Love you all, praying for you.
I just love God’s Word. It is wisdom for you. It reveals what wisdom is, and what its not. Praying that you will review the Relationship Topic – 11 Things You Need To Know About Wisdom. God said above all else get wisdom, To pursue it, means keep going after it! Read it, Say it, Do it! For the LORD gives wisdom, and from His mouth come knowledge and understanding. So every time you do PRISM, you’re gaining wisdom, Every time you review a PRISM topic or packet, you’re gaining wisdom, God’s way is different from man’s way, as high as the heavens are above the earth. So how do you know if you’re wise? If you’re gaining and growing in wisdom? How can you tell a wise person? God tells us.
Eleven Things That Wise People Do
The wise humble themselves, the wise obey, the wise work, the wise build, the wise never cheat (they don’t have to), the wise give, the wise save, the wise are patient, the wise seek counsel, the wise use soft words, and the wise win souls.
#1 The Wise Humble Themselves. First before God, then before others. Humility and the Fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom. You have to begin before you become. I Peter 5:6 – Humble yourselves therefore under God’s Mighty Hand, that He may life you up in due time. Humble is to take the lower place. Every time you kneel before God (the outward expression of a heart of humility) you are humbling yourself. Every time you pray – you are humbling yourself – you are recognizing His Sovereignty, and your need for Him. If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray… Every time you read His Word, you are humbling yourself. You are saying “God, You know better than I do, and I yield to what You say”. Every time you obey what God told you – you are humbling yourself. That’s why PiVAT before dinner is so important. Jesus humbled himself. Philippians 2:8 – And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross. If you don’t obey, you are not humbling yourself, and you cannot be wise… Why don’t people obey? #1 They don’t know what God told them, they don’t ask, so they don’t know. #2 – They know, but don’t want to do it – they prefer their way over God’s Way. PiVAT keeps you humble – It’s how you give your plans to Him, and choose His plans over yours. Obedience is humbling yourself. Submission is coming under someone else’s mission. God’s mission for you. That is humbling yourself. Ask, Hear, and Obey – is humbling yourself. Another way to humble yourself before God, is to fast. Ezra 8:21 – And there by the Ahava Canal, I proclaimed a fast, so that we might humble ourselves before God… Every time you fast, you are humbling yourself, but don’t just fast, do what’s right. (Isaiah 58:5-8) To humble yourself – you first do it before God, then before others. James 3:13 – Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. To humble yourself before others… Choose the low place, don’t exalt yourself, give them the bigger piece. And Serve. Jesus told His disciples, whoever wants to be the greatest must be the servant of all. I didn’t come to be served but to serve. John 13:15 – I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. And what I’ve done for you, do for each other. So How do you humble yourself? Kneel, Pray, Read His Word (PRISM and PRISM Topics – is humility practice), Obey what He tells you (PiVAT before dinner – is humility practice), and Fast. Fasting is humbling yourself before God. Then Humble yourself before others…. Choose the low place (give others the bigger piece) and Serve – (Consider others more important than yourself.) The #1 Thing that Wise people do, they humble themselves – before God, and others.
#2 The Wise Obey. Psalm 111:10 – The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding… Deuteronomy 4:6 – Obey them completely, and you will display your wisdom and understanding in the sight of all people, who when they hear these decrees, they will say, “Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.” Matthew 7:24 – Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine, and obeys them (puts them into practice, is like a wise man who built his house upon a rock. Hosea 14:9 – Who is wise? Let him understand these things; whoever is discerning let him understand. The ways of the LORD are right; the righteous walk in them… Psalm 25:12 – Who then are those who fear the LORD? He will instruct them in the way they should choose. God has a way chosen for you (this week, today), It’s that way best for you. Jesus only did and said what His Father told him, and He knew the right time. The #2 thing that wise people do… they obey.
#3 The Wise Work. Proverbs 6:6 – Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise. I has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest. Proverbs 10:4-5 – Idle hands make one poor, but diligent hands bring wealth. He who gathers in summer is a wise son, but he who sleeps during harvest is a disgrace. Proverbs 12:24 – Diligent hands will rule, but laziness ends in forced labor. (NLT Work hard and become a leader; be lazy and become a slave.) Proverbs 28:19 – A hard worker has plenty of food, but those who chase fantasies end up in poverty. Proverbs 12:11 – Those who work their land will have abundant food, but those who chase fantasies have no sense. Proverbs 24:30 I went past the field of a sluggard, past the vineyard of someone who lacks sense; thorns had come up everywhere, the ground was covered with weeds, and the stone wall was in ruins. Proverbs 20:4 – Sluggards to not plow in season; so at harvest time they look but find nothing. Proverbs 24:27 – Get your outdoor work in order, and prepare your field; after that, build your house. (GNT – Don’t build your house and establish a home until your fields are ready, and you are sure that you can earn a living). Proverbs 21:5 – The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty. The #3 thing that wise people do… they work.
#4 – The Wise Build - with their words, and their hands. - Proverbs 9:1 – Wisdom has built her house; she has set up its seven pillars. Proverbs 14:1 – The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down. Proverbs 24:3 – By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established; through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures. The #4 thing that wise people do – they build, they don’t tear down.
#5 – The Wise Never Cheat. They don’t have to. They would never sacrifice God’s blessing and favor – for mere dollars. Proverbs 20:10 – False weights and unequal measures – the LORD detests them both. Proverbs 10:2-3 – Ill-gotten treasures have no lasting value, but righteousness delivers from death. The LORD does not let the righteous go hungry, but he thwarts the craving of the wicked. Proverbs 10:23 – A fool finds pleasure in wicked schemes, but a person of understanding delights in wisdom. Proverbs 1:18-19 – These men lie in wait for their own blood; they ambush only themselves. Such is the fate of all who go after dishonest gain; it takes away the life of those who get it. Proverbs 15:27 – Whoever is greedy for unjust gain brings ruin on his household, but he who hates bribes will live. Proverbs 28:8 – He that increases his wealth by usury and unjust gain, gathers it for one who will be kind to the poor. I Timothy 6:6 – But Godliness with contentment is great gain… Isaiah 33:15-16 – Those who walk righteously and speak what is right, who refuse profit by fraud, and keep their hands from accepting bribes, who refuse to listen to those who plot murder, and shut their eyes against contemplating evil – these are the ones who will dwell on the heights, whose refuge will be the mountain fortress. Their food will be supplied, and they will have water in abundance. The #5 Thing that wise people do – they never cheat. They don’t have to.
Love you all,
Kelly Kamentz - Jesus follower, husband, father, and friend, helping others surrender time, thoughts, money, and testimony, to fulfill their purpose!