January 23, 2022
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A parent’s heart to LEAD the direction of a child’s life.
Hear, my son, and accept my words, that the years of your life may be many. Proverbs 4:10 ESV
#1—Lead towards WISDOM.
I have taught you the way of wisdom; I have led you in the paths of uprightness. Proverbs 4:10-11 ESV
#2—Lead away from FOOLISHNESS.
Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler, and whoever is led astray by it is not wise. Proverbs 20:1 ESV
Celebrate Recovery Step One
1. We admitted we were powerless over our addictions and compulsive behaviors, that our lives had become unmanageable.
For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. Romans 7:18 ESV
What leader is CONTROLLING the direction of my life?
“Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Mark 14:38 ESV
But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. Galatians 5:16 ESV
The fear of the Lord leads to life, and whoever has it rests satisfied; he will not be visited by harm. Proverbs 19:23 ESV
There is a BATTLE for the control of my life’s direction.
Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. Ephesians 6:11 ESV
My son, fear the Lord and the king, and do not join with those who do otherwise, 22 for disaster will arise suddenly from them, and who knows the ruin that will come from them both? Proverbs 24:21-22 ESV
See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ. Colossians 2:8 ESV
Two TRAPS the enemy has set to capture & control my life:
Trap #1: My life has no God-designed PURPOSE.
So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. 28 And God blessed them. Genesis 1:27-28 ESV
Trap #2: My life has no God-designed VALUE.
For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. 14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. Psalm 139:13-14 ESV
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. 19 For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. 20 For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. 21 For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Claiming to be wise, they became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things. Romans 1:18-23 ESV
Direction for my life:
1) HONOR God
2) Give THANKS to God.