Finding our focus (nagging is like fighting squirrels)

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Finding our focus (nagging is like fighting squirrels)

  1. 1. FINDING OUR FOCUS
  2. 2. The Pearl Principle for Understanding Proverbs Each individual proverb is like a single pearl. When placed on a strand with other matching pearls (proverbs) they create a beautiful necklace. - Don’t make a single proverb a universal, legal guarantee from God. - Don’t make a single proverb an exhaustive statement of truth. - Understand individual proverbs in the light of the entire collection of Proverbs. - In seeking to apply a proverb, be sure to validate the application through the context of the entire Bible. - Proverbs normally transcend culture and time and are easily understood. - Proverbs are made to be easily remembered. (From unpublished notes on Proverbs by Dr. David Mappes)
  3. 3. Proverbs 16:3 Commit your work to the LORD, and your plans will be established.
  4. 4. Proverbs 16:3 Commit your work to the LORD, and your plans will be established. Proverbs 16:9 In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.
  5. 5. Proverbs 16:3 Commit your work to the LORD, and your plans will be established. Proverbs 16:9 In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps. Proverbs 16:2 All a person’s ways seem pure to them, but motives are weighed by the Lord.
  6. 6. Proverbs 16:3 Commit your work to the LORD, and your plans will be established. Proverbs 16:9 In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps. Proverbs 16:2 All a person’s ways seem pure to them, but motives are weighed by the Lord. Proverbs 20:24 A person’s steps are directed by the Lord. How then can anyone understand their own way?
  7. 7. Proverbs 16:3 Commit your work to the LORD, and your plans will be established. Proverbs 16:9 In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps. Proverbs 16:2 All a person’s ways seem pure to them, but motives are weighed by the Lord. Proverbs 20:24 A person’s steps are directed by the Lord. How then can anyone understand their own way? Proverbs 19:21 Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.
  8. 8. Proverbs 16:3 Commit your work to the LORD, and your plans will be established. Proverbs 16:9 In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps. Proverbs 16:2 All a person’s ways seem pure to them, but motives are weighed by the Lord. Proverbs 20:24 A person’s steps are directed by the Lord. How then can anyone understand their own way? Proverbs 19:21 Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails. Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him and he will make straight your paths.
  9. 9. The Pearl Principle for Understanding Proverbs Each individual proverb is like a single pearl. When placed on a strand with other matching pearls (proverbs) they create a beautiful necklace. - Don’t make a single proverb a universal, legal guarantee from God. - Don’t make a single proverb an exhaustive statement of truth. - Understand individual proverbs in the light of the entire collection of Proverbs. - In seeking to apply a proverb, be sure to validate the application through the context of the entire Bible. - Proverbs normally transcend culture and time and are easily understood. - Proverbs are made to be easily remembered. (From unpublished notes on Proverbs by Dr. David Mappes)
  10. 10. FALSE FOCUS (Control) Fueled by fears
  11. 11. Finding Fault
  12. 12. Force Feeding Discipline Reproof
  13. 13. Fighting a Pointless Battle
  14. 14. Frustration and Failure
  15. 15. fear fail fight Feedback Loop fault force
  16. 16. TRUE FOCUS (WISDOM)
  17. 17. TRUE FOCUS (WISDOM) Fueled by Fear of the Lord
  18. 18. “A woman who fears the Lord will not run away from God to satisfy her longings and relieve her anxieties. She will wait for the Lord. She will hope in God. She will stay close to the heart of God and trust in his promises. The prospect of departing into the way of sin will be too fearful to pursue; and the benefits of abiding in the shadow of the Almighty too glorious to forsake.” John Piper
  19. 19. TRUE FOCUS (WISDOM) Finding Our Center (Prayer)
  20. 20. TRUE FOCUS (WISDOM) Flood Our Brains (Truth)
  21. 21. TRUE FOCUS (WISDOM) Freedom from fears
  22. 22. TRUE FOCUS (WISDOM) Flowing Out and Over
  23. 23. TRUE FOCUS (WISDOM) Fashion a Haven
  24. 24. FINDING OUR FOCUS Pictures through Google Advanced Image Search filtered for free use or sharing

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