GRC ONLINE DIGITAL CARE GROUP #13
Increase Your Expectation
In the world that we live in today, is it still possible to have your hopes raised and to expect good to happen? The answer is a resounding “Yes!” No matter what challenges or circumstances you find yourself in, you have an unshakable foundation to expect good to happen. Discover the anchor for your confident expectation, and see your heavenly Father’s heart to bless and provide for you abundantly in every area of your life.
Take part in this digital care group session on your own or with your friends and family. Feel free to use this guide to follow the conversation with our pastors, use it for your personal time of study, or to facilitate more conversations with your community.
This session is based on the message:
- Joseph Prince—Encounter True Grace And Experience Success (Aug 7, 2022) [Sermon Notes]
1. God has more supply than any need in your life
God’s provision is more than any need you will ever have. He has more health and healing to give than your sickness and disease you may be facing. There is more forgiveness and grace than any bondage or sin.
Problems exist but our focus isn’t on them. Choose to focus instead on Jesus. When you seek Him first and make Him your priority every day, all these material provisions—what you will eat, drink, and wear—will be added to you (see Matt. 6:31–33).
You can be confident knowing that Jesus’ finished work has paid the price for you to live and enjoy life, knowing that Jesus is with you and for you always.
The more you see Jesus, the more faith, confident hope, and an expectation of good will arise in your heart.
TALK IT OVER
What's an area in your life that you have yet to see God's abounding supply in?
2. The true definition of prosperity
True prosperity is prospering in our souls! It is not just about money. Bible prosperity encompasses our spirit, soul, and body. The apostle John tells us that God’s desire for His children is that we prosper and be in health, even as our soul prospers (see 3 John 1:2).
What does true prosperity look like to you?
"Prosperity looks like constant supply coming from the hands of Jesus. It is not a one-time gift but every time we choose to bring our lack to the Lord, like the five loaves and two fishes, we shall see Him provide miraculous provision!"
"God wants to be generous to you! When you’ve experienced His generosity, you can’t help but be generous to the people around you."
TALK IT OVER
What does true prosperity look like to you?
3. Own the Word
In this care group, we’ve learned why we can increase our expectation and experience God’s provision in all areas of our lives. It is so important for us to get that in our hearts and not let it be just a nice-sounding cliche. Discuss these questions with someone—maybe a family member, friend, or with others from GRC Online over at the Lobby.
OWN THE WORD
Share and Discuss
- What are some areas in your life that you find difficult to ask God for more in?
- Now, if you knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that God, your heavenly Father, is good and that His love for you endures forever, what would you ask Him for?
Share with one another, and write your responses down in your journal or the Notes application on your phone. Let the knowledge of your heavenly Father’s infinite goodness and the abundant inheritance He has for you enlarge your faith to not just ask from Him, but to ask BIG of Him!
Questions about this topic
Are we promoting materialism and the “prosperity gospel” when we say that God wants to bless us?
There is only one gospel and that is the gospel of Jesus Christ. Through Jesus’ finished work on the cross, we have access to all the blessings that Jesus purchased for us. On the cross, Jesus bore not just our sins, but also our sicknesses, diseases, and infirmities (see Isa. 53:3). That means if you have a physical condition, you can depend on Him for His resurrection life to flow through your physical body from the crown of your head to the soles of your feet.
On the cross, Jesus also bore the curse of poverty. God’s Word says that “though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich” (see 2 Cor. 8:9). That means if you are experiencing lack in the area of finances, you can depend on Jesus for His practical provision and supply.
God is not against you having money, He is against money having you. The Lord always gives with a mission and prospers with a purpose. He blesses because He loves, and He gives you the privilege of being a practical extension of His love to your community, your country, and beyond. We see this in Genesis 12:2 where the Lord blessed Abraham so that he could be a blessing to others. Similarly, He will bless you financially, so that you can be a blessing to others.
All the blessings we get to experience today are only possible because of the finished work of Jesus Christ and the price that He paid on the cross. As you fix your eyes on this truth, money will not have a hold on you, but you will be able to use money to love people. May it be settled in your heart once and for all that it is God’s desire for you to be a financial success and to have more than enough to bless others!
