by Jerry Branch

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Wisdom Series Part 2 (2 of 13)
Wisdom/Proverbs Series
Gerald D. Branch
Proverbs 1:4-19
May 31, 2009

Quickly let's review a couple things we learned about wisdom last week.

First, Biblical wisdom is defined as: God's principles that---when followed or not followed---will determine our success or failure in the major areas of all human activities...

Next, God's Wisdom is practical.

Wisdom has an intellectual aspect

There is the ‘moral' aspect to God's Wisdom or a ‘self-control' or ‘disciplined' aspect...much like the song, Fools rush in where angels FEAR to tread

Now, let's then I want to pick up where I left off last week, and first,
wrap up verses 4-7 before we move to the next part of the series on Wisdom

Verse 4 says, For doing what is right and just and fair "For giving prudence to the simple"

This word "Prudence" is a word we don't hear or think of very much any more. Really that's Too bad.

Listen to how the Webster's Dictionary defines prudence:
according to the first definition,
1 : the ability to govern and discipline oneself by the use of reason
(there's that word ‘discipline'..
or that ‘self-control thing again...
should we be getting the idea that this is sort of important for us?

#2 : shrewdness as in the management of affairs

3 : skill and good judgment in the use of resources ....
that sounds like wisdom too

And 4 : caution or circumspection as to danger or risk

So if we're to "govern and discipline" ourselves, there we are again with that

God going and emphasizing this same thing again...

So what does this "Govern yourself or Discipline yourself" Stuff entail?

It means we're to willfully make ‘good choices'...
do you see that also tying in with ‘intelligent choices' from last week?

Now, since You and I are the ones who choose...
we either choose to give in to our impulses or temptations,
or we choose in that moment when we're presented
a temptation or ...

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