Do you really think you are smart enough to direct your own life? (Proverbs 3:1-8)

Sometimes, as Christians, we don’t understand the power that we have. Pentecost teaches us that we have the almighty God! It’s the message that was given to the church in 1 John 4:4, “Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” When we walk with God, we understand that we are connected to the omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent Creator of the universe who loves me unconditionally.

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Are your friends messing up your relationship with Jesus? (Proverbs 2:12-22)

Fifteen years in the ministry has taught me that bad company corrupts good character (1 Corinthians 15:33). Who we choose to associate ourselves with will either help us or hurts us in our quest to become the people that Jesus desires us to be. Wisdom tells us that our friends and associations might serve to mess up our relationship with Jesus!

When I was a teenager, I heard all the youth talks about avoiding the druggies, the sexually immoral, or the “bad kids” who used a lot of foul language and listened to Slayer and Metallica. As I’ve grown up, however, I’ve learned that negative influences are much more subtle and much more powerful.

Proverbs 2 shows us a few of these categories:

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If you want to be wise, let God’s word be your guide! (Proverbs 2:1-11)

John 1:1 opens with an astounding observation, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” In essence, God’s Word is living and active. It is able to minister to us and bring about transformation. This is why those who crave to be wise should be led by the Bible.

I have no doubt that the majority of people who come to church are seeking some sort of change in their lives. They have aspirations to become more than what they are currently. They sense a need for righteousness and to center themselves on principles which come from a divine source. That change, however, will not come without our own purposeful pursuit of wisdom!

It Begins with Me!

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Salvation: We learn wisdom from the little things! (Proverbs 1:20-33)

There is a lot of debate within Christian theology in regards to election. To be as plain as I can, my belief is that Jesus came to die for everyone (if you’re reformed, you could consider this an “unlimited” limited atonement). His death of Calvary was a symbol of God’s great love and gave an avenue for everyone to confess their sins and live the best life possible in Jesus Christ! Salvation is for everyone!

Some seem to be waiting for an Acts 9 moment in order to give their entire life to Christ. If you remember, Acts 9 was when Saul of Tarsus was knocked off his horse, temporarily blinded, and confronted by Jesus himself. That encounter was so profound that Saul (Hebrew for “desired”) had his name changed to Paul (meaning “little” or “small”). God revolutionized his life through that personal encounter!

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The Wise Walk With God, cont’d (Proverbs 1:8-33)

So what’s the purpose of wisdom? Its purpose is to to equip us to live the life that God wants us to live! Everything we do is a testimony for God. What we say in wisdom honors and gives glory to Jesus Christ. Our actions reflect our convictions concerning our savior. Therefore, we need to walk, talk, and act like who we really are, children of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords (e.g. Romans 8:16-17, 1 Peter 2:9).

In my last post, I discussed fearing the Lord. In this sense, I’m not saying we should be terrified of God like the little kid running and screaming in fear because dad is going to spank him with the belt. Rather, the term implies reverence. It means that we need to demonstrate respect to God. It’s his world, therefore his rules. We also recognize our condition as imperfect sinners and his perfect holiness.

Mark Twain is quoted as saying, “When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.”

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