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Wisdom: Some wise application

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Wisdom; are you listening?

Hearing is not listening is it? You have to make the effort to listen, to actively listen. We have started a journey regarding wisdom from the Book of Proverbs and wisdom has been trying to get our attention, and keep our attention.
Proverbs of wisdom has a reason (Pro1:1-7)
To know, give wisdom, instruction, and understanding
To bring about fear of the Lord which is the beginning of knowledge
Proverbs of wisdom has a voice (Pro1:20)
It shouts, it calls, it calls for us to listen
Proverbs of wisdom calls (Pro2)
Calls for us to receive Wise words
Calls for us to seek her, to cry out for her, for the benefits will be protection, preservation, discernment, understanding, deliverance and so that we can be blameless
But wisdom without application is just knowledge, wisdom needs to be received and applied so today we are looking at some “How to’s” when it comes to wisdom.

How to live a long life

As we work our way through Proverbs 3 today you will see some keys of the How to’s and some benefits when we apply, and some instructions for application.
Proverbs 3:1–2 NKJV
1 My son, do not forget my law, But let your heart keep my commands; 2 For length of days and long life And peace they will add to you.
Proverbs 3:3–4 NKJV
3 Let not mercy and truth forsake you; Bind them around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart, 4 And so find favor and high esteem In the sight of God and man.
Key: Do not forget, and keep my commandments
May we not only know the teaching, may we learn from them. We need to know what we believe and why we believe it. We need to make faith our faith, we need to make it our own, we need to internalize it and personalize it.
Romans 10:9–10 NASB95
9 that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; 10 for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.
The Benefit: Adding quality to your days, and years to your life, as well as peace (Rom10:9-10; Php4:7)
Philippians 4:7 NASB95
7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Another benefit, you will have favor with God and man.
Expand on finding favor, why and how

How to follow God’s guidance

Simple, clear instructions with application has some great eternal results.
Proverbs 3:5–6 NKJV
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.
Key: trust, lean not on your own . . . , acknowledge Him!
The Benefit: He will direct your path
So the question is now, what does this look like? and why is it important? (Jn14:1-6; Mt10:32-34)
This is what does trust, leaning not on your own understanding and acknowledging Him look like when applied. Here is some scripture to help us
John 14:1–2 NASB95
1 “Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. 2 “In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you.
John 14:3–4 NASB95
3 “If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also. 4 “And you know the way where I am going.”
John 14:5–6 NASB95
5 Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, how do we know the way?” 6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.
It looks like belief; for without belief there is serious problems
Matthew 10:32–33 NASB95
32 “Therefore everyone who confesses Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father who is in heaven. 33 “But whoever denies Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father who is in heaven.
Matthew 10:34 NASB95
34 “Do not think that I came to bring peace on the earth; I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.
Denial = denial
no confession = the sword of judgment

How to avoid slippery slopes

Wisdom wants to give us tools to avoid slippery slopes or things that can be harmful to us and our walk.
Proverbs 3:7–8 NKJV
7 Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the Lord and depart from evil. 8 It will be health to your flesh, And strength to your bones.
The key: Don’t be wise in your own eyes (Col3:5-10)
Depart from evil
Fear the Lord
Colossians 3:5–6 NASB95
5 Therefore consider the members of your earthly body as dead to immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed, which amounts to idolatry. 6 For it is because of these things that the wrath of God will come upon the sons of disobedience,
Colossians 3:7–8 NASB95
7 and in them you also once walked, when you were living in them. 8 But now you also, put them all aside: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive speech from your mouth.
Colossians 3:9–10 NASB95
9 Do not lie to one another, since you laid aside the old self with its evil practices, 10 and have put on the new self who is being renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of the One who created him—
When we understand wisdom that can give us long life and gives us some great guidance so we can avoid the slippery slopes. May we remember that fear of the Lord brings the blessings of the Lord (v.8; healing and refreshment)

How to get your needs met

God wants to bless us, wants to heal us, wants to refresh us. There are things we can do to help in receiving these blessings.
Proverbs 3:9–10 NKJV
9 Honor the Lord with your possessions, And with the firstfruits of all your increase; 10 So your barns will be filled with plenty, And your vats will overflow with new wine.
Key: Honor The Lord with your firstfruits (2Cor9:6-8)
2 Corinthians 9:6–7 NASB95
6 Now this I say, he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. 7 Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
2 Corinthians 9:8 NASB95
8 And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed;
The Benefit: That you may be filled in abundance, and reap bountifully (Eph3:20-21)
He is faithful, and wants to bless us because He is able
Ephesians 3:20–21 NASB95
20 Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, 21 to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.
He gets all the glory! And that would even include in dealing with the Lord’s discipline

