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Eleven Things You Need To Know About Wisdom
First, what are they? And second, what does God say about this? So what are the Eleven Things You Need To Know About Wisdom? #1 How To Get Wisdom, #2 Wisdom will save your life and protect you. #3 Wisdom brings wealth, honor, and life. #4 There are two wisdoms – so be sure you know the difference. #5 Proverbs will help you get it. #6 Wisdom has a purpose and it pleases God. #7 Wisdom begins with the fear of the LORD, it rejects wickedness, and it walks with the wise. #8 Wisdom operates on the principle of more #9 Wisdom is better than money. #10 The wise listen and respond #11 Wisdom speaks. It reveals itself. You can tell.
So what does God say about these eleven things you need to know about wisdom: The first thing…
#1 How To Get Wisdom. God says above all else get wisdom, so how do you do it? 1) Ask For It – James 1:5 – If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God who gives liberally to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. Do you want wisdom? Ask God for it. For the LORD gives wisdom and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. 2) Pursue It – Proverbs 4:7 – Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding. (PRISM every day – will help you make the pursuit of wisdom your daily habit) So even if you’re not thinking about it, you’re still doing it. Ask and you will receive, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened unto you. For whoever asks, receives, and whoever seeks, finds, and to whoever knocks, the door will be opened. 3) Seek Godly Counsel – Proverbs 19:20 – Listen to advice and accept instruction, and in the end, you will be wise. 4) Obey Immediately – instantly apply the first wisdom you receive - what you know so far - so you can get more. Wisdom operates on the principle of more. Use it or lose it. Apply it, or you won’t next time either, so you don’t get any more. To him who has, more will be given. But to him who thinks he has, even what he has will be taken away from him. 5) Walk with the wise. Your circle of closest friends should be Obeyers. Walk with the wise, and you will grow wise. Your Daily Call is step one. Ask the wisest friend you have to do a three day challenge with you. Or pick a friend, and let the Holy Spirit through the word of God – grow both of you in wisdom together. PRISM will do it! You will both become wiser! Hear Obey Testify – the key to overcoming. So how do you get wisdom? Ask For It, Pursue it – (PRISM makes the pursuit of wisdom a daily habit.) Seek Godly Counsel, Obey Immediately, and Walk with the wise – so you grow wise. A Daily Call – will insure that you walk with the wise. And ask God to bring others. That’s the first thing you need to know about wisdom – How to get it.
#2 – Wisdom will save your life and protect you – Proverbs 27:12 – The prudent see danger and take refuge but the simple keep going and suffer for it. Proverbs 1:33 – but whoever listens to me will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm. Proverbs 2:16 – It will save you also from the adulteress, from the wayward wife with her seductive words, who has left the partner of her youth and ignored the covenant she made before God. Proverbs 7:2 – Keep my commands and you will live. Proverbs 16:22 – Understanding is a fountain of life to those who have it, but folly brings punishment to fools. Proverbs 19:23 – The fear of the LORD (the beginning of wisdom) leads to life: then one rests content, untouched by trouble. The #2 thing you need to know about wisdom, Wisdom will save your life and protect you.
#3 – Wisdom brings wealth, honor, and life. It will lengthen your life in prosperity. Proverbs 9:12 – If you are wise, your wisdom will reward you; but if you scoff, (if you disdain it, place little value on it, if you think you know better) you alone will suffer. Proverbs 3:2 – My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart, for they will prolong your life many years and bring you prosperity. Proverbs 3:16 – Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor. Proverbs 8:18 – With me are riches and honor enduring wealth and prosperity. My fruit is better than fine gold; what I yield surpasses choice silver. Proverbs 9:10-11 – The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. For through me your days will be many, and years will be added to your life. The third thing you need to know about wisdom… wisdom brings wealth, honor, and life. It will lengthen your life in prosperity.
#4 – There are two wisdoms – Make sure you know the difference. True Wisdom from God, and the wisdom of the world. I Corinthians 3:19 – For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight. As it is written: “He catches the wise in their craftiness” and again, “The Lord knows that the thoughts of the wise are futile. I Corinthians 1:19-20 – For it is written: “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate. Where is the wise man? Where is the scholar? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? James 3:15,17 – Such “wisdom” does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic... But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Romans 1:22 – Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools. I Corinthians 2:6 – Yet among the mature, we do speak words of wisdom, but not the kind of wisdom that belongs to this world or to the rulers of this world, who are coming to nothing. Proverbs 3:7 – Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil. Proverbs 14:12 – There is a way that seems right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death. Isaiah 55:8 – “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. The fourth thing you need to know about wisdom, there are two wisdoms, be sure you know the difference.
