20171231 One Thing

“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. 19 See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland. Isaiah 43:18-19

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matthew 6:33


1) WHAT ONE THING DO YOU __________________ FROM GOD?
4 One thing I ask of the Lord, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple. Psalm 27:4

2) WHAT ONE THING DO YOU __________________ ?
21 Jesus looked at him and loved him. “One thing you lack,” he said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” 22 At this the man’s face fell. He went away sad, because he had great wealth. Mark 10:21-22

3) WHAT ONE THING DO YOU NEED TO __________________ ?
13 Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:13-14

4) WHAT ONE PROMISE DO YOU NEED TO __________________ ?
This one thing I know: God is for me! I am trusting God-oh, praise his promises! I am not afraid of anything mere man can do to me! Yes, praise his promises. Psalm 56:9-13 TLB

“Will you Talk It Over?” That’s the closing challenge from this message. Use these questions with a group of friends to help you turn your response into action and discover the one thing God has for your next step toward Him.

With your Bible or Bible App, read Isaiah 43:18-19 and Matthew 6:33.
These verses encourage us to focus on God and the things He wants to do in our life.
What’s your track record with New Year’s resolutions? What resolutions did you make this year?
How do you think changing your focus from “good intentions” to “God intentions” will help you make more lasting commitments?

Read Psalm 27:4.
In this verse David asks God for the one thing He desired most.
What one thing do you desire from God? Discuss the struggles you’ve had in the past with taking steps toward this one thing.
What’s the difference between desiring something from God and just desiring God? How do we shift our focus toward seeking God like this verse expresses?

Read Mark 10:21-22.
In this verse, Jesus tells a man what one thing he lacks.
What one thing do you lack to move forward with God?
Jesus named the one thing for the man in the verse and he still didn’t do it. How will you go about obtaining that one thing?

Read Philippians 3:13-14.
Paul tells us in this verse to let go of the past to focus on our future with God.
What one thing do you need to let go?
Share something from your past that seems to be holding you back. How are you going to let it go?

Read Psalm 56:9-13.
David stands on this one promise to get rid of the fears he faced.
What’s one promise you need to claim?
Review the list of promises from the message. What’s the one that you need to stand on move forward with your walk with God?

Next Steps
Once you know the one thing God is leading you to do, get a stack of Post-its and make some reminders. Make this one thing more than just a good intention by surrounding yourself with a great support system. Stick reminders around your home, car, or workspace. Give them to friends to remind them to pray for you and ask you about your progress.

Prayer Tips for the Week
There’s only one thing to pray for this week—ask God what your one thing is. Spend your prayer time this week seeking Him for steps to take and strength to follow through on your commitment.


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