The Perfect, Tried, And Safe Way
Outline By: Brian A. Yeager
A. We know that our way is not the right way (Proverbs 20:24 and Jeremiah 10:23).
1. We know that, for our steps to be right, they have to be ordered from the Lord (Psalms 37:23).
2. We know better than to trust ourselves to find the right way without His guidance (Jeremiah 17:5-10).
B. We know there are two ways to go (Matthew 7:13-14).
1. You have a choice of which way to go (Deuteronomy 30:15-20 and Romans 6:17).
2. Choose wisely (Proverbs 1:24-31, Isaiah 55:6-9, Acts 4:10-12, etc.).
II. Body: Choose The Safe Way (II Samuel 22:31 and Psalms 18:30).
A. God’s way is perfect (Deuteronomy 32:3-4, Psalms 19:7, and James 1:25).
1. He expects us to walk in His way (Deuteronomy 5:32-33, Jeremiah 7:23, and I John 2:3-6).
2. He expects us, through Him (Hebrews 13:20-21), to be perfect (Matthew 5:48 and II Corinthians 13:11).
B. God’s word is tried [tested; pure] (Psalms 12:6).
1. His foreknowledge shows His word is greater than man’s (II Samuel 22:16 [1876 we find this out], Job 26:7 [did they travel into space?], Job 38:16 [1976 for us to find this scientifically], Isaiah 40:22 [remember Christopher Columbus??], Amos 9:6 [1690 before we knew the “water cycle”], etc.).
2. Detailed prophecies show God’s word to be true and greater than man’s (Isaiah 46:9-10).
a. Isaiah was a prophet before Babylonian captivity, yet NAMED the man who would bring about the downfall of Babylon (Isaiah 45:1-4). Cyrus wasn’t even born until 590-580 BC (http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/148758/Cyrus-II).
b. God not only foretold of the birth (Isaiah 7:14), death (Isaiah 53:1-12), and life of Christ (Isaiah 9:1-2); but also very specific details that could not be “arranged” (Psalms 69:21; cf. John 19:28-30).
c. Even the “where” was foretold (Micah 5:2; cf. Luke 2:1-6).
d. Secular history and the Bible align. I.E. Jesus foretold of the destruction of Jerusalem (Matthew 24:1-34) and history confirms it (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siege_of_Jerusalem_(AD_70)).
C. God is the buckler [shield; defense] (II Samuel 22:3, II Samuel 22:36, Psalms 18:35, Proverbs 2:6-7, and I John 5:4).
1. There is safety in faithful service to the Lord (Proverbs 21:31 and John 10:24-29).
2. While the safety David had [the context this lesson was taken from] was partially physical (i.e. II Samuel 22:34-35) our safety is spiritual (I John 2:25) not carnal (Acts 14:22).
3. However, that does not mean we should get overly confident (I Corinthians 10:12).
D. All of this requires us to put our trust in Him (Psalms 84:12 and I Timothy 4:8-10).
1. He says if you do His will you’ll be saved (Hebrews 5:8-9).
2. He doesn’t lie (Titus 1:1-3).
3. Therefore we can know what we have in the Lord (I John 5:13).
III. Conclusion: Will you trust him to make your way perfect (II Samuel 22:33) through His word (II Timothy 3:15-17)?
© 2015 This material may not be used for sale or other means to have financial gain. Use this as a tool for your own studies if such is helpful! Preachers are welcome to this work, but please do not use my work so that you can be lazy and not do your own studies. – Brian A. Yeager