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GRC ONLINE DIGITAL CARE GROUP #12

Three Powerful Words: "I Don't Know"

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Sometimes the hardest thing to say is “I don’t know.” But do you know that those can be three very powerful words when you bring them to the Lord? In today’s session, our GRC Online pastors sit down for a powerful conversation about what it looks like to learn and grow in grace and explain why we don’t have to have all the answers when we know the One who does. 

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—Own the Spirit of Sonship (June 19, 2022) [Sermon Notes]

1. You can bring your "I don't knows" to the Lord

I don’t know what to do about my marriage anymore. We’ve tried everything and nothing seems to work.” 

“There are talks of retrenchment in my company. I don’t know if my future in this job is secured.” 

“With so much bad news focused on recession and rising prices, I don’t know how I will be able to provide for my family.”

Perhaps there are endless decisions that need to be made—at home, in your career, or your relationships—and you don’t know what to do. But when it comes to these words, “I don’t know,” they are three very powerful words we can use in our conversations with the Lord. 

The truth is, you don’t have to have all the answers, but you can go to the One who does have all the answers.

When you bring your "I don't knows" to Jesus, the One who is all-knowing, able and willing, you get to receive what He knows.

2. A new way of learning and growing in grace

The world says “Knowledge is king,” but God’s Word says knowledge puffs up (see 1 Cor. 8:1). There are ways of learning (or acquiring knowledge) that results in pride, but there is a way of learning through the Holy Spirit that produces humility. 

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.
Do not be wise in your own eyes;
Fear the Lord and depart from evil.”
Proverbs 3:5–7

It takes spiritual maturity to recognize and acknowledge that we don’t want to lean solely on our own understanding and knowledge. When we bring our “I don’t knows” to the Lord, God is able to guide and lead us through the Holy Spirit, who teaches us all things and guides us into all truth (see John 14:26, 16:13). 

We grow in the Lord when we learn to receive His grace more and more.

Even if you feel like you already know what to do, humility allows us to approach the Lord with the attitude of “Lord, I think I may know, but You know me best, and You know what’s the best for me so I will choose to put my trust in You.” 

The Bible tells us that “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” (1 Peter 5:5) When we choose to let go of our own strengths and abilities and depend on the Lord’s grace, He will take over and do in and through us what we cannot do for ourselves!

3. Own the Word

OWN THE WORD

Receive What God's Word Says

One of the best ways to step out of your “I don’t knows” is to find out what God’s Word says about your situation. In your journal or notebook, begin to pen down the things and situations in your life right now that you find yourself helpless or clueless about. Then take some time to find out what God’s Word says about it. For instance,

There are talks of retrenchment in my company. I don’t know if my future in this job is secured . . . but Lord, You say in Your Word that You know the plans You have for me, plans to prosper me and not to harm me, plans to give me hope and a future. (Jer. 29:11 NIV)

Check out these additional resources:

  • What to do when you don’t know what to do [Article]
  • How to enjoy good success in every area [Video]

Questions about this topic

Do you have a question that you would like answered from this care group session? Here are some thoughts from the team that we would like to share.
  • I’ve been waiting for a breakthrough in my situation for a long time. How can I continue to trust that the Lord will do what He says?

Beloved, don’t give up! It can be disheartening when our breakthrough seems like it will never come but God’s Word says this, “If we are faithless, He remains faithful [true to His Word and His righteous character], for He cannot deny Himself.” (2 Tim. 2:13 AMP) In spite of our faithlessness, God remains faithful always. Count on His faithfulness, not yours. Lean on the truth that He remains faithful even when you’re wavering in your faith. 

What God has promised in His Word, He is faithful to bring to pass. It is not dependent on you to struggle and conjure up faith to make it come to pass because it is not on you to make the miracle happen—only God can. 

Let His Word carry and strengthen you in your time of waiting. As you rest in Him who has promised and in His faithfulness (not yours), you will experience your breakthrough and miracle in His perfect timing. 

Additional resources for you to check out:

  • Our team would love to stand in faith with you in prayer. Join us at the Digital Prayer Experience
  • “How much longer do I have to wait, Lord?” [Video]
  • What faith and patience look like through the lens of grace [Video]

 

  • I’ve asked God for help because I don’t know what to do but how do I hear His answer?

As a child of God, you can be confident that the Lord will speak to you and that you will hear Him. 

