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Keys to Wisdom, Part 1

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Sermon shared by Terry Laughlin

August 2005
Summary: The whole of Scripture gives us some practical applications that can be accomplished by all who are searching for wisdom. This resource, wisdom, is not like the gifts of the Holy Spirit that are given as He determines. All who are willing to pay the cost
Audience: Believer adults
Sermon:
Title: Keys to Wisdom, Part 1
Theme: Grasping the Wisdom of God

“Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Though it cost you all you have, get understanding. Esteem her, and she will exalt you; embrace her, and she will honor you.” (Proverbs 4:7-8)

God’s wisdom is what the child of God needs to help him to understand his spiritual resources and exercise his gifts under the influence of agape love.

Proverbs chapter four comprises of three discourses on the value of instruction, exhortation, command, and motivation. The whole of Scripture gives us some practical applications that can be accomplished by all who are searching for wisdom. This resource, wisdom, is not like the gifts of the Holy Spirit that are given as He determines. (1 Corinthians 12:11) All who are willing to pay the cost to getting understanding, embrace and esteem this wonderful resource from God can enjoy wisdom.

Jesus taught a lot about the two master disciplines of “hearing and doing” which when applied whole heartedly, enables the child of God to live a life of stability and be useful in the purposes of God.
I would propose to you that God’s wisdom is what the child of God needs to help him to understand his spiritual resources and exercise his gifts under the influence of agape love. God’s wisdom enables him, and the Body of Christ he serves, enjoy that abundant life promised in Christ Jesus.

Just what preparations need to be made in the heart of the child of God, in order for him to enjoy the blessings of having God’s wisdom? The Christian who takes Jesus seriously will pay the cost of pain staking study of God’s Word. As he studies he finds that there are four basic disciplines to making the two master disciplines of hearing and doing a practical part of his Christian walk. They are 1.) Attention. 2.) Meditation. 3.) Obedience. And 4.) Endurance. In this message we will come to understand attention and meditation.

It is a necessity that we have an awakening in our hearts on what it really takes to have intimacy with the Lord.

Attention, meditation, obedience and endurance were fluent in the life of Christ. All these require a willingness to be disciplined so we can beat the flesh that so wants to rule in our hearts. Our response to the Word of God determines our relationship with God, with Christ and fellowship in the Holy Spirit. It is a necessity that we have an awakening in our hearts on what it really takes to have intimacy with the Lord.

You only have so much energy. Therefore, Christians must not spend time filling their minds with stuff that feed the flesh. Pleasing the flesh causes you to burn up energy that is needed for the study of, meditating on and putting into practice God’s Word. Every minute you spend reading or watching anything you’re burning energy. Make sure you have energy for the Lord in your day.

The child of God must not only watch the amount of energy he is burning but also be aware of his attitude and response to the written Word of God. Christians must literally have a marriage relationship with Christ as Him being the husband and we being the bride. Consider with me this marriage relationship.

All of us get stuff in the mail and if you are like me, you sometimes briefly look through it, and then toss it. Now, they are not going to be broken hearted over the fact that we
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