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Scripture: Psalm 32:8-11

8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you. 9 Do not be like the horse or the mule, which have no understanding but must be controlled by bit and bridle or they will not come to you. 10 Many are the woes of the wicked, but the Lord’s unfailing love surrounds the one who trusts in him. 11 Rejoice in the Lord and be glad, you righteous; sing, all you who are upright in heart!

 

Why do we need a guide in life?

  1. We live in a complex and complicated world
  2. We face all kinds of challenging situations and problems
  3. We don’t know everything
  4. We need help and sound advice
  5. We need a good guide to assist us

 

Who will guide us?

God, our Heavenly Father, Creator of heaven and earth, the Almighty One who:

  1. Knows all things: from beginning to the end
  2. Keeps promises
  3. Never makes mistakes
  4. Is faithful

 

God’s Promise

I will instruct you andteach you in the way you should go;

I will counsel you and watch over you (Psalm 32:8)

God’s Personal Commitment

I will … – not delegate to an angel or anyone else

 

How will God guide you? What will He do?

1. He Will INSTRUCT You (v.8)

  1. About Himself
    • His attributes and character (Who He is)
    • His ability and sovereignty (What He can do)
  2. With wisdom and truth
  3. With discernment to make the right choices

The Holy Spirit will guide you into all truth (John 16:13)

He will help you distinguish between what is:

  1. Right and wrong
  2. Good and bad
  3. True and false
  4. Truth and error
  5. Moral and immoral
  6. Godly and ungodly
  7. Flesh and Spirit
  8. Natural and unnatural
  9. Good and best

 

2. He Will TEACH You (v.8)

  1. His Word
  2. His Way
  3. His Will

The Holy Spirit (the best teacher) will teach you all things (John 14:25)

Teach you what?

“In the way you should go”

  • the right way
  • the way of obedience that leads to blessings and not regrets

5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways (acknowledge) submit to Him, and He will direct your paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6)

There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end, it leads death (hell) (Proverbs 20:24)

The Lord makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him (Psa 37:23)

The way of a fool seems right to him, buta wise man listens to advice. (Proverbs 12:15)

A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps. (Proverbs 16:9)

 

3. He Will WATCH OVER You (v.8)

  1. He will watch over your coming and going
  2. He will protect and shield you from the enemy’s schemes and attacks

 

4. He Will WARN you (vv.9-10a)

  1. Don’t be stubborn, stiffed-necked and hard-headed
  2. Don’t be proud, wicked and rebellious

The Fruit of Disobedience and Rebellion

“many woes and sorrows”

You will reap terrible and painful consequences.

 

5. He Will CHALLENGE You (vv.10b-12)

  1. Trust in Him
  2. Rejoice in Him
  3. Sing to Him
  4. Worship Him

The Fruit of Obedience and Submission

“God’s unfailing love (lovingkindness) will surround you”

  • He will forgive you and show you mercy
  • You will have His peace, joy and blessings

 

How Long Will He Guide You?

  • Isa 58:11 – Always and Continually
  • Psa 48:14 – To the End
  • Matt 28:20b – To the very end of the age

 

Psalm 23 reminds us:

1 The Lord is our good and caring shepherd, He makes sure we lack nothing.
2 He makes us lie down in green pastures, He leads us beside quiet waters,
3 He refreshes our soul. He guides us along the right paths for his name’s sake.
4 Even though we walk through the darkest valley, We will fear no evil, for He is with us; His rod and His staff, they comfort us.
5  He prepares a table before us in the presence of our enemies. He anoints our head with oil; our cup overflows.

6 Surely His goodness and love (mercy) will follow us all the days of our life, and We will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

 

What Must We Do?

  1. Stop Worrying – about every situation
  2. Seek God and His counsel– for every situation
  3. Trust God – in every situation

 

God’s Message and Assurance: HE WILL GUIDE YOU

You don’t have to live in fear and uncertainty.

God’s Challenge: TRUST HIM COMPLETELY AND WHOLEHEARTEDLY

Trust Him for your miracle and breakthrough.

 

 

By: Rev. Glen Lim

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