Week 2: Plans to Prosper
This past week, Kim Kardashian’s house was saved from the California wildfires by private fire-fighters. How would you like to be so rich that you get your own firefighters to protect your stuff! Is that what God wants for Christians? After all, the verse says, “I have plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11) Start off by telling everybody what you think “prospering” would mean for you and your family.
Do you feel like God is “obligated” to give you the prosperity you just talked about?
Read Deuteronomy 7:12-14 & 8:19. Deuteronomy 7:12-14 “If you listen to these regulations and faithfully obey them, the Lord your God will keep his covenant of unfailing love with you, as he promised with an oath to your ancestors. He will love you and bless you, and he will give you many children. He will give fertility to your land and your animals. When you arrive in the land he swore to give your ancestors, you will have large harvests of grain, new wine, and olive oil, and great herds of cattle, sheep, and goats. You will be blessed above all the nations of the earth. None of your men or women will be childless, and all your livestock will bear young.”
Deuteronomy 8:19 “But I assure you of this: If you ever forget the Lord your God and follow other gods, worshiping and bowing down to them, you will certainly be destroyed.”
This summarizes the covenant God made with the nation of Israel. How does this apply to Jeremiah 29:11? (Leader’s Hint: National prosperity, health, protection and fertility were a sign of God’s presence among the people of Israel as they were faithful to the Covenant)
If Jeremiah 29:11 is really about God restoring His Covenant with Israel after He brings them back from captivity, do you think you can take this verse as a direct promise from God to you? Why or why not?
The speaker said, “A rich future with a poor heart is still a poor future.” Read Jeremiah 29:10-14. What is God trying to tell the Israelites? What can you and I learn from this?
The speaker also said that it’s about faithfulness, not fairness. If you had to identify one or two areas in your life, where do you think God is trying to teach you about living faithfully when life isn’t fair?
Read Jeremiah 29:13. “If you look for Me wholeheartedly, you will find Me.” The speaker said, “The promise is about God’s presence, not our prosperity.” What does it mean to “look wholeheartedly?” How can you “look for God wholeheartedly” this week?
Write down the area or two that you identified in question 5 and keep it in front of you this week. Make it a habit each day to thank God for teaching you faithfulness in that area and ask Him to continue showing you more. Ask Him for strength to remain faithful when it’s toughest and most confusing. Ask your Lifegroup to pray for you in this area.
CHANGING YOUR MIND
If you look for Me wholeheartedly, you will find Me… Jeremiah 29:13