God Delivers

Remember


What hope is there for those who suffer? Carrie Sandom sits down with Jennie Allen at the 2012 Gospel Coalition and encourages women to remember God’s faithfulness in the past so they can have courage to face the future. Carrie is Associate Minister for Women and Pastoral Care at St. John's Church in Tunbridge Wells, UK, and Director of Women’s Ministries at The Proclamation Trust.  


What in Carrie’s message resonated with you?
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Can you think of a time when you have been in a “pit of despair”? If so, describe it. What were the circumstances?
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Carrie elaborated on Psalm 40 where David expresses his deep despair. Wanting desperately to trust God, he remembers the past and recalls ways God has delivered him before. He then finds the courage and strength to look ahead in hope.  

In what ways are you waiting for God to deliver from you now?
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Think of a time when God has delivered you from pain or sadness in the past. What were those circumstances?
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In what ways does God’s faithfulness in the past help you look ahead and believe in His faithfulness for the future?
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Sometimes we are stuck in “miry bogs” because of our own sin and mistakes. Do you have any sin you need to confess in your life right now? What is keeping you from walking in faithfulness to God? Who can you talk to about your sin?
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Carrie says we have even more reason to believe in God’s deliverance than David because of how God delivered us in Christ. We can be pray with confidence because we know God has already done all that’s needed to restore us to relationship to Him and heal our hurt. 


Jennie admitted that waiting for deliverance can be hard. What are some practical steps you can take to help you in your time of waiting? What are some things you can do that might make the waiting less painful?
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Based on God’s deliverance in the past, we can have hope that He will deliver us again in the future. If you are in despair or gloom, cry out now to the Lord and ask for His help. He is near, He loves you, and He delivers.  



For more information about the Gospel Coalition Women’s Conference, click here.