Your way causes unnecessary delays and collateral damage

This message is presented by Amos Johnson Jr, PhD. He is the CEO & Pastor of Church for Entrepreneurs. God has given him a calling to help Christian Entrepreneurs succeed at their calling. He believes a fulfilled life comes from clearly knowing what God has called you to do and doing it.

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Message summary & scripture references

Your way is any way that is planned and implemented without the counsel of God. Most times you have good intentions, because you are walking in God’s calling for your life, so it seems like you are in God’s will. However, no matter how great your intentions, your way can lead to unnecessary delays and collateral damage to your marriage, friendships, followers, finances, and/or health.

Proverbs 19:21 NIV

[21] Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.

Joshua 1:8 NIV

[8] Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.

Proverbs 10:22 KJV

[22] The blessing of the Lord, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it.

2 Samuel 6:1-11 NLT

[1] Then David again gathered all the elite troops in Israel, 30,000 in all.
[2] He led them to Baalah of Judah to bring back the Ark of God, which bears the name of the LORD of Heaven’s Armies, who is enthroned between the cherubim.
[3] They placed the Ark of God on a new cart and brought it from Abinadab’s house, which was on a hill. Uzzah and Ahio, Abinadab’s sons, were guiding the cart
[4] that carried the Ark of God. Ahio walked in front of the Ark.
[5] David and all the people of Israel were celebrating before the LORD, singing songs and playing all kinds of musical instruments-lyres, harps, tambourines, castanets, and cymbals.
[6] But when they arrived at the threshing floor of Nacon, the oxen stumbled, and Uzzah reached out his hand and steadied the Ark of God.
[7] Then the LORD’s anger was aroused against Uzzah, and God struck him dead because of this. So Uzzah died right there beside the Ark of God.
[8] David was angry because the LORD’s anger had burst out against Uzzah. He named that place Perez-uzzah (which means “to burst out against Uzzah”), as it is still called today.
[9] David was now afraid of the LORD, and he asked, “How can I ever bring the Ark of the LORD back into my care?”
[10] So David decided not to move the Ark of the LORD into the City of David. Instead, he took it to the house of Obed-edom of Gath.
[11] The Ark of the LORD remained there in Obed-edom’s house for three months, and the LORD blessed Obed-edom and his entire household.

Numbers 7:9 NLT

[9] But he gave none of the wagons or oxen to the Kohathite division, since they were required to carry the sacred objects of the Tabernacle on their shoulders.

Exodus 25:13-14 NLT

[13] Make poles from acacia wood, and overlay them with gold.
[14] Insert the poles into the rings at the sides of the Ark to carry it.

1 Chronicles 15:11-15,25-26 NLT

[11] Then David summoned the priests, Zadok and Abiathar, and these Levite leaders: Uriel, Asaiah, Joel, Shemaiah, Eliel, and Amminadab.
[12] He said to them, “You are the leaders of the Levite families. You must purify yourselves and all your fellow Levites, so you can bring the Ark of the LORD, the God of Israel, to the place I have prepared for it.
[13] Because you Levites did not carry the Ark the first time, the anger of the LORD our God burst out against us. We failed to ask God how to move it properly.”
[14] So the priests and the Levites purified themselves in order to bring the Ark of the LORD, the God of Israel, to Jerusalem.
[15] Then the Levites carried the Ark of God on their shoulders with its carrying poles, just as the LORD had instructed Moses.
[25] Then David and the elders of Israel and the generals of the army went to the house of Obed-edom to bring the Ark of the LORD’s Covenant up to Jerusalem with a great celebration.
[26] And because God was clearly helping the Levites as they carried the Ark of the LORD’s Covenant, they sacrificed seven bulls and seven rams.

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