We Can’t Keep Life From Being Hard
But we CAN choose the ground on which we fight life’s battles!
Proverbs 29:18(NIV) Where there is no revelation, people cast off restraint; but blessed is the one who heeds wisdom’s instruction.
Today, we’re going to talk about vision, the Civil War, the 5/5/5 Rule we taught our kids, and the value of choosing. We’re going to learn to choose our ground, and we’re going to start today.
Where there is no revelation, people cast off restraint;
but blessed is the one who heeds wisdom’s instruction.
Isaiah 30:1-3 (NIV)
“Ah, stubborn children,” declares the Lord,
“who carry out a plan, but not mine,
and who make an alliance, but not of my Spirit,
that they may add sin to sin;
2 who set out to go down to Egypt,
without asking for my direction,
to take refuge in the protection of Pharaoh
and to seek shelter in the shadow of Egypt!
3 Therefore shall the protection of Pharaoh turn to your shame,
and the shelter in the shadow of Egypt to your humiliation.
A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself,
But the simple pass on and are punished.
Wisdom is good with an inheritance,
And profitable to those who see the sun.
For wisdom is a defense as money is a defense,
But the excellence of knowledge is that wisdom gives life to those who have it.
I Kings 19:11-12 (RSV)
11 And he said, “Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the Lord.” And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and broke in pieces the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; 12 and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice.
James 1: 5-8 (NLT)
5 If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. 6 But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind. 7 Such people should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. 8 Their loyalty is divided between God and the world, and they are unstable in everything they do.