Apr 8, 2018

“The Path: Your direction determines destination” - Proverbs: 7: 6-27

“The Path.” It is based on a book a while back written by Pastor Andy Stanley called, ”The Principle of the Path: How to get from where you are to where you want to be.”

We are going to spend time over the next few weeks doing a study in Proverbs. The book of Proverbs is a book full of wisdom on life. It was a book written primarily by King Solomon who was said to be -one of the wisest men who ever lived.

1 Kings 4:32-34 “He spoke three thousand proverbs and his songs numbered a thousand and five. He also spoke about animals and birds, reptiles and fish. From all nations people came to listen to Solomon’s wisdom, sent by all the kings of the world, who had heard of his wisdom”

YOUR DIRECTION DETERMINES DESTINATION. Whatever road, whatever highway, whatever path you are on will determine where you end up.

Principle #1: Your direction, not your intention, determines your destination.  As obvious as that sound when it comes to the rest of our lives whether it be our family our financial life our marriage or dating life, the way we raise our kids our physical fitness or our professional life, the same principle applies.

People may have good goals and many times good intentions. But like the young man in Solomon’s story the paths they choose eventually bring them to a destination that is entirely different from where they intended to be.

Are there differences between what you desire in your heart and what you are doing with your life? Do your intentions and your direction line up? Is where your life’s heading, where God wants your life to be?

The path we choose at critical junctions doesn’t just determine our destination the following year but for the following season of life. This principle of the path operates in your life every minute of every day.

What direction are you headed in today? Spiritually-Morally-Relationally (with your family, with friends)-Financially?

How do you learn to choose the right path?

1. Get wisdom. (Getting wisdom from Solomon-and wisdom from the book of Proverbs).

2. Start making choices based on the long-term, not the short-term. (See your life the way God sees your life-Thinking about it like a path -a series of steps)

Make choices based on what will develop if you do something over a long period of time because that’s the path you’re on every time you make a one-time decision.

-Every decision I make is a new fork in the road. 

-Every decision I make takes me down a new path.

-Lord, help me to choose the right path.

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