Proverbs: The Way of Wisdom

Part 1: The Fear of the Lord

Hāḵmâ”: Wisdom, Skill, Prudence, Shrewd

The Purpose:

“These are the proverbs of Solomon, David’s son, king of Israel. Their purpose is to teach people wisdom and discipline, to help them understand the insights of the wise. Their purpose is to teach people to live disciplined and successful lives, to help them do what is right, just, and fair. These proverbs will give insight to the simple, knowledge and discernment to the young. Let the wise listen to these proverbs and become even wiser. Let those with understanding receive guidance by exploring the meaning in these proverbs and parables, the words of the wise and their riddles.”

– Proverbs 1:1-6 NLT

The Process:

“Fear of the LORD is the foundation of true knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.” – Proverbs 1:7 NLT

“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life. Avoid all perverse talk; stay away from corrupt speech. Look straight ahead, and fix your eyes on what lies before you. Mark out a straight path for your feet; stay on the safe path. Don’t get sidetracked; keep your feet from following evil.” Proverbs 4:23-27

The Promise:

“Joyful are those who listen to me, watching for me daily at my gates, waiting for me outside my home! For whoever finds me finds life and receives favor from the LORD. But those who miss me injure themselves. All who hate me love death.”” – Proverbs 8:34-36 NLT

Reading Challenge: Let’s pursue wisdom together by reading 1 chapter of Proverbs each day for 31 Days. Begin by praying, “Lord I need your wisdom, I humbly submit to your Lordship, and I trust that you will provide Life to the Fullest through Christ. Amen”

SPIRITUAL WARFARE

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1. Does Spiritual Warfare Exist? (2 Kings 6:16-17, Daniel 10:4-20)

2. How do we experience the physical affects of a spiritual battle?

  1. (1 Sam 16:14, Mat 27:3-5)
  2. (Luke 13:11, Acts 5:16)
  3. (1 Thessalonians 2:18, Job 1:14-15) 
  4. (Luke 22:31-32, John 13:2)
  5.   (Romans 16:11, Acts 13:6-9)
  6. (2 Chron 18:19-21, 1 Chron 21:1)

3. What do we do about it?

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints….Eph 6:10-18 (ESV)

IDENTITY

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Once you had no identity as a people; now you are God’s people.

1 Peter 2:10 (NLT)

  1. In Christ, I am ______________________________

 Therefore, if anyone is in Christthis person is a new creation; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.

2 Corinthians 5:17 (NAS)

  1. In Christ, I am ______________________________

Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.           Ephesians 4:32 (NIV)                                               

  1. In Christ, I am _______________________________

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Romans 8:1 (NIV)

  1. In Christ, I am _______________________________

And if our hope in Christ is only for this life, we are more to be pitied than anyone in the world.                          1 Corinthians 15:19 (NLT) 

So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:18 (NIV)                                                                                                   

  1. In Christ, I am _______________________________

Even before He made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ

to be holy and without fault in His eyes.                  Ephesians 1:4 (NLT)

  1.  In Christ, I am ______________________________

Neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:39 (NIV)

 

I have loved you, My people, with an everlasting love. With unfailing love I have drawn you to Myself.                            Jeremiah 31:3 (NLT)

MARRIAGE

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Ephesians 5:21-33 (NLT)

21 And further, submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.

22 For wives, this means submit to your husbands as to the Lord. 23 For a husband is the head of his wife as Christ is the head of the church. He is the Savior of his body, the church. 24 As the church submits to Christ, so you wives should submit to your husbands in everything.

25 For husbands, this means love your wives, just as Christ loved the church. He gave up his life for her 26 to make her holy and clean, washed by the cleansing of God’s word.[a27 He did this to present her to himself as a glorious church without a spot or wrinkle or any other blemish. Instead, she will be holy and without fault. 28 In the same way, husbands ought to love their wives as they love their own bodies. For a man who loves his wife actually shows love for himself. 29 No one hates his own body but feeds and cares for it, just as Christ cares for the church. 30 And we are members of his body.

31 As the Scriptures say, “A man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.”[b32 This is a great mystery, but it is an illustration of the way Christ and the church are one. 33 So again I say, each man must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.

A WORD TO HUSBANDS:

A WORD TO WIVES:

When you think about suffering, what comes to mind? Do you envision bedraggled children with distended stomachs, a hospital patient hooked up to life-sustaining medical equipment, or a courageous veteran dealing with the aftermath of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.  Adversity seems to be a common denominator to human existence, but what does the Bible have to say about suffering?

Jesus spoke to His disciples about suffering. One of the most well-known verses reads, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me” (Matthew 16:24 ESV). The Greek word for cross in this verse is staurós. It refers to the crossbeam which the lowest criminals carried as they trudged toward their execution. The cross symbolized degradation and indescribable pain as well as sacrifice.

While the invitation to eternal life is free, it comes at a price–certain suffering.

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