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The Counterintuitive Life

Dying to ourselves to see life spring up.


I'm going to say something you can't argue with, and in fact, if you try to argue with it, you will simply prove my point. You are constantly talking to you. No one talks to you more than you talk to you. In fact, every moment of the day, whether you're aware of it or not, you're talking to you. Right now, if you're thinking, I don't always talk to me, you just talked to yourself. You are constantly whispering things to yourself, speaking to yourself, and driving yourself in certain directions by what you say to yourself.

It's talking to you when other people are talking to you. It's talking to you when you're listening to music. It's talking to you when you're watching movies. You're most dialed into it when you finally shut your laptop, turn off your TV, and get in bed. At that moment all of a sudden we're able to hear us. That voice inside of us, paired with what I'll call our gut (the way we feel), form what's called intuition. Intuition is the loose thoughts of our minds and the feelings in our guts by which we make most of our decisions. Now intuition can be a really good thing if you're intuitive, but even if you're intuitive, intuition should have a warning label on it, and that warning label is found in Proverbs 14.

The warning label for our intuition is found in Proverbs 14:12, "There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death." Now the writer of Proverbs so believes this is true that he repeatedly says that nearly identical sentence throughout the book of Proverbs. So that author is putting the warning label on his son's life: "There's a way that's going to seem right to ...

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Matt Chandler serves as Lead Pastor of Teaching at The Village Church in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex and serves as president of Acts 29, a worldwide church-planting organization.

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Sermon Outline:


I. Intuition isn't always right

II. The 'mind of man'

III. Our processors are broken

IV. Dying to self