Father With A Bright Future: God's Wisdom Brings Rewards
Proverbs 3:7-18, Psalm 21:2-4
INTRODUCTION: Proverbs allows us to have God's insight on how to live lives that will glorify God, how to build-up others, and how to be at peace with ourselves. WISDOM -heed its advice and you can avoid the regrettable pitfalls that can make life difficult. Listen to God's wisdom; we will experience joy and laughter rather than feeling the scorn and despair that are so much a part of those who heed the spirit of this age.
These are not so much promises as guides to direct people in living productive lives. Proverbs is practical wisdom, showing us what we can do to get on in this puzzling world without loosing our way and ending in disaster.
Wisdom in Proverbs is not just a call to heed its advice, but "His" advice. Wisdom is personified; speaks of a person.
1 Corinthians 1:30, "But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God - and righteousness and sanctification and redemption"
When you are wise, you know how to handle and apply truth to specific situations in life.
Proverbs 9:10, ""The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding."
If wisdom has a beginning, then also progression; we can grow in wisdom.
Proverbs 19:20, "Listen to counsel and receive instruction,
that you may be wise in your latter days."
We must be teachable and we can become mature.
James 1:5, "If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him."
As wisdom is acquired and applied in our lives, it allows us to grow into "Men of Integrity."
O.S. Hawkins teaches:
1. Integrity is ROOTED in our PRIVATE LIFE
2. Integrity is REFLECTED in our PERSONAL LIFE
3. Integrity is REINFORCED in our PROFESSIONAL LIFE
4. Integrity is REVEALED in our PUBLIC LIFE
It stems from an inner power and not an outer promotion
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