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For Thou Art with Me – Lesson #5

by StoneBridge on August 12th, 2017

“For Thou Art with Me”

“My Cup Overflows”

Psalm 23:4-5

 (August 13, 2017)

Life is hard from time to time. Life may seem hard all the time. Even at the end of a good day, we need someone who looks over the wear and tear to our body and soul. The Good Shepherd directs our path with nudges and pushes with his “rod and staff”. He provides real time first aid or rejuvenation as he ‘anoints my head with oil”. These poetic phrases describe a part of everyday life that is often lacking – one who watches out for us and keeps us whole. Safe and sound.

 

Answer and discuss the following question with your group.

  1. Think of a time recently that you experienced help from the Lord, particularly when you felt tired, hurt or anxious and the Lord brought a balance back to your soul. How would you describe how you knew the Lord was helping you?

 

Read the following excerpt out loud or watch message segment #1.

An excerpt from the StoneBridge message, “My Cup Overflows”.

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Obviously sheep are going to do what sheep do. But the shepherd – a good shepherd – cares so much for the sheep that he is going to do whatever he can to keep them from harm – from themselves and from others.

God disciplines those whom he loves. He is constantly trying to get our attention. Especially if we are heading in the wrong direction. We can choose to ignore or grow. His discipline in our life is always for our safety and protection.

The staff for a shepherd has similar functions. A shepherd would use his staff to move sheep – to lift them – but one of the functions that a shepherd often used was just to let the sheep know he was there – he would just lay the staff on them as they walked – just for reassurance. I am here. Everything is OK. I am with you. Keep walking. I am close.
Refer to the following scriptures and answer/discuss the following questions.

Psalm 23:4-5; Proverbs 3:12

  1. The rod and staff were real tools of the shepherd to protect, guide and redirect the sheep. What are the real tools that the Lord has used in your life to protect, guide or redirect your life?
  2. Share in the group the best practices you have tried that help you know the direction the Lord wants you to go.

 

Read the following excerpt out loud or watch message segment #2.

An excerpt from the StoneBridge message, “My Cup Overflows”.

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So – without raising hands – and pointing fingers – and rolling eyes – and sharp elbows – anyone here have some flies that bother you? So often it is the little irritations of life that ruin a pretty good day.

Not that you work with someone like that. Not that you don’t live with someone like that. We all have minor irritations that can drive us crazy.

Just as oil is applied to the head of a sheep to bring relief and help – those who follow Jesus must continuously be anointed with God’s gracious Spirit. The Spirit’s presence in our life makes it possible to remain calm when we react to life.

 

Refer to the following scriptures and answer/discuss the following questions.
Galatians 5:19-26

  1. Share your list of “flies” or reoccurring challenges or sins that bother you as you try to love the Lord.
  2. In what ways do the characteristics in the list of the “fruit of the Spirit” help push away the irritations of life?

 

Reflection and Wrap-up

  1. Consider actions you could take to be more aware, more in tune to the Shepherd’s gentle guidance in your daily life. How does that look in the morning? How does that look during the work day? How does that look in the evening?
  2. What has the study of these passages told you about yourself?
  3. What has this study told me about the common challenges followers of Christ have as we try to let the Good Shepherd lead us?

Pray Together as a Group

Additional Study

If you have time during your Small Group or you want to study more about the message topic, read and consider the following passages:

  • Hebrews 12:4-11
  • 2 Timothy 3:16
  • Proverbs 15:5

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For Thou Art With Me Lesson 5

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