While we read of God speaking audibly to different people in the Old Testament of the Bible, today, because of the finished work of Christ, God speaks to us through His Word and through His Spirit. Under the new covenant, God says that He will put His instructions in our minds and write them on our hearts (see Heb. 8:7–13). The Bible also says that we are epistles of Christ, living letters of Christ, and through the Holy Spirit, the Lord writes on our hearts (see 2 Cor. 3:3). 

One way to practice listening to what the Lord is saying to you in your heart is to set aside time in your day to meditate on God’s Word and allow the Lord to speak to your heart after you have poured out your worries and cares to Him. Choose to make space for the Lord to speak when you pray because prayer is also a time for us to hear from Him.  

Another way to do so is to listen to sermons that are built on God’s Word and His truths. Even as you are listening to the message, God can speak to you through the preached Word, and minister to you in that very circumstance or challenge. 

As you seek and listen to what the Lord is saying to you, He will lead you with His peace and abundance. 

Additional resources for you to check out:

  • How Do I Know If I’m Following The Holy Spirit Or Just Hearing Myself? [Video]
  • The Sure Way To Hear God [Video]
  • Why do I need to ask God for help if I already know what to do?

As our pastors shared in this session, even if you feel like you already know what to do, there is wisdom in choosing not to put our trust entirely in what we know (see Prov. 3:5–7). Our human knowledge and understanding cannot compare to the infinite wisdom and understanding of our all-knowing and all-powerful God. 

And He is a generous God who always wants to set you up for success. He has gone ahead and He knows not just a good way, but He knows what’s best for you. Even before you start on a task, He knows what you need and wants to empower you to flourish and thrive in it. 

When you choose to put your confidence in the Lord and His ability to lead you, He will keep you safe. You don’t have to strive and struggle to make sure everything goes right because you have a Guide who knows it all and also wants the best for you. 

Additional resources for you to check out:

  • Why Should I Ask For Wisdom? [Video]
  • Why Pray If God Already Knows Everything? [Video]
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Julie M

So grateful for DCG. Though I knew it might be difficult to listen again after participating (& it was); I was truly blessed with the prayers and Scripture that were shared. As I did originally, I received and offer my deepest thanks to my brothers and sisters who stood with me. There is no update yet but I am expecting GREAT THINGS from Abba Daddy on my behalf because He loves me! Rest assured I will be sharing my testimony when it is time.

City, State
Portland, OR
Sue Busche

I love how you have these notes! I cannot usually catch the care groups live, and I need to view them later. These notes above are so helpful! Especially the Questions/ Answers area…. Which helped me today. I see you even include videos…. You guys think of everything! Having these notes to review is so helpful. Thank you!

City, State
Tyrone
Rosette Gonzales

This is definitely a session that I will be re-listening to! For me, I have struggled with “I don’t know how” and it’s been a big issue for me. I have often felt ill-equipped for life and wished I had a father figure or an older brother to show me how to “do life” and to teach me practical things. I often had to endeavor to figure things out on my own. I didn’t have someone to show me the ropes in life and I’ve often suffered from confusion, being slow to make decisions/getting stuck, and feeling lost. As a result, I relied too much on knowledge in my 20’s/30’s thinking more information or more education was the answer.

But something Lindsay said spoke to me about letting go of all that knowledge and education we acquired by trying this and trying that to fix our situation, and then Pastor Josh said around minute 29 that we need to acknowledge that “there is a time when reason will run out.” Whoa, I realized that my own reason is what I’ve been relying on my whole adult life to try to fix my “I don’t know how” problem, and I am literally all run out.

It’s so good to know that I can come to God with my “I don’t knows.” I will also say that the guide/notes under the video with the different sections like “Own the Word” and “Additional Resources” and “Questions/answers about this Topic” are really helpful guidance for me to actually practice stepping out of my “I don’t knows” by speaking God’s promises over any worries and also creating space to hear Him speak when I pray.

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Deb Johnson

This is my first time to join this care group. I really needed this message. Thank you so much!

City, State
Bradenton, Fl
Emanuel Torres

Loved it! Currently struggling with not knowing ,and not knowing what I don’t know, but my eyes are on Jesus’ mercy who does know and who loves me! Note- I love the website and the notes, I can’t wait for Grace Academy, if there’s anything we do to help let us know.

City, State
Granada Hills, CA
Sylvia McIntosh

I am so humbled by today’s discussion. The freedom that I have received & really didn’t recognize that I needed in the area of ‘I Don’t Know’. I’m not really sure where I picked up this idea that even with God’s grace I felt as if I have been required to know everything as silly as that might sound.

