. God disciplines (“pressures”) those He loves. Discuss why most Christians don’t like this part of theology in today’s culture. God uses a father and child as an example. Discuss the relationship we should have with a holy God who has a standard that we are to live by.
3. Read Joshua 24:14-18. Will you have the courage of Joshua to follow God even if no one else follows God? Joshua was not a fence sitter. What does it take to have this healthy type of fear of the Lord so that you will always be on His side of the fence?
4. Read Matthew 23:12; Proverbs 29:23; 1 Peter 5:6. When we humble ourselves, God exalts us in His timing. Have you ever tried to picture what this exaltation looks like for you personally?
Applying the Bible
5. Do you need to repent of something this week to God? Has God been waiting on you to turn back to Him? Decide today that living for Him is better than living with your sin. Believe today that sin destroys while following God’s will leads to life!
6. Do you need to be an Elijah to someone this week? Maybe they aren’t as evil as an Ahab or Jezebel, but if they are headed in the wrong direction, it is your responsibility to lovingly confront them.