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Lesson: Leaving the Tent

Icebreaker

What is your current money-saving technique?

Prayer

Lord, be our provider. Teach us to look up.

Key Scripture

Genesis 15:1–6 NLT, emphasis added: “Some time later, the Lord spoke to Abram in a vision and said to him, ‘Do not be afraid, Abram, for I will protect you, and your reward will be great.’ But Abram replied, ‘O Sovereign Lord, what good are all your blessings when I don’t even have a son? Since you’ve given me no children, Eliezer of Damascus, a servant in my household, will inherit all my wealth. You have given me no descendants of my own, so one of my servants will be my heir.’ Then the Lord said to him, ‘No, your servant will not be your heir, for you will have a son of your own who will be your heir.’ Then the Lord took Abram outside and said to him, ‘Look up into the sky and count the stars if you can. That’s how many descendants you will have!’ And Abram believed the Lord, and the Lord counted him as righteous because of his faith.”

The Big Idea

If we were to look at the internal aspect of money, we would realize that mind determines action. What we think is what we get. Abraham needed to come out of the limiting, suffocating tent and look up at the stars and the sky. Don’t sell yourself short as Abraham did, who was wealthy in some areas but did not have a son. Don’t live with a mentality of doubt, but rather believe the bigger picture that God sees for your life. Dare to come out of the tent and look up to God. Remember, God is a God of abundance.

Let’s look at what changes in our mindset when we come out of the tent and believe God for more.

Discussion

Have you ever ventured out of the tent to see God’s bigger financial picture for you? Share with the group.

My Identity

Certain ideas are limiting God’s people. Many think, “I am a poor person,” and poverty becomes their identity. They focus on their upbringing and their lack of education to wrongly frame their world. They conclude that they have no gift or empowerment and thus live as a victim, impaired.

Discussion

Can a wealthy person also live under the tent? How can a poverty mentality be overcome? Share with the group.

My Beliefs

Many of us live with incorrect beliefs about money. The first incorrect belief is suspicion, which says that every well-off person must have cheated to get ahead. Others faultily believe that punching a clock is the only way to earn money, that their hours traded for income is the only way to generate wealth, while wealthy people understand that they can make money from many avenues. Still others wrongly see money as a pie and believe that if someone has a portion of the pie, then someone else must go without. The faulty, big-break mentality counts on something like winning the lottery, ignoring the fact that the odds of winning the lottery are the same as being mauled by a bear and struck by lightning on the same day.

Discussion

When did you first realize that you were embracing a false-money mentality? Share with the group.

Application

What you believe and what you value will determine your identity. Having a poverty mentality does not square with what God’s Word says. Come out from the tent! Think correctly about who you are in Christ.

Action Point

Ask God to show you this week wrong beliefs and values that you hold concerning money. Ask Him to change your heart, and be willing to come out from beneath the limits of the tent and walk in your true identity.

For You, the Leader

Remind group members * Model Man weekend March 2, 3 & 4th *Women’s encounter March 9th & 10th

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