I wonder if anyone here has jumped in to something without fully considering the ramifications! I think that in one way another we probably all have experienced that – whether it’s something really simple like choosing to eat that dessert because it looked so good even though you’re already really full, or something that is essentially a ‘good thing’ such as volunteering to do something then feeling over-committed. Maybe it’s something with really negative ramifications like speaking without thinking about how your words may be perceived or may affect those who are listening…. Or maybe they are potentially life changing decisions that are started by a whim!
- Confusing wants and needs - John 10:10, Matthew 5:3 – 12
- What do we really need? Romans 3:23 – 24 and 6:23
- The choice before us Matthew 7:13 – 14
Ultimately when we Trust in the Lord with all our heart and don’t lean on our own understanding we experience the richness of God’s blessings – what it means to be blessed by God not in the ways we might think or that the world upholds, but in God’s ways.
1 Samuel 19:1-7, 20:16-17, John 15:12-15
Proverbs 12:26 (NIV2011) 26 "The righteous choose their friends carefully, but the way of the wicked leads them astray."
“We become like the company we keep.”
Jonathan was a great friend to David. What can we learn from their relationship about choosing the right friends and being the right friend? Jonathan:
Protected David 1 Sam. 19:1-2, Jn 10:11, Prov. 17:17
Praised David 1 Sam. 19:4, Rom. 8:34, Prov. 20:19
Was committed to David 1 Sam. 20:16-17, Jn 15:12-13, Prov 18:20
True friendship is a gift from God. Protect it and invest in it. Proverbs 27:6 (NIV2011)6 "Wounds from a friend can be trusted, but an enemy multiplies kisses."
John 15:15 (NIV2011) 15 "I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you."
Daniel 4:1-8, 19-37, Daniel 4:30 (NIV2011) "30 He said, “Is not this the great Babylon I have built as the royal residence, by my mighty power and for the glory of my majesty?”
Nebuchadnezzar was a man who knew about God but also experienced success. Pride brought him down. From this passage, we learn that Nebuchadnezzar was:
• Blessed v11-12, Ephesians 3:20
• Became proud v29-30, Deuteronomy 8:10-14
• Was humbled v33-35, Psalm 137:1, James 4:13-16
As we settle into the new church, let’s heed Nebuchadnezzar’s warning to stay humble.
Daniel 4:37 (NIV2011) "37 Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and exalt and glorify the King of heaven, because everything he does is right and all his ways are just. And those who walk in pride he is able to humble."
Proverbs 4 23:27 "Keep vigilant watch over your heart; that’s where life starts.Don’t talk out of both sides of your mouth; avoid careless banter, white lies, and gossip.Keep your eyes straight ahead; ignore all sideshow distractions.Watch your step, and the road will stretch out smooth before you.Look neither right nor…
Proverbs 6:6-11, Ephesians 6:5-9
Proverbs 6:6-8 (NIV2011) "6 Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! 7 It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, 8 yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest."
When it comes to our work, the book…
Proverbs 3:9-10, Proverbs 11:24-25, Matthew 25:14-30
Proverbs 3:9-10 (NIV2011) "9 Honor the LORD with your wealth, with the first fruits of all your crops; 10 then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine."
Although our Western culture is extremely private about…