Carmel Sea

{Rooted} “Greater” Study — Week 3: Dragging Behind

Carmel SeaHello Rooted Ladies,

Can you believe we have entered Week 3 of “Greater” by Steven Furtick? I love how this book just moves along almost effortlessly and the short chapters makes it easy to feel (and get) caught up. {It’s still not too late to join. If interested, just leave me a comment.}

This chapter has come at a good point in my life. What about yours? Aren’t you wondering how to make your life greater in God? And are you wondering if it works for regular people? Not just Steve Jobs and those called to preach?

Furtick begins by discussing the importance of routine especially in terms of having spiritual discipline. I found his words very true when he said that having a routine of spending time with God and working on your key relationships were vital (p.25).  But he warned us against developing “spiritual monotony,” which makes spending time with God feel like drudgery.

1. Have you had moments where bible studies, going to church, etc. have felt like drudgery? How has your life sunk to the level of baseline living, of merely good enough, in your relationship with God? How did it affect your relationship with God? How were you able to get the intimacy with God back?

Next, Furtick tells us that the “first step for breaking away from the inertia of good enough is igniting God’s vision by becoming more aware of God’s presence in our lives” (p. 29).

2. What evidence have you seen that God is still present and aware of what’s going on in your life despite the ways you’ve been stuck in baseline living? Do you feel the presence of God in your daily life?

4. Elisha was once just a guy plowing a field, yet at that very time God was planning to use him. What signs have you seen that God might be working behind the scenes of your life, orchestrating events to set you up for something greater?

5. Is anyone surprised by the fact that Elisha wasn’t even praying and that God was still watching over him and getting ready to “interrupt” and shatter his monotonous life? What does this tell us about God’s love?

On page 34, Furtick writes, you have to pay attention to the spiritual vibrations around you. Evaluate the “interruptions” He’s using to knock you off your rhythm. Examine the way God is aligning the truths in His word with the context of your life. Is there a message that seems to be hitting you upside the head over and over again? That’s one way you can know God is trying to get through to you. {WOW!}

6. Lately has God been calling you to something greater? If so, what is that call, and how has it come to you? {If you haven’t heard God call you lately, give an example of a time when you heard Him call you in the past.}

7. Furtick says, “You don’t have to get all wrapped up in figuring out how God’s calling will come to you. Just be ready to respond in faith when it does.” Is it hard not to get wrapped in trying to figure out God’s calling for your life? What lessons have you learned about being ready to respond to God in faith?

This chapter has given us so much to pray about and meditate on. It’s helping us to examine our routines and time given to God, our attitudes towards spending time with God, and pointing us back to recognize God’s presence in every moment of our lives. And Furtick is reminding us to pay attention to the Holy Spirit moving in our lives (a.k.a. “spiritual vibrations” and messages). It’s coming back to our relationship with God – shown through time, love, listening, faith and obedience.

I’m looking forward to hearing how you see God’s presence in your life and any “interruptions” you’ve had now or in the past for God’s calling for you. And I can’t wait to hear your thoughts, prayers, questions, and reflections on this chapter.

The memory verse for this week: Psalm 139: 7-10.

Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence? If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there! If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me. Psalm 139: 7-10 (ESV)

Wishing you a week of blessed interruptions and deep intimacy in Christ,

Hope (& Karina)


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