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Out Of The Shadows

In our current series, we are looking at our shadows. Everyone has their own. Anything we try to keep hidden or avoid; the things we try never to speak about. But what about the shadows we cast over ourselves?
Each of us has experienced the moments in church or the car when it’s just us and God and still the light is muffled by all of the things we have to apologize for now that He’s here. I’m sorry for that sin again, I’m sorry I was selfish, I know I need to make things right, I’m sorry it’s been so long.
We talk a big game when it comes to God defeating the Devil’s tricks. We believe that He’ll win every battle and would never let anything separate us, but we also believe quite frequently that our sins are strong enough to keep Him away.
In those moments when it’s just us and God, there is nothing keeping us apart, and yet, there we are, holding our shortcomings over ourselves like a parasol.
How can this be when God has moved our transgressions “as far as the east is from the west?” How can this be when Jesus conquered sin and we are seen as white as snow in the eyes of God? The answer is simply that it cannot be. The idea that God would move heaven and earth to love us where we’re at, but your recurring sin issue has created a chasm between the two of you is a big stupid lie. Remember, you’re the one holding the parasol. “Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble [in your shadows], for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6

Questions for Contemplation or Group Discussion –

Week 1

1. Demons are real. Scripture says that is true—as true for us today as it was for the people in Bible times. Growing up, what beliefs were you taught regarding the supernatural? Do you have a background that caused you to believe demons are not real? Or were you raised in a culture of superstitions, with not only a belief in demons but also a fear of them? Explain.

2. Have you ever been set free from an evil influence in your life? Was it an immediate healing, or did God take you through a process? Explain.

3. Read 1 John 4:4. What strong truth from this verse do you always need to keep in mind?

4. Ask God to show you if there’s an area in your life where He wants you to be set free.

5. How does filling our hearts with the Word of God keep the enemy from stealing from us?

6. Wolves attack prey that is on the fringe of the group. How does being isolated from other Christians make us more vulnerable to attack by the enemy? Do you know anyone who might be isolated? What can you do to invite that person back into connection and relationship?

7. Read 1 Peter 5:8. Practically speaking, what does it mean in your life to be sober and vigilant?

Week 2

  1. Read Romans 8:5-6. Describe the battle you’ve experienced in your mind when it comes to the things of your flesh and the things of the Spirit.
  2. Read 2 Corinthians 10:3-5. What does it mean to take thoughts “captive” or “into captivity”? Why is this possible only with the help of the Holy Spirit?
  3. Read Hebrews 4:12. What describes your background with the Bible, and what does this verse tell us about Scripture?
  4. What are some of your favorite passages of Scripture that you’ve memorized?