How to Run Fast and Not Fall (8 of 13) by Jerry Branch

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How to Run Fast and Not Fall (8 of 13)
Wisdom/Proverbs Series
Gerald D. Branch
Proverbs 4:1-27
July 19, 2009


As we continue looking at wisdom and how important it is in our lives,
we should be seeing that Wisdom is many-sided,
it covers a lot of different areas...
such as judgment and discernment like we saw last week.
And then today, we see that wisdom also includes ‘instruction' or ‘discipline' (that's how the Hebrew word, ‘musar' is translated).
Not "discipline" like "punishment," but discipline such as the disciplined life...
like disciplining our lives to include a daily time with the Lord in prayer
and in His Word.
And we also see that wisdom includes the aspect of ‘obedience'...in other words, wisdom includes ‘wisely' obeying natural laws, societal laws,
and more importantly, God's laws, or His commands.

So as we get into this passage, keep these thoughts in mind...

First or (1) verses 7-9 remind us that we need to remember
that putting God's Wisdom into our hearts is the "the principal thing"
that we should do before everything else;

Then in verses 14-19, (2) there are two paths that always lie before us,
and that lie especially before young people...
in other words we have two choices at all times...
one is the way of light, the straight path, or following God,
and the other is the way of darkness, or the ways of human reasoning, human emotions, the way of the world, the way of the devil;

And then last keep in mind as we're shown in verses 23-27, (3)
that the Christian must always be guarding our hearts with all diligence, because that is where our life-actions come from...
that's what will have you live either a ‘moral' life, or an ‘immoral' life.



Now, let's start applying this to our lives.

First, we see in verses 1-10, a life-lesson...that of listening...

Folks, we need to really listen to God in all things.
You know, God never instructs us to do somethi ...


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