Enjoying Jesus from Day to Day
Start with a story of someone sharing Jesus
Paul’s Story: Two days ago in the kitchen at my office, I met Young Ill, a business man from Korea…
Allen told My Story and God’s Story at his fraternity conference.
Morgan told the story of the Sinful woman with his Lyft driver.
The big idea from the last meeting
In the last meeting, talked about how to have Jesus conversations, my story, God’s story, & Discovery Bible Study.
Here is the big idea:
Helping others enjoy Jesus is one of the greatest ways love and bless another person. Bonus: It helps me enjoy Jesus more when I do it.
I don’t always know what happened in them, but I know I enjoy Jesus more. God has it setup this way. Help others enjoy Jesus more and enjoy Jesus more yourself.
Paul’s Story: Two days ago in the kitchen at my office, I met Young Ill, a business man from Korea…
Allen’s Story from fraternity conference.
Who has shared anything they learned with someone who doesn’t know Jesus?
Tell someone about it in pairs or small groups for two minutes.
In the parable of the Sower in Mark 4, most people don’t respond and believe in Jesus. Don’t let that discourage you. Our job is to scatter the seed, the rest is up to God. But if we scatter enough seed, some people will follow Jesus and through them 30x 60x 100x fruit! So keep scattering that seed.
Let’s pray in pairs for the people on our names list. Just pray for them. No need to explain who they are right now.
Write their names and groups on the white board. Take a picture and put it on slack for our cohorts prayer list.
Is satisfaction in Jesus a one-time deposit when you first follow him or is it a daily deposit of satisfaction?
Discuss this in pairs. Then discuss as a large group.
The answer is: It is probably both.
The journey might look something like this…
We each are on a search for satisfaction. We find out that _________ doesn’t satisfy.
We hear good news about Jesus. We repent and believe in him (Mark 1:14-15). In common words, we trade our ways for the ways of Jesus. We turn & trust in Him.
He gives us deep satisfaction. He makes us a new creation in Him. This is the initial deposit of satisfaction.
Then from day to day, when we are one with Him, we are satisfied. But when we don’t abide in Him, we turn to idols for satisfaction.
So we need the initial deposit and a daily deposit of satisfaction that can only come from closeness from Jesus.
For today’s meeting we are going to:
Identify our personal idols that compete for our allegiance. Learn about core brokenness and try to get to the root of our counterfeit satisfaction.
Reflect on the I Am statements of Jesus.
Teach one way to engage with Jesus each day to help stay close to Him each day.
In Project 2: The Search for Satisfaction, many of us identified how we searching for satisfaction before we trusted in Jesus. We wrote that into our transformed life story.
We also introduced the idea that even after we follow Jesus, we can sometimes have the idea that:
“Jesus plus __________ will satisfy.”
If we are seeking satisfaction in Jesus plus anything else, we will not experience the full satisfaction that Jesus offers. To enjoy Jesus, we must purse satisfaction in him alone.
It is helpful to identify what is competing with Jesus in your search for satisfaction. In the “Jesus plus __________ will satisfy” scenario, what is in that blank for you?
Take 5 minutes solo to pray, reflect, and maybe journal on this.
Core Brokenness triangle
Let’s move from specific to general. You identified you a specific area of brokenness that competes. Let’s see how that relates to Jesus’ temptation in Luke 4. The devil tempted Jesus with three things. We can put these on a triangle.
Jesus was hungry and the devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread.” This temptation deals with Appetite.
The devil then showed him all the kingdoms of the world and said to him, “To you I will give all this authority and their glory… If you, then, will worship me, it will all be yours.” This temptation deals with Ambition.
The devil took him to the pinnacle of the temple in Jerusalem and said to him, “It you are the Son of God, throw yourself down from here, for it is written, ‘He will command his angels concerning you, to guard you,’ and ‘On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone.’” This temptation deals with Approval.
Does your specific struggle fit into one of these categories?
Beware that sometimes your presenting brokenness might not be your core brokenness. Your main issue might not be the main issue, it might be a symptom of the core issue.
For example in Paul’s story, he was drinking too much and shooting hard drugs into his veins, which sounds like a Appetite problem. He couldn’t get enough. He always wanted more. But the core brokenness was actually approval. Paul had huge fears of not being good enough. He did not feel comfortable in his own skin. He did feel like he fit. The way he dealt with it was with alcohol and drugs. He tried to escape or use it to fit in with others. The root problem was a lack of Approval and the presenting problem looked like an Appetite problem.
Spend a few minutes in solo reflection asking if there is a deeper root cause than what you initially thought. Can you get to the core brokenness?
Reflect on the I am statements of Jesus
Now let’s bring the good news of Jesus to our brokenness. From meeting 1, what was the summary statement that we came up with as a group? Write this on the board.
Discuss in small groups or pairs:
If you want to, share your blank in the Jesus + _________ = satisfaction.
What was new to you from the I am statements of Jesus? For example: Paul was only believing part of the gospel. He had not seen the beauty of what Jesus offers us day to day.
