Guardrails

GUARDRAILS

So that you don’t regret where you end up

November 14, 2018 - Paul F. Knight

Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.
Proverbs 4:23 NIV

Guardrails are “a system designed to keep vehicles from __________ into ___________ or off-limit areas.”’ 

Guardrails are intended to ___________ and ___________ 

Guardrails are not placed in the danger zone but in the safety zone.

Guardrails are a ______________ standard of _____________ that becomes a matter of conscience. It is designed to “light up our conscience” before we hurt ourselves or hurt someone else.  

Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. 18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit . . .
Ephesians 5:15-18 NIV

1. Be very ________, then, how you _______

 Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise
Ephesians 5:15 ESV

2. Not as unwise but as ________. . .

“Wisdom: In light of my past experiences, my current circumstances and my future hopes and dreams what is the wise thing to do.”
-Andy Stanley

3. Making the _______ of every opportunity, because the days are evil

redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
Ephesians 5:16 NKJV

4. Therefore do not be ___________, but understand what the Lord’s will is. 

 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
Proverbs 1:7 NIV

The wise inherit honor, but fools get only shame.
Proverbs 3:35 NIV

5. Do not get ____________ on wine, which leads to debauchery.

“I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but I will not be mastered by anything.
1 Corinthians 6:12 NIV

6. Be filled with the ___________

For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. 15 The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” 16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.
Romans 8:14-16 NIV

 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.
John 14:26 ESV