Sunday, August 26, 2012

Decisions, Decisions, Decisions

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. (Proverbs 3:5-6)
Decisions –we are faced with them every day. Some of them are big and some of them are small – but they still must be made.  It is amazing to see how many sources the average person will consult when faced with making a decision and where they turn first.  God wants us to make wise decisions. He wants us to follow His guidance.  Proverbs 3:5-6 shares a simple formula for living a successful life.
I.      The Object Of Trust - "Trust in the Lord..."  (Psalm 118:8)
Trust is to be in the Person of God - not His commands or His church or its leaders.
Myth: God’s will is hard to discover.
When we follow the 95% of God’s will that we know, the other 5% becomes easier to understand.
God can be trusted even when we don’t understand all His dealings with mankind.
The more senseless life becomes the greater our need to trust in God.
II.     The Extent Of Trust - "... with all your heart"
Half-hearted trust is like whole-hearted doubt.
The heart at rest is the heart at God's harbor. Inner peace comes with single commitment.   James 1:5-8
III.   The Misdirection Of Trust – “and do not lean on your own understanding”
Stop trying to be in CONTROL!
The best way to say this is "distrust thyself".
Myth: God wants us to know everything about the future.
Our minds are limited by scope and corrupted by sin. Romans 8:7-8
There are things in life that we will never understand. Isaiah 55:8-9
IV.  The Fellowship Of Trust - "In all your ways acknowledge Him..."
This is a command to guard against only acknowledging God in times of trouble and acts of worship.
V.    The Results Of Trust - "…and He will make your paths straight."
Myth: God’s greatest goal for my life is my HAPPINESS.
God is more concerned about your character than He is about your comfort.
Though the path may be straight it will still lead through valleys and deserts and over mountains and rivers

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