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Proverbs 3:5-10: 5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. 6In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. 7 Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD, and turn away from evil. 8It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones. 9Honor the LORD with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your produce; 10then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine.
Five Principals in order to live a life pleasing to God:
i. Trusting God means doing what He asks of us.
i. Godís laws are not rules for rules sake.
1. God knows what will be best for us.
2. He knows what will lead us astray, and what will help us.
ii. The psalmist says: Psalm 18:2 - The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
iii. We should trust and obey God.
1. God can take impossible circumstances, and work them together for good if we just trust and obey.
a. God can melt the hardest heart.
b. He can open doors.
i. At the outset Satan attacked Adam and Eve and appealed to their own desires, and prompted them to do what felt best to them.
i. Our own understanding will lead us astray.
ii. Division in the religious world shows us what man leaning on his own understanding leads to.
1. Many say, "I thinkĒ or "in my opinionĒ when they would be better served to take a look at what God has said.
a. Proverbs 14:12 - There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.
b. Luke 6:46 - "Why( do you call me 'Lord, Lord,' and not do what I tell you?
i. We must let Godís word be out guide.
i. They canít see Him because they do not have the eye of faith.
i. It is not about me.
ii. John 3:39 - He must increase, but I must decrease
d. We will all acknowledge Him sooner or later.
i. Acts 17:31 - because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.
i. Proverbs 16:18 - Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.
Nebuchadnezzar Ė Daniel
4:29-32 - 29At
the end of twelve months he was walking on the roof of the royal
ii. It is impossible to please God with pride in your heart.
i. I may work, but it is God who gives me the ability to work.
ii. We need to honor God by the way we use His blessings, and the way that we give back to Him.
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