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Session 18

The gift we never knew we needed

Read: Exodus 18

Our perspective — the way we interpret what’s happening around us — can make or break us in any given situation. For many of us, a new perspective is the one thing we need to help us gain a breakthrough in our walk with God.

By Exodus 18, Moses’ ministry and relationship with God had been steadily growing for years. God had delivered Moses and the Israelites from Pharaoh and the Egyptians, provided food and water while they were in the desert, and protected them from attacks by their enemies.

Word of what God was doing in Moses’ life spread to his in-laws in Midian, so while Israel was camped at the foot of Mount Sinai, Moses’ father-in-law, Jethro, came to visit. After spending some time celebrating, Jethro had a conversation with Moses that became a crucial point in Moses’ life. Jethro was able to offer a new perspective to Moses in the midst of what could have become an overwhelming situation.

Sometimes a new perspective is exactly what we need. We need to let those who care about us into our lives. People who love Jesus and love us are the best at helping us to see a new perspective  — whether we’re in the midst of a hopeless situation or on the path to what could become a hopeless situation.

We have all gotten a gift that we did not realize we needed at the time, but later we realized it was one of the best gifts we’ve ever received. Sometimes the advice of a godly friend is not what we want to hear at the moment, but like Moses, a new perspective may be exactly what we need to get us to the place where God is calling us.

Reflect:

 

  • In what area of your life do you need a new perspective?
  • Who are some people in your life that you can invite into your situation to offer you a new perspective?
  • When is the last time you asked God to give you His perspective on your hopeless situation? Ask Him for that this week.

1

What if the right thing costs you everything?

What if the right thing costs you everything?

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2

Are you in need of rescue?

Are you in need of rescue?

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3

Help is on the way

Help is on the way

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4

Looking for a sign that God is with you?

Looking for a sign that God is with you?

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5

What to do when God doesn’t meet your expectations

What to do when God doesn’t meet your expectations

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6

Will you let God set you free?

Will you let God set you free?

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7

Great success often starts with failure

Great success often starts with failure

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8

How to break a cycle of regret

How to break a cycle of regret

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9

What is your purpose in life?

What is your purpose in life?

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10

When you can’t see clearly

When you can’t see clearly

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11

We are all enslaved to something

We are all enslaved to something

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12

Freedom comes from following instructions

Freedom comes from following instructions

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13

How remembering the past shapes the present

How remembering the past shapes the present

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14

How to win the war

How to win the war

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15

How to celebrate life, even when it sucks

How to celebrate life, even when it sucks

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16

God’s presence is greater than His presents

God’s presence is greater than His presents

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17

God is our banner

God is our banner

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18

The gift we never knew we needed

The gift we never knew we needed

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19

The one person who never breaks a promise

The one person who never breaks a promise

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20

A new way to think about God’s commands

A new way to think about God’s commands

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21

Revenge isn’t as sweet as you think it will be

Revenge isn’t as sweet as you think it will be

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22

What if you are the thief?

What if you are the thief?

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23

Timing is everything

Timing is everything

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24

The key to effectiveness in the church

The key to effectiveness in the church

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25

Why you should give God your best

Why you should give God your best

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26

Worship is more than singing on Sunday

Worship is more than singing on Sunday

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27

What it means to be set apart

What it means to be set apart

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28

You were made to make a difference

You were made to make a difference

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29

Is impatience getting the better of you?

Is impatience getting the better of you?

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30

You’ve got a friend in me

You’ve got a friend in me

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31

You can come to God after a mistake

You can come to God after a mistake

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32

What happens when everyone gives what God says

What happens when everyone gives what God says

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33

How to do more than you ever thought possible

How to do more than you ever thought possible

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34

How to prepare our hearts for worship

How to prepare our hearts for worship

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