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Summary: Out of order ways are not blessed by God

Psalms 119:1-8

1-8 You’re blessed when you stay on course, walking steadily on the road revealed by GOD.

You’re blessed when you follow his directions,

doing your best to find him.

That’s right—you don’t go off on your own;

you walk straight along the road he set.

You, GOD, prescribed the right way to live;

now you expect us to live it.

Oh, that my steps might be steady,

keeping to the course you set;

Then I’d never have any regrets

in comparing my life with your counsel.

I thank you for speaking straight from your heart;

I learn the pattern of your righteous ways.

I’m going to do what you tell me to do;

don’t ever walk off and leave me.

The Psalmist tells us that we are blessed when we are in order. We are blessed when we do God’s will. We are blessed when we ask direction. We are blessed when we receive clear understanding about where we are going and how we are to get there. But when we go without consulting God, do without asking God, then ask God to make the thing successful, we need to understand that God don’t bless mess!

So often we misunderstand what God’s desire is for our lives. We pray for things, stuff, and items. Satan understands that in the midst of confusion there is mess. And I stopped by to tell somebody, God may bless you in a mess, but He will not bless mess! You know, those things we pray for in a confused state…those things we ask for that are out of the will of God… Lord let me win the lottery….Lord give me a husband….Lord make my enemies hurt…..Lord make her love me….Lord make my kids good….these things are not of God……

When we are in a mess and we ask God to ordain our mess…. You know wanting God to cause peace in a household where you ain’t supposed to be….make the job go well where He is trying to move you from….make the situation easier where He is trying to break you out of…. A prime example of How God reacts to our messes we want blessed is if we read about the crazy plan of Nimrod and the tower of Babel …

Genesis 11:1-9

1 At first everyone spoke the same language, 2 but after some of them moved from the east [a] and settled in Babylonia, [b] 3-4 they said: Let’s build a city with a tower that reaches to the sky! We’ll use hard bricks and tar instead of stone and mortar. We’ll become famous, and we won’t be scattered all over the world. 5 But when the LORD came down to look at the city and the tower, 6 he said: These people are working together because they all speak the same language. This is just the beginning. Soon they will be able to do anything they want. 7 Come on! Let’s go down and confuse them by making them speak different languages--then they won’t be able to understand each other. 8-9 So the people had to stop building the city, because the LORD confused their language and scattered them all over the earth. That’s how the city of Babel [c] got its name.

Wow…. In the midst of their mess…God destroyed! Made it so that the mess got messier! Have you ever found yourself in a situation, where it seemed like the more you tried to fix it, the more you prayed about it to be fixed, the worse it got? Well chances are, God has been attempting to get your attention and tell you this is a mess, I didn’t ordain it, order it, direct you to it, so I will not help you succeed in it! His goal is to move you out of it!

And though God is not the author of confusion, as it is stated in I Cor 14:33).

And everything should be done in order 1 Cor 14:40 - When we decide we really don’t need God to put us in order, to address our out of order ways, to correct our orderless lives, God will let us feel His presence. God does not want us confusing the orderly things He has ordained, but this does not mean He will not ordain our confusion!

In fact the chosen text for the day let’s us know that there are consequences to our actions when we do not allow God to direct us… God Des Not Bless Mess!

Places where God did not bless the mess

In the Garden of Eden, when Adam and Eve went against the will and direction of God, they were not blessed to stay in the garden, they got kicked out

The children of Israel were blessed to get out of Egypt, but when they got it twisted and began ordering their own steps… God did not bless their mess and the wandered in the wilderness for almost 40 years.

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