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Waiting Game- Pastor Seth Wolverton

Waiting requires trust

Realization:
The TRAJECTORY of your life is dependent on your ability to TRUST

Proverbs 3:5-6 (NLT)
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. 6 Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.

Trusting is difficult 

Not trusting is more difficult

Deuteronomy 2:24-25 (NLT)
...“Then the Lord said, ‘Now get moving! Cross the Arnon Gorge. Look, I will hand over to you Sihon the Amorite, king of Heshbon, and I will give you his land. Attack him and begin to occupy the land. 25 Beginning today I will make people throughout the earth terrified because of you. When they hear reports about you, they will tremble with dread and fear.’ 

Question to ask:
* Do I trust God completely?

Realization- Pastor Seth Wolverton

Realization: Waiting seasons don’t have to be wasted seasons

1. There’s WONDER in the WANDER

“God is more concerned with who you’re becoming than where you’re going.” 

Ephesians 2:10 NLT
10 For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.

2. MONUMENTS over MEMORIES

Numbers 14:20-23 NLT
20 Then the Lord said, “I will forgive them as you have requested. 21 But as surely as I live, and as surely as the earth is filled with the Lord’s glory, 22 not one of these people will ever enter that land. They have all seen my glorious presence and the miraculous signs I performed both in Egypt and in the wilderness, but again and again they have tested me by refusing to listen to my voice. 23 They will never even see the land I swore to give their ancestors. None of those who have treated me with contempt will ever see it.

Memories fade — Monuments stand

“When you forget what God has done you’re less likely to see what God will do.” 

Deuteronomy 4:9 NLT
9 But watch out! Be careful never to forget what you yourself have seen. Do not let these memories escape from your mind as long as you live! And be sure to pass them on to your children and grandchildren.

Deuteronomy 4:35 NLT
35 He showed you these things so you would know that the Lord is God and there is no other.

Questions to ask:
* What am I doing to constantly remember who God is?
* What monuments can I place in my life today to never forget what God has done for me?

Gaurd Your Heart

Guard Your Heart

Proverbs 4:23 NIV
“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”

Luke 6:45 NIV
“A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart…”

Three points about guarding our heart…

1. The PRIORITY

Proverbs 4:23 NIVabove all else…

2. The RESPONSIBILITY

Proverbs 4:23 NIV “Above all else, guard YOUR heart…

Proverbs 4:23 MSG “Keep vigilant watch over your heart…"

  • Some people allow their hearts to become HARD.

  • Some people’s hearts are SHALLOW.

  • Some people allow their hearts to become DISTRACTED.

3. The CAPACITY

Proverbs 4:23 NIV “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”

“THE CAPACITY OF YOUR HARVEST IS DEPENDENT ON THE CONDITION OF YOUR HEART”

What does it look like to guard my heart?

Proverbs 4:23-27 NLT
“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life. 24 Avoid all perverse talk; stay away from corrupt speech. 25 Look straight ahead, and fix your eyes on what lies before you. 26 Mark out a straight path for your feet; stay on the safe path. 27 Don’t get sidetracked; keep your feet from following evil.

1. Watch your INPUT

Proverbs 4:24 NLT
“Avoid all perverse talk; stay away from corrupt speech.”

2. Watch your FOCUS

Proverbs 4:25 NLT
“Look straight ahead, and fix your eyes on what lies before you.”

Matthew 6:22-23 ESV
“The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness.”

3. Watch your STEP

Proverbs 4:26-27 NLT
“Mark out a straight path for your feet; stay on the safe path. Don’t get sidetracked; keep your feet from following evil.”

Be A Good Friend

Dad Talks
Part 3
Be a Good Friend

Proverbs 1:8 NIV “Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction…”

Four wisdom principles about friendships:

1. Choose you friends CAREFULLY

Proverbs 12:26 NIV “A righteous man is cautious in friendships”
NKJV “the righteous should choose his friends carefully”

Psalm 1:1-3 NIV
“Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, 2 but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. 3 That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither— whatever they do prospers.”

  1. The wrong friends will bring you down.

Proverbs 13:20 NIV “He who walks with the wise becomes wise but a companion of fools suffers harm”

Proverbs 22:24 NIV “Do not make friends with a hot-tempered person, do not associate with one easily angered"

I Corinthians 15:33 NIV ”Do not be mislead, bad company corrupts good character”

  1. The right friends will build you up.

Proverbs 27:17 NIV “As iron sharpens iron so a man sharpens another”

Proverbs 27:9 MSG “…A sweet friendship refreshes the soul.”


2. Love your friends
FAITHFULLY

Proverbs 17:17 NIV “a friends loves at ALL TIMES…”
NLT “A friend is always loyal”

Proverbs 18:24 MSG “…A true friend sticks with you LIKE FAMILY”

1 Samual 18:1 NIV “Jonathan became one in spirit with David, and he LOVED HIM AS HIMSELF.”

Romans 12:10 NIV “Be DEVOTED to one another…”

Proverbs 3:3-4 NLT “Never let loyalty and kindness leave you! Tie them around your neck as a reminder. Write them deep within your heart. 4 Then you will find favor with both God and people, and you will earn a good reputation.”

3. Speak to your friends HONESTLY

Proverbs 27:5-6 NLT
"An open rebuke is better than hidden love! 6 Wounds from a sincere friend are better than many kisses from an enemy.”

Proverbs 24:26 GNT “An honest answer is the sign of true friendship”

Proverbs 28:23 NLT “In the end, people appreciate honest criticism far more than flattery.”

  1. First of all you need to think about your TONE

  1. Secondly you need to think about your MOTIVE

  1. Thirdly think about your RELATIONSHIP

Ephesians 4:15 NLT “Instead, we will SPEAK THE TRUTH IN LOVE, growing in every way more and more like Christ…”

4. Forgive your friends QUICKLY

Proverbs 17:9 NCV “Whoever forgives someone’s sin makes a friend, but gossiping about the sin breaks up friendships.”

Proverbs 10:12 NIV “Hatred stirs up dissension but love covers over all wrongs”

I Peter 4:8 NIV “Above all love each other deeply because love covers a multitude of sins”

Colossians 3:13 NLT “Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.