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The Path to Well Being. Proverbs 3:1-12. The Path to Well Being. Encouragement to pursue the Father’s teaching (vv. 1-4) Trust in God and not your own understanding (vv. 5-6) Fear God and do not be wise in your own eyes (vv. 7-8)

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The Path to Well Being

Proverbs 3:1-12

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The Path to Well Being

  • Encouragement to pursue the Father’steaching (vv. 1-4)
  • Trust in God and not your own understanding (vv. 5-6)
  • Fear God and do not be wise in your own eyes (vv. 7-8)
  • Honor God and do not fail to give to Him first (vv. 9-10)
  • Appreciate God and do not misunderstand His discipline (vv. 11-12).

The Character of Wisdom

Proverbs 3:1-12

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The Path to Well Being

Thus, we need:

  • Loyalty
  • Love and integrity
  • Faith
  • Humility
  • Gratitude
  • Meekness

The Character of Wisdom

Proverbs 3:1-12

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The Path to Well Being

The Character of Wisdom

Loyalty

Proverbs 3:1-2

  • Requirements:
    • Implies the need for continuance (John 14:21-24; James 1:25; Acts 2:42; 1 Timothy 4:16)
    • All obedience MUST be from the heart (Romans 6:16-18; Ephesians 6:6; Colossians 3:23)

“My son, do not forget my law, but let your heart keep my commands; for length of days and long life and peace they will add to you.”

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The Path to Well Being

The Character of Wisdom

Loyalty

  • Blessings:
    • Prolonging of life (Proverbs 3:16; 4:10; 9:11; 10:27)
    • Better quality of life –happiness and enjoyment (Psalm 30:5; John 10:10)
    • Shalom – prosperity, health, and abundance (Romans 14:17)

Proverbs 3:1-2

“My son, do not forget my law, but let your heart keep my commands; for length of days and long life and peace they will add to you.”

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The Path to Well Being

The Character of Wisdom

Loyalty

Proverbs 3:1-2

  • Blessings:
    • Keeping God’s commandments provides the best quality of life here and now…
    • And the promise of eternal life which is to come (Romans 2:7)

“My son, do not forget my law, but let your heart keep my commands; for length of days and long life and peace they will add to you.”

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The Path to Well Being

The Character of Wisdom

Love and Integrity

Proverbs 3:3,4

  • Requirements:
    • Mercy--love (Matthew 5:45-48; Luke 6:35,36)
    • Truth—”a standing to one’s promises, and not falsifying just expectations, thus fidelity.” (K & D) (1 Corinthians 4:2)

“Let not mercy and truth forsake you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart, and so find favor and high esteem In the sight of God and man.”

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The Path to Well Being

The Character of Wisdom

Love and Integrity

Proverbs 3:3,4

  • Requirements:
    • Mercy and integrity should grace one’s life like a neck chain (Proverbs 3:22; 6:21)
    • To impress both virtueson the heart so that things we do and say come from within (Hebrews 8:10)

“Let not mercy and truth forsake you; bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart, and so find favor and high esteem In the sight of God and man.”

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The Path to Well Being

The Character of Wisdom

Love and Integrity

Proverbs 3:3,4

  • Blessings:
    • Obtain grace. Viewed favorably by God and men (Romans 14:18)
    • Viewed as competent and worthy of honor. A good reputation with God and men (Proverbs 22:1)

“Let not mercy and truth forsake you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart, and so find favor and high esteem In the sight of God and man.”

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The Path to Well Being

The Character of Wisdom

Faith

Proverbs 3:5,6

  • Requirements:
    • Put all your hope and confidence in God (Numbers 23:19)
    • Your own understanding will notsupportyou (Proverbs 14:12; 28:26; Jeremiah 10:23)

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.”

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The Path to Well Being

The Character of Wisdom

Faith

  • Many trust God ONLY as long as His will and instructions make sense to them (2 Kings 5:11; Mark 16:16; Acts 20:7; Colossians 3:16)

Proverbs 3:5,6

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.”

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The Path to Well Being

The Character of Wisdom

Faith

Proverbs 3:5,6

  • God’s ways are far above our ways(Isaiah 55:8,9; Romans 11:33,34)
  • Therefore, we should always focus on God and His will in every aspect of our lives (Colossians 3:17)

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.”

