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Foolproof Discernment [Part 1]

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May 4, 2021 6:00 am

Foolproof Discernment [Part 1]

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May 4, 2021 6:00 am

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Alan White, pastor, Bible teacher and author of his latest book, the power to bless and what I realize now that I want longer wanted to know all of clarity fact.

So I would have to trust God.

That's Pastor Alan welcome to another message of good news that will help you see your life for a new light excited for you to hear the teaching today. In the series proof is presented and rebuild the church in North Carolina. If you're not able to stay with us throughout the entire program. I will make sure you know how to get our special resource. Right now it can be yours for your donation this month to Alan Wright Ministries as you listen to today's message go deeper if are happy to send you today's special offer. Just contact us at pastoralan.org that's Pastor Alan.org or call 877-544-4860 that's 877-544-4860 will have more on this special offer later in the program but now let's get started with today's teaching here is Alan Wright okay you good news. God is more committed to leading you on the right path than you could ever be committed to it yourself.

He wants for you to be led in the right way more than you could even know how to ask him. He's your father, and he has the very best in mind for you always. So you can trust him we are today and Proverbs chapter 3 as we have gone in a series on the Proverbs we call a foolproof because it is the very wisdom of Christ and we are going to be here for several months and that this ongoing wisdom so excited about this journey. My wife and I celebrated 33 years of marriage.

We actually virtuous little while ago wouldn't have time to celebrate it last weekend where the beach alone no kids of my there.

We had tonight so we just had nice dinners and is celebrated in the blessing I was remembering that when we were engaged. We each settled on a Scripture that we wanted to have inscribed in the others wedding band and not my wedding I'm jammed that finger so many times that my wedding band cannot come off so young married no matter what a Mac had to be cut off of their and and so and had had inscribed in mind the reference to John 17 one of her favorite chapters, but inside of my my wife's little wedding band is inscribed. Proverbs 35 and six. I begin reading at verse one my son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments. The links of days and years of life and peace.

They will add to you.

Let not steadfast love and faithfulness for sake you bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart so you will find favor and good success in the sight of God and man trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding.

In all your ways acknowledge him and he will make straight your paths. Be not wise in your own eyes to the Lord and turn away from evil. It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones. In all your ways acknowledge him, a friend of a friend years ago was working amongst the poor with Mother Teresa and that world-famous world changing ministry and like so many young people that went to in turn there.

He long to get a few moments, at least with Mother Teresa to talk to her to glean some of her wisdom have her pray for him and after long time there. He finally had some moments to be with Mother Teresa, and as you might expect, about little St. she said how can I pray for you and the young man said well I think clarity what I would like this is clarity he's thinking about what to do with his life, is thinking about mustering path in front of him. He said so that's what I like to pray for and he said that when he made that prayer request little Mother Teresa threw her head back and started laughing and she said clarity Clarence E visit. Oh, young man. I've had very little clarity and my life but I do trust God a lot. I will pray you trust God is interesting because as I look back over walking with God for a long time. I recognize that earlier in my life.

What I craved was clarity like wanting the idea of a straight path to be more like a blueprint that was just falling from heaven that was going to tell me everything that was going to happen. Everything that needed to happen and what I realize now that I walked with God longer is it part of the reason I wanted to know all of the clarity was, in fact, so I wouldn't have to trust God and so there is a sort of tension isn't there between God promising that he's going make the paths straight. And yet the invitation is that we would cultivate a walk with God. That is a profound walk of trust. I want a straight path and I want to straight path for you and all that I love the closest point. The closest distance between two points is a straight line and we don't need to needlessly wander in the wilderness in a meaningless way and the word in Hebrew for a straight path can also just mean smooth. We don't need. Needless potholes and twisting our ankles on roots and on the even terrain. So I want straight in a smooth path, but what we're going to see today is that that kind of discernment about how you spend your life in God's eyes is a much more about your trust in him is much more about the fullness of that trust and discovering what it means to acknowledge him or the Hebrew word literally means to know him in all dimensions of your life so that what I've come to believe is that the matter of hearing God's voice, the matter of discernment in the Holy Spirit about direction that all of this is more a function of trust in God that it is any sort of other spiritual process or technique. In other words, God is speaking and God loves you and God has made huge promises about directing you. He has assured us that he's a good Shepherd and that his sheep know his voice.

So what I have honestly come to realize in my life is that my capacity to really hear God is much more related to my capacity to trust God that it is some other kind of technique or spiritual process and so in the end, the invitation here is one of trust in God with all your heart and not leaning on your own understanding and want to talk to you about what that means today. Challenge right will have more teaching today's series like something is holding you back if you lack an important scene that could change everything. Is there someone you referencing stock to help them out what's missing.

