WHO IS IN YOUR DRIVERS SEAT? 

And to the children, Who is pulling your little red wagon?

 

This question suggests that you may be driven or pulled through life and are not in controls of the driver’s seat.  And if not you driving then who and what is at the controls of your life?

 

I have seen people that have been driven through life by Hatred and have committed very horrible acts on others, including their own intimate family members.  These are people that resist correction and are blind to facts which may alter their behavior, which could possibly change their vicious course of action.   They go head long into believing they are justified in hating others. 

 

When there are people that are driven by Anger and take matters into their own hands.  We see the results of their rage in the alarming rate of homicides, genocides and the startling statistics of suicides.  If we traced this culprit we will find it to be Anger.  Saints of God also are being driven to the brink by anger.

 

And then there are people driven by Self Righteousness.  These are those that act in their own best interest.  Everything they do and say has to enhance their concept of themselves or their pocket book. 

 

Luke 18:  10.  Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican.   11.  The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.   12.  I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.   13.  And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.   14.  I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.

 

And the final driver I would like to include in our list today is Guilt.

I have council men, women and children that have been Guilt ridden.  They feel as if they are the reason behind unfavorable situations and consequences surrounding their life.  They think, “If I would have only been there in time or if I wouldn’t have done that it wouldn’t have happen that way.  In other words people driven by Guilt believing they are at fault.  It is extremely dangerous to be driven by Guilt because to outcome is disastrous.

 

Are you being driven around life with any of these demons at the sterling wheel?   1.  Hatred   2.  Anger   3.  Self Righteousness   4.  Guilt

 

These are not the only devils that have illegal driven license; there are others like un-forgiveness and un-Godliness, which are driving Saints to the edge of spiritual ruin to challenge their faith in God. 

 

 Who is driving you through life?

To answer is question I would like to challenge you to paid particularly attention to what motivates you to get up out of bed each morning.  One writer say “Oh men know thyself”.  Then I believe you can answer our question for today.  

 

As a side note:  Also, if you observe the motives of other people you meet each day.  You can discern their character and observe that it is not what people say, but what people do! 

 

So let me say this now before we go any further; don’t let the devil ride because he will won’t to drive.  And he will put you outside!

 

Daniel 6

 

5.  Then said these men, we shall not find any occasion against this Daniel, except we find it against him concerning the law of his God.

 6.  Then these presidents and princes assembled together to the king, and said thus unto him, King Darius, live forever.

 7.  All the presidents of the kingdom, the governors, and the princes, the counselors, and the captains, have consulted together to establish a royal statute, and to make a firm decree, that whosoever shall ask a petition of any God or man for thirty days, save of thee, O king, he shall be cast into the den of lions.

 8.  Now, O king, establish the decree, and sign the writing, that it be not changed, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which altereth not.

 9.  Wherefore king Darius signed the writing and the decree.

 10.  Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime.

 11.  Then these men assembled, and found Daniel praying and making supplication before his God.

 12.  Then they came near, and spake before the king concerning the king's decree; Hast thou not signed a decree, that every man that shall ask a petition of any God or man within thirty days, save of thee, O king, shall be cast into the den of lions? The king answered and said, The thing is true, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which altereth not.

 13.  Then answered they and said before the king, That Daniel, which is of the children of the captivity of Judah, regardeth not thee, O king, nor the decree that thou hast signed, but maketh his petition three times a day.

 14.  Then the king, when he heard these words, was sore displeased with himself, and set his heart on Daniel to deliver him: and he laboured till the going down of the sun to deliver him.

 15.  Then these men assembled unto the king, and said unto the king, Know, O king, that the law of the Medes and Persians is, that no decree nor statute which the king establisheth may be changed.

 16.  Then the king commanded, and they brought Daniel, and cast him into the den of lions. Now the king spake and said unto Daniel, Thy God whom thou servest continually, he will deliver thee.

 17.  And a stone was brought, and laid upon the mouth of the den; and the king sealed it with his own signet, and with the signet of his lords; that the purpose might not be changed concerning Daniel.

 18.  Then the king went to his palace, and passed the night fasting: neither were instruments of musick brought before him: and his sleep went from him.

 19.  Then the king arose very early in the morning, and went in haste unto the den of lions.

 20.  And when he came to the den, he cried with a lamentable voice unto Daniel: and the king spake and said to Daniel, O Daniel, servant of the living God, is thy God, whom thou servest continually, able to deliver thee from the lions?

 21.  Then said Daniel unto the king, O king, live for ever.

 22.  My God hath sent his angel, and hath shut the lions' mouths, that they have not hurt me: forasmuch as before him innocency was found in me; and also before thee, O king, have I done no hurt.

 23.  Then was the king exceeding glad for him, and commanded that they should take Daniel up out of the den. So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no manner of hurt was found upon him, because he believed in his God.

 24.  And the king commanded, and they brought those men which had accused Daniel, and they cast them into the den of lions, them, their children, and their wives; and the lions had the mastery of them, and brake all their bones in pieces or ever they came at the bottom of the den.

 25.  Then king Darius wrote unto all people, nations, and languages, that dwell in all the earth; Peace be multiplied unto you.

 26.  I make a decree, that in every dominion of my kingdom men tremble and fear before the God of Daniel: for he is the living God, and stedfast for ever, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed, and his dominion shall be even unto the end.

 27.  He delivereth and rescueth, and he worketh signs and wonders in heaven and in earth, who hath delivered Daniel from the power of the lions.

 28.  So this Daniel prospered in the reign of Darius and in the reign of Cyrus the Persian.

 

You can settle this question about “Who Is in the Driver’s Seat of Life” with the answer “God”. 

So let us drive through life like Daniel did with God in the driver’s seat and make a decree like King Darius that all nations forever should “Purpose to Be Driven by God”.   If you wish a life of deliverance, rescue, signs and wonders in heaven and in earth God has made provision through the Lord Jesus Christ. 

John 3:16

 

 

 

 

Preached by:  Rev. Sylvester Williams, Jr.

I.C.U., Ministries, Inc.

 October 12, 2008