Summary: Seems right to a man not to pray but to have a relationhip with God you have talk to Him
Joke: Mark, a loving husband, was in trouble. He forgot his wedding anniversary and his wife was really ticked off at him. She told him...
"Tomorrow morning, I expect to find a gift in the driveway that goes from 0 to 200 in 6 seconds flat, AND IT BETTER BE THERE."
The next morning, Mark got up really early before work. When his wife woke up a couple of hours later, she looked out the window, and sure enough, there was a small gift-wrapped box sitting in the middle of the driveway. Confused, the wife put on her robe, ran out to the driveway, and took the box into the house.
She opened it, and found a brand new bathroom scale.
Mark is not yet able to have visitors....
Power point (available if you email me I’ll send it free)
TEXT: PROVERBS 16:17-33
17 The highway of the upright is to depart from evil;
He who keeps his way preserves his soul.
18 Pride goes before destruction,
And a haughty spirit before a fall.
19 Better to be of a humble spirit with the lowly,
Than to divide the spoil with the proud.
20 He who heeds the word wisely will find good,
And whoever trusts in the LORD, happy is he.
21 The wise in heart will be called prudent,
And sweetness of the lips increases learning.
22 Understanding is a wellspring of life to him who has it.
But the correction of fools is folly.
23 The heart of the wise teaches his mouth,
And adds learning to his lips.
24 Pleasant words are like a honeycomb,
Sweetness to the soul and health to the bones.
25 There is a way that seems right to a man,
But its end is the way of death.
26 The person who labors, labors for himself,
For his hungry mouth drives him on.
27 An ungodly man digs up evil,
And it is on his lips like a burning fire.
28 A perverse man sows strife,
And a whisperer separates the best of friends.
29 A violent man entices his neighbor,
And leads him in a way that is not good.
30 He winks his eye to devise perverse things;
He purses his lips and brings about evil.
31 The silver-haired head is a crown of glory,
If it is found in the way of righteousness.
32 He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty,
And he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.
33 The lot is cast into the lap,
But its every decision is from the LORD.
Why do we sin?
• There is only one reason!
• We do not see sin as God sees it
• We’ve been preaching about reasons not to sin, but tonight we want to talk about one simple truth that ties them all together.
25 There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.
The world today looks at sin differently than we do.
Today there is a different way that man looks at the things of God. They look at the things of God as foolish and of no account.
But the things of God are as certain as the Sun in the Sky and the moon at night
Where do you stand on the issue of God and Sin?
Men or women think that they can hide their sin or live a life on two sides of the coin and end up being found out or destroying their lives and everyone around them.
Our lives affect not just our selves but also our families and friends and those that we love and we care about.
The problem is that so often we think we can hide our sin. But the bible tells us differently.
Numbers 32:23 (NKJV)
23But if you do not do so, then take note, you have sinned against the LORD; and be sure your sin will find you out.
We need a new intimacy with God.
We need to get back to the relationship that we had when we first gave our hearts to the Lord.
One requirement to have a intimate relationship with the Lord is PRAYER.
1. This week is National Week of Prayer and Fasting
2. What are the biblical reasons why we should pray?
a. Jesus told His disciples that Mark 9:29 “These only can only come out by prayer. If that was for demonic deliverance than how much more we need to pray for the world and our nation and our community.
b. Jesus told to “ask for the Lord of the harvest, to send out workers into the harvest field”. Matt. 9:38
c. Paul urged the Colossians in 4:3,4 “Pray for us that God may open a door for our message…Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should.”