Episode Notes

Choosing The Right Path Forward – Ps Kerrin Wallis [06/01/2019 AM]

Finding God's path for 2019

Key scripture

Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV)

Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.

  • There are so many paths in life – time, energy, relationships, pursuits.
  • We need to make sure that we choose God’s path.
  • Pick a God pleasing path this year.
  • A path that God makes straight.

Proverbs 3:5 (NIV)

Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;

  • Begin at the heart of the matter. Trust in the Lord with all your heart.
  • Trust in God is the beginning of choosing the right path.
  • Boston had a wobbly tooth. Kerrin asked if he could take a look in Boston’s mouth, but Boston was very wary of what Kerrin wanted to do. He did not trust Kerrin.
  • We need to approach our own situation with trust.
  • We need to face new fears and trust God.
  • Trust comes from relationship.
  • We don’t just trust people that we don’t know with our kids.
  • We may not know them directly, but we usually know someone who does.
  • Trust needs relationship and it is God’s #1 primary concern.

Matthew 7:21-23 (NIV)

21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ 23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’

  • Doing other stuff is secondary to God. We remove relationship from the situation.

Revelation 2:1-7 VS 4

2 “To the angel of the church in Ephesus write:

These are the words of him who holds the seven stars in his right hand and walks among the seven golden lamp stands. I know your deeds, your hard work and your perseverance. I know that you cannot tolerate wicked people, that you have tested those who claim to be apostles but are not, and have found them false. You have persevered and have endured hardships for my name, and have not grown weary.

Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first. Consider how far you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lamp stand from its place. But you have this in your favour: You hate the practices of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.

Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.

  • We tend to think that we need to do jobs for reward – job doing is not relationship.
  • We think God needs us to do His job. NO that is not so.
  • We can be self fulfilled but it is not the right motivation.
  • We need people to notice to obtain Brownie points.
  • Living our life begins with Trust. It is essential in any relationship to be healthy.
  • Trust is the foundation. Trust God by spending time in His presence, in prayer and with people.
  • How do we trust God?
  • With our whole heart.
  • Kerrin has Max the dog. Before children, Kerrin spend a lot of time training Max. He was very obedient. When Kerrin told him to stay, he would wait until Kerrin came back to him.
  • He had one fault, he was a chewer – he chewed the deck railing, watering can, anything that he could.
  • Kerrin tried all sorts of things to stop him- wasabi, pepper, soap.
  • He still continued to chew everything.
  • We will trust God with everything – except the things that we don’t believe God will do for us.
  • We don’t trust that God will come through for us in everything.
  • We doubt His provision in our spiritual life, our wallet, our past.
  • We end up in a place of distrust.
  • We don’t truly trust God that it will work in our lives.
  • In marriage we need to trust each other, there is no place for untruths.
  • Trust God with your whole heart.
  • In our Christian walk we distrust God with our secrets and we are not committed to truly trust Him.
  • Our life requires FULL TRUST of who God is and what He will do.
  • Relationship with God is essential.
  • He addresses the temptation with “and lean not on your own understanding
  • Don’t lean on your own understanding. It will lead to disaster.

2 Chronicles 14:911 (NKJV)

Then Zerah the Ethiopian came out against them with an army of a million men and three hundred chariots, and he came to Mareshah. 10 So Asa went out against him, and they set the troops in battle array in the Valley of Zephathah at Mareshah. 11 And Asa cried out to the Lord his God, and said, “Lord, it is nothing for You to help, whether with many or with those who have no power; help us, O Lord our God, for we rest on You, and in Your name we go against this multitude. O Lord, You are our God; do not let man prevail against You!”

  • Asar was outnumbered 2 to 1. There were 1 million troops were massed against him, but God won the battle.
  • In verse 11 Asar said to God that he would REST on Him. The word for REST is the same word as LEAN.
  • A great victory happened because he leant on the Lord.
  • But in 2 Chronicles 16, Asar made a big mistake and he leant on the King of Syria and lost the battle.
  • We need to learn from this and NOT lean on our own understanding or efforts this year.
  • We will face seasons of challenges and battles.
  • We need to remember that God did the fighting for us on the Cross.
  • Even though you don’t understand God’s way, we can still TRUST Him.
  • Stuff in life happens, but remember to lean on God. Don’t ask why or how. Just lean on Him because you TRUST Him.

Philippians 4:6-9 (NIV)

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

  • Whatever your plans are for 2019, submit them to God.
  • Ps 23 only works when He is the shepherd.
  • Know who He is and then you can trust Him.
  • Everything else comes from that.

Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV)

Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.

  • Don’t remove the first 3 statements from this scripture.
  • Embrace it.
  • Read, meditate, study the Bible. Know what it says about God.
  • Take the time this year to KNOW God.
  • Read your Bible!!!
  • REST ON HIM
  • IN ALL YOUR WAYS – SUBMIT TO HIM
  • He will pour out His blessings on your life.
  • Realize He gave His life for you and me.
  • Hand over the reins of your life to Him.
  • Give Him the opportunity to direct your path.

Suggestions for discussion

  1. Discuss the statement: Trust in God is the beginning of choosing the right path.
  2. Can you trust God with everything in your life?
  3. What does it mean to “lean not on your own understanding”?
  4. Do you trust God with your whole heart?