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Date:                         Aug. 16, 1998

Bible Passage:           Proverbs 3:1-15

Key Verse:                Proverbs 3:5-6

Session Focus: To share increasingly in God's wisdom as we give ourselves to the most important things of life, trust in God, and live under His discipline.

Proverbs 3:1-15

1My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart, 2for they will prolong your life many years and bring you prosperity. 3Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. 4Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man. 5Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. [1] 7Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil. 8This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones. 9Honor the LORD with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops; 10then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine. 11My son, do not despise the LORD's discipline and do not resent his rebuke, 12because the LORD disciplines those he loves, as a father [2] the son he delights in. 13Blessed is the man who finds wisdom, the man who gains understanding, 14for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold. 15She is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her.

1. 6 Or will direct your paths

2. 12 Hebrew; Septuagint / and he punishes


1 a : assured reliance on the character, ability, strength, or truth of someone or something b :one in which confidence is placed 2 a : dependence on something future or contingent : HOPE b : reliance on future payment for property (as merchandise) delivered : CREDIT 3 a : a property interest held by one person for the benefit of another b : a combination of firms or corporations formed by a legal agreement; especially : one that reduces or threatens to reduce competition 4 archaic : TRUSTWORTHINESS 5 a (1) : a charge or duty imposed in faith or confidence or as a condition of some relationship (2) : something committed or entrusted to one to be used or cared for in the interest of another b: responsible charge or office c : CARE, CUSTODY <the child committed to her trust>- in trust : in the care or possession of a trustee


1 : PUNISHMENT 2 obsolete : INSTRUCTION 3 : a field of study 4 : training that corrects, molds, or perfects the mental faculties or moral character 5 a : control gained by enforcing obedience or order b : orderly or prescribed conduct or pattern of behavior c : SELF-CONTROL 6 : a rule or system of rules governing conduct or activity- dis·ci·plin·al /-pl&-n&l/ adjective

2 Corinthians 1:12

Now this is our boast: Our conscience testifies that we have conducted ourselves in the world, and especially in our relations with you, in the holiness and sincerity that are from God. We have done so not according to worldly wisdom but according to God's grace.

2 Corinthians 5:16

So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer.

2 Corinthians 7:10

Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.

Titus 2:12

It teaches us to say "No" to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age,

This lesson is a perfect continuation of the lesson "Listen to God's Wisdom" for if you remember, the thought that the Lord put on my heart of what wisdom is, is when the mind of a person is in subjection to their heart which has yielded its will to Christ, which is almost exactly what our Lord is saying within our key verses this Sunday of Prov. 3:5-6 5Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. The soil of our heart is directly affected by the things we dwell on with our thoughts, what we look at with our eyes, or listen to with our ears. This is why we must guard what we see, listen to, and think on. For, just as the type of water will affect the plants whose roots they feed, so will the type of material we feed into our minds will affect our hearts from where comes the motives of why we do what we do. That's why it's not important of how much we know that is important, but how we use what we know. Worldly wisdom can be seen to be how much we know while Godly Wisdom could be seen to be of how we use what we know. Are we learning just to become more knowledgeable or are we learning to honor Him?

Worldly wisdom says we are wise if we know much and have much.

Godly wisdom says we are wise if we Use what we know and what we have for God's Glory, Honor, and Praise.

1 Chronicles 28:9

"And you, my son Solomon, acknowledge the God of your father, and serve him with wholehearted devotion and with a willing mind, for the LORD searches every heart and understands every motive behind the thoughts. If you seek him, he will be found by you; but if you forsake him, he will reject you forever.

2 Corinthians 10:5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

Proverbs 4:23

Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.

Leviticus 17:11

For the life of a creature is in the blood, and I have given it to you to make atonement for yourselves on the altar; it is the blood that makes atonement for one's life.

To trust God involves a decision of our wills which abides in our hearts. Our spirits must reign over our minds and not vice versa. To be the other way around would be carnally minded and not Christ led. And yet it is through our minds that our hearts find the soil by which the Word of God may be planted and give birth to Faith which gives birth to Life in Christ. We must always guard that soil as Prov 4:23 states and constantly be on the lookout for any and all weeds that try to enter it through our minds as 2 Cor 10:5 states.

Trust and Obey for there's no other way to be happy in Jesus but to Trust and Obey.


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