#5 – Proverbs will help you get it – Proverbs 1:1 The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel: for attaining wisdom and discipline; for understanding words of insight; The #5 thing you need to know about wisdom – Proverbs will help you get it.
#6 – Wisdom has a purpose. And it pleases God – Proverbs 1:3 - for acquiring a disciplined and prudent life, doing what is right and just and fair. For giving prudence to the simple, knowledge and discretion to the young. And it pleases God. Proverbs 10:1 – The proverbs of Solomon: A wise son brings joy to his father… Proverbs 23:15-16 – My son, if your heart is wise, then my heart will be glad; my inmost being will rejoice when your lips speak what is right. Proverbs 23:24 – The father of a righteous man has great joy; he who has a wise son delights in him. Proverbs 29:3 – A man who loves wisdom brings joy to his father… Proverbs 27:11 - Be wise my son and bring joy to my heart… The sixth thing you need to know about wisdom. Wisdom has a purpose, and it pleases God.
#7 – Wisdom begins with the Fear of the LORD, it rejects wickedness, and walks with the wise. Proverbs 9:10 – The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. Proverbs 15:33 – the fear of the LORD teaches a man wisdom, and humility comes before honor. Proverbs 22:4 - Humility and the fear of the LORD bring wealth, honor and life. Wisdom rejects wickedness. Proverbs 16:6-7 Through love and faithfulness sin is atoned for; through the fear of the LORD a man avoids evil. When a man’s ways are pleasing to the LORD, he makes even his enemies live at peace with him. Proverbs 4:14,15 - Do not set foot on the path of the wicked or walk in the way of evil men. Avoid it, do not travel on it; turn from it and go on your way. Proverbs 14:7 – Stay away from a foolish man, for you will not find knowledge on his lips. Proverbs 16:17 – The highway of the upright avoids evil; he who guards his way guards his life. Proverbs 5:8 – Keep a path far from her, do not go near the door of her house. The wise walk with the wise. Proverbs 12:26 – A righteous man is cautious in friendship, but the way of the wicked leads them astray. Proverbs 22:24-25 – Do not make friends with a hot-tempered man, do not associate with one easily angered, or you may learn his ways and get yourself ensnared. Proverbs 24:1 - Do not envy wicked men, do not desire their company; Proverbs 13:20 – He who walks with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm. The seventh thing you need to know about wisdom. Wisdom begins with the fear of the LORD, it rejects wickedness, and walks with the wise.
#8 – Wisdom operates on the principle of more. You can gain more, or lose what you have. You can respond when wisdom calls, or you can ignore it. Proverbs 2:1-2 – My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding… Luke 19:26 – “He replied, ‘ I tell you that to everyone who has, more will be given, but as for the one who does not have, even what they have will be taken away. Proverbs 1:5 - let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance. (You can forget it, or do it and continue in it and get more). Proverbs 3:1 – My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart… Proverbs 4:4-7 – “Lay hold of my words with all your heart; keep my commands and you will live. Get wisdom, get understanding; do not forget my words or swerve from them. Do not forsake wisdom and she will protect you, love her, and she will watch over you. Wisdom is supreme, therefore get wisdom, though it cost you all you have, gain understanding. Luke 8:18 – Therefore consider carefully how you listen. Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what he things he has will be taken from him. The eighth thing you need to know about wisdom, Wisdom operates on the principle of more. Use it or lose it. Apply it immediately, and God will prepare you for more.
#9 – Wisdom is better than money – Proverbs 3:13 – Blessed is the man who finds wisdom, the man who gains understanding, for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold. She is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her. Long life is in her right hand, and in her left hand are riches and honor. Her ways are pleasant ways and all her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to those who embrace her; those who lay hold of her will be blessed. Psalms 19:9 The fear of the LORD (the beginning of wisdom) is pure, enduring forever. The decrees of the LORD are firm, and all of them are righteous, they are more precious than gold, than much pure gold, they are sweeter than honey, than honey dripping from the comb. If you have money you could easily loose it, but if you have wisdom, you can always get more. Your house will be filled with rare and beautiful treasures, you will have what you need, you will not be in lack. Because you walk in the ways of the Almighty, and you know Jehovah Jireh, the God of all supply, and He leads you. The wise know money is not something you pursue, it’s just something you obey with. So God gets the glory, and He will always supply your every need. The ninth thing you need to know about wisdom. Wisdom is better than money.
