Sun, 2019-02-24 12:16
How to Live your wisest Life for the rest of your Life
Next Sunday we begin our much-anticipated Spiritual Growth Campaign called “What on Earth am I here for?” to (re-)discover our Life’s Calling.
6 weeks long ... 6 features ... 6 learning styles
- Watch 6 videos by ps Rick Warren in our Small Groups
- Discuss 6 life lessons to (re)discover our calling
- Memorise 6 Bible verses that will help to guide us for rest of our life
- Hear 6 Sunday messages that set up each weekly group discussion
- Read a daily chapter of the revised book: The Purpose Driven Life
- Practice some activities with your group
Question: If God were to offer to give you 1 thing, what would you ask for?
Solomon asked for WISDOM! (2 Chronicles 1:10)
Proverbs 8:11 (Brenton) … wisdom is better than precious stones (rubies); and no valuable substance is of equal worth with it.
As at 2015, the most expensive coloured gemstone ever sold at an auction was a ruby, fetching US$30 million for one single stone. The price of ruby isn’t just huge because of its beauty and hardness, but also because of its rarity.
Proverbs 4:7 (GNB) Getting wisdom is the most important thing you can do.
Getting wisdom should be the #1 goal of our life!
The Bible includes 7 books that are called “Wisdom Literature”, the epitome of which is the Book of Proverbs written by Solomon.
Proverbs 1:1–6 (NLT) These are the proverbs of Solomon, David’s son, king of Israel. 2 Their purpose is to teach people wisdom and discipline, to help them understand the insights of the wise. 3 Their purpose is to teach people to live disciplined and successful lives, to help them do what is right, just, and fair. 4 These proverbs will give insight to the simple, knowledge and discernment to the young. 5 Let the wise listen to these proverbs and become even wiser. Let those with understanding receive guidance 6 by exploring the meaning in these proverbs and parables, the words of the wise and their riddles.
Wisdom is the ability to correctly apply knowledge, and to solve problems.
Wisdom empowers us to make wise decisions and choices in life.
Proverbs 9:12 (NLT) If you become wise, you will be the one to benefit. If you scorn wisdom, you will be the one to suffer.
18 BENEFITS OF WISDOM
Proverbs 24:14 (GNB) … wisdom is good for the soul. Get wisdom and you have a bright future.
Proverbs 19:8 (NCV) Those who get wisdom do themselves a favor, and those who love learning will succeed.
Proverbs 4:8 (NCV) Treasure wisdom, and it will make you great; hold on to it, and it will bring you honor.
Proverbs 9:11 (NLT) Wisdom will multiply your days and add years to your life.
Proverbs 24:5 (LB) A wise man is mightier than a strong man. Wisdom is mightier than strength.
Proverbs 3:35 (GNB) Wise people will gain an honourable reputation ...
Proverbs 15:24 (NCV) Wise people’s lives get better and better …
Proverbs 3:16–18 (GNB) Wisdom offers you long life, as well as wealth and honour. 17 Wisdom can make your life pleasant and lead you safely through it. 18 Those who become wise are happy; wisdom will give them life.
Proverbs 4:12 (GNB) Nothing will stand in your way if you walk wisely, and you will not stumble when you run.
Proverbs 4:5 (LB) “Learn to be wise,” he said, “and develop good judgment and common sense! I cannot overemphasize this point.”
We are never too old to learn to be wise!
Nobody is too young to learn wisdom.
HOW DO I L.E.A.R.N. TO BE WISE?
- Listen to God’s Word every day
Proverbs 4:20 (NASB) My son, give attention to my words; Incline your ear to my sayings.
Proverbs 2:6 (NASB) For the Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding.
During our 40 Days Campaign we will develop the habit of a Daily Quiet Time.
Proverbs 15:14 (LB) A wise man is hungry for truth… mockers feed on trash.
- Enlist a friend who will encourage and challenge me
- We always grow in community - we practice the ‘one anothers’
- You can’t grow spiritually by yourself! WE NEED EACH OTHER
The quality of our life is determined by those closest to us:
1 Corinthians 15:33 (NIV) … Bad company corrupts good character.
We need friends who pull us up, not down.
Proverbs 13:20 (NCV) Spend time with the wise and you will become wise, but the friends of fools will suffer.
Once a week for the next 6 weeks we will meet with a few friends to learn more of God’s wisdom in our Small Group Bible Studies.
Matthew 18:20 (NKJV) For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.
Proverbs 12:15 (LB) A fool thinks he needs no advice, but a wise man listens to others.
Are you getting any spiritual input from friends? That’s why you need a group!
- Ask questions & accept correction
Proverbs 20:5 (NCV) People’s thoughts can be like a deep well, but someone with understanding can find the wisdom there.
Our questions are proof that we are hungry for more truth.
Our ability to listen to others demonstrates that we are wise.
Proverbs 18:15 (Msg) Wise men and women are always learning, always listening for fresh insights.
We don’t learn by talking all the time – we learn by listening.
Proverbs 19:27 (NCV) Don’t stop listening to correction, my child, or you will forget what you have already learned.
- Remember & repeat what I learn
Proverbs 22:17–18 (NCV) Listen carefully to what wise people say; pay attention to what I am teaching you. 18 It will be good to keep these things in mind so that you are ready to repeat them.
Memorization of Scriptures leads towards meditation in the Scriptures.
Proverbs 4:20–22 (NLT) Don’t lose sight of … (my words). Let them penetrate deep into your heart, 22 for they bring life to those who find them, and healing to their whole body.
- Now I DO what I have learned
Our practicing of the Word of God activates the blessing of God in our lives.
James 1:22–25 (GNB) Do not deceive yourselves by just listening to his word; instead, put it into practice. 23 Whoever listens to the word but does not put it into practice is like a man who looks in a mirror and sees himself as he is. 24 He … goes away and at once forgets what he looks like. 25 But those who look closely into the perfect law that sets people free, who keep on paying attention to it and do not simply listen and then forget it, but put it into practice—they will be blessed by God in what they do.
God doesn’t bless our GOOD INTENTIONS. He blesses OUR EFFORTS in PRACTICING HIS WORD and our WISE CHOICES in life.
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