What part of the I Am statements and how we unpacked them most made you love Jesus more?
What I Am statement or idea most helps you turn from conterfeit satisfaction to Jesus?
Consider memorizing this I Am statement or idea.
Personal worship time
The way that Jesus wants to engage with us is with closeness and oneness. He wants us to abide in Him and He abides in us. A beautiful way to cultivate this closeness with Jesus is through a personal worship time each day. This is how we can be satisfied in Jesus from day to day.
But so many of us have tried to do this and we have not experience great results. Other times we have be faithful to read the Bible regularly, but we didn’t feel very engaged with God during it.
Paul’s story: There was a season in my life where, I was faithful to read the Bible each morning. Whether I read short or long to follow my Bible in a year plan, I read it. But it just felt like reading a book. I was reading the book, but missing the author of the book.
Then I learned this method of personal worship and I started engaging with God and interacting with Him while I was reading his word. The results and transformation in my life where huge.
I don’t read as much scripture each day, I have a much deeper experience with God. I am experiencing oneness with Jesus along the way. And I am a “doer” of what I read not just a “hearer.” I believe it is better to read smaller passages with and have lots of oneness and obedience, rather than lots of knowledge and little obedience.
So here is how to have a personal worship time using the PRAISE model.
P POET & PRAY
Start by walking through POET to cultivate thankfulness. Then Pray a line from Psalm 119. Paul’s favorite is “Open my eyes that I may behold wonderful things from your word.”
Read a passage from the Bible.
Don’t just read the text. Interact with it. Ask questions as you read. Here are some starter questions: What does this passage teach about God? About people?
Write out a simple phrase or sentence that captures some big idea from the passage. Write it in a memorable way so you can remember it throughout the day.
Write out an action step or change you would like to make as a result of this passage. Start your step with “I will…”
E ENGAGE WITH GOD
Use the Model Prayer from Jesus as a way to engage with God in prayer. The disciples asked Jesus to teach them how to pray. He taught them this model prayer that we commonly call the Lord’s Prayer. But it is really a prayer for all disciples of Jesus to learn from. Jesus said, “Pray then like this:”
Let’s learn how to pray from Jesus. Here are the five targets of prayer from Matthew 6:
“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.”
Here we tell God what attributes about Him that we like. We pray back to Him who He is. We can pray back the character of God that we learned from the passage we read and any others that come to mind. This gives God glory.
“Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”
Here we are challenging the status quo of our world and ourselves. We are asking for God’s Kingdom to come on earth. So we pray for God’s Kingdom to come in specific people, specific groups of people, and in specific places. We are confronting evil and darkness. We are asking for King Jesus to rule and reign in more and more people in more and more of the earth.
“Give us this day our daily bread,”
Here we are praying for God to provide. We might start by thanking him for a refrigerator that is likely already stocked with food. Or a meal plan that is paid for. We are not going hungry. But this is not the reality in much of the world. Let us not become complacent. Let us pray give us this day our daily bread.
And we ask for Him to provide whatever we need. For finances, for rent for next month, for money give generously to others, for a job, whatever we need.
We can beyond money and food here and just let God know all that we are asking for our loving and generous father to provide.
“and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.”
He were take a look at our life and maybe our last day. Is there anything we need to ask God to forgive us for? This is the place for that.
Part 2 of this sentence is about us forgiving others. Is there anyone who wronged us that we need to forgive? Let’s practice this daily (at least) and not let unforgiveness grow into a root of bitterness.
“And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.”
Here we pray for God’s protection from evil. We pray asking for His guidance in our day and in our life. This final prayer target launches us out into the day full of the Holy Spirit’s power, protected from evil, and being led by God. This is the way to start the day!
At first glance, this might seem like it will take a long time to do each day. But once you learn it, it flows easily and can be done quickly if needed. My normal worship time is about 45 minutes each day. This is not a burden, it is one of my favorite times of the whole day. I use a blank moleskine journal and sharpie pens. I walk through these sections on paper and I hear from God. It is amazing. I emerge satisfied in Jesus and empowered for the day.
But some days are busier, and I can still walk through all of the steps in 15-20 minutes, so it definitely works in a shorter time frame. And it works!
For several years, I did a half day or whole day of prayer each month. This method also worked great for that timeframe too. I might read a longer passage or even a whole letter from Paul. Then spend 30 minutes on each of the six prayer targets really interceding for many different things. It has been beautiful to go back see how God answered many of those prayers in my journals.
In summary, this framework compress and expands as your time and desire allows. Whether your time is short or long is not the point, the most important thing is to have a method that helps you engage with Jesus and not just read his book.
Once I enter into dialogue with Jesus each morning, I can usually just keep the dialogue going throughout the day.
This is not about checking boxes. This is about Enjoying Jesus. So give PRAISE a try and see what happens.
[Just for cohort 4]
Feedback & Reflection on Project 3.
Our last meeting on Sunday at 3pm. Who is not able to be at that meeting?