Triggered to Trust: Deceptions from the enemy are triggers that convince us to move in a direction of trusting him more than God. He uses the lust of the eyes to gain control in our lives with 3 triggers below. Desire conceives and impregnates us to birth worldly outcomes, which triggers us to trust something that can hurt us.

  1. Greed: Selfish desire for wealth or power. “I want what I see.” In the garden, every tree was desirable, and the one tree was set apart. But the enemy knew humans had two desires: We want control, and to be the god of our life. The tithe is also set apart as God’s. Tithing breaks the worldly desire called greed.
  2. Unbelief: Faith in anything other than God. “I believe what I see.” God setup systems on earth to bless our life and to protect us. Unbelief is when we trust things outside of God’s system and don’t obey God’s Word. If we see it for long enough, we start to believe it. We can’t believe what we see and believe God at the same time. The lust of the eye triggers trust in our own system, which creates havoc in our lives.
  3. Fear: afraid of something that appears dangerous. “I fear what I see.” Fear is a result of greed and unbelief which removes you from the protective covering of God and creates more fear. We walk outside of that covering when we’re led by the lust of the eye, and we’re triggered to trust in the world’s system.

The Good News: If we have been deceived by our desires, triggered to trust the wrong system, or find ourselves living in fear, God made a way for us! The Word tells us to repent then, turn to God, so that our sins may be wiped out. Repent means to turn from and do differently in the future.

Opening Question or Ice Breaker

If you could talk to anyone in the world (alive or dead), who would it be? Why?

Discussion Question 1

Have you ever been triggered by emotion to make a decision?

Scripture
Have someone read 1 John 2:16-17 NIV and James 1:14-16 NKJV and Malachi 3:8-9 NIV and discuss:

  • Share some examples of lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes, and pride of life.
  • How do we keep from being drawn away by our own desires?

Why do you think some believe keeping the tithe is the answer to financial struggles?

Discussion Question 2

Have you ever found yourself outside of God’s protective covering?

Scripture
Have someone read 1 Tim 6:10 NLT and Proverbs 3:7-8 AMP and Mark 10:7-9 NIV and discuss:

  • Let’s discuss what “the true faith” is that we could wander from in 1 Tim 6:10.
  • What does it look like to fear the Lord? And what are the benefits that follow Prov 3:7?

What are the stark contrasts to God’s definition of marriage and the world’s?

Make It Practical – Apply the Word:

This week let’s protect our time reading His Word, sitting in His presence, and aligning ourselves with God’s systems.

  1. What’s one step we can take personally to ensure we’re not deceived?
  2. How can we pray in unity about a specific cultural lie evident in our area/community?

Family Conversation Question for the Week: (spend time talking with your circle)

Talk about cultural messages that have been pushed, that are opposite of God’s truth and how to keep from aligning with them.