Do you believe that God is able? Do you believe that He is able to work in powerful ways in the lives of people? Better yet, do you believe that He is able to work in your own life? In our study this week, we are going to be reminded that God is, indeed, able. He is able to work in our marriages, our health, our financial situations, and all other areas of our lives. In fact, not only is He able to work in our lives, He is already working in our lives and in all of the hardships we are facing, even when we cannot see it.
When was a time you saw God work in your life in a big way?
1. In what areas of their lives do people find themselves desperate for God to move and work?
2. In what area of your life are you desperate for God to work?
3. Read 2 Kings 4:1-7. If you are completely honest, do you believe that God is able to work in that area of your life? Why or why not?
2 Kings 4:1-7
One day the widow of a member of the group of prophets came to Elisha and cried out, “My husband who served you is dead, and you know how he feared the Lord. But now a creditor has come, threatening to take my two sons as slaves.”
“What can I do to help you?” Elisha asked. “Tell me, what do you have in the house?”
“Nothing at all, except a flask of olive oil,” she replied.
And Elisha said, “Borrow as many empty jars as you can from your friends and neighbors. Then go into your house with your sons and shut the door behind you. Pour olive oil from your flask into the jars, setting each one aside when it is filled.”
So she did as she was told. Her sons kept bringing jars to her, and she filled one after another. Soon every container was full to the brim!
“Bring me another jar,” she said to one of her sons.
“There aren’t any more!” he told her. And then the olive oil stopped flowing.
When she told the man of God what had happened, he said to her, “Now sell the olive oil and pay your debts, and you and your sons can live on what is left over.”
4. How did this woman in these verses demonstrate faith that God was able to work in her life?
5. God provided for this woman using what she had, a small jar of olive oil. What resources and gifts has God provided for you to help you in the area of your life where you are desperate for Him to work?
6. Read Psalm 121:1-4. Are you seeking the Lord for help in the areas of your life where you are desperate for Him to provide, or are you trying to handle your situation on your own? Why or why not?
I look up to the mountains—
does my help come from there?
My help comes from the Lord,
who made heaven and earth!
He will not let you stumble;
the one who watches over you will not slumber.
Indeed, he who watches over Israel
never slumbers or sleeps.
7. What are the promises given in Psalm 121:1-4 to those who seek the Lord for help? How does this give you hope in your own life?
After studying these verses, we must conclude that God is working in each one of our lives, even when we cannot see. He is able to perform miracles in our lives, and we can trust Him, even in the dark, difficult places of our lives. You have previously shared with each other the area of your lives that you are desperate for God to move and work. Break up in groups of three and spend some time praying for each other. Ask God for help in the uncertain, difficult areas of your lives. And remind each other that God is able, and He can be trusted.
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