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If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. 2 Cor 5:17

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Introduction

“You have so much joy.”  “You are at peace.”  “You have an inner strength.”  “When things go wrong you get stronger instead of weaker!”  These words are from real conversations.  They illustrate the difference God makes to life.


God brings great changes to life.  God, the creator of all things, created us to interact with Himself.  Though we are capable of operating in independence, you only have to open a newspaper or watch the news to see the glaringly obvious failure of people who live without Him.  The fact is people don’t do well without God.


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When we become Christians then we are in God’s family.  He acts on behalf of His children. Here are some of the things we can look to our Father to do for us -


God also works within us.  He transforms our attitudes and our emotional well being.


Salvation

It is easy to get caught up in daily life.  The big picture of our life can only be seen from God’s perspective.  Our choices decide our future.  Choosing God changes our whole life now and in the future.  Have a look at this passage from the Bible - 1 Peter 1:3-5

  1. What hope do we have because of God?
  2. How does God help us in our problems?
  3. How does this inheritance influence the way you invest your life?


1 Peter 1:3-5    3 All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is by his great mercy that we have been born again, because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead. Now we live with great expectation,4 and we have a priceless inheritance—an inheritance that is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay.5 And through your faith, God is protecting you by his power until you receive this salvation, which is ready to be revealed on the last day for all to see.


God Cares for us

An immediate benefit of being with God is that He watches over us.  One of the most famous passages in the Bible is Psalm 23.

  1. Go through each sentence asking - what benefits are there in God?
  2. How do you see God’s care in your daily life?  If not, pray that God would show you and spend the next few days looking out for it.


Psalm 23  1 The LORD is my shepherd; I have all that I need.

2 He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams.

3   He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name.

4 Even when I walk   through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff  protect and comfort me.

5 You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies. You honor me by anointing my head with oil.   My cup overflows with blessings.

6 Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me   all the days of my life,


God’s Power for Life

An evident desire in people is to be free, not under the control of circumstances.  This is especially true of people feeling trapped or lonely.  Have a look at the following passage from the Bible. 2 Peter 1:3-4

  1. What is God’s power able to do for us?
  2. How do we gain access to God’s power?
  3. What is God’s aim in providing His power?
  4. How do you experience power to overcome the corruption surrounding you?


2 Peter 1:3-4   3 By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence.4 And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world's corruption caused by human desires.


Peace

God puts His peace in people’s hearts.  This peace is independent of circumstances. It is peace because we know God is caring for us.

  1. Who will ensure that we are at peace?
  2. Who are kept in peace?


Isaiah 26:  3 You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you,  all whose thoughts are fixed on you!


Forgiven

God promises to forgive our sins as we confess them to Him.

  1. Why would people claim not to have done wrong?
  2. What happens when we come clean and confess?
  3. Why are we so hesitant to confess what we have done wrong?


1 John 1:  8 If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth.9 But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.


Changed Attitude

God changes us from the inside.  We see an example of this in Onesimus.

  1. What difference did coming to faith have on Onesimus?
  2. What differences have you seen in your life since meeting God?


Philemon  10 I appeal to you to show kindness to my child, Onesimus. I became his father in the faith while here in prison.11 Onesimus* hasn't been of much use to you in the past, but now he is very useful to both of us.12 I am sending him back to you, and with him comes my own heart.


Victory over Temptation

God works in our hearts by His Spirit. As we invite Him to live in us, He changes our attitudes to the things that harm us.

  1. How is victory over temptation gained?
  2. How could you hide God’s word in your heart?


Psalm 119:9 How can a young person stay pure?   By obeying your word.  11 I have hidden your word in my heart,   that I might not sin against you.


Heart For God

A heart for God is developed.  Instead of wanting to hide from God, now we desire Him.

  1. What heart attitude do you see written here?
  2. How has this change of attitude been helped?
  3. How is your heart affected when you do what is pleasing to God?


Psalm 40:  8 I take joy in doing your will, my God,  for your instructions are written on my heart."


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