Blessing on dead faith filled vision spoken over you can learn how to embrace the big who practice a blessing to Pastor Alan writes new, but it's a blast, which quickly became an Amazon number one bestseller after 370s until now the hardcover book has only been available through retail sales this month right ministries once to send you the I thank you for your donation this night will not only receive a best-selling book that you also receive a free session video place in which Pastor Alan teaches how to blast and covers content not found in about the video course includes a detailed study guide perfect for personal growth or small group discussion. Make your gift today and discovered the power to blast Collison 877-544-4860 877-544-4861 come to our website pastor.

Our in.like today's teaching now continues your once again is God loves you and God is has made huge promises about directing you.

He has assured us that he's a good Shepherd and that his sheep know his voice. So what I have honestly come to realize in my life is that my capacity to really hear God is much more related to my capacity to trust God that it is some other kind of technique or spiritual process is so in the end, the invitation here is one of trust in God with all your heart and not leaning on your own understanding and want to talk to you about what that means today. It flies in the face of our culture to say lean not on your own understanding because the spirit of the age is exactly the opposite. One of the TV shows that I love watching, especially with my daughter Abby were big fans of the voice. This is a a contest to see narrow down who America will vote as the best vocalist and so it starts out with all the singers and we have four coaches who are themselves super stars in the music industry and the coaches select their team, and then they began to coach that team hoping that one of their contestants will make it all the way to be in the champion of the season and the voice and what's interesting is to listen as the host of the program will from time to time interview the contestants and site what would you like to say to your coach or how has your coach helped you.

And almost every time the contestant reports back something like this.

Thank you so much because I didn't really believe in myself, but you have taught me to believe it myself. You have taught me to trust myself and entered. I know what they're saying they're saying I didn't have much confidence in you help me become more confident and that's a good thing, but think about the irony of them saying the key to my getting better is believing in myself, but it took a coach in order to help me believe in myself and other words I had to believe in someone else. Before I could believe in myself. Have you noticed that so many of the movies, especially those that are targeted towards the kids have a case. A recurring theme that is essentially you need to trust yourself and follow your own path. We watch not long ago when the most recent Pixar films and other animated film from the geniuses at Pixar with incredible animation so is called Cocoa and it tells the story of a Mexican boy who was growing up in a family that had a hand all playing a musical instruments and all musical performances and the reason for this was that there had been a previous patriarch in the family. This little boy great-great-grandfather who had evidently it looked like left his wife to go pursue his music career and become famous in his music career, but never came back home and because of it.

Music was banned in the family but little Miguel loved playing the guitar love staying in and he wanted to be in a big talent show and the movie is the story of him having to sort of run away from home and follow his dream to play music you see what the message is in that is you can't trust others for the direction of your life. You can only trust yourself and if you have other people that are cursing you and are trying to hold you back, then obviously there has to be some liberating force that comes in your life, and so forth. But the message it just keeps getting drilled and over over a thousand different ways in our culture is don't trust someone else.

Believe in yourself and then we come to Proverbs 3 which is this enormous truth in this huge promise to our lives, which is essentially saying lean not on your own understanding.

Be not wise in your own eyes how do you want the greatest marks of spiritual growth is discover how little you know of God, the more I know him the more that I know that I don't know how to be the smartest people in the world are the ones that know how little we know our perspective is so limited and this is the thing that messes up you can only see it from one little point of view and it really can match up. I happened to be driving on interstate all from the beach I would drop it by myself. What is it about driving that just changes changes, even the finest questions and judge mental. I don't know what it is good to me. I was driving home and monitors, and I'm going down the left-hand lane not speeding too much and I tractor-trailer in the right just pulled right in front of me into the left-hand lane and I was to me was it was for no good reason, I mean Athol if he was being held up by somebody sure he might pull over if there had been a police officer somebody on the shoulder. He needed to come over and I didn't see anybody in front of him at all and I and and he just pulled over many didn't hit me it wouldn't that) thing but was slowly down and so so I just kind of threw my hand up and discuss life's SEL and and I saw in his big mirror that he saw my left hand go up and then his left hand went up there. I was pretty sure that he had returned my exasperated left-hand with an obscene gesture on his left and I was pretty sure and then he went past a ways he was moving on, and all of a sudden, to my dismay I realized there was a slow car in front of him. I just tensing it solely C did have a reason why you pulled over and then he dutifully got back in the right-hand lane and now I'm sitting behind them as well. I feel a little bad now because I'm pretty sure that the reason he gave me the obscene gesture was. He thought that I had given him an obscene gesture which I had not. I'm bad but I'm not that bad and I'm thinking about all of this and it blew me into a quandary because I knew that if I passed him now on the laugh that he would not only see me but he would see my license plate which is personalized to say grace to you. I didn't feel like it was a good representation of grace in that moment, but you know the show must go on so I went all past them and drove all my way little worried he might run me off the road while all a few miles down the road. The interstate comes into a little town and actually comes to slowdown in income. Like an obscene of the stoplight in the right-hand lane and now I'm behind another tractor-trailer behind several other people and I'm like, and I meant to get stuck in his right hand lane is to be so slow. I thought about stew no rental felines I can get out at stoplight quickly get past those people and I looked at Robinson for well and lowball here comes my tractor-trailer friend that I had to answer earlier and I just kinda looks right headlight videos and notice he lags behind a little bit ago as he recognized me because you know Grace to you and you live, I go over and also might hear the horn blowing no bonus horn like oh he is. These is coming up here that is so much me and and I anyhow I did during the young again and I look over and he waves me in front of them and why does run me over.

