Icebreaker: What is your favorite season of the year and why?
Purpose: The purpose of this lesson is to acknowledge areas in our lives where we have been stuck and to recognize the season into which God is taking us.
You have been believers so long now that you ought to be teaching others. Instead, you need someone to teach you again the basic things about God’s word. You are like babies who need milk and cannot eat solid food (Hebrews 5:12 NLT)
It is easy to remain stuck in a season because of it's familiarity. We may say things like, "I've always been like this," or "I'm waiting for them to say sorry." But when God begins to do a new work in our lives, He pushes us out of comfort zones and asks us to step into unfamiliar territory. God's desire is for us to grow, mature, and teach others the truths of his Word. It could be bad habits, sin, old relationships, or fear that keep us from entering into the amazing season that God has for us; but until we let go of an old season, we can never step into the next. Let's not allow what happened in one season affectthe rest of our lives. Let's grow, let's learn, and let's step into a limitless season!
Q1- Identify an area in your life where you are stuck.
Q2- What excuses have we used to justify this "stuck" area?
Q3- What is one thing that you know God is requiring of you in this new season?
We can be stuck in a season - When we are stuck we keep going over the same lessons and we get stuck in the same cycles. Here are some examples of places where we can become stuck: unforgiveness, inactivity, addiction, poverty, sin, the past, arguing, complaining, gossiping etc.
Q4- What hinders us from changing or challenging the "stuck" areas of our lives?
Q5- The children of Israel wandered in the wilderness for 40 years, stuck in a cycle of complaining and unbelief (Joshua 5:6). What's at stake in our own lives if we don't push past our "cycles?"
God expects us to grow and get into a place where we can teach others. It's not good enough just to know it. Do we live it? Are we still surviving off of the milk of the Word? Or have we become mature enough to receive meat, and then teach what we have received.
" The enemy doesn't attack you when you applaud the Word, but when you apply the Word."- Pastor Marco Garcia
Q6- In What area of your life have you matured to the point where you can help other people?
2. God desires to take us into a new season!
For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland. (Isaiah 43:19)
God is declaring that He is doing something new. He is making it impossible for us to stay in the season we have been in (our comfort zone). The transition into this season has already begun. Can you see it?
Q7- What "new thing" do you see God doing in your life?
God is making a way!
Pathway: directions, course of life, journey
Wilderness: uninhabited, unproductive, mouth
Dry wasteland: wasted, unused, neglected
Q8- When God wants to do something new in your life, he will instruct you and give you guidance. People who are willing to learn, receive the direction. What is the next step in your discipleship growth journey? What other lessons is God teaching you in this season?
Q9- God is saying that he wants to move in the dry, unproductive areas of our lives. Which areas of your life are you expecting God to send His rain?
Declaration: I declare that I am in a new season. The old has passed away and the new has come! I recognize that God wants to move me out of my comfort zone and into a season of no limits. I declare that I am teachable, I am obedient, and I will confront and move past the cycles that have kept me stuck. I will overcome, I will not be defeated, and I will see the hand of God refresh every area of my life. I am moving forward in Jesus Name!
Application: Write down the areas of your life where you are stuck. Then write down three practical ways you can move past this hurdle in your life. Ask God to help you accomplish this.