Abiding Fruitfulness: 40-Days of Resting into Success

Resting to Success

Welcome Creatives to this 40-Day Session, of Abiding Fruitfulness. We, at ICFTS, are so grateful to the Lord Who has called us into His rest and blessed us to share in it with you!

Each week, beginning Tuesday, July 9th and then on the following Sundays until August 18th, a new video with fresh content will be shared on our Facebook Page and our site page. We will explore what the word of God has to say about Rest & Success, as well as the art of posturing our entire beings to partake of both.

Each video will have a set of questions, a weekly reading, as well as a task to complete before the next week, and a song of meditation. You will also be able to find the typed questions on our website.

ITEMS OF PARTICIPATION:

  • A Journal: You will want/need to take notes and record your process, progress, prayers, and any revelation the Lord is showing you.
  • A willing, honest and open heart and mind: You may find yourself challenged spiritually and emotionally, not to mention, productively. Come to the table with a willingness to hear and learn and most of all glean.
  • Expectation: You are joining us for a reason and have found us for a reason. The Lord is waiting for you to speak your heart and share your expectations, those between a Loving Father and the most Beloved of Children–You! Share your heart with Him and be ready to hear His.

We are so looking forward to this time with you!

In Him Always,

Candice, Founder of ICFTS

SESSION 1: Intro Week

  • SESSION VIDEO: What is Abiding Fruitfulness
  • SUGGESTED READING: Knowing God or Knowing About God by Briana Lassiter
  • SCRIPTURE PORTION: John 15
  • WORSHIP SONG“Reveal” by William McDowell -feat. José Garrafa
  • QUESTIONS:
    • What does Summer mean for you?
    • What emotions, feelings, thoughts are associated with this season?
    • Is Summer a season of rest for you, why or why not?
    • What is the first thought that comes to mind when you think of the word ‘Abide’?
    • Do you believe that abiding can make you fruitful? Why or why not?
    • What is the first definition of success for you?
    • Do you believe that success can be found in abiding with Christ? Why or why not?
    • WHAT ARE YOU EXPECTING TO GAIN FROM PARTICIPATING IN THIS 40-DAY SESSION?

SESSION 2: ABIDING

SESSION 3: TRANSFORM

  • SESSION VIDEO: Abiding Transformation
  • SUGGESTED READING: Inevitable change” “Achieving the Greatest Expression.”
  • SCRIPTURE PORTION: John 15:4-5,9-17; Romans 8:28-29, 12:2, Luke 10:38-42, Luke 7:36-50
  • WORSHIP SONG: Excess Love (Cover) by Osby Berry
  • QUESTIONS:
    • What does transformation mean to you?
    • Is it the same thing as conformation? Why or Why not?
    • How long did it take you to get postured to abide with Christ for 5 min each day?
    • How did it make you feel? Why?
    • What was the most significant thing the Lord revealed to you during your 5 min abiding sessions?
    • Do you believe that you are loved by God and seen as just as wonderful and worthy as He sees and loves Christ Himself? Why or Why not?
    • What does John 15:9-17 mean to you? Why?
    • Is your first impression in line with the truth of His Word?
  • TASK: Continue with 5 min of abiding daily

*To be transformed in our minds, we must believe what He believes about us, especially if we are ever going to experience the depth of the intimate abiding with Him that blesses us to bear abundant fruit worthy of our salvation.

SESSION 4: CONFORM

SESSION 5: REST

  • SESSION VIDEO: Abiding Rest
  • SUGGESTED READING: The Wisdom of Resting
  • SCRIPTURE PORTION: Matthew 25:1-13, Mark 6:31, Ephesians 6:10-18, Genesis 1:31, John 15:9, Hebrews 4:1-11, Psalm 23
  • WORSHIP: Victory by Fred Jerkins featuring Last Call
  • QUESTIONS:
    • What is the first thought or feeling you have when you hear the word ‘rest’?
    • Do you feel like resting is productive? Why or Why not?
    • Do you feel guilty when you rest? Why or Why not?
    • What do you think/feel when you hear that the Lord rested from His work, and how does that make you feel when it comes to your work?
    • Has forgoing rest helped you to be more productive? Why or why not
    • Since you’ve been resting for 5 min a day or more, do you feel more productive? Why or why not?
    • What can you do to make rest a priority?
  • TASK: Allow yourself 5 MINUTES of quiet/stillness time. You can lay your head down and nap, sit outside (my recommendation) in God’s creation, just simply give your heart, mind, being five minutes of stillness especially to allow God to speak. *NOTE* this is a time in addition to your devotional time.

SESSION 6: SUCCESS

  • SESSION VIDEO: Established Success
  • SUGGESTED READING: The Rewards of Resting
  • SCRIPTURE PORTION: John 15:4-5, Psalm 37:4-5, Proverbs 16:3, Psalm 1:1-3
  • WORSHIP SONG: Success is in Your Hands” by Fred Hammond, I AM by James Fortune
  • QUESTIONS:
    • What does success mean to you?
    • Has your view of success been defined by Christ’s culture or the World’s?
    • Has your summer season changed since you’ve begun to abide with Christ and seek His rest? If so, how?
    • Have you gained more clarity for the season ahead by choosing to abide and rest?
  • TASK:
    • Continue with 5 min of abiding daily
    • Review your answers from previous weeks and pray over them, asking the Lord to reveal new things to you about abiding and rest.

SESSION 7: Closing Encouragement