Pastor Lindsay the scripture you shared from 1 Kings 3:7 “And now, O Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of David my father, although I am but a little child. I do not know how to go out or come in.” & couple that with Pastor Darren’s visual of the empty cup. I can’t wait to approach each new day the LORD gives with anticipation that I can present daily my ‘I don’t know’ & be prepared for fresh manna everyday.

Also, I REALLY appreciate the open, transparent conversation that took place. The encouragement & prayers that the other brothers & sisters shared provided me with a confident expectation of good.

Pastors Darren, Josh, & Lindsay & Deaconess, as well as all those who contribute to this digital platform, my family & I are eternally grateful as we all continue to see JESUS unveiled in all HIS beauty!

City, State
Mississippi
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Ryan Flack

You guys have done such a beautiful job with this website! I love how you added links to sermon clips, articles and other relevant resources. The FAQ section is such a brilliant idea and very helpful. And even a little DIY assignment to do on paper. I love it! Thank you, leaders, for putting in all this effort for us!

City, State
Roanoke, Virginia
Judy Davidson

Enjoyed this Care Group. Thank you Pastor Darren, Pastor Josh and Lindsay. (I still need to see the first half, as I came in at the second half.) But, I DON’T Know, so everything each one if you spoke was very helpful! and needed for my soul. Thanku. God bless your day and this week.

City, State
Bridgeport, NY
Linda

I’m thinking now of the dream I had of the Lord handing me a vest, it was green & yellow paisley, like teardrop on it, I took it and put on. I thanked the Lord for it, but I don’t yet know what it means. Please pray for me, that I will understand.

City, State
Summerfield, Florida
Jessica Friedman

Thank you so much for this discussion. In particular, I’d like to thank Pastor Josh for his thoughts, which brought tears to my eyes. Both my husband and I have been experiencing a lot of “I don’t knows” lately, even more so than usual, and it has been a bit challenging, so Pastor Josh’s words were healing.

I hope Pastor Josh will be given opportunities to share more fully. The Lord is really working through him! He’s spoken powerfully through Pastor Josh in all the care group sessions I’ve watched, but then interruptions sometimes cut it short.

Thank you so much and God bless all of you!

City, State
Long Island City, NY
Connie George

This particular care group
HAS BEEN A LIFE LINE to me!!!

I’ve been WEEPING so hard for so long over watching so many of my very loved family members going thru severe crisis that
I DID NOT KNOW
If my pain & weeping was making my faith void????
So finally a couple of days ago while weeping hysterically I ask my Lord plz give me scripture for me watching my family including children going thru soooo much pain & immediately The Holy Spirit gave me “Jesus wept”
so I immediately went to
John 11:33
When Jesus saw her weeping
“Bcuz of the pain that Mary who
had sat at his feet as I do daily
under Pastor Prince”
V33 When Jesus saw her weeping V35 Jesus wept-
“even knowing that he was getting ready to raise her brother from the dead”
Oh the LOVE & HOPE that my loving Savior gave to me at that moment – that I could be in pain & weep & still be in faith – faith enough to know & believe that Jesus can & will resurrect & restore ALL that my family is suffering.
I declare double for our trouble in Jesus name amen.
I have been for a LONG TIME speaking & praying God’s written word over my family & will continue to do so but I was at the point that
I DID NOT KNOW
What else to say to The Living word except Lord plz help. I didn’t even have enough strength to pray as much in the spirit in the past couple of weeks so I’ve just listen to anointed worship of NCC over & over & over on YouTube
So today’s Care Group
Gave me so much hope & taught me to go b4 my Lord Jesus as an empty cup and wow what a word of revaltion in season
say Lord I DO NOT KNOW
So I was truly concerned that I did not know or have anything else to say to my Lord bcuz I was all talked out.
BUT NOW
I can go b4 my Lord as an empty vessel saying
LORD I DO NOT KNOW
BUT YOU DO.
Guide me & Teach me,
Jeremiah 33:3
Lord show me great and mighty things that I DO NOT KNOW.

