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Bless Me - Dangerous Prayers Series

November 27, 2019

Lord Bless Me - Outline
Dangerous Prayers
November 24, 2019

 

What “Lord Bless Me” is not:

1. God’s guarantee of ______________________________________ and ___________________________________________.

God promises to provide for our daily bread.
God promises that He will bless __________________________
of financial resources.

2. God’s guarantee that we will not face ____________________ and _______________________________.

God bragged on Job but he still ___________________________.
Jesus said blessed are you when people __________________you.

“Lord Bless Me” is really about the _________________________
________________________ that God wants to give to us.

All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ. (Ephesians 1:3, NLT)

1. The blessing of ____________________________.

God decided in advance ______________________________into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure. (Ephesians 1:5, NLT)

So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when ___________________
_____________as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father.” (Romans 8:15, NLT)

 

2. The blessing of ________________________________.

Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and _______________________________ in his eyes. (Ephesians 1:4, NLT)

3. The blessing of ___________________________.

He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased _________
______________________with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins. (Ephesians 1:7, NLT)

We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin. (Romans 6:6, NLT)

4. The blessing of _________________________________.
So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son. (Ephesians 1:6, NLT)

He has showered his kindness on us, along with all wisdom and understanding. (Ephesians 1:8, NLT)

There is a difference between _________________________ grace and ___________________________________ grace.

__________________ Grace falls on_______________________.

____________________Grace is available only for believers.

 

5. The blessing of God’s __________________________________.

And now you Gentiles have also heard the truth, the Good News that God saves you. And when you believed in Christ, he identified you as his own by giving you the Holy Spirit, whom he promised long ago. (Ephesians 1:13, NLT)

How do I get all of these spiritual blessings?

You have to be ______________________________.

v.3 “with Christ”
v.5 “through Christ”
v.7 “through Christ”
v.13 “believed in Christ”

Are you in Christ and is Christ in you?

For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever!

So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever. (2 Corinthians 4:17–18, NLT)

 

Digging Deeper
A study for individuals and small groups.

Describe a time in your life where you felt blessed by God. What did that time mean to you? How did it help your faith?

Read Ephesians 1:1-3.
What are the two ways Paul describes these Christians at Ephesus?
What do they mean?
What does it mean to be “faithful in Christ” (v.1)? Does it refer more to our coming to believe in Christ or our growing in our belief in Him or both?

What is a spiritual blessing (v.3)?
How does it differ from a material blessing?

Read Ephesians 1:4-14.
List out the spiritual blessings that you find in this passage.

What does it mean that God chose us?
When you think of God choosing you what does that mean to you?
Is the example of adoption helpful? Why or why not?

What does it mean to be forgiven and made holy?

What does it mean to you that you have freedom in Christ?
What do you think it meant to Paul when he wrote this verse?

What does it mean to have the Holy Spirit as a seal of God’s promise?
Have you ever experienced the Holy Spirit’s presence?
How does he speak to you?
Share about a time when the Holy Spirit impressed himself clearly on your heart or mind in some way. (i.e., he warned you about something, he spoke to you about an issue in your life, he gave you guidance…)

Do all of these spiritual blessings ever go away?
How has understanding these spiritual blessings helped you in your life up to this point

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