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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