How to Get Wisdom

ROUGH DRAFT OF SERMON…

Proverbs 2:1-6

1 My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee;
2 So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding;
3 Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding;
4 If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures;
5 Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God.
6 For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.

3 books Every Christian Should Read:

Proverbs
Psalms
Acts

Myth: Age Equals Wisdom

You will be older and wiser – not necessarily true – go to the casino? – make same mistake over and over

Ecclesiastes 4:13
13 Better is a poor and a wise child than an old and foolish king, who will no more be admonished.

Intellect and wisdom are synomonous – not true – high IQ – no wisdom – if your smart your wise – false – you can have an high iq and be unwise

1 Corinthians 1:20
20 Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?

Education and wisdom are synominous – education is good, but does not mean you have wisdom. You can be foolish with a phd –
In this information age, we can search on Google for something and 1.6 seconds trillions of pages can be available.
1 Corinthians 8:1 Now as touching things offered unto idols, we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth.
1 Corinthians 8:2 And if any man think that he knoweth any thing, he knoweth nothing yet as he ought to know.

I have seen all three come into our ru program across the usa – age, intelligent, knowledge – failed in life

Proverbs 17:16 Wherefore is there a price in the hand of a fool to get wisdom, seeing he hath no heart to it?
Saying – no education, age or intellect will avail without a wise and understanding heart…. how do you get that – hold on …..
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1. What you do with wisdom 1-4
2. What wisdom will do for us v. 5 – end

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written to the – Simple – no fold – not pleated
Wise – pinpoint and practice Gods principles
Fool – ignores and defies Gods principles
Scorner – mocks and scoffs at Gods principles

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1 My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee;
2 So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding;
3 Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding;
4 If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures;
5 Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God.

1. Hide my commandments – first of five things to do with wisdom – to save as a treasure
2. V 2 – incline thine ear

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How To Get Wisdom

1. God gives wisdom

6 For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.

Wisdom is not found in the deep – sky – dead – living –
Wisdom cannot bought with pure gold – silver – sapphire – crystal – diamond

Proverbs 2:6 For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.
James 1:5 5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.

James 3:
14 But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth.
15 This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.
16 For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.
17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.

2. God only gives what he decides to give

Ecclesiastes 2
13 Then I saw that wisdom excelleth folly, as far as light excelleth darkness.
14 The wise man’s eyes are in his head; but the fool walketh in darkness: and I myself perceived also that one event happeneth to them all.
19 And who knoweth whether he shall be a wise man or a fool? yet shall he have rule over all my labour wherein I have laboured, and wherein I have shewed myself wise under the sun. This is also vanity.
24 There is nothing better for a man, than that he should eat and drink, and that he should make his soul enjoy good in his labour. This also I saw, that it was from the hand of God.
26 For God giveth to a man that is good in his sight wisdom, and knowledge, and joy: but to the sinner he giveth travail, to gather and to heap up, that he may give to him that is good before God. This also is vanity and vexation of spirit.

3. God only gives wisdom to the wise

Daniel 2
19 Then was the secret revealed unto Daniel in a night vision. Then Daniel blessed the God of heaven.
20 Daniel answered and said, Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever: for wisdom and might are his:
21 And he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding:

Got it – you got – if you don’t – sorry – close our bibles and go home (SMILE)
Only one place to get it – from God! Same place you get

1. Salvation
2. Fullness of the Spirit
3. Wisdom

A wise person ……………………………….

a. Read proverbs
Proverbs 1:1-4
1 The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel;
2 To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding;
3 To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and equity;
4 To give subtilty to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion.
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b. Abstain from alcohol

Proverbs 20:1
1 Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.
Learns from the reproofs of life
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c. Learns from the Reproofs of live

Proverbs 9:8
8 Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee.
Proverbs 15:12
12 A scorner loveth not one that reproveth him: neither will he go unto the wise.
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d. Refrains lips

Proverbs 10:14
14 Wise men lay up knowledge: but the mouth of the foolish is near destruction.
Proverbs 10:19
19 In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips is wise.
When a wise man argues with a woman do you know what he says – nothing! (smile)

Man spends 12 years learning the English language then meets woman and does not get a chance to use it. (smile)
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e has a Healthy holy fear of the consequences of sin
Proverbs 14:16
16 A wise man feareth, and departeth from evil: but the fool rageth, and is confident.
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f Seeks godly counsel

Proverbs 1:5
5 A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels:
Proverbs 9:9
9 Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.
Proverbs 12:5
5 The thoughts of the righteous are right: but the counsels of the wicked are deceit.
Proverbs 28:26
26 He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered.
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g is a Soulwinner
Proverbs 11:30
30 The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.
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h is a Student of the Bible
Psalm 19:7
7 The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.
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I Walks with wise men
Proverbs 13:20
20 He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.
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j Ask for wisdom
James 1:5
5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
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k Desires their home to be pleasing to the Lord
Proverbs 14:1
1 Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands.
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l is a Hard worker
Proverbs 10:5
5 He that gathereth in summer is a wise son: but he that sleepeth in harvest is a son that causeth shame.
Proverbs 6:6
6 Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise:
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m has a proper use of words in volatile situations
Proverbs 12:18
18 There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword: but the tongue of the wise is health.
Proverbs 18:21
21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.
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n Keeps the Rules
Proverbs 10:8
8 The wise in heart will receive commandments: but a prating fool shall fall.

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o. Turns from evil
Proverbs 14:16
16 A wise man feareth, and departeth from evil: but the fool rageth, and is confident.
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p. Wise person is thankful and sober through all celebrations
Ecclesiastes 7:4
4 The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning; but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth.
(These phrases acquire a forcible significance from the Eastern custom of prolonging both festive and mournful celebrations through several days. See Gen_50:10; Jdg_14:17. This verse indicates that a life of enjoyment, does not mean the abandonment of ourselves to pleasures, but the thankful and sober use of the beautiful things which God gives us.)

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q. Turns from evil, doesn’t take unnecessary risks –
Proverbs 14:16
16 A wise man feareth, and departeth from evil: but the fool rageth, and is confident.
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R. Is one who pursues humility –
Proverbs 11:2
2 When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly is wisdom.
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s. Sees danger and hides himself –
Proverbs 22:3
3 A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished.
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Help us continue this list with things a believer can do by faith to seek after wisdom. Those things can be found by studying what a wise man does, and what a fool does and find the positive or opposite. Let’s see how many we can come up with in your comments section…

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God led Ben and his family (wife, Wendy; and three children, Josh, Caleb, and Hannah) to Rockford, Illinois in 2003 to become the International Director of the fastest growing addiction ministry in the United States. Bro. Burks is now privileged to travel and train others how to help the addicted within their communities.

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