Ice Breaker: What is your favorite season and why?
Purpose: The purpose of this lesson is to discuss how to get the desires of your heart to become a reality in your life.
Main Scripture: Afterward Jesus returned to Jerusalem for one of the Jewish holy days. 2 Inside the city, near the Sheep Gate, was the pool of Bethesda a with five covered porches. 3 Crowds of sick people—blind, lame, or paralyzed—lay on the porches.[b] 5 One of the men lying there had been sick for thirty-eight years. 6 When Jesus saw him and knew he had been ill for a long time, he asked him, “Would you like to get well?” “I can’t, sir,” the sick man said, “for I have no one to put me into the pool when the water bubbles up. Someone else always gets there ahead of me.” 8 Jesus told him, “Stand up, pick up your mat, and walk!” 9 Instantly, the man was healed! He rolled up his sleeping mat and began walking! But this miracle happened on the Sabbath, 10 so the Jewish leaders objected. They said to the man who was cured, “You can’t work on the Sabbath! The law doesn’t allow you to carry that sleeping mat!” 11 But he replied, “The man who healed me told me, ‘Pick up your mat and walk.’” 12 “Who said such a thing as that?” they demanded. 13 The man didn’t know, for Jesus had disappeared into the crowd. 14 But afterward Jesus found him in the Temple and told him, “Now you are well; so stop sinning, or something even worse may happen to you.” 15 Then the man went and told the Jewish leaders that it was Jesus who had healed him.
Discussion: Think of something that if possible, you would have it right now physically in your possession. Anything you can think of. Your greatest desire. Well, guess what? You can have it. As a matter of fact, God wants you to have it more than you do!
Q1: If you would like to share, what is one of your greatest desires?
Maybe its healing or restoration. Maybe you need some freedom, to see your children saved, fulfill your purpose, a healthy marriage, a godly marriage, a baby on the way, peace, a sound mind, discipline, a job… There’s good news. YOU CAN HAVE IT. How?
5 STEPS TO GETTING IT
STEP 1. GET INTO POSITION
We can never see what God has for us if we are not in position. We need to get to a place where we can receive an outpouring; our house of grace. For us, our church, discipleship classes, care groups are all ways of being in a place to receive an outpouring. When we are in position, we are activating our faith.
Q2: What are some other areas we are positioned in a place to receive God’s outpouring?
Q3: What are some of the consequences of not being in position?
STEP 2. SEE IT HAPPENING
Get a faith vision and keep it alive! We will never get it if we don’t have a vision for it! Don’t let your present condition convince you that it will never change. The man who was sick for 38 years had hope and had a vision thathe was healed and he had faith in that vision! Do you see yourself successful? Prosperous? Remember this, delay doesn’t mean denial! God is not holding out on you. The lady who bled for twelve years just had a simple idea, a vision that if she just touched Jesus’ robe, she would be healed. If you’ve been waiting a long time, you’re almost there! Trust the process. Too many of us want to get to the destinations but were not willing to stay on the course.
Matthew 9:20 Just then a woman who had suffered for twelve years with constant bleeding came up behind him. She touched the fringe of his robe, 21 for she thought, “If I can just touch his robe, I will be healed.” 22 Jesus turned around, and when he saw her he said, “Daughter, be encouraged! Your faith has made you well.” And the woman was healed at that moment. 23 When Jesus arrived at the official’s home, he saw the noisy crowd and heard the funeral music. 24 “Get out!” he told them. “The girl isn’t dead; she’s only asleep.” But the crowd laughed at him. 25 After the crowd was put outside, however, Jesus went in and took the girl by the hand, and she stood up! 26 The report of this miracle swept through the entire countryside.
Q4: Where are you looking for your faith vision? What are your thoughts focused on? What is your mind fixed on that creates/destroys your faith vision?
Q5: Have you been feeling like God has been holding out on you? How can you fight against those thoughts of defeat?
STEP 3. DESIRE IT
Jesus asked people “Do you want to be healed?” He was finding out if it was really something that they desired.
Psalm 37:4 Delight yourself in the lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.
Matthew 5:6 God blesses those who hunger and thirst for justice,[b]for they will be satisfied.
Q6: What have your desires looked like lately?
Q7: Has there ever been a desire or want that you’ve forgotten about or left on the back burner?
Matthew 7:8 For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.
Those who really desire it will keep asking, seeking, and knocking.
STEP 4. RECEIVE IT
You don’t have to earn it. Believe in His word and you’ll receive it. How? – By believing Gods word over your life! AND acting on the word God spoke. Put your faith into action. When you receive his word, you receive his power.
Q8: Be honest, have you been underestimated God’s Word over your life? Have you either rejected it or had a hard time receiving it?
Q9: Why do you think it is such a battle to receive God’s Word over your life?
STEP 5. STOP SINNING
Sin causes us to go in reverse BUT the answer is always Jesus. There is healing when we submit and release our sin to Jesus. It’s possible to NEVER go back. What is there to go back to?
Declaration: I am worthy of receiving God’s word over my life. I will not reject His word over my life and I will receive it with humility and honor. I will stay/get in position and receive the outpouring so I can get my desires. I will watch God wok and put my faith into action as well. I will receive openly and I will submit my life to God and release my sin to Jesus. Thank you, Jesus. Amen!
Application: This week, spend some time writing down your faith vision, even if you’ve written it before. Refresh your desire for His vision over your life. If you have not received a faith vision, spend time in prayer and ask God to reveal a faith vision to you, then write it down and share with a friend or mentor.