Topic: Sunday Message Verse: Proverbs 7:6–7:27
"Getting" Lost 101
People who get lost don't get lost on purpose.
"Getting" Lost 201
People who get lost don't just, all of a sudden, get lost... they've been lost for a while and just don't know it.
"Getting" Lost 301
No matter where someone WANTED to go... when they get lost, the ROAD THAT THEY ARE ON is going to determine where they end up.
The Principle of the Path
"Direction, not intention, determines destination." - Andy Stanley
The PATH applies to...
Dating. Marriage. Parenting. Finances. Career. Spiritual life. Private life. Health. Etc...
The Path you're on determines the PLACE you'll end up.
The Proverb of the Path
Proverbs 7:6-27 NIV
At the window of my house I looked down through the lattice. I saw among the simple, I noticed among the young men, a youth who had no sense. He was going down the street near her corner, walking along in the direction of her house at twilight, as the day was fading, as the dark of night set in. Then out came a woman to meet him, dressed like a prostitute and with crafty intent. (She is unruly and defiant, her feet never stay at home; now in the street, now in the squares, at every corner she lurks.) She took hold of him and kissed him and with a brazen face she said: "Today I fulfilled my vows, and I have food from my fellowship offering at home. So I came out to meet you; I looked for you and have found you! I have covered my bed with colored linens from Egypt. I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes and cinnamon. Come, let's drink deeply of love till morning; let's enjoy ourselves with love! My husband is not at home; he has gone on a long journey. He took his purse filled with money and will not be home till full moon." With persuasive words she led him astray; she seduced him with her smooth talk. All at once he followed her like an ox going to the slaughter, like a deer stepping into a noose till an arrow pierces his liver, like a bird darting into a snare, little knowing it will cost him his life. Now then, my sons, listen to me; pay attention to what I say. Do not let your heart turn to her ways or stray into her paths. Many are the victims she has brought down; her slain are a mighty throng. Her house is a highway to the grave, leading down to the chambers of death.
Applying the Path
1. What direction is this part of my life heading?
2. Is THIS the direction I want to be heading?
3. What will it COST me to keep heading this direction?
4. What will it take to head where I intend to go?
Be PRUDENT about your PATH
Proverbs 27:12 NIV
The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty.