Choose Your Counsellors Well (Rev. Dr. E. Wayne Hanks, Senior Pastor)
- Proverbs 3:13 (NLT)
- Proverbs 3:14 (NLT)
- Proverbs 3:15 (NLT)
- Proverbs 3:16 (NLT)
- Proverbs 3:17 (NLT)
- Proverbs 3:18 (NLT)
- Proverbs 3:19 (NLT)
- Proverbs 22:3 (NLT)
- 1 Corinthians 10:11 (NLT)
- 2 Corinthians 7:8 (NLT)
- 2 Corinthians 7:9 (NLT)
- 2 Corinthians 7:10 (NLT)
- 2 Timothy 3:14 (NLT)
- 2 Timothy 3:15 (NLT)
- 2 Timothy 3:16 (NLT)
- 2 Timothy 3:17 (NLT)
Review of past two weeks
12/30/12 - How to Face the New Year
1/6/13 - Guarding the Sacred Enclosures
Reminder of overall theme:
S - Scripture
O - Observation
A - Application
P - Prayer
Year of the Altar
Your laws please me; they give me wise advice. (Psalms 119:24 NLT)
We are committing to being a people of the Word. Wisdom & divine understanding are borne upon the Word of God. We need to be life-long learners. Scripture shows us by example of people from all walks of life to teach us through scripture.
Two Instructors/Counsellors are available. Both are effective teachers, but both exact a price. Not choosing the first defaults to the second, so a choice is required.
Amazes, Delights, Brings Joy and Happiness.
Earthly wisdom is not desire able, but rather, Godly Wisdom.
a. Wisdom - front-end price (patience, discretion, waiting) teaches lesson before making mistake. Puts a fence at top of cliff.
b. Pain of Discipline - inconvenient, but moves you forward. Front-end cost, back-end blessing.
Leaves You Breathless (not in a good way), Roughest & Most Ruthless, Beats & Bruises You
a. High Enrollment and Ongoing Tuition Cost - requires making the mistake to learn the lesson. Visits you in the hospital after you go over the cliff.
b. Regret always follows. Front-end "fun," back-end payment.
With most of us (in first service) having several decades of experience behind us, we have learned from both Teachers, with various results. Anecdote - as a young boy, tricked into stick into beehive. Never made that mistake again, but it cost multiple stings to learn that.
A prudent person foresees danger and takes precautions. The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences. (Proverbs 22:3 NLT)
A wise person sees consequences ahead (the wall) and diverts or stops - Learning from Wisdom. The fool waits to see what will happen, plunges on headlong into the wall, paying the Consequences. Anecdote - Life Challenge banquet, examples if men's testimonies. Men who have learned from Consequences, who are now choosing to learn from Wisdom.
"No pain, No gain" - Discipline vs Remorse (Wisdom vs Consequences).
2 Corinthians 7:8-10
I am not sorry that I sent that severe letter to you, though I was sorry at first, for I know it was painful to you for a little while. Now I am glad I sent it, not because it hurt you, but because the pain caused you to repent and change your ways. It was the kind of sorrow God wants his people to have, so you were not harmed by us in any way. For the kind of sorrow God wants us to experience leads us away from sin and results in salvation. There’s no regret for that kind of sorrow. But worldly sorrow, which lacks repentance, results in spiritual death. (2 Corinthians 7:8-10 NLT)
Some pain is an instrument in the hand of God. Godly sorrow leads to no regret. Worldly sorrow brings pain.
1 Corinthians 10:11
These things happened to them as examples for us. They were written down to warn us who live at the end of the age. (1 Corinthians 10:11 NLT)
Learn from OT example
2 Timothy 3:14-17
But you must remain faithful to the things you have been taught. You know they are true, for you know you can trust those who taught you. You have been taught the holy Scriptures from childhood, and they have given you the wisdom to receive the salvation that comes by trusting in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work. (2 Timothy 3:14-17 NLT)
Trust in the L ord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom. Instead, fear the L ord and turn away from evil. Then you will have healing for your body and strength for your bones. Honor the L ord with your wealth and with the best part of everything you produce. Then he will fill your barns with grain, and your vats will overflow with good wine. My child, don’t reject the L ord ’s discipline, and don’t be upset when he corrects you. For the L ord corrects those he loves, just as a father corrects a child in whom he delights. Joyful is the person who finds wisdom, the one who gains understanding. For wisdom is more profitable than silver, and her wages are better than gold. Wisdom is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her. She offers you long life in her right hand, and riches and honor in her left. She will guide you down delightful paths; all her ways are satisfying. Wisdom is a tree of life to those who embrace her; happy are those who hold her tightly. (Proverbs 3:5-18 NLT)
S.O.A.P. Commitment Card - 5 of 7 days
Suggestion - App @ www.ag.org for daily devotion (7/14 app).
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