TODAY’S MAIN IDEA: To be aware, you must first be awake. As we mature in our faith, we become more and more aware of Jesus.


START THE CONVERSATION – QUESTIONS:
Have you ever been a part of an awkward situation because someone (either you or the other person) was unaware (the proverbial foot-in-mouth disease)? Describe the situation.

Take a few moments to think and imagine your favorite place in the world or activity to participate in? (Be fully aware of the details – the smells, the textures, every aspect.) Share some of the details that makes this item or event special, as well as some details that others might not be aware of and overlook.

BIBLE READING: READ Psalm 130:1 – 19 (NIV)
Psalm 103 (Of David)
1 Praise the Lord, my soul;
all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
2 Praise the Lord, my soul,
and forget not all his benefits—
3 who forgives all your sins
and heals all your diseases,
4 who redeems your life from the pit
and crowns you with love and compassion,
5 who satisfies your desires with good things
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
6 The Lord works righteousness
and justice for all the oppressed.
7 He made known his ways to Moses,
his deeds to the people of Israel:
8 The Lord is compassionate and gracious,
slow to anger, abounding in love.
9 He will not always accuse,
nor will he harbor his anger forever;
10 he does not treat us as our sins deserve
or repay us according to our iniquities.
11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is his love for those who fear him;
12 as far as the east is from the west,
so far has he removed our transgressions from us.
13 As a father has compassion on his children,
so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him;
14 for he knows how we are formed,
he remembers that we are dust.
15 The life of mortals is like grass,
they flourish like a flower of the field;
16 the wind blows over it and it is gone,
and its place remembers it no more.
17 But from everlasting to everlasting
the Lord’s love is with those who fear him,
and his righteousness with their children’s children—
18 with those who keep his covenant
and remember to obey his precepts.
19 The Lord has established his throne in heaven,
and his kingdom rules over all.

• In what ways do you struggle with ‘self awareness,’ which is defined as ‘conscious knowledge of one’s own character, feelings, motives, and desires’? Is there a particular area (character, feelings, motives, or desires) that you struggle with more than other areas having conscious knowledge?

• If you have too much self-awareness it can lead to insecurity, while if you have too little self-awareness it can lead to people-pleasing, while a perfect balance of focus on self and others can be achieved through Christ-awareness. When you are out of balance, do you tend to be more self-focused (selfish & at times insecure) or others-focused (people-pleasing)? What is one way in the future you can position yourself to be more Christ-focused in those moments?

An AWARE soul comes from being ALIVE in the spirit and DEAD to sin. Being ‘alive’ means a soul that is reproducing, while death means not reproducing. Describe an area that your soul is alive in – an area that you are spiritually reproducing (i.e. serving, sharing, etc).

YOU ARE AWARE (Stay focused on God) WHEN:
You FEEL something without being LED by it.
Pastor Mike encouraged us to not make decisions in the valley but instead to make decisions on the mountain-top. Describe the process of how you make important decisions. What role does God/ Prayer/ the Spirit play in your process, if any?

YOU ARE AWARE (Stay focused on God) WHEN:
You Are CONNECTED to people but not DEPENDENT on them.
Describe the person you are most connected to – what makes this relationship so special? (Spouses, this is your opportunity to shine!!) How do you assure that you are connected, but not dependent on this relationship? (If this is a challenge, and you find that you are dependent on this relationship, in what ways can you start to rely more on Jesus and Jesus’ plan for your life?)

ACTION ITEMS:
YOU ARE AWARE (Stay focused on God) WHEN:
You know your WEAKNESS but also know HIS STRENGTH.
When we confess our weakness, we are more aware of God’s perfection and we move closer to God, and God moves closer to us. Take some time to confess your weaknesses. If anyone is willing, share a weakness aloud to the group?

In addition, regardless of how many people share aloud, take 3 – 5 minutes for additional silent confession to God. (It may help to play a worship song in the background, perhaps even from someone’s phone).

This week take time to be hyper-aware of the people, situations, and places you find yourself in and then take time to thank God.