Wilderness (Part 2): Study Guide

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Bottom Line

Don’t stop short and give in. Draw a line and declare it over.

Study Verses

Luke 4:1-12, 1 Peter 4:1-3, Romans 5:2-5, 1 Corinthians 10:13

Key Points

  • Temptation ends either by indulgence or resistance.
  • Drift is the natural direction of your thoughts, attitudes, choices and actions.
  • Our greatest vulnerability resides in the place between our desires and His provision.
  • When our faith wanes, we depend on our strength.
  • Focus is required in order to deal with the drift. 
  • We tend to define God’s faithfulness by how He gets us OUT. But, His faithfulness is found when we depend on Him to get us THROUGH.
  • Instead of looking for Him to prove His faithfulness, we need to learn to depend on it.
  • God’s faithfulness is not determined by the level of temptation you face.
  • We resist being dependent upon anything other than ourselves.
  • We cannot live under chronic, continual temptation.
  • To obsess about clarity will paralyze you.

ENCOUNTER

  • What does it look like to display enduring dependence when faced with temptation?
  • What make us most vulnerable to temptation in the place between our desires and God’s provision?
  • What are some warning signs that you are trusting in your own strength to conquer and deal with temptation?

FORMATION

  • Read Luke 4:1-12. How did the enemy try to tempt Jesus to rely on His own strength and desires? 
  • Read 1 Peter 4:1-3 and Romans 5:2-5. What connection does perseverance and faith have to one another?
  • Read 1 Corinthians 10:13. When faced with temptation, where is God’s faithfulness found: how He gets us out or depending on Him to get us through it?

EXPRESSION

  • What direction do your thoughts, attitudes, choices and actions head toward when left on their own? How would you describe your “drift”? 
  • Where is focus required to deal with the drift?
  • What situations are you facing where you are tempted to stop short and give in to temptation? How can you draw a line and declare it over? 

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