God Rushes In

{Rooted} “Anything” Study – Week 5: God Rushes In, No Turning Back, Spreading Insanity

God Rushes In

God Rushes In

Hello Rooted Ladies!!

Welcome to week 5 where we cover Chapters 11-13. I hope you all have had a great week. I also really hope that everyone is in the flow of reading and digesting this awesome book. I don’t know about you all but I find myself getting stuck in certain areas – areas that God is calling me to examine. I am having to re-read and re-read pages and adjust my prayers. {I’m just saying!} 

This week we finish up part 2, which is all about our conversations with God…

part 2: praying anything

Chapter 11: a thousand problems: God rushes in

This chapter really made me start trying to discern when I hear God speaking to me and when it’s just me talking to myself, or just hearing my doubts and fears. I’m learning more about being still and being silent. How are you hearing God speak to you?

1. How do you personally discern when God is speaking to you?

2. Have you ever willingly walked into the “reckless and unknown (pg 101)” for God? What was the outcome?

3. For me, there are certain areas of my life where surrendering it to God feels really scary. Does surrendering to God feel like bondage or freedom to you? How do you apply the truth of God’s word to the broken places of your life? “How do we actually let God change us?”

4. Share a time when you felt helpless in relation to your children, but as you trusted them to God you saw Him come through in a way that grew their faith and yours (pg 103)?

5. Read Psalm 9:10, Psalm 37:5, Proverbs 3:5.

And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you. Psalm 9:10 (ESV)

Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act. Psalm 37:5 (ESV)

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. Proverbs 3:5 (ESV)

  • Believing that God is trustworthy and He knows how life is lived best, in what situation do you need to press through doubt and fear to follow Him?

6. Read Romans 6:6-8.

We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. For one who has died has been set freefrom sin. Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. Romans 6:6-8 (ESV)

  •  How does dying to this life free us?

7. Read Matthew 5:1-11. [The Sermon on the Mount] Which statement made by Jesus is the hardest for you to believe and why?

8. Ok, ok. I really love my lattes. This question really rang true for me. What are you trying to fix in your life with “counseling and a good latte” (pg 104)?

9. Read Eph. 6:10-18. [The Whole Armor of God] Do you live with an ever-present view of the reality of spiritual warfare? According to Scripture, how do we fight the devil each day? What does that practically look like in your life?

10. Read the last paragraph on pg 104 where Allen lists the things she would have to learn to do in order to pursue daily abandon to God. Complete the sentence: “I’d have to learn to_________? Do you come to the same conclusion that daily abandon proves more costly than reckless obedience?

11. Read Hebrews 4:12.

For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Hebrew 4:12 (ESV)

Share a time when God brought to life a Scripture that you had read many times before and how you applied it.

Chapter 12: dominoes: no turning back

1. Read verses Matt 12:30, Luke 14:26, Matt 5:10.

Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters. Matthew 12:30 (ESV)

“If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. Luke 14:26 (ESV)

“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:10 (ESV)

  • What do these verses have to say about obedience?
  • Do you believe that obedience should be easy and convenient?

2. Read 2 Cor 12:9.

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 2 Cor 12:9 (ESV)

If God’s power in our lives is made perfect through our weakness then it follows that the tasks He calls us to will be bigger than we can handle on our own. We will have to feel the weight of our own weakness.

  • Share a situation in your life where God may be asking you to feel the weight of your own weakness so that His power can be visible in your life and He can get the glory.

3. Read Luke 1:46-50. [Mary’s Song of Praise: The Magnificat] What do you think enabled Mary to praise God in the midst of her circumstances? Share a time when you were able to praise God in the midst of troubling and life changing circumstances.

4. Do you think that Mary felt the eternal significance of her life? Do you think that God gave her a supernatural understanding of her circumstances and their significance? Use Scripture to support your answer.

5. Read 2 Peter 1:3-4.

Everything that goes into a life of pleasing God has been miraculously given to us by getting to know, personally and intimately, the One who invited us to God. The best invitation we ever received! We were also given absolutely terrific promises to pass on to you—your tickets to participation in the life of God after you turned your back on a world corrupted by lust. 2 Peter 1:3-4 (MSG)

  • God gives us what we need in each circumstance to be able to respond in obedience to Him.
  • Do you feel the eternal significance of your life?
  • What steps do you think God might be calling you to take in order to participate more fully in eternity?

6. Read down the list of character qualities of Mary given on the bottom of pg. 110. Which one do you need God to work on with you the most?

7. Read James 2 :14-17.

What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. James 2:14-17 (ESV)

  • Is there any area of your life where you have been “verbally passionate but highly unresponsive (pg 111)”?

Chapter 13: spreading insanity: lots of yes

1. Who do you think God might be calling you to reach out to or share Christ with in your own backyard (pg 117)?

2. Read Esther 4:14 and Psalm 139: 13-17.

For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this? Esther 4:14 (ESV)

For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret,
intricately woven in the depths of the earth.Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them. How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! Psalm 139:13-17 (ESV)

  • In what unique place or situation has God put you in order to give your life away?

3. Read John 14:26, Luke 12:12, Acts 9:31, Romans 5:5.

But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you. John 14:26 (ESV)

[F]or the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say. Luke 12:12 (ESV)

And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. Romans 5:4 (NIV)

  • Through these verses and others that you can think of list some of the things that the Holy Spirit does. How do we daily access the power of the Holy Spirit in order to live more obedient and impactful lives?

4. How do we wait on God’s Spirit to act? What does that practically look like? Share a time when God called you to wait.

5. Read 2 Tim 1:12.

[W]hich is why I suffer as I do. But I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that he is able to guard until that Day what has been entrusted to me. 2 Tim 1:12 (ESV)

  • How does living a life of surrender and service to God reveal that you believe He is trustworthy?
  • Does God have all of you?

These chapters are really causing me to push and push, and pray and pray to hear God’s voice and open my heart. How is God moving in your lives and hearts this week? I’d love to hear how the reading process is going for everyone {please, please, please leave comments on the book and your experience}.

Wishing you a God-filled week,

Hope & Karina


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