Instructions for #GreatSuccess

2 things required to receive God's direction

Trusting in God

Acknowledging God

Proverbs 3:5-6 is Key to Success!! Let's talk about it.

1) The Trust Factor

The word "trust" in Hebrew is "batach," which means to throw yourself down upon your face. This reveals that trust is how you position or posture yourself in God. We are to throw ourselves down and realize that it takes Him to lift us up. Two other meanings of “trust (batach)” is careless and confidence.

Careless. We are instructed to “be careful for nothing (Philippians 4:6).” God wants us to “care less” about trying to figure things out on our own and take more care in acknowledging Him, so that we may receive our next steps from Him.

Confidence. Trust requires putting our confidence in someone or something. Trust in the Lord. Do not put confidence in the directing of your flesh (not your mind, your will, or your emotions) nor anything produced by the flesh. Do not lean [rely, rest, support yourself] on your own understanding. Yet, putting our confidence in God — His Word. His nature. His ability. — produces great success.

2) Knowledge to Acknowledge

The depth of the word “acknowledge” brings so much revelation to the role we play in receiving direction from God. The Hebrew word for acknowledge is “yada.” It is much deeper than our English meaning “to make mention of.” The true revelation of acknowledging (yada) is:

  1. To know: A level of intimacy through relationship (Philippians 3:10).

  2. To become known: It’s a two-way relationship. You are to know Him and be known by Him (1 Corinthians 8:3).

  3. Indeed learn: Indeed learn His ways so that when you are directed in a way that is not of Him, you are easily redirected (Matthew 11:29).

  4. Be intimate friends: Become intimate friends with the Lord. As a friend, He makes known to you everything that He has heard from the Father. “I do not call you servants any longer, because servants do not know what their master is doing. Instead, I call you friends, because I have told you everything I heard from my Father (John 15:15).”

  5. To inform: Inform God of your desires and, in return, allow Him to give you divine information and the desires of your heart (Psalms 37:4).

  6. To be satisfied: Be satisfied with how God directs your path.

  7. Cohabit: Live together with God. Abide in Him, and He in you (John 15:7). Remember, that it’s in Him that we live, move, and have our being (Acts 17:28)

  8. Recognize: Recognize the activity of Holy Spirit in your life and always remember that it is the Lord’s doing (Psalm 118:23).

In acknowledging God, He is faithful to His covenant and promise of directing us. The Hebrew word for “direct” in Proverbs 3:6 is “yashar,” which in short means “pleased.” You will be pleased with the path that God has laid out for you, if you acknowledge Him. Yashar is the same word used for “straight” in Isaiah 45:2 when God says, “I will go before thee, and make the crooked places straight…” The word "straight" means "agreeable." He is saying “I will make your way agreeable.” Your path has to agree with the purpose and plan of God for your life. It also means to be “made smooth,” which means without harshness or bitterness. God wants to remove harshness and bitterness from your way so that you delight in your path.

“Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6