Apr 22, 2018

YOUR HEART MATTERS - Proverbs 3:5-12

Why Do We Find Ourselves on the Wrong Path?

Two reasons:

1. Our heart is on a happiness quest, not a truth quest.

2. Our heart chooses the happy-now rather than the happy-later

As smart as we are and as we have been learning that life is connected and that decisions today shape the experiences of tomorrow, We still don’t wake up in the morning with the longing of being on the path God wants us on.

When happiness points in one direction wisdom, truth, integrity and common sense all point in another, that’s when really smart people start doing really stupid things.

Your direction determines your destination. Proverbs 27: 12 “The prudent see danger and take refuge, while the simple keep going and pay the penalty.”

Proverbs 3: 5-12 “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.  Honor the LORD with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine. My son, do not despise the LORD’s discipline and do not resent his rebuke, because the LORD disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in.”

How to Get on the Straight Path (vs. 5-6)   

1. Trust in the Lord with all your heart.  

2. Lean not on your own understanding.  

3. Acknowledge Him in all your ways.

The starting place for a straight path is just what it says on all American money, “In God we trust.”

Place all your confidence all your faith all your hopes all your plans in God.

Jeremiah 17:9  “The heart is deceitful above all things…”

Jeremiah said “The heart is deceitful above all things” So Solomon says, “When you find yourself at a fork in the road, don’t trust your God.

Don’t lean on your own understanding, lean on God. Don’t acknowledge your motivations, acknowledge God’s.” If you do this, he will make your paths straight.

Matthew 6:33 -“Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well”

If you could strip away all the deceiving reasons for your actions and be completely honest right now, What path are you on that you know you shouldn’t be, but you chose to be on it because you wanted something more than you wanted God.

Three Action Steps:

1. Don’t be wise in your own eyes.

2. Honor God’s provision for you.

3. Don’t blame God for your pain.

Sometimes you caused what is happening to you. And sometimes God knows we need some correction which he provides like a loving father does.

I’ve heard many people say, “Why did God let this happen to me?” But the truth is, in most cases, God didn’t let that happen to them. God didn’t want that to happen to them. God tried to prevent it from happening to them. He tried to stop it, but he couldn’t stop them. “The Lord disciplines those he loves, like a father does with a son he delights in.”

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