Lesson 9 Day 4

  • Faith moves God (Hebrews 11:6) and faith comes from the Word of God (Romans 10:17). All of God’s work is done in His Word (Psalm 33:4, John 17:17).  We walk out God’s plan and activate His promises for our life by obeying the Word of God.  
  • Common obstacles to walking by faith are fear (2 Timothy 1:7), worry (Philippians 4:6-7), and doubt (James 1:5-8).

Common obstacles to walking by faith are fear (2 Timothy 1:7), worry (Philippians 4:6-7), and doubt (James 1:5-8).

  • Do not be led by man/woman (Psalm 118:8).  God wants to lead you and direct you.  God may use man/woman to confirm his plan with you after He has already given you direction.  Direction from man/woman should never violate what God has given you.  An example of this can be found with the story of the young prophet and the old prophet in 1 Kings 13.
  • Do not do things because your parents, pastors, and friends do them that way.  Jesus addressed this with the Pharisees in Mark 7:8-13.  Jesus said in verse 13 that the Pharisees made “the Word of God of no effect through their tradition which they have handed down.

God Has Stored Up Wisdom For You!

He [God] stores up sound wisdom for the upright; Proverbs 2:7a

Do you have a spot in your house that you keep things that need to be taken somewhere; clothes to a donation center, returns to a store, Tupperware containers to someone who made you food, baked cookies for family and friends, etc.? The point is, you can’t actually give those things to the appropriate people or store until you see them.  God works the same way. We serve a God that is personal and wants to spend intimate time with us.  James 4:5b says, “The Spirit who dwells in us yearns jealously.”  He may be yearning, but He will not force Himself upon us.  Revelation 3:20 says, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.”  He will always be at your door, but we are the ones that have to actually open the door to meet with Him.  

When we do meet with Him, He can give us those things that He has stored up for us.  It may be wisdom, direction, provision, warning, etc.  However, He will only give us what we need at that time.  Picture a dog bowl with a large, clear container on the top that replenishes the dog food as the dog eats the food on the bottom.  You could even put a treat on top in the clear container.  So, the dog has to eat all the regular food for the treat to come to the bottom.   Proverbs 2:6-7 says, “For the Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding; He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk uprightly;” God has all this wisdom stored up for us, but we must receive and walk in the wisdom that He has placed in front of us before the stored up wisdom becomes available to us.  It is possible for the Holy Spirit to reveal a nugget of the stored-up wisdom to us, but the Lord wants us seeking Him daily.  Proverbs 18:10 says, “The name of the Lord is a strong tower; The righteous run to It and are safe.”  We are to run to the Lord or the Word, who can reveal the wisdom we need to live safely and reward us at times with a treat as we diligently seek and obey Him (Hebrews 11:6). 

2 Corinthians 5:7 – For we walk by faith, not by sight.

Psalm 119:105 – Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

Bonus: Romans 8:6 –5 For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.