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#LifeHacks - How to Avoid an Epic Fail

#LifeHacks - How to Avoid an Epic Fail

Apr 08, 2018

Preacher: John Welborn

Series: #Lifehacks


April 8, 2018
Pastor John Welborn
#LifeHacks: Proverbs for Wise Living How to Avoid an Epic Fail
Proverbs 1:7
Life Hack: a strategy or technique adopted in order to manage one’s time and daily activities in a more efficient way.Epic Fail: a spectacularly embarrassing or humorous mistake made while attempting something that should have been reasonably accomplished.
“Proverbs are simple, moral statements (or illustrations) that highlight and teach fundamental realities about life.”
John MacArthur
“While other books articulate profound theological truths, lengthy narratives of triumph & failure, or prophetic preaching to a disobedient people, Proverbs concerns itself completely with instructing people in the path of wisdom.”
Charles Swindoll
“And God gave Solomon wisdom & understanding beyond measure, & breadth of mind like the sand on the seashore, so that Solomon’s wisdom surpassed all the wisdom of all the people of the east & all the wisdom of Egypt. For he was wiser than all other men...He also spoke 3,000 proverbs, & his songs were 1,005...And people of all nations came to hear the wisdom of Solomon, & from all the kings of the earth, who had heard of his wisdom.”
1 Kings 4:29-31a, 32, 34
I. Question # 1: What Does it Mean To Fear God?
“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge...”
Proverbs 1:7a
“It means to respect God for who He is, to listen carefully to what He says, and to obey His Word, knowing that our disobedience displeases Him, breaks our fellowship with Him, and invites His chastening.”
Warren Wiersbe
“The fear of the Lord is openness to him, eagerness to please him, humility to be instructed by him.”
Raymond Ortland
Fear of God Is:
Willingness to Turn from Evil:
“Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom, and to turn away from evil is understanding.”
Job 28:28
Surrender to God’s Will:
“Do not lay your hand on the boy or do anything to him, for now I know that you fear God, seeing you have not withheld your son, your only son, from me.”
Genesis 22:12
The Fountain of Life:
“The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, that one may turn away from the snares of death.”
Proverbs 14:27
Coupled with Humility:
“The reward for humility and fear of the LORD is riches and honor and life.”
Proverbs 22:4
II. Question # 2: Am I A Fool?
“...fools despise wisdom & instruction.”
Proverbs 1:7b
Characteristics of a Fool:
Holds Wisdom in Contempt
Disregards Instruction
Knowledge vs. Wisdom:
• Knowledge understands that the traffic light has turned red; wisdom applies the brakes.
• Knowledge sees the quicksand; wisdom walks around it.
• Knowledge quotes the Bible; wisdom obeys the Bible.
• Knowledge knows about God; wisdom walks with God.
• Knowledge gives advice; wisdom takes instruction.
“The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice.”
Proverbs 12:15
III. Question # 3: What does it Take to be Wise?
“Oh, the depth of the riches & wisdom & knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments & how inscrutable his ways!”
Romans 11:33
“Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God...who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, ‘Let one who boasts, boast in the Lord.’”
1 Corinthians 1: 24, 30b-31
“That their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God’s mystery, which is Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.”
Colossians 2:2-3
What does it take to be wise? The fear of God, which results in a humble and teachable spirit. These are marks of those who have embraced the wisdom and power of God, Jesus Christ!
Avoid the most Epic of Fails by following Jesus Christ!
Sources and Further Reading Opportunities:
• Strong’s Concordance – James Strong (1890)• Tony Evans Book of Illustrations – Tony Evans (2009)• Swindoll’s Ultimate Book of Illustrations & Quotes – Charles Swindoll (1998)• Be Skillful – Warren Wiersbe (1996)• New American Commentary: Prov, Ecc, Song of Solomon – Duane Garrett (1993) • My Sermon Notes – Charles Haddon Spurgeon (2009)• Preaching the Word: Proverbs – Raymond C. Ortland (2012)