LIVING IN THE GOODNESS OF GOD - Part 5
“The Lord is MY Shepherd, I have everything I need. He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. HE LEADS ME in the right paths for his name’s sake.” Psalm 23:1-3 (NIV)
“Only those people who are led by God’s Spirit are God’s children.” Romans 8:14 (CEV)
5 STOPS: I MUST STOP BEING LED . . .
“Do not copy the behavior or values of this world. Instead, let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will know what God wants you to do, and you will know how good and pleasing and perfect his will really is!” Romans 12:2 (NLT)
“Do not let anyone lead you the wrong way! Christ is righteous, so to be like Christ, you must do what is right. And anyone who keeps on sinning is being led by the Devil.” 1 John 3:7 (NCV)
“Let no one be found among you, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the LORD…” Deuteronomy 18:10-12 (NIV)
Example from Paul: Acts 27:10,13-15
“You may feel you’re on the right road and still end up dead.” Proverbs 14:12 (CEV)
“We’ve all strayed away like sheep! We have left God’s paths to follow our own.” Isaiah 53:6 (TLB)
5 STEPS TO GETTING GUIDANCE
“My God, I want to do what you want. Your teachings are in my heart.” Psalm 40:8 (NCV)
“Whoever is willing to do what God wants and chooses it will know if what I teach comes from God.” John 7:17 (TEV)
“Your Word is a lamp to guide me, and a light for my path.” Psalm 119:105 (ESV)
“Guide my steps by your word, so I will not be overcome by any evil.” Psalm 119:133 (NLT)
“You do not have, because you do not ask God for it.” James 4:2 (NIV)
“Teach me, Lord, what you want me to do, and lead me down the right path.” Psalm 27:11 (TEV)
“God does speak — sometimes one way and sometimes another — even though people may not understand it.” Job 33:14 (NCV)
“Your road led by a pathway through the sea — a pathway no one knew was there!” Psalm 77:19 (NLT)
Living in the Goodness of God — Part 4
“The Lord is MY Shepherd, I have everything I need. He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul.” Psalm 23:1-3 (NIV)
WHAT DAMAGES MY SOUL?
“To worry yourself to death with resentment would be a foolish, senseless thing to do.” Job 5:2 (GNT)
“You are only hurting yourself with your anger.” Job 18:4 (GNT)
“My guilt has overwhelmed me like a burden too heavy to bear... I’m bowed down and brought low; all day long I go about mourning.” Psalm 38:4,6 (NIV)
“Lord, have mercy, because I am in misery. My eyes are weak from so much crying, and my whole being is tired from grief.” Psalm 31:9 (NCV)
HOW DOES JESUS RESTORE IT?
1. JESUS ____________________________________________________________.
“We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28 (NIV)
“You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people.” Genesis 50:20 (NLT)
2. JESUS ____________________________________________________________.
“But he was pierced for OUR TRANSGRESSIONS, he was crushed for OUR INIQUITIES; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and BY HIS WOUNDS WE ARE HEALED. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.” Isaiah 53:5-6 (NIV)
3. JESUS _____________________________________________________________.
“He was despised and rejected— a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief. We turned our backs on him and looked the other way. He was despised, and we did not care. Yet it was OUR weaknesses he carried; it was OUR sorrows that weighed him down. And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God, a punishment for his own sins!” Isaiah 53:3-4 (NLT)
“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” Psalm 147:3 (NIV)
“To all who mourn... he will give: beauty for ashes; joy instead of mourning; praise instead of heaviness.” Isaiah 61:3 (TLB)
HOW SHOULD I RESPOND?
“All of us have sinned... yet God declares us ‘not guilty’ IF we trust in Jesus Christ, who in mercy freely takes away our sins.” Romans 3:23-24 (TLB)
“Get rid of all bitterness... forgiving each other just as in Christ God forgave you.” Ephesians 4:31-32 (NIV)
“Never avenge yourselves. Leave that to God, for He has said He will repay those who deserve it.” Romans 12:19 (TLB)
“Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.” Matthew 11:28-30 (NLT)
“When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will NOT consume you.” Isaiah 43:2 (NLT)
“The law of the Lord is perfect, restoring the soul.” Psalm 19:7 (NAS)
LIVING IN THE GOODNESS OF GOD-Part 3
“The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters…” Psalm 23:1-2 (NIV)
WHY DO PEOPLE OVERWORK & NOT GET ENOUGH REST?
