01/20/13 Value of Wisdom!

Posted by Pastor Steve Siegrist on Thursday, January 24, 2013 Under: Sermon
Text: Proverbs 2:1-22 (NKJV)

1 My son, if you receive my words, And treasure my commands within you, 2 So that you incline your ear to wisdom, And apply your heart to understanding; 3 Yes, if you cry out for discernment, And lift up your voice for understanding, 4 If you seek her as silver, And search for her as for hidden treasures; 5 Then you will understand the fear of the LORD, And find the knowledge of God. 6 For the LORD gives wisdom; From His mouth come knowledge and understanding; 7 He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk uprightly; 8 He guards the paths of justice, And preserves the way of His saints. 9 Then you will understand righteousness and justice, Equity and every good path. 10 When wisdom enters your heart, And knowledge is pleasant to your soul, 11 Discretion will preserve you; Understanding will keep you, 12 To deliver you from the way of evil, From the man who speaks perverse things, 13 From those who leave the paths of uprightness To walk in the ways of darkness; 14 Who rejoice in doing evil, And delight in the perversity of the wicked; 15 Whose ways are crooked, And who are devious in their paths; 16 To deliver you from the immoral woman, From the seductress who flatters with her words, 17 Who forsakes the companion of her youth, And forgets the covenant of her God. 18 For her house leads down to death, And her paths to the dead; 19 None who go to her return, Nor do they regain the paths of life-- 20 So you may walk in the way of goodness, And keep to the paths of righteousness. 21 For the upright will dwell in the land, And the blameless will remain in it; 22 But the wicked will be cut off from the earth, And the unfaithful will be uprooted from it.

“The mouth of the godly person gives wise advice, but the tongue that deceives will be cut off.” Proverbs 10:31 (NLT)

Intro: An Arab Proverb

(1) He that knows not and knows not that he knows not; He is a fool - shun him!
(2) He that knows not and knows that he knows not; He is simple - teach him!
(3) He that knows and knows not that he knows; He is asleep - wake him!
(4) He that knows and knows that he knows; He is a wise man - follow him!

Ocean View we know what we need to do!

Application: The upright value the wisdom of God.

The Value of Wisdom will:

1. It Will Sanctify You: vs. 1-6

Receive my words: Solomon has taken God’s law and made it his own by faith and obedience, as well as teaching. The wisdom of these words is available to those who, first of all, understand the rich value (“treasure”) that wisdom possesses. Adopting wisdom begins when one values it above all else. It truly is a hidden treasure. The value of wisdom will set you a part, it will sanctify you. The greatest result from acquiring wisdom is: YOU GET TO KNOW GOD!

We learn about God only because He has graciously chosen to reveal himself to us but learning these truths fills us with awe and wonder. It sanctifies us with a uniqueness and completeness.

Once wisdom is properly valued, both the ear and mind are captivated by it. When is the last time you cried out for this discernment? Have you ever desperately pleaded for this knowledge? Maybe it is time. The LORD grants wisdom! From his mouth come knowledge and understanding. This shows the passionate pleading of one who is desperate to know and apply the truth of God. Wisdom comes only by revelation. So value wisdom it will sanctify you!

The Value of Wisdom will:

2. It Will Secure You: vs. 7-9

Scriptures tell us the upright will be given a good path to follow. The secure are the true believers, the ones who truly seek to know, love and obey God and to live righteously. The value of this wisdom guards and protects us. That’s a God I want to get to know. That’s better than any piece of the rock and insurance company might offer or any other worldly so called comfort. A God who wants me to be victorious is well worth knowing.

Who is the upright? The upright refers to persons who conform their lives to right conduct or who live as they should. The word is used in Job to describe the moral character of Job. “There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was blameless and upright, and one who feared God and shunned evil.” Job 1:1 (NKJV)

These covenant keepers alone can know wisdom and experience God’s protection. I want to be a covenant keeper an upright one – do you? Security comes to those who value wisdom and exist around a relationship with Jesus Christ. That is eternal security!

The Value of Wisdom will:

3. It Will Satisfy You: vs. 10-11

Wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will fill you with joy. Wise choices will watch over you. Understanding will keep you safe. “Knowledge will fill you with joy.” Now that sounds good. To me that is more satisfying than anything the world has to offer.

Wisdom will fill your heart and knowledge will put joy in your soul. The Value of wisdom fills your heart and soul “You will become a wise and joyful person.” Imagine knowing what is right and living by that understanding.

The scriptures tell us: “Discretion will preserve you.” The shelf life of jelly’s and jams is no comparison to the value of the wisdom of God and what He offers us!

God preserves us and that in its self should give us pleasure, it should satisfy you! Are you satisfied or is there something in this world that seems to be in the way?

The Value of Wisdom will:

4. It Will Save You: vs.

12-22 Wisdom will save you from evil people, from those whose words are twisted. Twisted speech is typical of those who reject wisdom; Fools love most what is worst.

Here is a good rule of thumb: Avoid Wicked People! Evil destroys the acquiring of the value of wisdom. I hate to say this but there are evil men and women in this world who live to hinder you from this knowledge. Wisdom will protect you from evil schemes and deliver you. Another way of expressing the idea of being delivered is then you will not follow people who do evil.

These wicked ones: They take pleasure in doing wrong, and they enjoy the twisted ways of evil. The bible teaches us to turn from sin and self and toward God; the perverted mind is the one who opposes the right path. To forsake the right path and uprightness it means to abandon, give up or turn away from. Evil people abandon the right way, they stop doing what is right. They choose to live in the ways of darkness. I will go a little farther with that thought and tell you they rejoice, that is, they are happy in doing evil or live in a wicked way.

The value of wisdom gives you a ticket to pass the godless, it gives you the knowledge to avoid at all cost these people, don’t even get close enough to touch them with a ten foot pole. Wait! You need to get close enough to hit them with the word of truth, the wisdom of God.

So Follow the steps of good men instead, and stay on the paths of the righteous. For only the godly will live in the land, and those with integrity will remain in it. But the wicked will be removed from the land, and the treacherous will be uprooted. “But the wicked will be cut off from the earth, And the unfaithful will be uprooted from it.”

Conclusion: The value of wisdom will save you!

Here is the contrast: upright/uprooted. The choice is yours you can be upright or uprooted. The wicked will be cut off, removed, and taken away. The uprooted will be snatched away just like a weed that is pulled out of a garden.

“The mouth of the godly person gives wise advice, but the tongue that deceives will be cut off.” Proverbs 10:31 (NLT)

Illustration: Imitate that bird

Wise Owl - “A wise old owl sat in an oak; The more he saw the less he spoke; The less he spoke the more he heard; Let’s try to imitate that bird.”

Wisdom: One morning the young new president of a bank made an appointment with his predecessor to seek some advice. He began, “Sir, as you well know, I lack a great deal of the qualifications you already have for this job. You have been very successful as president of this bank, and I wondered if you would be kind enough to share with me some of the insights you have gained from your years here that have been the keys to your success.” The older man looked at him with a stare and replied: “Young man, two words: good decisions.” The young man responded, “Thank you very much, sir, but how does one come to know which is the good decision?” “One word, young man: experience.” “But how does one get experience?” “Two words, young man: bad decisions.”

Are we making good decisions?

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