#10 – The Wise Listen & respond Proverbs 10:8 – The wise in heart accept commands, but a chattering fool comes to ruin. Proverbs - 19:27 – Stop listening to instruction my son, and you will stray from words of knowledge. Proverbs 4:20-22 – My son, pay attention to what I say; listen closely to my words. Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; for they are life to those who find them and health to a man’s whole body. Proverbs 1:22,23 – How long will you simple ones love your simple ways? How long will mockers delight in mockery and fools hate knowledge? If you had responded to my rebuke, I would have poured out my heart to you and made my thoughts known to you. But since you rejected me when I called and no one gave heed when I stretched out my hand, since you ignored all my advice and would not accept my rebuke, I in turn will laugh at your disaster; I will mock when calamity overtakes you – when calamity overtakes you like a storm, when disaster sweeps over you like a whirlwind, when distress and trouble overwhelm you. Then they will call to me but I will not answer; they will look for me but will not find me. Since they hated knowledge and did not choose to fear the LORD, since they would not accept my advice and spurned my rebuke, they will eat the fruit of their ways and be filled with the fruit of their schemes. For the waywardness of the simple will kill them and the complacency of fools will destroy them, but whoever listens to me will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm. Hosea 4:6 – My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because you have rejected knowledge, I will also reject you from being a priest to me. And since you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children. Proverbs 2:9-12 – Then you will understand what is right and just and fair – every good path. For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul. Discretion will protect you and understanding will guard you. Proverbs 8:32-36 – Now then, my sons, listen to me; blessed are those who keep my ways. Listen to my instruction and be wise; do not ignore it. Blessed is the man who listens to me, watching daily at my doors, waiting at my doorway. For whoever finds me finds life and receives favor from the LORD. But whoever fails to find me harms himself; all who hate me love death. Proverbs 18:2 – a fool finds no pleasure in understanding, but delights in airing his own opinions. Proverbs 16:22 – Understanding is a fountain of life to those who have it, but folly brings punishment to fools. Proverbs 13:10 – Pride only breeds quarrels, but wisdom is found in those who take advice. Proverbs 16:20 – Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers, and blessed is he who trusts in the LORD. The #10 thing you need to know about wisdom. The wise listen and respond.
#11 - Wisdom speaks. It’s known by it’s words and its ways. Just as a fool reveals himself as soon as he opens his mouth, wisdom also speaks. It’s not the first to speak, or the loudest in the room, it keeps some things close to the vest, but it reveals itself with it’s words and its ways, and its fruit. Proverbs 4:23-24 – Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life. Put away perversity from your mouth; keep corrupt talk far from your lips. Let your eyes look straight ahead, fix your gaze directly before you. Make level paths for your feet and take only ways that are firm. Proverbs 10:11 – The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life, but violence overwhelms the mouth of the wicked. Proverbs 10:19-21 – When words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise. The tongue of the righteous is choice silver, but the heart of the wicked is of little value. The lips of the righteous nourish many, but fools dies for lack of judgment. Proverbs 10:31,32 – The mouth of the righteous brings forth wisdom, but a perverse tongue will be cut out. The lips of the righteous know what is fitting, but the mouth of the wicked only what is perverse. Proverbs 12:14 – From the fruit of his lips a man is filled with good things as surely as the work of his hands rewards him. Proverbs 18:20,21 – From the fruit of his mouth a man’s womb is filled; with the harvest from his lips he is satisfied. The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat it’s fruit. Proverbs 13:2,3 – From the fruit of his lips a man enjoys good things, but the unfaithful have a craving for violence. He who guards his lips guards his life, but he who speaks rashly comes to ruin. Proverbs 14:3 – A fool’s tongue brings a rod to his back, but the lips of the wise protect them. Proverbs 15:2,4,7 – The tongue of the wise commends knowledge, but the mouth of the fool gushes folly. The tongue that brings healing is a tree of life, but a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit. The lips of the wise spread knowledge, not so the heart of fools. Proverbs 16:23,24 – A wise man’s heart guides his mouth and his lips promote instruction. Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones. Proverbs 22:17-19 – Pay attention and listen to the sayings of the wise; apply your heart to what I teach, for it is pleasing when you keep them in your heart and have all of them ready on your lips. So that your trust may be in the LORD. Proverbs 24:7 – Wisdom is too high for a fool, in the assembly at the gate he has nothing to say. Proverbs 31:26 – She speaks with wisdom and faithful instruction is on her tongue. The #11 thing you need to know about wisdom, wisdom speaks.
Eleven things you need to know about wisdom. Praying that you will get it, above all else.
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Kelly Kamentz - Jesus follower, husband, father, and friend, helping others surrender time, thoughts, money, and testimony, to fulfill their purpose!