Thank you, Pastor Darrin, Pastor Josh
Deaconess Lindsey and JPM team

P.S.
I really hope that our loving Lord Jesus show you guys how you are changing and saving lives

P.S.S. plz pray for me & my Blanton and Foe Family
#1
I’ve been almost 100 percent bedridden for over 10yrs from fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue it has gotten some better since watching Pastor Prince & several times daily receiving Holy Communion with our Lord but experiencing what my family is going thru has given me a big set back also a 45 yr Addiction to cigarettes also to know what my purpose is in this world in Christ
#2
my sweetest 16 yr old nephew shot a man – in self-defense but he shouldn’t have been in that situation & his dad my brother is in jail for most of his son’s life & when nephew was 13 his mother gave him & his 10yr brother away.
#3
My 25 yr nephew that is pretty much my son ” lost his dad at a very young age which was also my baby brother to a 4 wheeler wreck & my nephew was abused at physically abused at 3 yrs old at a day care center & at 3 & 4 molested also molested as a young teenager is now 25 separated from his wife which was in jail & had their 3rd child in jail 3 weeks ago and now moved to a rehab – their other 2 children boy age 5 girl age 2 which is my SUNSHINE & was my reason for me getting out of bed is in CPS & I haven’t gotten to see or hold them hear them laugh in over a year- that’s when my health depleted now their dad my nephew/son is living with a woman practicing other powers & on serious drugs facing years in jail
#4
nephew/son- lost his dad “my oldest brother 28 yrs old heart attack on Christmas morning” when he was 5 & has an terrible mother so now he can’t function in life – addiction & homeless
#5
Salvation, deliverance, restoration,healing, protection, provision EVERY THAT CHRIST PAID FOR US TO HAVE.
THAT CHRIST WOULD BE OF EFFECT TO US
Almost all of these family members have received Jesus as their Lord & Savoir but so much mixture of law and grace.
My eyes are upon THE LORD
THE BATTLE IS THE LORD’S
VICTORY IS OURS in The name of the Lord Jesus Christ amen.
Glory Hallelujah!!!!!
I’m LOOKING very forward to seeing what the Lord is doing bcuz HE has already begun!!!!!

City, State
MADISONVILLE
rozy

Thank You for every Thing . Than you Lord

City, State
India, Goa.
Rosette Gonzales

Btw – I also want to say that I was so happy to hear Pastor Josh say that you all pray when these Digital Care groups are approaching and you give so much thoughtful consideration to what to discuss with us during our time together.
We are so loved.

Joy Marshall

Hallelujah, Amen indeed to our Abba and Lord Jesus by Holy Spirit!!! So extremely blessed with all my pastors and brethren🙏👏🥰…

City, State
Salisbury, NC
Sarah Tay

This is my first time to join this care group. I really needed this message. Thank you so much!✝️🙌🥰

City, State
Singapore, Singaporean
Sakshi

When I saw the thumbnail for the topic I was like what kind of topic is that? But indeed it was a powerful and anointed session. Thanks a lot. We have been following New Creation Church since 2017, we as a family my husband and I have been through tough times. May be it was for pressing narrow our paths so we couldn’t enter His rest. But praise be to God He brought us to a wider place of abundance, restorations and blessings. Although we are still waiting for our breakthrough, the care groups and all the resources are holding us up throughout our journey.
The words you guys share during these care groups are words in the season. They minister us and we feel taken care of and connected to our real home and beloved brothers and sisters. Thank you so much.
I loved the scriptures shared by Lindsay and her words really encourage me as a woman.
Last time what pastor Darren shared about getting distracted, I was also going through the same things. I was also feeding a lot on news and new knowledge, but again his words ministered to me. This time, how pastor Josh shared the power of these three words, I was surprised how could these be powerful words. But I understood that I also trusted my knowledge and wisdom. Now its time for me to trust the Lord fully. Thank you all and Pastor Prince’s Ministry.
Lastly, I also wanted to speak this prophetic words to Julie for her case, that Lord will give you great exploits out of your problem. You will come out of the situation with great wealth materially and spiritually.
Though we watch care group on demand, I want to say to all my brothers and sisters that we are praying for you and standing with you in faith for every prayer request for healing and breakthroughs.
Love, joy, peace

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Lelia G. Jones

Thank you God for an: “I Don’t Know” Timely Word of Manna From Above! God Speed and I Love You All, Amen.

City, State
Goshen, IN 46527
Lelia G. Jones

Weeping endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.

