Wisdom’s Warning (Proverbs #8)

Text: Proverbs 3:1-10

WARNING – Forget Not

  • Caution not to forget.  That’s the temptation when you start to get some wisdom.  -Teenagers-
  • You don’t always have time to consult the scripture to get wisdom on it.  Sometimes an immediate decision is made.
  • Exodus 20:12
  • Ephesians 6:1-3
  • John 19:25-27 – Jesus is honoring his mother even during his death.
  • Home is the training ground.
    • Your not doing little stuff now and big stuff later, you’re doing big stuff now.
    • Fathers who will not rule their homes well: lacking gravity and avoiding responsibility.  Using distractions instead of expecting obedience.
    • Respect authority – parents, you are not your child’s friend, you are their parent.
  • Benefits of Honoring Parents
    • First commandment with promise.  What’s the promise?  A long happy life.  As a parent isn’t this what we want for our kids?  Then have the right expectation.
    • Honor is an understanding of God’s structure and order.

WARNING – Forsake Not

  • Forsake is not necessarily forgetting because it means you knowingly move away.
  • When dealing with other people you know the temptation is to forsake one of these.
  • Mercy and truth always go together in an honorable way
    • mercy and truth show up 8 times together in the Bible
    • One without the other is unbalanced.
      • Mercy without truth is insanity; such as save the whales but abort the children.
      • Truth without mercy means you’re not considering your own condition.

WARNING – Lean Not

  • One thing I love about the Lord is that I can trust Him
  • Don’t rationalize disobedience.
  • Look for the Lord’s hand in everything.  Find the Lord in it.  In all thy ways acknowledge him.
  • If he’s not directing your paths that means you’re not acknowledging him.
  • If God directs you, you’ll never be in the wrong place.

WARNING – Be Not

  • Dont be wise in your own eyes, be wise in HIS eyes
  • Honor the Lord with what you have.  I think this honor goes with his warning about being wise in your own eyes.
  • Theology of Covetousness
    • 3 If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness; 4 He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings, 5 Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.
    • God sends the rain on the just and the unjust.  God is no respecter of persons.  You are not the reason God has blessed you.
    • God honors His words and so far as you abide by His words you reap the rewards of that.
    • Supposing that gain is godliness is a theology that produces covetousness.
    • Supposing that gain is godliness is a theology that produces pride.
    • Money is not a thermometer.  Money is a tool.  Money is not a basis of judgment.
  • Contentment is the Opposite of Covetous
    • 6 But godliness with contentment is great gain. 7 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. 8 And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.
    • Notice where the gain is.  Morally strong people are people with very few wants.  There is a mindset that says Give me, Give me.
    • Philippians 4:11-13 contentment is learned
    • Notice that wealth is a temporary tool.
    • Notice the basic needs and beyond that are blessings.
    • 9 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. 10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
  • Misplaced Trust is like taking a step on a broken ankle
    • 17 Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy; 18 That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate; 19 Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.
  • Revelation 3:14 – Your faith in God should not be affected by how much money or how little you have.  It is the same sin to worry when there is little as it is to kick back and relax when there is much.  That indicates trust.  Proverbs says trust Not!
    • It is untrustworthy because it is corruptible.  Matthew 6:19, Proverbs 23:5; look at your own bank account at the end of the month.
    • It is untrustworthy because it is uncertain.
    • It is untrustworthy because it has limited power.
  • This will tell you more about your spiritual health than anything else.  Where your treasure is, there your heart is also.
  • When it comes to money and stuff, you and I are more interested in getting it than giving it.  Ephesians 4:28