Charlotte's Hope Church
Finding and Following God's Will - Unexpected
When following God's will leads to Unexpected Results
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  • Charlotte's Hope Church
    2530 Johnston Oehler Rd, Charlotte, NC 28269, USA
    Sunday 10:00 AM
God’s will always involves:
· Standing out in our culture
· Encouraging others in Christ
· Pointing others to salvation
Elijah's expectations got in the way of the simple fact that SUCCESS FOR HIM WAS FOUND IN OBEYING THE LORD, NOT IN A SPECIFIC RESULT
The Lord is patient with us when we allow life to get out of focus and will help us regain perspective
Oswald Chambers, “We must never put our dreams of success as God’s purpose for us. The question of getting to a particular end is a mere incident. What we call the process, God calls the end. His purpose is that I depend on Him and on His power now. It is the process, not the end, which is glorifying to God."
Elijah focused on Feelings and not on Facts.

Elijah made Faulty comparisons.

Elijah placed False Blame

Elijah ultimately Lost Focus
Mike Tyson – “Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.”
Take care of physical needs

Give perceived failures to God

Be yourself

Forget yourself!!!

Cherish God’s Presence

Refresh God’s vision for your life
Looking back at your notes from this week’s teaching, was there anything that particularly caught your attention, challenged or confused you?
1. This weekend we explored many areas that can cause disappointment for us. Is there one of these you’ve had to deal with more than the others? If so, explain.
2. Mike mentioned ways for us to get out of a slump. Which one or two of those have you found to be most helpful?
1. In this past weekend’s sermon, we heard that venting our frustrations to God during the dark times is not only acceptable but can actually be healthy for us and our relationship with God. What’s your response to Jeremiah’s venting of his frustration found in Jeremiah 20:7-10, 14-18?

Jeremiah 20:7-10(NIV)

Jeremiah 20:14-18 (NIV)
Can you think of any indicators that a person’s “venting to God” is over the top and no longer helpful to them, others or God?
2. Keeping God’s power in mind is one of the keys to dealing with the “letdown.” What encouragement do you find in Psalm 46 for remembering God’s power and control over not only our lives but the whole world?

How do you relate to how Jeremiah keeps God’s power in mind in the midst of high frustration in Jeremiah 20:11-13(NIV)
Can you think of any verses, attributes or characteristics of God that have helped you through difficult times?
3. As we heard this weekend, God recognizes there will be times we need to recoup and refresh. For Elijah this refreshment started with sleeping and eating. What do you learn from the passages below about the kind of rest and refreshment God wants to provide us?

Exodus 20:8-12(NIV)
Mark 6:30-32(NIV)
Psalm 127:1-2(NIV)
Psalm 23(NIV)
Can you think of a change you need to make in order to experience more rest and refreshment in your life?

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