Scripture

Nahum 1:2-3a (NIV)
 
2 The Lord is a jealous and avenging God;
the Lord takes vengeance and is filled with wrath.
The Lord takes vengeance on his foes
and vents his wrath against his enemies.
3 The Lord is slow to anger but great in power;
the Lord will not leave the guilty unpunished

Questions

 
Pastor Mike shared how God’s love for justice, as we witness in the book of Nahum, is reassuring to him. How do you feel when reading Scripture about God’s judgement and wrath? Why do you think so many people find it difficult to equate a God of love with a God of judgement?
 
What does the Bible teach about using our hearts/feelings as our guide in life? How does this counter the prevailing cultural message to “follow your feelings as long as it doesn’t hurt anyone”?
 
The Bible speaks of our inner brokenness, yet also of our complete forgiveness. Spend a few moments giving thanks to the Lord for how You are fully known, yet fully loved and forgiven. Invite the Spirit to help you, rather than choosing what always feels right, to follow after God’s desires in your everyday.
 

Practical Application

“Every command in the Bible from ‘don’t do this’ to ‘do this’ is
about God inviting you to the deepest life possible. God’s not trying
to manipulate you into submitting to a rigid list of rules. He’s saying,
“Don’t go there! That way leads to hurt and pain and brokenness.
Go this way. This is the way to joy and life and purpose.” Our feelings
are not the best gauge of what is in our best interest.
To feel something does not mean it’s true.”

 

Is there any part of your life where God is saying no? Spent some time this week reflecting on the fact that all God’s commands flow out of His perfect love for You. He has proven, most clearly in the cross, His deep love for You. You can trust
God when He says “yes” and when He says “no”.

Discussion

“Its ok to do what you feel like as long as it doesn’t hurt anybody”.
This is a common sentiment in the modern age but is it biblical?
Is there any danger in seeing the way we think and feel as our moral/life compass?
Is following our feelings the way to the fullest life?
Join Pastor Mike and Will as they address these questions and explore how
the Bible teaches how determining right and wrong isn’t simply a matter of
personal preference.

Go Further

Overview: Nahum – Video Teaching by The Bible Project
Christ Be Magnified – Song by Cody Carnes