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DISCERNING & DISCOVERING SPIRITUAL BLESSINGS

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Sermon shared by Dennis Davidson

July 2012
Summary: In chapter 2, a father encourages his son to search diligently for this rare jewel because wisdom is not usually discovered by the casual observer. Wisdom is discovered and enjoyed only by those who are diligent, devoted, and determined to seek it.
Series: Proverbs
Denomination: Baptist
Audience: General adults
Sermon:
PROVERBS 2:1-8
DISCERNING AND DISCOVERING SPIRITUAL BLESSINGS

When Betty Goldstein of Staten Island, New York, entered the hospital, her husband Ron wrapped her 3.5-carat diamond ring in a napkin for safekeeping. But in a forgetful moment, the 63-year-old Goldstein threw the napkin in the trash. When he realized his mistake, he dashed out-side, only to see the garbage truck rumbling down the street. So he called the local sanitation department and got permission to follow the truck to a transfer station. Workers began sorting through hundreds of garbage bags and recovered the ring an hour later.
The writer of Proverbs urges us to search diligently for something far more precious, wisdom. This strenuous search for wisdom is actually a search for God Himself (vv.3-5). In chapter 2, a father encourages his son to do whatever is necessary to get insight and wisdom. He encourages his son to search diligently for this rare jewel because wisdom is not usually discovered by the casual observer. Wisdom is discovered and enjoyed only by those who are diligent, devoted, and determined to seek it (CIT).
So wisdom, having completed her warning concerning the rebellious in the previous passage, now instructs her diligent, devoted, and determined children in spiritual excellence.
When by faith we humbly submit to God and trust His will and way, we can be led to a true knowledge of God. This is where duty turns to enjoyment and an enduring source of consolation. The influence of the knowledge of God then begins to outshine all earthly pleasure and becomes stronger even as the organs decline and the earthly frame dissolves. Wisdom appears as the evening star of light at the end of life promising the believer that one day they will rise to look upon "the Morning Star."
The whole passage consists of a command to seek and a promise to bestow. Let us hear and hopefully heed the cry of wisdom.
I. Seeking and Receiving, 2:1-4.
II. Results and Benefits, 2:5-8.

How is spiritual excellence attained? Our text teaches us the method for attaining spiritual excellence through six principles found in verses 1- 4. Verse 1 begins with the first couple of prerequisites for attaining wisdom. "My son, if you will receive my sayings, And treasure my commandments within you,"

The first principle for attaining wisdom is the Reception of Divine Truth. "If you will receive my sayings." The receptivity faculty must by employed if we are to attain wisdom. We talk of joblessness and underemployment, but the real tragedy of our time is the unemployment and underemployment of such faculties as the one which should be receiving divine truth.
God’s truth must be taken into the soul and spirit. It is glorious that our new nature can take into us ideas from The Eternal Intellect, that we can pull in the seeds during this time of God’s implanting for His eternal Harvest. His thoughts alone can break the coldness of our souls and warm them to spiritual life.
Notice the conditional "if." The blessings of God, the grace of God, is contingent upon our desiring and seeking them. All that God desires to do for us cannot be done if we will not place ourselves within His will so that He can bestow them upon us (Lk 8:15, 10:39, Acts 17:11, 1 Thess. 2:13).
2nd, by Retention of Divine Truth--"Treasure my commandments within
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