Sunday Morning 3/20/2011

Posted by Sherry

UNLOCKING THE SECRET 2 SUCCESSFUL LIVING

PROVERBS 3:1-10

CBC 3/20/11 SM

TOP 2 QUESTIONS CHRISTIANS ASK:

  1. “How can I know God’s will?”
  2. “How can I be a success for God, others & myself?

We begin our search for the answer by evaluating our TRUST factor.

1MY SON, forget not my law or teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments;

2For length of days and years of a life [worth living] and tranquility [inward and outward and continuing through old age till death], these shall they add to you.

3Let not mercy and kindness [shutting out all hatred and selfishness] and truth [shutting out all deliberate hypocrisy or falsehood] forsake you; bind them about your neck, write them upon the tablet of your heart.(A)

4So shall you find favor, good understanding, and high esteem in the sight [or judgment] of God and man.(B)

5Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding.

6In all your ways know, recognize, and acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths.

7Be not wise in your own eyes; reverently fear and worship the Lord and turn [entirely] away from evil.(C)

8It shall be health to your nerves and sinews, and marrow and moistening to your bones.

9Honor the Lord with your capital and sufficiency [from righteous labors] and with the firstfruits of all your income;(D)

10So shall your storage places be filled with plenty, and your vats shall be overflowing with new wine.

  • Commands are all-inclusive
    • no exceptions
    • can’t partially keep commandments
    • trust w/ “most” of our heart
    • “sometimes” let Him lead us
    • lean on, trust in, be confident in...
    • trust is a “total affair”
      • our heart
      • God’s heart
  • Commands precede a promise
    • if we do these things...
    • God will do wonderful things in return
      • know, recognize & acknowledge Him...& in return He will...
      • direct & make straight & plain our path
  • Promises are Conditional
    • We do our part, God does His part
    • we must trust & obey “Completely”
    • He blesses us in return

STEWARDSHIP STATEMENTS

  • God is trustworthy
  • God has placed w/in our care
    • possessions
    • opportunities
    • talents
    • time
    • we are the “Trustees”
  • It’s difficult to trust God & live in a “Self-reliant” society
    • Can God Trust Me?
    • Have I proven to be a trustworthy person?
  • Is God Trustworthy?
    • God’s care is constant, total, sovereign

Heb 13: 5Let your [a]character or moral disposition be free from love of money [including greed, avarice, lust, and craving for earthly possessions] and be satisfied with your present [circumstances and with what you have]; for He [God] [b]Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor [c]give you up nor leave you without support. [I will] not, [d][I will] not, [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor [e]let [you] down ([f]relax My hold on you)! [[g]Assuredly not!]

    • quote: “God’s grip don’t slip”
    • God’s gifts are generous
      • spiritual gifts
      • natural talents
      • abundant blessings
      • read Ps 136 this week
  • Developing Our Trust
    • Trusting in adversity
    • we act as if God doesn’t understand all the problems we’re facing in our...
      • marriage
      • finances
      • relationships
    • we don’t have to “understand”, just trust...
    • Trusting in Plenty
    • how much we “thank” God is an indicator of how much we trust Him
    • tend to think “we’re” doing good & become self-reliant
    • Trusting God as our Source
    • tendency: trust God’s instruments of provision instead of trusting God

Proverbs 18: 10 The name of the Lord is like a strong tower. Godly people run to it and are safe.
11 The wealth of rich people is like a city that makes them feel safe. They think of it as a city with walls that can't be climbed.

  • If U trust God U go to Him N times of trouble
  • If U don’t trust God U go to ur “wall” that can’t be climbed
    • savings account
    • college degree
    • job
    • health

S.M. Lockridge - (excerpt)

You can trust Him. He’s the one who made us.

No barrier can hinder Him fro pouring out His blessing.

He does not have to call for help, & you can’t confuse Him.

He can satisfy all your needs, and He can do it simultaneously.

He’s the master of the mighty. He’s the capturer of conquerors. He’s the head of heroes. He’s the leader of legislators. He’s the overseer of the overcomers. He’s the Governor of the governors. He’s the Prince of princes. He’s the King of kings. He’s the Lord of lords. You can trust Him!!

CONCL:

YouTube video: That’s My King Dr. S.M. Lockridge - [OFFICIAL] 3:20

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