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The Path to Well Being

The Character of Wisdom

Faith

Too many think of God

ONLY:

  • When it is time to assemble with the church
  • When we eat…
  • When tragedy strikes
  • After we get ourselves into trouble

Proverbs 3:5,6

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.”

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The Path to Well Being

The Character of Wisdom

Faith

Proverbs 3:5,6

Blessings:

  • God removes the obstacles, making a smooth path, or way of life (Psalm 25:8)
  • Those who follow wisdom have easier, less troublesome lives (Proverbs 3:10, 16, 24, 25)

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.”

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The Path to Well Being

The Character of Wisdom

Humility

  • Requirements:
  • Arrogance and ego blind people to bothfaultsand needs (Proverbs 14:16; 26:12)
  • Reverence for God leads to repentance andrighteousness (Proverbs 1:7; Ecclesiastes 12:13)

Proverbs 3:7,8

“Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and depart from evil. It will be health to your flesh, and strength to your bones.”

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The Path to Well Being

The Character of Wisdom

Humility

Proverbs 3:7,8

  • Blessings:
  • Humility and reverence are as essential to spiritual life, “and to continual growth in grace, as the umbilical cord is to life and growth in the womb.”(Adam Clarke)

“Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and depart from evil. It will be health to your flesh, and strength to your bones.”

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The Path to Well Being

The Character of Wisdom

Humility

Proverbs 3:7,8

  • Blessings:
  • “And marrow to thy bones” (ASV)
  • As the marrow gives support and strength to the bones, and the bones to the body, so reverent living gives support and strength to the soul.

“Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and depart from evil. It will be health to your flesh, And strength to your bones.”

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The Path to Well Being

The Character of Wisdom

Gratitude

Proverbs 3:9,10

  • Requirements:
  • As a way to express gratitude to God, He commanded Israel to honor Him with the first fruits of all their crops and gain (Exodus 22:29; 23:19; 34:26; Deuteronomy 18:4)

“Honor the LORD with your possessions, and with the first fruits of all your increase; so your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will overflow with new wine.”

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The Path to Well Being

The Character of Wisdom

Gratitude

Proverbs 3:9,10

  • We too must give to
  • the Lord:
  • With “love, liberality, and thankfulness” (2 Corinthians 8:2-9)
  • According to what we have (as we prosper) (2 Corinthians 8:12)
  • Whatever we can give cheerfully (2 Cor.9:7)

“Honor the LORD with your possessions, and with the first fruits of all your increase; so your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will overflow with new wine.”

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The Path to Well Being

The Character of Wisdom

Gratitude

Proverbs 3:9,10

  • Blessings:
  • Promotes more blessings (Acts 20:35)
  • Promotes temporal success, but does NOT guarantee it!
  • We receive more than enough spiritual blessings(Ephesians 1:3; 5:20)

“Honor the LORD with your possessions, and with the first fruits of all your increase; so your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will overflow with new wine.”

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The Path to Well Being

The Character of Wisdom

Meekness

Proverbs 3:11,12

  • Requirements:
  • Do not reject or take lightly the Lord’s discipline, nor loathe or abhor His rebuke (Job 5:17)
  • Through teaching, testing, commanding, God disciplines His children (Hebrews 12:5,6)

“My son, do not despise the chastening of the LORD, nor detest His correction; for whom the LORD loves He corrects, just as a father the son in whom he delights.”

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The Path to Well Being

The Character of Wisdom

Meekness

Proverbs 3:11,12

  • Requirements:
  • Too many balk at His commands.
  • Too many wilt under trials.
  • Too many surrender to the world.
  • Too many reject His rebuke.

“My son, do not despise the chastening of the LORD, nor detest His correction; for whom the LORD loves He corrects, just as a father the son in whom he delights.”

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The Path to Well Being

  • Encouragement to pursue the Father’steaching (vv. 1-4)
  • Trust in God and not our own understanding (vv. 5-6)
  • Fear God and do not be wise in our own eyes (vv. 7-8)
  • Honor God and do not fail to give to Him first (vv. 9-10)
  • Appreciate God and do not misunderstand His discipline (vv. 11-12)

The Character of Wisdom

Proverbs 3:1-12

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The Path to Well Being

Thus, the need for:

  • Loyalty
  • Love and integrity
  • Faith
  • Humility
  • Gratitude
  • Meekness

Are You

on the

Right

Path

The Character of Wisdom

Proverbs 3:1-12