Additional resources for you to check out:
- What does true prosperity look like? [Video]
- True Prosperity In Every Area | Nov 11, 2018 [Sermon]
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I am standing on God’s Word for complete healing!!! THERE IS MORE!!!! (Pastor Darren)
I deal with bi~polarism and have for most of my adult life, but really wasn’t diagnosed until about 10 years ago. I do take medicine for the symptoms and though it helps to keep it from being hard physically and mentally but I still suffer both physically and mentally about every 3 or 4 weeks that lasts at least 5 days and it just starts slowly but progresses until on that 5 th day I ache all over my body and my mind just tries to go to the dark side……
But thanks to y’all and Pastor Prince I work to keep the WORD in my mind and heart , I listen to Pastor Prince before I go to sleep and then when I wake up I watch another sermon and praise the Lord the “bad” episodes of BP end so abruptly like I am so happy and full of Joy again!!
I am believing I will be healed because God doesn’t lie!!! Ever since Pastor Mark’s latest sermon, he said that he listens all the time with ear pods and it does cause me to really hear even more.
Pastor Josh prayed in one of the Online Care groups, he asked God to to heal someone’s bipolarism and I believed it was for me !!! I am trusting Jesus to totally heal me , how I don’t know but NOTHING is impossible for the Lord!!!
Right now I’m going to receive communion with Lindsay doing it!!! I do see the Lord Jesus handing me the bread and then the cup!!! I feel such love!!! PS…. This care group and the one before I was having an “episode “ and didn’t think I could attend but amazingly I DID !!!! Thanks to the Holy Spirit!!!
Grace and love to all!!!
This care group was a confirmation for myself, as well. It seemed clear in the care group that the Holy Spirit was confirming through Pastors Darren, Josh, Lindsey, and fellow believers who shared that He is indeed speaking to us about increasing our expectations.
As I was listening to several of Pastor Prince’s sermons this past week, I was reminded that Moses knew the ways of God, but the children of Israel only knew His acts. I heard Pastor Prince say that He always exceeds your request and does exceedingly, abundantly above all we can ask or think. Pastor Prince gives examples of this with the prodigal son, the leper, and the parents who wanted their children blessed by the Lord.
Somehow I still found myself thinking, “Lord, is this truly one of your ways that you want me to know – that you always exceed my request?”
Somehow it sounds too good to be true, and I was asking the Lord for more confirmation, even this morning. The verse came to me, “My cup runneth over” from Psalm 23.
Then came the care group, “Increase Your Expectation”, encouraging us to lay down our nets, (not net) and expect more because there’s more supply than my need. Jesus is in the boat with me, and I can go into the water of His Word and receive greater supply through the Promises, and expect BIG from Him. I can expect more supply, favor, increase, and abundance, as I keep speaking and believing in Him and His goodness.
Thank you for this care group and the others, as well. It’s great to be part of GRC online!
I am believing for financial provision for a place to live and for travel expenses. Blessings, Jean Gabrieli
Good morning. This is really good. This helps me understand so much better.
I am not connected with you on zoom. I do have Zoom. Also, I am unable to chat with you while online. This has really helped me and very helpful for me to see all of you. Thanks so much.
Hey Jean, we’re so glad that you’ve been encouraged by these care group sessions! You can head over to our online church lobby @ lobby.gracerevonline.com to get the latest updates of our next digital care group zoom recording 🙂
I just retired from private practice. I’ve been practicing as a LMFT (Christian Light House Counseling) in the state of California. The segment I just watched was confirmation to me. Although, I’m 72 years old and God is leading me in a different direction. He always leads us to His purpose when we focus on Jesus. Worshiping Him in His finished work our purpose is revealed. I’m believing Him that the Latter portion of my life and service for Him will be even greater… Thank you for this confirmation of greater expectation!
I am so thankful to finally be able to dialogue. With true Grace Believeing. Folks thank you pastor prince. Pastor Darren and pastor Josh & Linsey
My husband is struggle with health issues, therefore, we are unable to attend church. I have always been part of a church community and have missed being involved. Tuning in to today’s message was such a blessing. I was especially blessed by the visual of Jesus in the boat… God led me to see involving Him, in even the small things, will always lead to rest and victorious outcomes. I have watched Joseph Prince every day for years. His Grace message confirmed what I was not hearing growing up in church. I retired in September from private practice as a Christian Marriage Family Therapist in the state of California, DBA Christian Lighthouse Counseling.I went through the same legalistic mental torment that he went through-enough was never enough! The Lord used Joseph Prince to bring together scripture references confirming our righteousness in Christ, His abundant grace, forgiveness, healing… I have been able to share the truth of God’s Grace to my patients and have witnessed marvelous changes in individual lives and marriages. I pray for Joseph Prince and his family daily for continued blessings and protection. We all need to continually hear this message of grace! May the blessings and full provision of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ continue to rest upon this ministry, in Jesus Name, I pray-Amen.
Thank you for the opportunity to join you from South Africa. Your encouragement really means the world to me. Much appreciated. God Bless Kathy