Finally he lags back so much that I have to get over left-hand lane and he sort waves at me and I realize that he was being nice to me he wanted me to not get stuck bound traffic on the right and all of a sudden I realize what it really happened, what it really happened was when he pulled in front of me and I threw my left hand up in exasperation. He thought I was waving a minimum lane so he had way back at me. They thought I'd been nice doing and he was now returning the favor so you know Grace to you a word. After all, you see what happens in about a 10 minute spell on a portion of Highway 74 and I have no idea what's going on.

I think that I'm so sure that I know what's going on and throw my hands up in exasperation and then I'm quite sure that he's going run me off the road and I didn't have a clue what was actually going on. I couldn't even see that there was a car in front of him when he first pulled over, much less that have any idea what was going on in his mind and yet I'm trying to read the signs of the situation as if I have some real understanding about it, my, my question is this. If I could get that confused and start doing stupid things in a 10 minute periods of driving down the road. How much more so on the way dear more important matters of life and all of your interpersonal relationships in the way that you perceive things are going on in the world. Be not wise in your own eyes. He does have too little of a perspective and we just have too little experience.

This is part of the reason that God's plan is that as we grow older with more experience comes more wisdom and it's it's God's plan.

That way, that you were young we have tons of energy, maybe not as much wisdom we get older we may not have as much energy but we got wisdom and so it kinda balances itself out. So if you're younger is the best thing to do, get wisdom.

And if your person hopefully your wise and get some passion to want to have both energy and wisdom, but as you get older you get some more experience and you see things that he would've seen her so when we were on our honeymoon. I think I may have told you about the first night after we've had a nice dinner we went back to our room and my wife said was that sound I said will listen.

She said there sounds in a room I hear a good is it like this, like people talking to the radio or something on my side and I don't know so well. I just will boldly go on in here honey and I'll leave the charge right on in there. Alan and I can't wait to hear the conclusion of that story. It's coming up on our next edition.

Today's teaching is foolproof discernment in the new series foolproof. I encourage you to stay with us. Alan is back in the studio as he shares his parting good news thought for the day in just a moment like something is holding you back if you lack an important scene that could change everything. Is there someone you referencing stock to help them out what's missing blessing.

We all need faith filled vision spoken over our lives. You can learn how to embrace the will practice a blessing to Pastor Alan writes new book, it's a brass, which quickly became an Amazon number one bestseller after 370s until now the hardcover book has only been available through retail sales this month. Alan Wright Ministries once send you the book I think for your donation is not only received a best-selling book also receive a free session video place in which Pastor Alan teaches how to blast and covers content not found in the video course includes a detailed study guide perfect for personal growth or small group discussion. Make your gift today and discovered the power to blast the gospel is shared when you get to Alan Wright Ministries this broadcast is only possible because of listener financial support, 877-544-4860 877-544-4861 come to our website pastor.

Our in.work back here in the studio. Alan your parting good news thought for the days we kick off a new series called foolproof. The Proverbs are just obviously chocked full of pithy sayings and wise sayings. But what were going to discovered annually is that the Proverbs are just these catchy little sayings.

This is a collection of sayings that together is like an embodiment of the wisdom that is in Christ Jesus.

And so is enthralling as it is, we will be journeying towards a vision of Jesus all the way through this and there is so much practical learning in the Proverbs how we call it foolproof because when we walk in the wisdom of God keeps us from the ways of following today's good news message is a listener supported production Alan Wright Ministries


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