Chapter Twenty-seven

Talk about it:  You Can Count on Me

"Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever." (Hebrews 13:8)

1.  How does the fact that God never changes make you feel?  Why?

2.  Review your timeline from Chapter One.  How have you changed over the years?  Do you see evidence of God's unchanging nature reflected in your experiences?  If so, how?

3.  Reflect on the story of the shipwrecked sailor clinging to the rock.  Can you relate to his story?  How has God's unchanging character been your rock in the storms of life?

4.  How can you be sure He will be your rock in future storms?

5.  Do you agree/disagree with this statement:   "We can bank our entire future on His unchanging character."  What implications does your answer have on your daily life?

6.  How should the fact that God never changes impact your prayer life?

7.  What is the connection between God's unchanging nature ad your ability to experience the peace and joy He promises to everyone who trusts in Jesus.

8.  In the areas listed below, identify say you can relate to.  What attribute of God would help you most in that circumstance?  If there is an attribute of God you are struggling to believe is true in that circumstances, how would embracing God's unchanging nature help?

Addictions         Broken relationships

Jealousy            Poor self-image        

Critical attitude  Fear

Worry              Suffering          

Abuse              Sexual temptations

Rejection          Financial crisis

Illness              Questioning God

Other people's choices

FOCUS ON GOD

Continue to review the statement and verse you wrote down last week, at least three times each day, to remind yourself that your future is secure because God never changes.

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God, because You are unchanging,

I know my future is secure.

"He never changes or casts a shifting shadow."

(James 1:17)

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Read "The Great Stone Face," a classic short story by Nathanial Hawthorne, which you can download for free.  When you have finished, answer this question:  "If I want to become more like Christ, what is the one thing I must do?"

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