Flourish | Day Four
By: Megan Gover
Hey-O! Yesterday we unearthed some sins. Though it’s painful, I pray it’s fruitful. Before we begin this time, let’s take a moment to thank the Lord for loving us enough to save us from ourselves!
Though we must acknowledge sin’s destruction towards our growth, we must actively walk away and safeguard against it.
Let’s begin by reading Proverbs 26:11. Write it out on a spare piece of paper.
What thoughts come to mind while reading this verse? How does Proverbs 26:11 describe sin?
How would you describe folly? What is the opposite of a fool?
When I think of someone who exhibits foolish behavior, I think of the Youtube videos we often stumble upon. You know, the ones where some dude rides his hover board off his house, onto a trampoline, over a pool and tries to land on a pogo stick on the diving board?
Folly entails doing spiritually costly things.
It’s willingly choosing unrighteousness.
Wisdom, on the other hand, is doing something spiritually Christ-like.
It is willfully choosing godliness.
Why would a dog return to its’ mess? Why do we ourselves sometimes do this spiritually?
How does folly keep us from flourishing in our faith?
Think about it: What’s your reaction when you know you’ve been disobedient?
Words like shame + guilt + embarrassment probably pop up. However, sin needs to be address through conviction, not shame.
What’s the difference between conviction and shame? Who do these things come from?
Which cycle leads do death? Which one leads to life?
If we want to grow in our walks with Christ, we must recognize conviction compels us to Christ while Satan’s shame shuts us down.
How do shame and conviction steer our next spiritual steps?
In shame, we experience sin, shame, and then repeat.
In conviction, we experience, sin, conviction, and then repentance.
What sins do you need to stop repeating? What sins have you repented from recently?
If we continually run back to our mess, we make sin a routine. If we want to grow, we must run away from the yuck of our spiritual lives! Not only do we need to recognize our habits of turning to sin instead of running from it, we also need to cut out our fleshly cravings.
Read 1 John 2:15-17. According to these verses, what three worldly temptations trip us up?
Unpack these temptations. How do these apply to you today?
Personally speaking, which of these three get you into trouble?
What actions steps do you need to take to keep the lust of the flesh, the lust of our eyes, and the pride of life from tripping you up?
What does verse 17 say about those who do God’s will?
Knowing our cravings us help us steer clear of them. When we acknowledge our own temptations, we not only know how to safeguard against temptation ourselves, but also voice these to friends in order to hold us accountable.
Lastly, turn to 1 John 1:5-7.
What does this verse say? What does walking in the light afford believers?
Have you ever confided in a friend about something you were struggling with? How did they hold you accountable to not sinning in this specific way?
Why does confession—both to God and others—sometimes scare and intimidate people?
How does opening up to someone build community?
Confession and community are important to conquering sin. Sin breeds in secrecy. And when we walk in the light of Christ, we are not only forgiven, but walk truthfully with other brothers and sisters in Christ. If you’ve never experienced deep, Christ centered community, spend some time asking the Lord to fill this void in your life. And if you have, thank the Lord for rich fellowship and accountability with your sisters in Christ!
Ultimately, in order to grow, we must a) recognize folly keeps us from flourishing, b) cut the cravings of our spiritual flesh, and c) cling to community and confession!
As a result, you can walk in obedience instead of disobedience.
And wisdom instead of folly.
And life instead of death.