FOOLPROOF Week 1

Wisdom from Proverbs to keep you from actin'a fool.

Pastor James

QUESTION:  Who was/is the face of wisdom for you?



LINKS TO BIBLE READING PLANS:


YouVersion - #Wisdom or Wisdom of the Proverbs


He Reads Truth - A 28 day reading plan of Proverbs

She Reads Truth – A 28 day reading plan of Proverbs


“These are the proverbs of Solomon, David’s son, king of Israel. Their purpose is to teach people wisdom and discipline, to help them understand the insights of the wise. Their purpose is to teach people to live disciplined and successful lives, to help them do what is right, just, and fair. These proverbs will give insight to the simple, knowledge and discernment to the young. Let the wise listen to these proverbs and become even wiser. Let those with understanding receive guidance by exploring the meaning in these proverbs and parables, the words of the wise and their riddles. Fear of the LORD is the foundation of true knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline. Proverbs 1:1-7 (NLT2)




Fear of the LORD is the foundation of true knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.

Proverbs 1:7 (NLT2)


Fear of the LORD is the foundation of wisdom. Knowledge of the Holy One results in good judgment.

Proverbs 9:10 (NLT2)


The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, turning a man from the snares of death.

Proverbs 14:27 (NIV)


The fear of the LORD leads to life: Then one rests content, untouched by trouble.”

Proverbs 19:23 (NIV)


TWO TRUTHS ABOUT FEARING THE LORD:


  1. Without Christ we have every reason to do it!

“It is a terrible thing to fall into the hands of the living God.”

 Hebrews 10:31 (NLT2)


WHERE FOOLS ARE:

"There is no fear of God before their eyes."

Romans 3:18 (NIV)



JESUS SAID THERE WAS SOMETHING/SOMEONE TO BE AFRAID OF


“Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.”

Matthew 10:28 (NIV)


“Dear friends, don’t be afraid of those who want to kill your body; they cannot do any more to you after that. But I’ll tell you whom to fear. Fear God, who has the power to kill you and then throw you into hell. Yes, he’s the one to fear.”

Luke 12:4-5 (NLT2)



“Unfortunately, many of us presume that the world is the ultimate threat and that God's function is to offset it. How different this is from the biblical position that God is far scarier than the world …. When we assume that the world is the ultimate threat, we give it unwarranted power, for in truth, the world's threats are temporary. When we expect God to balance the stress of the world, we reduce him to the world's equal …. As I walk with the Lord, I discover that God poses an ominous threat to my ego, but not to me. He rescues me from my delusions, so he may reveal the truth that sets me free. He casts me down, only to lift me up again. He sits in judgment of my sin, but forgives me nevertheless. Fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, but love from the Lord is its completion.”

- William D. Eisenhower

“Fearing God", Christianity Today

TWO TRUTHS ABOUT FEARING THE LORD:


  1. With Christ, there is nothing to fear!


“There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.” 

1 John 4:18


“My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding, and if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God. For the LORD gives wisdom, and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.”

Proverbs 2:1-6 (NIV)


“My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding, and if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God. For the LORD gives wisdom, and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.”

Proverbs 2:1-6 (NIV)