So, You Need Some Advice?
Proverbs 15:22; Proverbs 11:14
INTRODUCTION: I know this may come as a surprise to some; but believe it or not, human beings are not omniscient. Of course, there are those who would like for people to think they know everything, but in realty, no one knows it all--no one except God. The truth is that we all need help from time to time.
QUOTE: Thomas Kempis said, "We are all frail; consider none more frail than yourself."
I happen to believe that listening to what others have to say is a good thing. Today we call it "Thinking outside the box." We may not always agree with someone's opinion, but it is smart to know what others are thinking. Our perspective and understanding can be limited by our own background and bias; whereas, another person may see something a little differently, and his advice on the matter might make all the difference. Remember, "In the multitude of counsellors there is safety."
This evening, I would like for us to consider two things, as we think about the message, "So, You Need Some Advice."
I. Seeking Advice
II. Taking Advice
I. SEEKING ADVICE
A. Looking in the Wrong Places
1. Today, you can find a variety of self-help sources--everything from books on mediation and emotional wellness, to Yoga and Tai Chi, a form of martial arts that can lead a person into an altered state of consciousness. Believe it or not, many of the major HMO's today have begun to teach and practice these techniques. Of course, there are the palm readers, psychics and astrologers, people who are sure to tell you everything you need to know. Let me say, it is a dangerous thing to participate in anything that has its roots in eastern religion or mysticism. Satan loves nothing better than to lead people down the wrong road. Proverbs 14:12 says, "There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death."
ILLUS: I'm reminded of the story about the woman w ...
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