He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters.
He restoreth my soul. He leadeth me in the path's of righteousness for his name's sake.
1. At every age, we need direction. Age, 12 20, 55 or 95.
2. On every day we need direction Sunday, Monday, Friday
3. At every phase we need direction, sickness, health. Wealth, good days, tough days.
4. At every place we need direction, the job, the home, vacation, school, the valley, the mountaintop.
When I was a child I asked my mother want do you want me to do? She said, be a schoolteacher.
5. When do we get out from under the protection of the Lord? We don't want to be. We want to live under that umbrella.
6. When do we get beyond the direction of the Lord? We don't want to be, He knows best.
7. When do we get outside the affection of the Lord? We don't want to be. We don't want to removed or excluded from God's love.
8. When do we get removed from the expectations of the Lord? Never. There is never a moment that we live removed from God's expectations.
9. What happens when we get beyond the appreciation of the Lord? We lose our direction; we wonder in our affection, we lose sense of God's expectations of us. We start living outside the boundaries of God's protection.
10. We lose all reason in life. When we lose our reason we begin to think and act in a way that hurts us.
11. We become poor stewards of our money. We go crazy with credit cards or debt. We buy stuff we don't even need. It all becomes about us. We want the $400 pair of shoes, or the $1,500 suit. So we spend God's tithe to please ourselves for a day.
12. We become ineffective in service. Life becomes all about me and we forget about God and man. I love vacations but I couldn't spend every day in vacation mode.
13. God told man to work six days a week. There are so many people in America not working today and don't want to imagine working. Let me get on public assistance.
I'm all for helping the disabled, the unfortunate, but God expects us to look to him and to do the best we can with what we have.
14. We don't see life's boundaries. The road sign says 70 and we drive 80 because we get caught up in our schedule and what we want to do and so we break the law.
15, People watch television and think I've been married a few years, life is boring, I'm going to find somebody on the side and that will make life better.
16. So they move outside God's boundaries. When you move out of God's boundaries you make it hard for God to protect you ...
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