A Heart of Wisdom – Fruit in Your Life, Feb 24, 2008

Fruit in Your Life
Ps. 90:12

1. Fear of the Lord (Prov. 1:7, Job 28:28)
  – I choose the fear of God in my life
  – He deserves my life because He gave his life for me

2. Wisdom (James 3:13-18)
  2 type of fruit from 2 types of wisdom
  – the ability to take wisdom and apply it in my life
  1) Earthly Wisdom
    – bitter envy, harsh zeal
    – self seeking
    – ambitious
    – all about me (my feelings, me, me, me)
    – not Godly
    – earthly, not seeking God
    – sensual, living by my senses “it just felt right”

  2) Heavenly Wisdom
    – good conduct
    – meekness
    – purity – sencerity of heart
    – peaceable
    – gentle (Prov. 15:1)
    – submissive – willing to yield, not having to always be right
    – merciful
    – impartiality – same person all the time – not two-faced
    – sincerity – without hypocrisy – not wearing a mask
    – a fool shares everything, a wise person holds their tongue
    – righteousness

A Heart of Wisdom – A Teachable Heart, Feb 17, 2008

A Heart of Wisdom, A Teachable Heart
Prov 1

What does a heart of wisdom look like?
4 more ingredients in a heart of wisdom:

1. Teachable heart
  – A wise heart listens to instruction (having a teachable spirit) and brings a certain peace about it.
  – Prov 12:15 NLT, “Fools think their own way is right, but the wise listen to others.”
  – Prov. 19:20, “Listen to counsel and receive instruction, That you may be wise in your latter days.”

2. Does not rely on their own understanding
  – Prov. 3:1-10
  – Don’t let mercy and truth leave me.
  – Mercy and truth balance out, we need both.
  – Bind mercy and truth to my heart
  – A heard of wisdom will trust God in everything.
  – God helps those who depend on Him

3. Is not wise in it’s own eyes
  – Prov. 26:1-12
  – There’s more hope for a fool than one who is wise in his own eyes (v.12)
  – Be open to criticism –
     1. Ask, “What’s motivating them to share with me?”
     2. Take a deep breath and just listen

4. Acts on what they hear
  – Matt. 7:24-27
  – There’s a difference between hearing and listening
  – In the passage, one person heard Jesus’ Word and obeyed, and another person just heard.
  – The wise person acted on what he heard, the fool just heard but did nothing.

A wise person is not wise in their own eyes.

Number Our Days Part 4, Feb 3, 2008

A Heart of Wisdom, Purpose of Numbering Our Days
Ps. 90

“We can only live our lives wisely if we can see God clearly” Josh Hark

4 Ingredients in Developing a Heart of Wisdom

1. Stands in awe of the eternal God
  – worship – considering the awe of God
  – even in the bad times, I will worship God
  – worship begins with God, not me
  – Lord, You are our dwelling place (v.1)
  – starts with God and ends with God
  – Job, “Even though He slay me, I will worship God”

2. Recognizes man’s insignificance
  – “For a thousand years in your sight are like a day that has just gone by..” (v.4)
  – “The length of our days is seventy years – or eighty…” (v.10)
  – it’s not about man (or me), it’s all about God
  – man’s most significance is like the grass that fades (v.5-6)

3. Acknowledges God as Holy Judge
  – God decides when we die (v.3)
  – the world wants many different ways to come to God, but the kindest thing God can do is make one way to come to Him and He sent His Son and made the way very clear
  – every man will give an account to God for every action and word (v.8)

4. Runs to God for mercy
  – God’s judgement is meant to humble us, but not give us dispair (v.13-17)
  – Lamentations 3:22-27
  – God, I can only have a heart of wisdom by your mercies