Wisdom for Life, Part 4, June 24, 2012

– wisdom is not just knowledge, it’s knowing when to apply knowledge at the right time and in the right amount. It’s the ability to recognize teachable moments.
Prerequisites of Wisdom:
1. Trusting in the Lord (Prov. 1:7) – to rely or cling to
  – the whole theme of the book of Proverbs is summed up in this one verse.
  – the fear of the Lord is reverential respect and honor of God
2. Passionately pursue wisdom (Prov. 4:7-8)
  – personify and embrace wisdom
  – ask God for wisdom (James 1:5)
  – reading through the Proverbs
  – buy lunch for someone who has wisdom you need and spend time with them.
3. Embrace an accurate moral code (Prov. 4:18-19)
  – moral code functions like a compass – an immoral code is like a broken compass and you just get more and more lost
  – begin moral code by commiting wholly to God
  – grace requires more than what the law required
  – start with the ten commandments
  – Colossians 3:5 – greed, sexual immorality, lust, are all idols
  – covetry is just deceoption
4. Build a life consistent with god’s plans (Prov. 19:21, James 4:13-15)
  – wise people commit their plans to God

Wisdom for Life, Part 3, Wisdom for Fathers, June 17, 2012

Wisdom for Fathers
– chinese proverb, “one generation plants the trees and another gets the shade”
– Fathers, teach your children…
1. the fear of the Lord (Prov. 1:7, 9:10, 10:27, 14:26-27, 15:16, 16:6)
2. to obey their parents (Prov. 1:8, 4:1-4, 6:20-23)
3. to love others (Prov. 3:27-30, 25:21-22)
4. to guard their minds (Prov. 3:5-6, 4:23)
5. to watch their words (Prov. 4:24, 10:11, 10:19-21, 10:32, 12:22, 16:23)
6. to manage money (Prov. 3:9-10, 11:24-28, 15:27, 19:17, 23:16, 23:4)
7. to work hard (Prov. 6:6-11, 10:4-5)

Wisdom for Life, Part 2, June 10, 2012

Prov. 26:1-12
– Prerequisites for wise living
1. The Fear of the Lord (Prov. 1:7)
  – fear can mean terror, dread, or worship. Here it means respect or worship.
  – LORD is Yaweh – I AM
  – establish an authentic relationship with God
  – we become reverent worshipers of God by trusting in Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection, believing that his death ushers us into a relationship with God
  – Jesus’ name means “Yaweh is my salvation”
2. Passionately pursuing wisdom
  – start by asking for wisdom (James 1:5)
  – reading the Bible – especially Proverbs
  – it’s important to ask God in all decisions
  – buy a book and read it
  – be mentored by someone wise

Wisdom for Life, Part 1, June 3, 2012

Prov. 1:7, Prov. 4:7 NKJV, NLT, NIV, Prov. 16:16, Prov. 23:23 ESV, Prov. 16:1-12
– God wants us to be wise
– wisdom is different from knowledge
Prov. 3:19-20 – wise living is living with the grain of wisdom in the work rather than against it.
– because God laid the earth’s foundation using wisdom, the world around us bears wisdom’s imprint. So by looking at creation we can see and understand God’s wisdom.
– Working definitions of wisdom:
  – Knowledge is knowing the facts, wisdom is the art and skill of understanding of when, where and how to apply what you know.
  – Wise living is discerning the structure and order that God built into the world, and then living our lives in harmony with that order and structure.
– What are “Proverbs”?
  – one of three books in the Bible that belong to the category of wisdom literature.
  – Proverbs are short, memorable sayings whose meanings are relevant to many different situations.
– Proverbs are always true, there are a few times when they aren’t true. (Prov. 15:1, 10:27)