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God Guides Your Tomorrows

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Sermon shared by Ray Ellis

May 2000
Summary: A message to youth from proverbs 3:5-6.
Denomination: Free Methodist
Audience: General teen
Sermon:
God Guides your Tomorrows
- God has a Plan for Your Life-

Proverbs 3:5-6

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight (or will direct your paths)."

How does a person find Godís will? Random sampling: "Inner peace on making decisions," "Through Scripture find specific answers to guidance," "No a simple answer. As you live and walk with the Lord you look for open doors and not force open closed doors." "Follow the desires of your heart and allow God to open the doors for you to do His will." "Pray, search the Scripture and ask spiritual leaders for their counsel." "Pray and ask God to show you His will."

Last Sunday we went walking on the Highway of Holiness. Today we are going sailing. In many ways finding Godís guidance is like sailing a ship.

Several years ago Carollyn and I went sailing with a friend on a sail boat that was approximately 42 feet long and had a cabin that slept 8 people. Our friend, Rev. Gary Ennis, was Pastor of Counseling at our FMC in Garden Grove. He was a captain and trained people to get their navigation and sailing license. We got on board the sail boat, he started the motor and he used the motor to get us away from the dock. Then we sent up the sails and went sailing. For a short time I took a turn at the wheel and found that the boat went fastest not with the wind but at an angle to the wind.

Proverbs 3:5-6 are classic verses promising the Christian that God does guide.

I. Trust in the Lord with all your heart. "Get on Board"

Before you can go sailing you have to get on board the sailboat. You have to trust that the boat wonít sink and your captain is a good sailor.

Getting on board is an act of faith. If you want to find Godís will you first have to put your trust in God. In your heart you have to answer the question. "Is God trustworthy?" Are you willing to let God guide your life.

In the Old Testament we have an example of a man and family of faith. God told Noah to build a huge boat large enough to hold a zoo full of animals. Noah had faith. He was obedient and began building a boat - Ark on dry land. There was no large body of water for miles. Noah was preparing for a flood. Noah and his family were laughed at by all in the community. Noah trusted God and build faith. God brought the animals to the Ark and when the time came, 120 years later, God told Noah and his family to get in the Ark, and then God shut the door.

Noah was in the will of God because when God called him to a task Noah was faithful in completing the task. Noah practiced the definition of faith given in Hebrews 11:1 "Being sure of what you hope for and certain of what you do not see."

A student pilot was taking his first solo flight. He thought he had done pretty well during the flying lessons, but now he was up there on his own. All had been going just fine until he came to the place to land the plane. He found the designated runway. His teacher was on the radio on the ground instructing him. He nosed the plane down rather sharply toward the runway. The he heard the instructor saying over the radio: "Correct your attitude."

The student pilot thinks: "My attitude? Whatís wrong with my attitude? My attitude is just fine." The voice comes more urgently, "correct
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