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I Need Guidance

August 12, 2018

Summary: God can be trusted to teach us, deliver us, and lead us by His Spirit as we walk In Christ
Key Scripture: Psalm 143

Message Notes:

  1. A need for KNOWLEDGE (v.1-4)
  2. A trustworthy TEACHER (v. 5-6)
  3. A willing STUDENT (v.7-12)

CONNECTING:

What one thing spoke to your heart the most from the Word of God in these Scriptures?

What are some things that may keep us from trusting God to guide us through difficult decisions or circumstances? What situations did David face like this? What difficult situations did Christ face?

UNDERSTANDING:

Read Psalm 143:1-4 – How does David begin his request? Why is it important to acknowledge God’s character and our situation in honest prayer?

Read Psalm 143:5-6– What is the Biblical importance of the concept of Covenant? Read 2 Sam 7. How does God’s promise impact David’s request in Psalm 143?

Read Psalm 143:7-12. Why does David ask for God to help him both KNOW and DO His will? What is the way in which God leads us and guides us through trouble? (v.10) Why is this vital to remember?

LIVING:

How does God’s covenant love for us stimulate our dependence on Him and our obedience? What are some things that might cause us to rely on our own knowledge or ability rather than God’s guidance?

Read Jeremiah 23:16-18 – Are there forms of ‘Christian advice’ that may not actually be God’s guidance? How can we determine if guidance/information is from God’s Spirit, or from our sinful heart?

Read Psalm 143:11 – What should be our motive for guidance from the Lord? How would our requests change if we asked God to act ‘for His name’s sake?

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