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God’s Guardrails
Balance in Listening for God's Guidance. Many people wonder where the line is concerning what they should be asking God guidance for. “Where’s the line? What do I need to ask God for guidance about, and what do I not need to ask God guidance about?”
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    1190 Stevens Rd, West Kelowna, BC V1Z 1G1, Canada
    Domingo 10:00 AM

Our Annual General Meeting is happening on February 24th! After the Gathering we'll be eating lunch together for Soup Sunday, followed by a conversation about different ministries and our 2019 Budget. Make sure you pick-up our proposed 2019 Budget at the Connect Center prior to our AGM on Feb. 24th!

Balance in Listening for God's Guidance. Many people wonder where the line is concerning what they should be asking God guidance for. “Where’s the line? What do I need to ask God for guidance about, and what do I not need to ask God guidance about?”

Four Guardrails when listening for God’s Guidance

1. Listening for guidance must not replace Bible reading
2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NKJV)
All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.
2 Thessalonians 3:10 (NIV)
For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: "If a man will not work, he shall not eat."
2. Listening for guidance must not replace Good Counsel
Proverbs 11:14 (ESV)
Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety.
Proverbs 12:15 (ESV)
The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice.
3. Listening for guidance must not replace Common sense

What is common sense?
Cambridge Dictionary: “The basic level of practical knowledge and we all need to help us live in a reasonable and safe way."
Proverbs 3:21-23 (NIV)
My son, PRESERVE sound judgment and discernment, do not let them out of your sight; 22 they will be life for you, an ornament to grace your neck. 23 Then you will go on your way in safety, and your foot will not stumble.
Matthew 4:7 (NIV)
Jesus answered him, "It is also written: 'Do not put the Lord your God to the test.'"
4. Listening for guidance must not replace our humanity

We were made to be responsible

We were given freedom to choose

We were made to be creative
Relational Interaction with God through these Prayers

First: Sometimes God changed His Mind through Prayer
Hezekiah (2 Kgs 20:1-6)
Moses (Ex 32:9-14)

Second: Sometimes God overruled what was Prayed
Paul (2 Cor 12:1-10)
Moses (Deut 3:26)

Third: Sometimes God did not state His will but the outcome was determined through NOT praying
Asa (2 Chron 16:1-10)

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God's Guardrails
SMALL GROUP QUESTIONS

1. What is 1 thing you are Thankful to God for in February?

2. What is 1 Challenge that you need God’s Guidance in this week?

3. Who is 1 person in your life that needs to say YES to Jesus?

4. Pray for the person on your right. “JESUS, thank you for (the person on your right), please bless/help/guide them with (the challenge they shared). We also pray for (the person they shared that needs to know JESUS), that you would bless them, and do whatever it takes to bring them into a new relationship with You. Amen!”

5. Are you Scared of Heights? Have any of you done skydiving or other heights related activities? If not, would you?

6. Do you tend to see Boundaries in your life as a hindrance or as protection? What are 1-2 Boundaries/Guardrails that you are thankful for in your life?

7. When it comes to hearing the voice of God how can people get weird and off line? Have you seen people get weird in this area?

8. Pastor Mike talked about 4 Guardrails that God gives us so that we stay balanced in our communication with Him. Do you remember what they were?
GUARDRAIL #1: Listening for guidance must not replace Bible Study.
GUARDRAIL #2: Listening for Guidance must not replace Good Counsel.
GUARDRAIL #3: Listening for guidance must not replace Common Sense.
GUARDRAIL #4: Listening for guidance must not replace our Humanity.

9. GUARDRAIL #1: Listening for guidance must not replace Bible Study. Read Psalm 119:9-16 & 2 Timothy 3:16-17
What do these verses tell us about God’s guidance in our lives?
Why is it so important to spend time in God’s Word when learning to listen to His voice?
What are the dangers of not doing so? Discuss.

10. GUARDRAIL #2: Listening for Guidance must not replace good counsel. Would you describe yourself as teachable? Yes/no. Why/why not?
Why do you think God designed that we would receive His guidance in our lives through other people?
Read Proverbs 11:14 and 12:15 How do we remain humble and teachable in life? How has that helped you hear God?

11. GUARDRAIL #3: Listening for guidance must not replace common sense. What is common sense? Is ‘common sense’ actually that common? How do you get common sense?
Read Proverbs 3:21-23 According to this verse how does God use common sense to lead, direct and guide us?

12. GUARDRAIL #4: Listening for guidance must not replace our humanity. God made us human. Does our humanity need to be laid aside and are we to speak to God about every little thing in order to find direction? If we did that what would that make us? (robots)...

13. How is our humanity important to our connecting with God? (It means we are relational and that we can have a relationship with God).