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  • Jan5Fri

    'Go Forward' by Pastor Vern

    January 5, 2018

    Prov 3: 5-6, 19-26  

    The beginning of a new year brings moments of reflection and anticipation. When we remind ourselves of the work and faithfulness of the Lord in our lives we quickly come to the exercise of praise. We also experience moments of question as we look ahead and wonder what will happen.

    This is a time of transition and we need to be reminded to stay strong in the Lord. 

    1 Be confident in the Lord – vrs 5     

    • Definition of trust
      • Feel safe
      • Be confident in
      • Careless – care-less as in carefree
      • Theological Workbook of the Old Testament, All For Jesus – Robert J Morgan                              ‘This word expresses the sense of well-being and security that results from having something or someone in whom to place confidence. The basic idea behind “trust” goes beyond intellectual belief; it emphasizes an attitude or emotion of feeling safe and secure, or unconcerned’
      • Frees us from toxic anxiety, worry, fear, and crippling concern -  limits or paralyses our energy

     

    2 Don’t rely on what you know, feel or think – vrs 5    

    • We tend to have tunnel vision
    • We tend to think ‘my way is the only way’
    • We can have mis-conceptions
    • We can have pre-conceived thoughts

     

    3 Acknowledge God’s perspective all the time – vrs 6     

    • Include God in your thought and decision process
    • Be willing to listen and follow divine instruction
    • God is committed to be involved in our lives if we want Him to
    • Listen to the counsel of godly companions

     

    4 God gives us direction – vrs 6     

    • His way is the best path for us
    • His will brings about our preferred life plan
    • He supplies the resources needed  our adventure
    • He is engaged and active with us if we want

     

    Application

    • Faith – ‘Trust God with all your heart’    
    • Focus – ‘Lean not to your own understanding’    
    • Fall down – ‘In all your ways acknowledge him’    
    • Go Forward – ‘He will direct your paths’

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