How to handle the Lord’s discipline

Discipline, correction help lead to maturity don’t they? So how should we handle discipline?
Proverbs 3:11–12 NASB95
11 My son, do not reject the discipline of the Lord Or loathe His reproof, 12 For whom the Lord loves He reproves, Even as a father corrects the son in whom he delights.
The Key: Do not reject (despise), do not be weary (loathe) His reproof (correction).
The reason: It is out of love (Heb12:5-6)
Hebrews 12:5–6 NASB95
5 and you have forgotten the exhortation which is addressed to you as sons, My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, Nor faint when you are reproved by Him; 6 For those whom the Lord loves He disciplines, And He scourges every son whom He receives.”
What do you see as the benefit?
To refine us, to help us grow

How to recognize benefits of wisdom

Here is the real application section of our scripture tonight and the benefits too.
Proverbs 3:13–14 NASB95
13 How blessed is the man who finds wisdom And the man who gains understanding. 14 For her profit is better than the profit of silver And her gain better than fine gold.
Proverbs 3:15–16 NASB95
15 She is more precious than jewels; And nothing you desire compares with her. 16 Long life is in her right hand; In her left hand are riches and honor.
Proverbs 3:17–18 NASB95
17 Her ways are pleasant ways And all her paths are peace. 18 She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her, And happy are all who hold her fast.
Proverbs 3:19–20 NASB95
19 The Lord by wisdom founded the earth, By understanding He established the heavens. 20 By His knowledge the deeps were broken up And the skies drip with dew.
Proverbs 3:21–22 NASB95
21 My son, let them not vanish from your sight; Keep sound wisdom and discretion, 22 So they will be life to your soul And adornment to your neck.
Proverbs 3:23–24 NASB95
23 Then you will walk in your way securely And your foot will not stumble. 24 When you lie down, you will not be afraid; When you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.
Now this one I’m going to do just a little different.
The effect of recognizing the benefits - you are blessed
The value of recognizing the benefits - will bring pleasantness and peace
So, be sure you take possession (Jn3:36)
John 3:36 NASB95
36 “He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.”
The Benefits: - helps us in our walk, gives us safety
But still we have more scripture to cover in this Proverb that is wise for application.

How to be fearless

Fearless is faith, it is confidence and trust in the Lord.
Proverbs 3:25–26 NASB95
25 Do not be afraid of sudden fear Nor of the onslaught of the wicked when it comes; 26 For the Lord will be your confidence And will keep your foot from being caught.
The Key: Don’e be afraid of the unforeseen wickedness
The Reason: The Lord is your confidence he will keep you from being caught up
A New Testament command to couple with this (Mt6:33-34)
Matthew 6:33–34 NASB95
33 “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. 34 “So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

How to access (use) your riches

The short answer here is, access, use your riches by doing, by applying.
Proverbs 3:27–28 NASB95
27 Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, When it is in your power to do it. 28 Do not say to your neighbor, “Go, and come back, And tomorrow I will give it, When you have it with you.
The command: Do not withhold good
In your power to help, help!
Don’t make someone come back
When in your power to help, help!
New Testament example (Jam2:15-16)
James 2:15–16 NASB95
15 If a brother or sister is without clothing and in need of daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and be filled,” and yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, what use is that?

How to live in harmony (unity)

Harmony takes concerted effort
Proverbs 3:29–30 NASB95
29 Do not devise harm against your neighbor, While he lives securely beside you. 30 Do not contend with a man without cause, If he has done you no harm.
The Key: Do not devise harm (evil)
The Command (Rom12:16-18)
Romans 12:16–17 NASB95
16 Be of the same mind toward one another; do not be haughty in mind, but associate with the lowly. Do not be wise in your own estimation. 17 Never pay back evil for evil to anyone. Respect what is right in the sight of all men.
Romans 12:18 NASB95
18 If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men.
Be of the same mind, don’t be wise in your own eyes, but apply wisdom from God’s Word and you will not repay evil for evil and you will know how to respect what is right in the sight of all men. So you can live at peace with all men!

How to deal, handle the wicked

Best way to deal with the wicked is to understand, have knowledge, have the wisdom of God in and it will bring you great blessings.
Proverbs 3:31–32 NASB95
31 Do not envy a man of violence And do not choose any of his ways. 32 For the devious are an abomination to the Lord; But He is intimate with the upright.
Proverbs 3:33–34 NASB95
33 The curse of the Lord is on the house of the wicked, But He blesses the dwelling of the righteous. 34 Though He scoffs at the scoffers, Yet He gives grace to the afflicted.
Proverbs 3:35 NASB95
35 The wise will inherit honor, But fools display dishonor.
The Key: do not envy, be wise, act wise
The solution: God knows those who are His (the upright) and blesses them (the righteous) and gives grace and honor to the afflicted!
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