How did we see God move this week as we tried to live out the Spirit’s leading? What challenges did we encounter? What victories can we celebrate?

14 The LORD God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, cursed are you above all livestock and above all beasts of the field; on your belly you shall go, and dust you shall eat all the days of your life. 15 I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.”

16 To the woman he said, “I will surely multiply your pain in childbearing; in pain you shall bring forth children. Your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you.”

17 And to Adam he said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife and have eaten of the tree of which I commanded you, ‘You shall not eat of it,’ cursed is the ground because of you; in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life; 18 thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you; and you shall eat the plants of the field. 19 By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”

Recall from Sunday:

Genesis 3:14-15 – Sin unleashes death…

Genesis 3:16 – …that frustrates relationships…

Genesis 3:17-19 – …and brings futility.

…But Jesus comes to unleash life that restores relationship to bring flourishing

Reflect: What sticks out to you personally from the passage?

What impacted you on a personal level from Sunday’s sermon?

The presence of death in creation transformed good things (raising children and farming food) into ultimate necessities for life and continued existence, which can turn them into idols. Often our lack of rest comes from chasing after relationships and provision, and trying to control them. So…

Is there something in your life you are trying to gain or control that’s stealing your rest? Seeking a relationship? Trying to make more money? How can you surrender that to God and seek him first?

If provision is what is stealing your rest, one great way to frustrate the plans of the enemy to keep you stuck is to give. As an act of spiritual warfare, from the little that you have, give some away for someone else’s good. Sponsor a Compassion International child for $40/month. Give an extra $10 at church. Tip generously somewhere you eat. Discern with the Spirit how you can take even a small concrete step to trust God to care for you.

Relationships are harder to surrender, and more complex than money. If gaining or sustaining a romantic relationship has consumed your life, make some time to spend just you and God. If there’s a damaged relationship you’re desperately trying to fix talk with God about whether that relationship has taken 1st priority over him in your life. Discern with the group how to find our worth first in God rather than these relationships.