It is a joy to be walking through Proverbs with you. I hope that you are enjoying this series. I am looking forward to seeing you this weekend as we study more in the book of Proverbs together.
FaithPoint Men, I look forward to our time of book discussion this evening. We are going to be talking about the fourth leadership challenge. It will be a good time. See you at 6:30.
Secret Church with David Platt is this Friday night. First Baptist Centerville is hosting the simulcast. I encourage you to attend if you can. There is a charge of $12 for the event. This will cover your dinner for the evening and materials for the event. You can register by clicking on their website.
Here are the notes from Proverbs 3 this past Sunday. I pray that they aid you in your time of Bible study.
The text for our sermon comes from Proverbs 3 The title of this sermon is: Where Do You Put Your Trust? This is week 4 in our Proverbs series.
When was the last time you were persuaded to do something? Was it a news show? Was it something that you read? Was it a TV commercial? Maybe a friend or family member trying to sway you to take their side on a particular issue?
An argument is presented trying to hit a nerve. A pressure point. Ultimately. you have to make a choice.
In Proverbs 3, Solomon provides a compelling argument to live a life of godliness and have communion with our Heavenly Father. Included, in this argument are the consequences of what happens if you choose to live a foolish life.
Proverbs 3:1-2 The first benefit we see is that a long life and peace will be added to you. God orders the number of your days. Matthew Henry said, God’s commandments shall add to us length of days to a good, useful life on earth, they shall also add an eternal life in heaven, length of days for ever and ever. Peace shall they be continually adding to thee. As grace increases, peace increases.
Solomon does not spend a lot of time here because later he will tell us more of the blessings associated with living a life of wisdom.
If you keep your Heavenly Father’s commandments, you will prove that you are a follower of Jesus. Colossians 2:6-7
We should want evidence of our progression to conforming to the image of Jesus. If you don’t there is nothing wrong with the Bible, there is something wrong with you.
Proverbs 3:3-4 Steadfast love and faithfulness will never leave you. God’s love is unconditional. The Bible says, God is love. God is also steadfast. God will never leave you. God is always faithful. God will always make good on anything He says. All of His words are true. All of His promises will come to pass. Your Heavenly Father will never leave or forsake you.
However, if you feel like there is distance between you and God, if you are struggling with being in His presence, if you doubt that He loves you, if you are having trouble hearing His whisper, it is not God that left. It was you. It is always you. God doesn’t move away from His kids. His kids move away from their Daddy.
You might be like the kid that storms out of the living room and slams the door. You might be like the teenager that gets mad and you start yelling at the top of your lungs, “I can’t wait till I can leave this place and I can go do whatever I want!”
Where is God?
Right where you left Him.
There is a reason I believe that a lot of people have problems hearing God, they have problems with reading the Bible, they don’t feel like they truly belong in His presence. Why?
They don’t trust God.
The last part of verse 3 says to take God’s commandments and bind them on your neck and write them on the tablet of your heart.
You will do whatever it takes to get Scripture inside of you. You are intentional, determined and passionate about the Scripture unless…you don’t trust God.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart – It is not enough to just know Scripture. Your will, your actions, your personality, your emotions – everything about you must be conformed to the Scriptures.
The meaning for trust in the Old Testament is the same meaning for faith in the New Testament. Faith is a gift from God and only God. You can not generate faith on your own.
You cannot trust God if your faith is misplaced.
What is the opposite of faith? Doubt? Worry? Fear? You can still have those things. Where you place your faith determines how you respond to doubt, worry and fear.
If you truly trusted God, you would place your doubts, worries, stress, and fear in His hands. You were not created to doubt, worry or fear.
I heard Steven Furtick say: The opposite of faith is not doubt. It is not worry. It is not fear. It is certainty. When you live your life like you got this. You think that you got your life in control and you don’t need God. You’ve got your junk together because you think that you are that good. You don’t need help with your marriage, you don’t need help with your parenting, you don’t need help with your life because you got this. The opposite of faith is certainty.
When you spend more time in doubt, worry, insecurity, and fear – your trust is not in God. Your trust is in your enemy. Your enemy does not change his strategies. That makes him predictable. You have experienced his techniques before. You are familiar with how he works.
We wouldn’t have so much doubt, fear, worries and insecurities if we stopped leaning on our own understanding.
It is a lot easier to memorize these verses than it is to live them out.
You can’t trust your enemy and trust God at the same time.
Faith is a gift. It is time to put your gift to use.
How do you do that?
Faith is not a feeling. You don’t have to get goosebumpsor shed tears to know that you have faith.
Proverbs 3:6 In all your ways, acknowledge him and he will make straight your paths.
In every area of your life – you submit to God’s timing, God’s providence, and God’s sovereignty. In other words, God’s got this. Not you.
You bow to him in submission. You submit to the fact that you are not all that and a bag of chips. You have a deep reliance on your Heavenly Father. You submit to the fact that you are dependent upon the Potter because you are just a lump of clay. You need to be led and guided by the Holy Spirit in all areas of life.
You acknowledge your Heavenly Father in all of life. You admit and recognize that God is who the Bible says He is. All of his words are true. He is perfect in all his ways and he is better at planning out your life than you are.
When you submit your life to Christ and release yourself of control – He will make straight your paths. He will make the course of your life a continual progression towards becoming more like Jesus.
Solomon reminds us one last time to not be wise in our own eyes but to fear the Lord and turn away from evil.
It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones.
You will have peace in the middle of your storm!
You will have order in the midst of chaos!
You will have faith in the midst of doubt, fear, worry and insecurity!
It doesn’t matter what knuckleball life throws at you!
It doesn’t matter what attacks the enemy wants to ambush you with!
My house is built on a firm foundation – My faith is in Jesus
My house is not on shifting sand because I don’t trust in myself – my trust is in Jesus.
Jesus is all you need and…
Jesus is enough!
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