New Covenant Communnity Church
GROWTH2020 PROVERBS 2
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    255 Edgewood Ave, Audubon, NJ 08106, USA
    Sunday 10:15 AM
GROWTH2020 PROVERBS 2

WISDOM
Proverbs 1:7 Fear of the Lord is the foundation of true knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.
· Fear of the Lord = (yir a) Reverence, respect, piety.
· Piety = devotion to God, spirituality, humility
· Recognition that God is ultimately in charge of your life and all life.

Jesus the Example
Isaiah 11:1-5 Out of the stump of David’s family will grow a shoot— yes, a new Branch bearing fruit from the old root. 2 And the Spirit of the Lord will rest on him— the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord. 3 He will delight in obeying the Lord. He will not judge by appearance nor make a decision based on hearsay. 4 He will give justice to the poor and make fair decisions for the exploited. The earth will shake at the force of his word, and one breath from his mouth will destroy the wicked. 5 He will wear righteousness like a belt and truth like an undergarment.

1 John 4:17-18 God is love. When we take up permanent residence in a life of love, we live in God and God lives in us. This way, love has the run of the house, becomes at home and mature in us, so that we’re free of worry on Judgment Day—our standing in the world is identical with Christ’s. There is no room in love for fear. Well-formed love banishes fear. Since fear is crippling, a fearful life—fear of death, fear of judgment—is one not yet fully formed in love. 19 We, though, are going to love—love and be loved. First we were loved, now we love. He loved us first.

Psalm 34:7 For the angel of the Lord is a guard; he surrounds and defends all who fear him.

Psalm 103:17 But the love of the Lord remains forever with those who fear him. His salvation extends to the children’s children

Leviticus 25:17 Show your fear of God by not taking advantage of each other. I am the Lord your God.

Deuteronomy 6:24 And the Lord our God commanded us to obey all these decrees and to fear him so he can continue to bless us and preserve our lives, as he has done to this day.

Psalm 34:9 Fear the Lord, you his godly people, for those who fear him will have all they need.

Ecclesiastes 8:12 But even though a person sins a hundred times and still lives a long time, I know that those who fear God will be better off.

Ecclesiastes 12:13 That’s the whole story. Here now is my final conclusion: Fear God and obey his commands, for this is everyone’s duty. 14 God will judge us for everything we do, including every secret thing, whether good or bad.

Proverbs 1:7 Fear of the Lord is the foundation of true knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.
· Fools = of one who despises wisdom of one who mocks when guilty of one who is quarrelsome of one who is licentious (immoral, perverse, promiscuous, unprincipled)

Proverbs 13:19 It is pleasant to see dreams come true, but fools refuse to turn from evil to attain them.

Proverbs 13:19 Souls who follow their hearts thrive; fools bent on evil despise matters of soul. (msg)
· Matters of the soul. Many of us deal with negative aspects of our mental health.
· We break down from carrying emotional weight and baggage because we want to handle life our way.
· To be foolish isn’t always obvious to us, but it always centers on our experience.
· To follow your heart in this context is to allow God’s work to take center stage in your life. Many of us deny where God can take us because we fear the results of His leading rather than our own.
· Sin is defined as doing things our way. Proverbs 14:12 says there is a way that seems right but the end is destruction because your soul which is connected to God, created by God and empowered by God does not thrive in our hands, but in Gods’.
· To follow our heart is to hear from His on what’s best for us. Reverence for His thinking is the beginning of health in ours.

1 Kings 3: 5 That night the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream, and God said, “What do you want? Ask, and I will give it to you!”
9 Give me an understanding heart so that I can govern your people well and know the difference between right and wrong. For who by himself is able to govern this great people of yours?”
10 The Lord was pleased that Solomon had asked for wisdom. 11 So God replied, “Because you have asked for wisdom in governing my people with justice and have not asked for a long life or wealth or the death of your enemies— 12 I will give you what you asked for! I will give you a wise and understanding heart such as no one else has had or ever will have! 13 And I will also give you what you did not ask for—riches and fame! No other king in all the world will be compared to you for the rest of your life!