Do Not Lean on Your Own Understanding

Read part 1 first, Trust In The Lord.

Proverbs 3:5-6
Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.


Don’t Lean on Your Understanding

The verse involves a positive–something you must do. But it also involves a negative–something you must not do. Don’t lean on your own understanding. Basically, the verse is telling us that we ought not to be self-reliant. We cannot pursue a course of action, a financial decision, a business move, a relationship, or an educational choice, simply based on our own understanding. It must be founded in our trust in God.

Self-reliance is such a deceptive trap. We begin to pride ourselves in something–our savvy, our looks, our intellect, our spirituality, our family, whatever. And when we do, it takes away our trust in the Lord. It has become trust in self. The result is a dangerous compromise that will lead to destruction.

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Trust in The Lord

It’s simple. It’s short. Yet it’s incredibly powerful. Proverbs 3:5-6 is one of the most familiar passages in the Bible–with good reason. It sets forth a life-changing truth that is worthy of our attention. Spend three minutes reading this article, and see if you agree.

Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

Trust in the Lord.

It starts with trust. Any real relationship has to start with some level of trust. It’s the only way a friendship will endure. It’s the only way a marriage will work out. It’s the simple reason why an employer hires workers, or why the workers stay employed. It’s all about trust. Trust in the Lord, however, takes on an entirely new dimension. This is our trust in an eternal, all-powerful, all-wise, all-loving God. He is worthy of our trust. The trust is important, not just because of who God is, but because of the way in which we must trust him: with all your heart. It involves every fiber of your being. That’s the kind of trust we can have in God–a complete, unshakable, deep, abiding trust.


Read part 2, Don’t Lean On Your Understanding



Immanuel Baptist Church is a Southern Baptist church that seeks to glorify Christ in all we do. We are a Missions driven and Christ centered church. Our desire is to fulfill the Great Commission and obey the Great Commandment!
As such, our motto is, “From the Neighborhood to the Nations with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”

We would love for you to be our guest this Sunday. In addition to worship we have several Sunday school classes you can visit as well. Worship begins at 10:30am with Sunday school at 9:30am. We also have a Sunday night small groups that begin at 6pm in homes throughout the community where life-on-life discipleship is emphasized.

Wednesday evenings we have dinner at 5:30, Awana, youth, women, and men’s discipleship groups that begin at 6:30.

Whether you are looking for a new church or looking for the first time, we invite you to come, worship, and enjoy the Christian fellowship of Immanuel Baptist Church.

We look forward to seeing you this Sunday!


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At a Glance

Sunday Morning  
Sunday School: 9:30 AM
Morning Worship: 10:30 AM


Sunday Evening
Small Groups: 6:00-7:00 PM
Wednesday Evening
Dinner: 5:30
Prayer service/Bible Study: 6:30-7:30
Youth Meet: 6:30-7:30
AWANA: 6:30-7:30



Immanuel Baptist Church
205 Hunter Ave
Elizabethton, TN 37643