PTC_Review, Apply & Pray - "Takeaways from week 6 of Proverbs"

6/1/13 - PTC_Review, Apply & Pray - "Takeaways from week 6 of Proverbs"
Tomorrow I am kicking off the LOVE SONG series at Highpoint Church. Please be praying with me as we enter into this summer study of the Song of Solomon. I truly believe God will save marriages, prepare singles for God-honoring marriage and give us all a better understanding of God's great love for us through His Son, Jesus. We are anticipating a lot of guests, so if you are a Highpointer - please "give our guest your best" and park in the south lot, sit closer to the front and center, and consider serving this summer in HP Kids to make room for our guest families.

Don't forget to invest and invite with your friends and leverage your social media to spread the word about the series. Thanks!

Proverbs 21:31
The horse is made ready for the day of battle,
    but victory rests with the Lord.

In all our efforts in life the goal is to prepare in the context of relationship with God. We are not a solo act. We have our Heavenly Father always working to leverage our efforts for His glory. The goal of our prep is to align our effort with His glory, knowing He will force that alignment one way or another. 

You will face a battle today or this week. Prepare! But prepare with a heart of surrender and trust that says, "God I surrender my pride, selfishness and limited understanding of things to You. I trust You to guide my prep and leverage my effort for Your glory." And in the end, if there is victory be sure to give God the praise, because that is where the victory came from.

Proverbs 22:1 (ESV)
A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches,
and favor is better than silver or gold. 

Be honest. Where in your life do you lack a good name? When your name is mentioned, who is frustrated, angry, hurt, rejected, fearful, lonely or unloved?
This week pray through how you might change your name with this person/people and choose a good name.
Don't announce your plan, simply change your name through a change of attitude, action and speech. You cannot convince someone you have a good name. A good name is developed over time and through consistency. 

Proverbs 23:29-35 (ESV)
29 Who has woe? Who has sorrow?
Who has strife? Who has complaining?
Who has wounds without cause?
Who has redness of eyes?
30 Those who tarry long over wine;
those who go to try mixed wine.
31 Do not look at wine when it is red,
when it sparkles in the cup
and goes down smoothly.
32 In the end it bites like a serpent
and stings like an adder.
33 Your eyes will see strange things,
and your heart utter perverse things.
34 You will be like one who lies down in the midst of the sea,
like one who lies on the top of a mast.
35 “They struck me,” you will say, “but I was not hurt;
they beat me, but I did not feel it.
When shall I awake?
I must have another drink.” 

If you choose to drink alcohol, ask yourself the following questions…
- Is my drinking causing me or those close to me to suffer?
- Is my "freedom to drink" a true conviction from the Lord or my excuse to do what I want?
- Is my drinking respectful of the faith of others?
- Am I willing to stop drinking at a given moment to honor someone else?
- Am I willing to hear God say, "put it down and walk away?"

If you choose not to drink ask yourself the following questions…
- Is there a self righteous attitude in me because I don't drink?
- Is there another area of my life, such as money or food, where a similar warning is needed?
- Can you gracefully participate or walk away from situations where drinking is present?
- Can you entrust God's conviction toward those you feel may need to stop drinking?

Please do not misunderstand the statement "drinking is not a sin." For you it is because you are underage and it's illegal. Besides that, I want to add to the already clear waring about drinking. During the teenage years, drinking (and sexual promiscuity) is one of the riskiest things you can do. The combination of alcohol and teenage immaturity is a dangerous combination. You are better off not drinking at all during your teenage years. If you choose to drink as an adult, I urge you to see the wise counsel of an adult that represents the kind of future you long to have someday. Adults and teens alike need to live with the sober reminder that alcohol is not an insignificant thing and should always be approached with wisdom.

If alcohol is a problem for you please do not hesitate to get help. The best first step is to attend Celebrate Recovery at Highpoint Church this Wednesday at 6:30pm. Do not allow your life or loved ones to suffer any longer because of alcohol.

Proverbs 23:27 (ESV)
"Prepare your work outside; get everything ready for yourself in the field, and after that build your house."

Let me urge you not to take lightly the importance of this wisdom. Here are some application questions to think through. Please try to be honest of the good of your future.
Am I taking on consumer debt?
Am I "robbing God" by not giving my tithe (10%) and thus not helping the Church prepare for the future?
Am I trying to "keep up with the Jones'"in any way?
Would I be willing to take a month or two or six and not purchase anything for myself?
What are the top 3 distractions to preparing for the future? Too much TV? Too much social media?
What are 3 steps you need to take to prepare for the future?
Is there someone who needs to hear the Gospel from you?

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