AJ Jones

Praise the Lord, I was truly bless with the conversation about I Don’t Know. I was told by an employee the past Friday that my last day of work would be this coming week, the manager hasn’t said anything to me and when the employee mention it to me my first thought was what am I’m going do after losing this job. So the subject I Don’t know that you just spoke of was awesome and encouraging to me and gave me a confidence that God knows the plan he has for me, and he will turn it around for my good. The message was very encouraging to my spirit and I know that things will work out. Thanks for the testimonies, and the prayers. I had been out of work for two years since 2020 doing the pandemic and just started this new job February 2022 and now I’ll be out of work again, my trust was in God doing the pandemic my Trust is in God at this time. I remember the Lord saying to me while driving home back in 2020 that the job he has for me will be Magnificent and I’m still believing and holding on to that. Praise God for the message with Pastor Darren, Pastor Josh and Lindsey. May God continue to Bless you sharing the word of God.

City, State
Dallas, Texas
Lyn Wright

I have watched all of the care groups on my computer right after Church, but have always been not able to comment before because i don’t know what to say. I love them all and have been learning so much more of Jesus’ love for me. I don’t know what to do a lot of times, especially how to always give things to Jesus, but I am learning more and more and i just wanted to say thank you for all you do.

City, State
Newberry Spring, CA
Mike

Hi

City, State
Baltimore MD
Darren High

Love the Care Group! Super encouraging! Thank you Lord Jesus Christ for Pastor’s Darren and Josh and thank you for Lindsay.
Pastors and Lindsay, thank you all for allowing The Lord to use you to minister to us. I always come away with revelations from each group!

City, State
Olivehurst
Rev. Minister Lana Batiste

It is so wonderful He) knows.
Hebrew 11:1. Will see us through.
I don’t know…….But he does.

City, State
Kansasa City
Anita Jennings

I’ve listened to this before but today I heard something I haven’t seen or heard before. That is to ask the Lord to help me Unlearn those ways that have been negative/destructive in my life. Wow. That’s so good to see.

City, State
Tulsa
Judy Davidson

Thanku Pastor Josh and Pastor Darren and Lindsay, and team, for tagging this DCG to follow todays sermon.; because I Don’t Know, AGAIN.
Every time I think I catch up to the Holy Spirit, He seems to ramp things up to the next level, and then I Don’t Know AGAIN…and; still getting my head wrapped around the last thing he showed or talked about. So revisiting this session with each of you was helpful again, verses were comforting again, and I am again encouraged that the Holy Spirit will continue to be my counsel, and will lead and guide me and be the one to direct my path. I also loved Pastor Prince recently saying just enjoy those things in the word that you do understand and not to worry about the things that you don’t understand.
Please pray for me for clarity and to hear and see only Jesus, and not to worry about the ‘hows’ either. And to stay so connected to His Spirit that I don’t get lost. I can’t stand the thought of being lost or scared out of mind. Thank you for being truly helpful and caring.
Judy, In Christ Alone.

City, State
Bridgeport, NY
Jacob Oommen

Thank you for the digital care group, couldn’t join the discussion but watched on YouTube from Bangalore, India.

City, State
Bangalore
Chrissy Phan

Thank you so so much for this word and time you put into us! Very grateful! Much needed Word! I don’t know but putting my trust into the One who does! What a Word. Even until the closing prayer just felt God’s presence. Just so grateful. Thank you guys.

City, State
Prospect

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I love these digital group sessions! Of the many take-aways available, the ones that stood out to me had to do with the practical, free flowing, non-formulaic ways we can spend quality time with God across the seasons of our lives. Hearing how Pastor Prince and GRC staff have us on their hearts made me feel loved and connected. Thank you pastors for being relatable, for sharing in authentic and humble ways, and for letting us know how you successfully face the same challenges we do! Looking forward to the next digital care group.🙌
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The digital care group discussion was so practical and helpful. I listened to it twice today and the activities are so very useful for me to put all this into practice. I'm so thankful to both of you (and of course Pastor Prince as well) for doing this!
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So glad to be part of GRC and this wonderful care group!!! 🙏😀❤️ So very blessed! The Lord bless you Pastors and your families!! I feel so loved and cared for! There’s no distance in the Spirit! I love and pray for all my brothers and sisters in Christ🙏❤️...
Liz GAGeorgia
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We truly feel like we are valuable members of GRC though we are physically distant.
Wendy HAustin, TX
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This is awesome, I work two weekends out of the month, as I am not able to get to church. So now I am so blessed to have this gathering in my home.
LoneyVictoria, BC
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Thank you for the care group notes, that’s really great!! Something we can work on during the week - really appreciated.
Lisa W@username
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GRC online is an answered prayer for me. 🙏🏽 Thank you for a rhema word. Jesus loves me and I’m never alone.
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