Pastor Steve Williams and Pastor Shane Ham : Life in the Real World

Reality Check · 37:12 · Recorded November 5, 2017

Life In The Real World

Proverbs 12:11; 28:19 (NIV) The one who works his land will have plenty…but whoever chases fantasies lacks sense…The one who works his land will have plenty…but whoever chases fantasies will have his fill of poverty.

1. Choose God’s right way over doing it your own way.

Proverbs 14:12 (NRSV) There is a way that seems right to a person, but its end is the way to death.

Proverbs 19:3 (NAS) The foolishness of man ruins his way, and his heart rages against the LORD.

Isaiah 55:8-9 (NIV) “My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

2. Appreciate how discipline and structure can help you.

1 Timothy 4:7 (NAS) Discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness…

Get the hard thing done first.

Proverbs 24:27 (HCSB) Complete your outdoor work, and prepare your field; afterward, build your house.

3. Cultivate a worthy and accurate self-estimate.

Romans 12:3 (Phi) Don't cherish exaggerated ideas of yourself or your importance, but try to have a sane estimate of your capabilities.

Isaiah 32:8 (NIV) The noble man makes noble plans, and by noble deeds he stands.

Value the gold that’s in relationships.

Proverbs 13:20 (HCSB) The one who walks with the wise will become wise, but a companion of fools will suffer harm.

Proverbs 27:17 (NLT) As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.

4. Dump “I deserve” for “I’m responsible.”

Proverbs 29:5 (NIV) Whoever flatters his neighbor is spreading a net for his feet.

Romans 14:12 (HCSB) Each of us will give an account of himself to God.

5. Keep inconvenient, costly commitments.

Psalm 15:4 (CEV) …They keep their promises, no matter what the cost.

6. Be willing to say, “I was wrong.”

Proverbs 28:13 (TEV) You will never succeed in life if you try to hide your sins. Confess them and give them up; then God will show mercy to you.

7. Refuse to take refuge in your comfort zones.

Proverbs 22:13 (NAS) The sluggard says, “There is a lion outside; I will be killed in the streets!”

Force yourself to “walk the plank”regularly.

Study & Discussion Questions
  • This last week who did you encounter that seemed to be out of touch with the real world, “living on another planet,” etc.?

  • What verses from the message seemed to especially impact or impress you? Are any of these verses a personal favorite that has been especially helpful or encouraging in your life?

  • Which of the message points do you find the easiest to live out? Most challenging? Most disturbing? Why?

  • What is a life experience where you learned one of these “real world” lessons that permanently changed you?

  • In getting a more worthy and more accurate view of yourself, how have others proved to be “golden” for you?

  • In what area of your life do you fear you might be stuck and unwilling to move forward? What’s holding you back and how can your group pray for you or support you in this?

  • Hi Parents! For the month of November, we will be focusing on gratitude with our elementary kids. This week our bottom line was “be thankful for what you have”. Ask your kids who was not thankful in their story today. How had God taken care of the Israelites? Rather than be thankful, what did they do? It is so easy to lose sight of all that God has blessed us with, especially if we fall into the comparison trap. Take some time today to make a list of things God has given you and then take time to thank him for them.

  • You Lifted Me Out

  • Great God

  • One Thing Remains

  • Have It All

  • Alive


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