What Freedom is:

Steps to Surrender

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Freedom Session 2:

 

Introduction:

 

Some see God as the Terminator, ready to unleash destruction as He wishes.  Others see God as Santa Claus willing to give you whatever you ask for. Wherever your perception of God came from, until you get to know Him personally and begin walking in freedom, it is probably a warped perception. A warped image. Warped thinking. The truth is, God is all knowing, all powerful, rich in love and full of grace. He is the Righteous Judge and Creator of everything.

God created us to be in relationship with Him. He created a perfect place for us to live and give us everything we needed. There was openness and honesty between humanity and God. There was freedom in relationship with God.  Then Adam and Eve and chose to separate from God and sin by eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Sin separates us from God because He means what he says. He set a boundary in the Garden with Adam and Eve and they crossed it and walked into sin. We often don’t see the truth of who God is because sin corrupts our thinking. The original sin in the Garden fractured our relationship with God.

In the Message, Peterson talks about this in the introduction to Ephesians. He says our sin-wrecked world cause fractures in our lives like a fracture in our bones Hose fractures need to be set. Then both sides knit together and heal. The one who sets the bones is Jesus. Everything I need for my freedom and healing has been provided through Jesus.  He is the one who connects us back to God.

We all have fractures in our lives that need to be set.  There are fractures in our understanding of God, our understanding of who we are in some of our relationships. We get discouraged thinking that nothing will change and we will have to deal with this forever. We limp around trying to manage sin, manage fear, manage rejection, manage insecurity and manage pride. All so they don’t get out of control.

The truth is that Jesus has already done His part for of freedom.

Our part is to stop trying to change ourselves on our own and surrender to Jesus. When we invite Him into pain, our past, our sin, our successes, our relationships, and we choose to believe God’s Word as the truth, He does His part.

Our part is to stop making excuses and to surrender. To stop denying there is a problem and to surrender. We begin to live by TRUTH, which is that we cannot heal ourselves, fix ourselves but God can. He gives us the courage to change what we’ve always done and the strength to say, “No! to the LIES. When we who have accepted Christ, surrender to God’s will, the Holy Spirit works on our behalf and we learn to live in the freedom Christ died to access for us.

 

 

Group Study

Who God is:

Spend time about your perception of who God is.

 

Read and talk about what each of these scriptures says about God.  Underline the attributes of God in these verses as you read them.

  1. “my God is my rock; in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety. He is my refuge, my savior, the one who saves me from violence. 2 Sam 22:3
  2. “God reigns above the nations, sitting on His holy throne.” Psalm 47:8
  3. “For that is what God is like. He is our God forever and ever and he will guide us until we die.” Ps 48:14
  4. “The highest angelic powers stand in awe of God. He is far more awesome than all who surround his throne.” Ps 89:7
  5. “How kind the Lord is! How good he is! So merciful, this God of our”s. PS 116:5
  6. “But the Lord our God is merciful and forgiving, even though we have rebelled against him.” Daniel 9:9
  7. “For the Lord your God is living among you. He is a mighty savior. HE will take delight in you with gladness. With His love, he will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs”. Zep 3:17

 

How does your perception of God match up with what you just read?

 

 

 

How has your perception of God been different from what these scriptures say?

 

 

 

 

 

Sin separates us from God

  1. “ He replied, ‘ I heard you walking in the Garden, so I hid. I was afraid because I was naked.” Gen. 3:10 NLT
  2. “But your iniquities have separated you from your God; and your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear.” Isaiah 59:2 NKJ
  3. “But you are pure and cannot stand the sight of evil.” Habakkuk 1:13 NLT
  4. “He is a faithful God who does no wrong; how just and upright he is.” Deuteronomy 32:4 NLT

 

Why does sin separate us from God?

 

Jesus paid our Debt.

  1. Read Eph. 2:1- 10 ; Eph 1:7-8
  2. Talk about the new way you see God based on the truth you have read, Hopefully, you are anticipating God will change your mind about Him even more!

 

Group Prayer

As a group, talk about the things you now know about who God is.  Spend time praying that God would change your perceptions of who He is the week and show you how to surrender to Him.  Lift up prayer requests of any members.

 

 

Self Study

Who is God?

What is your current perception of God?

 

 

How do you desire to see God and understand who He is?

 

 

Do you have a hard time trusting God?  Explain.

 

Read Eph 1:3-8:  That pretty much states it! Every requirement for our freedom has been met at the cross. God says He loves us and chose us! What does that mean to you when you read it?

Our part is surrender:

To surrender is to yield to the power, control, or possession of another; to give up completely or agree to forgo especially in favor of another.

  1. Is that hard for you think about? Giving up control or yielding to God? Why or why not?

 

 

  1. Is it hard to give up certain things in favor of God?

 

 

  1. Take some to pray and ask God about what specific areas you need to surrender.

 

 

  1. What things have you been trying to do your way instead of God’s Write them down.

 

 

 

  1. What are you afraid to trust God with in your life? How are you doing in these areas? Take time to write about them”
    1. Your relationships?

 

  1. Your children?

 

 

  1. Your money?

 

  1. Your future?

 

  1. Your Career?

 

  1. Your Health?

 

Let God Lead

“You made me; you created me. Now give me the sense to follow your commands.” Ps 119:73

What things will you surrender to God?

 

What fear (s) will you surrender today?

 

Ask God to give you a new picture of Him.