Big Buts Cannot Lie – Pt. 2

The phrase “But God” shows up a lot in scripture.  Why? The word “but” means “used to introduce something contrasting with what has already been mentioned.”
In this series, we will dive into all the “BIG BUTS” in the Bible….

Ice Breaker Questions:
-What’s one area in your life that you are really “cocky” about?  Not just confident, but cocky…
-What’s an area that you feel that God has gifted you in?
-Do you ever struggle with knowing where the line is between you doing something and God doing something through you?

Genesis 41:14-16 (NIV)
14 So Pharaoh sent for Joseph, and he was quickly brought from the dungeon. When he had shaved and changed his clothes, he came before Pharaoh.
15 Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I had a dream, and no one can interpret it. But I have heard it said of you that when you hear a dream you can interpret it.”

16 “I cannot do it,” Joseph replied to Pharaoh, “but God will give Pharaoh the answer he desires.”

-Joseph was called out of prison to interpret Pharoah’s dream because this is what he was known for.  No one was able to interpret this dream but Joseph, however, Joseph told Pharaoh that he couldn’t do it but that God can give him what he was looking for.

-God gives us abilities in our lives to be used by Him, but not so they can be used by us and for us.  Do we have the “But God” approach when it comes to what God has given us in our lives?

Discussion Questions:
1. Is it difficult for you to not take a lot of the credit when God uses you?  Do you swing the pendulum to the opposite extreme and take none of the credit?  [Notice that Joseph didn’t say he wasn’t going to do anything, but that God was going to be the source of the answer.]
2. Do you see how pride has hijacked the gifts in the church?  What’s a healthy way to handle this problem without having false humility?  
3. How can we have a healthy balance between responsibilities in working with our gifts and knowing they are by God and for God/others?  How does one give God all credit due without sounding “religious”?
4. How do you personally struggle with this concept?  Do you teeter totter on this issue?  When is it at it’s worst?
5. What other areas do we struggle with pride? (i.e. – control, positions, etc.)

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