Walking the Thin Line by Daniel Rodgers

Walking the Thin Line
Dan Rodgers
Proverbs 4:10-27
9/31/03

INTRODUCTION:

1. The main idea in this chapter is the pursuit of wisdom--
spiritual wisdom (vs.7)

2. Solomon had this wisdom--God gave it to him
as a gift...the wisdom to lead His people and to know how to be that spiritual man the Lord wanted him to be.

a. According to God's Word, we, too, can have God's
wisdom: James 1:5, "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.

b. Let's be reminded that this wisdom of which Solomon
writes, and the wisdom we seek, should always be for the purpose of knowing and understanding God better--a wisdom that once obtained, brings us into an obedient and loving relationship with the Lord.

3. This, of course, is the only kind of wisdom worth
anything at all. The Bible says that "The wisdom of this world is foolishness with God" (1 Cor. 3:19).

4. As look at our message, I want to underscore once again
the last three verses of our text: (Vv.25-27):

a. Solomon tells us that we are to ponder the "path of
our feet." We are not to "turn to the right hand nor the left," and that we are to "remove our foot from evil."

5. In our message this evening, I am going to call that path
the "thin line." And the path of life is a thin line, is it not? Of course it is. Staying on the path God has set before us is a sometimes a very difficult thing to do. And, we also know that Satan always makes it easy for us to move away from the place God has set before us.

ILLUS: When I was a little boy, living in Port Chicago, I used to walk the railroad tracks. It was kind of fun just to see how long you could stay on the track before falling off--the track was very narrow, and though easy to get on, it was also easy to fall off.

I see the same application in the spiritual life. Many Christians walk a thin line...just like that railroad track. ...


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