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                                                                                                                     SF607

HOW TO KNOW GOD'S WAY EVERY DAY

Proverbs 3:5,6

INTRODUCTION

In the past 50 years, man has made great advances in recent days.  We have the ability to build micro‑computers that will fit in your lap.

We can rocket men into space and return them to earth in what amounts to a airplane.  Scientist tell us that deep space exploration as well as possible colonization is possible during our life time.

Doctors routinely transplant organs today.  Work is being done to produce a functional artificial heart.

We have cars that can go 600 miles per hour, airplanes that travel 2,000 MPH, spacecraft that reach 24,000 MPH.

A man asked a clerk a Knoxville Airport, "How long does it take to fly from Knoxville to Atlanta?"  The busy clerk replied, "Just a minute."  The man said, "Thank you," and walked away.

About all we have added to life is speed and noise. 

Notice what else has happened:

Divorce rate has gone from 5% to 50%.

Crime has skyrocketed 700%

50 years ago the biggest problem in high schools was chewing gum and tardiness.  Today it is drug abuse, violent crimes, and alcoholism.

For all our advancements we are still lost without a way.


But there is hope!

Isaiah 58:11"The Lord will guide you always; He will satisfy your needs..."

Psalm 32:8 "I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you."

We don't have to be misguided!

Ephesians 2:10 "For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus  to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do."

God has a master plan for your life.

Success is not spelled m‑o‑n‑e‑y.  It is not spelled f‑a‑m‑e.  Success rather is the continuous realization of the will of God‑what God desires , what God wants‑for your life. Living life in such a way as to bring glory to God in all that I do.

This is the key we must find, follow, and finish the will of God for our lives if we are to know true success.

How can we do this?

Our text provides three keys...

Deny our self-sufficency

Demonstrate a God-dependancy

Discern God’s direction


1A.          DENY OUR SELF‑SUFFICIENCY

"lean not..."  To lean means to place full confidence in.

"understanding"  The basic idea is to discern to be able to distinguish between two ways or ideas.

1B.          Because Your Understanding is Destorted

1 Corinthians 13:12 "Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; ..."

Mirrors are at best only a reflection

Mirrors show everything in reverse

2B.          Because Your Understanding is Darkened

Ephesians 4:17‑19 "So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking.  They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts.  Having lost all sensitivity they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, with a continual lust for more."

Trout in the Lost Sea

3B.          Because Your Understanding is Deceptive

Jeremiah 17:9,10 "The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure.  Who can understand it?  I the Lord search the heart and examine the mind to reward a man according to his conduct, according to what his deeds deserve."


2A.          DEMONSTRATE A GOD-DEPENDENCY

1B.          Begin with a Trusting Confidence

"Trust" =to cling to; set entire reliance upon.

1C.          Act of faith (Acts 16:30,31)

2C.          Act of obedience

John 14:15;24 "If you love me, you will obey what I command.""He who does not love me will not obey my teaching...."

To know Him is to love Him. To love Him is to trust Him. To trust Him is to obey Him. To obey Him is to be blessed by Him.

2B.          Build on a Total Commitment

"acknowledge"  To recognize God in all that you do.

1C.          Recognize and repent of your sin

Psalm 51:3 "For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me."

1 John 1:8,9 "If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness."

2C.          Rely on Him daily

1 Peter 5:6,7 Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.  Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

"Only one life, 'Twill soon be past."

"Only what's done for Christ will last."


3A.          DISCERN GOD'S DIRECTION

"direct" (kjv)  To make straight, prosperous, obstacle free.

How does God direct you?

God speaks to you by the Holy Spirit through...

1B.          Our Bible Study

(Psalms 119:105)  "Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path."

We read - He reveals

2B.          Our Prayer Life

“Prayer is a relationship, not just a religious activity.”

(Romans 8:26‑27)  "In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. {27} And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God's will."

3B.          Our Circumstances

We must learn to see our circumstances from God’s perspective!

4B.          Our Church

God will use his people to confirm what His Spirit is telling you!


APPLICATION

God is in charge of your present as well as your future.

 

God's will is not a road map‑it is a relationship.

 

The way to find God's will for the rest of your life is to do God's will for the next fifteen minutes!

Total Dependance is the Key:

Hannah Ruth's first elephant ride. Two years old. She Rode me and I rode the elephant.

Do you want to God's way everyday?

If so you must do these three things.

Deny Self-Sufficency

 

Demonstrate a God Dependancy

 

Discern God’s Direction

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