“Only someone too stupid to find his way home would wear himself out with work!” Ecclesiastes 10:15 (TEV)
“Do not wear yourself out trying to get rich; Have the wisdom to show some restraint! Your money can be gone in a flash as if it had grown wings and flown away like an eagle!” Proverbs 23:4-5 (TEV)
“I’ve learned why people work so hard to succeed; it is because they envy the things their neighbors have.” Ecclesiastes 4:4a (TEV)
“Here’s another thing I’ve seen on earth that makes no sense: Some people don’t have any kids or family or even friends, yet they work obsessively, never taking a break. There’s no end to their toil and they’re never content with what they’ve done or earned. They never ask ‘Why am I always working to do more?’ And ‘Why don’t I let myself enjoy life?’ And ‘Who cares? Who will get what I leave behind?’ What a senseless and miserable way to live! You’re better off having someone to enjoy and share the rewards of your work.” Ecclesiastes 4:7-9 (Msg)
“We work to feed our appetites, but meanwhile our souls go hungry.” Ecclesiastes 6:7 (Msg)
“It is senseless for you to work so hard from early morning until late at night, fearing and worrying that you won’t have enough, for God wants his loved ones to get their proper rest.” Psalm 127:2 (TLB)
HOW DO I RELAX IN GOD’S GOODNESS?
“God decided to give us life through the word of truth so that we might be the most important of everything God has created…” James 1:18 (NCV)
God says, “I have engraved you on the palms of my hands.” Isaiah 49:16a (GW)
“A little food eaten in peace is better than having twice as much earned from overwork and chasing the wind.” Ecclesiastes 4:6 (CEV)
“All of us should… enjoy what we have worked for. It is God’s gift.” Ecclesiastes 3:13 (TEV)
“You have six days in which to do your work, but the 7th day is to be a day of complete rest dedicated to Me.” Exodus 20:9-10a (TEV)
“What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul?” Mark 8:36 (NIV)
“Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? “And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?” Matthew 6:26-30 (NLT)
Jesus: “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out? Come to me! Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me — watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” Matthew 11:28-30 (Msg)
LIVING IN THE GOODNESS OF GOD - Part 2
WHY DOES GOD TELL ME NOT TO WORRY?
1. WORRY IS _______________________________________.
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?” Matthew 6:25 (NIV)
2. WORRY IS _______________________________________.
“Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” Matthew 6:26 (NIV)
“And why worry about your clothes? Look at the field lilies! They don’t worry about theirs. Yet King Solomon in all his glory was not clothed as beautifully as they.” Matthew 6:28-29 (TLB)
3. WORRY IS _______________________________________.
“Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?” Matthew 6:27 (NIV)
“Worry weighs us down.” Proverbs 12:25a (Msg)
4. WORRY IS _______________________________________.
“If God cares so wonderfully even for the flowers that are here today and gone tomorrow, won’t he more surely care for you?” Matthew 6:30 (TLB)
5. WORRY IS _______________________________________.
“People who don’t know God and the way He works — they worry over these things.” Matthew 6:32a (Msg)
Jesus: “Don’t be worried! Believe in God and believe in me!” John 14:1 (GN)
HOW DO I TRUST JESUS TO MEET MY NEEDS?
Jesus: “I am the good shepherd; I know my own sheep, and they know me… and I lay down my life for my sheep.” John 10:14-15 (NLT)
“Come save us and bless us Lord! Be our shepherd and always carry us in your arms.” Psalm 28:9 (CEV)
“Your Heavenly Father already knows perfectly well what you need, and He will give you what you need IF you give Him first place in your life and live as He wants you to.” Matthew 6:32-33 (TLB)
“Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about what happens to you.” 1 Peter 5:7 (NLT)
“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God about all your needs and thank him for all he’s done/ for you. If you do this, you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand.” Philippians 4:6-7 (TLB)
“Don’t worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will have its own worries. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:34 (NCV)
“Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.” Matthew 6:34 (Msg)