PROVERBS 3

10 Outlines

 

Proverbs 3:1-4

HOW TO GROW SPIRITUALLY

 

REMEMBER GOD'S LAW- Vs. 1a - My son, forget not my law;

 

RESPOND WITH OBEDIENCE - Vs. 1b - but let thine heart keep my commandments:

 

REFLECT ON MERCY AND TRUTH - Vs. 3 - Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart:

 

RESULTS COME FROM GOD - Vss. 2, 4 - For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee. So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man.

 

 

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Proverbs 3:1-4

GOOD ADVICE

 

HAVE A GOOD MEMORY - Vs. 1

Remember God's law, and obey it from the heart.

If we don't obey from the heart, we will not truly obey in our heads or our actions.

 

HAVE GOOD METHODS - Vs. 3

Mercy and truth should constantly be a part of our lives, and should be written on the table of our hearts.  They are not just a nice option, but are to be a way of life.

 

HAVE GOOD MOTIVATION Vss. 2,4

The benefits listed in these verses are something to look forward to when we have good memory and good methods.

 

 

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Proverbs 3:1-10

IT’S WORTH IT!

(A COMPLETE LESSON)

 

·       What have you done in your lifetime that wasn’t really worth it?

·       What have you done in your lifetime that has been worth it?

·       How can you tell if something is worth it or not worth it?

 

In Proverbs 3:1-10 God shows us some things that are worth it.  There are five things listed here that God says are worth it and He tells us why.

THE VALUE OF OBEDIENCE - QUALITY OF LIFE - Vss. 1-2

 

·       This passage was originally a father talking with his son.  Because Christians are the “Children of God” (Galatians 3:26), I believe we can apply this passage as if our Heavenly Father is talking to us.

·       Vs. 1 - Do you think that we “forget” what we don’t want to do?  Why or why not?

·       Why must God’s commandments be kept in the heart before we practice them as behavior?

·       How do we get God’s Word from our heads to our hearts? 

     Psalm 119:11 - Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I

                              might not sin against thee.

 

     Psalm 119:97 - O how love I thy law! it is my

                              meditation all the day.

     Psalm 119:111 - Thy testimonies have I taken as an

                                 heritage for ever: for they are the

                                 rejoicing of my heart.

 

·       “The heart keeps what it loves; what it dislikes it lets go.  The very soul of sin is here; ‘an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God.’” William Arnot, Studies in Proverbs, pp. 81-82

·       Vs. 2 – How is peace added to the person who keeps God’s commands in his heart?

·       “But length of days is the promise to the righteous; whether for earth or for heaven, as their Father seems best for them. In itself the promise, for this life has no charm.” Charles Bridges, A Modern Study in the Book of Proverbs, Revised by George F. Santa, (Milford, Michigan, Mott Media, 1978), p. 27

·       As a general principle, do you think that those that obey God’s commands live longer lives?

THE VALUE OF LOVINGKINDNESS AND FAITHFULNESS - FAVOR WITH GOD AND MAN - Vss. 3-4

 

·       Vs. 3 - Mercy refers to “lovingkindness”.  Truth refers to “faithfulness”.

·       How will lovingkindness affect our relationships with God and others?

·       Why is faithfulness to God and man important? 

      Luke 16:10, 1 Corinthians 4:2

·       Around the neck lovingkindness and faithfulness could be a decoration or a yoke.  What is the value of each?

·       How can we “write” lovingkindness and faithfulness on our hearts?

·       Vs. 4 – How will lovingkindness and faithfulness put us in the favor of God and man?

·       How will lovingkindness and faithfulness prove to God and man that you have good understanding?

THE VALUE OF TRUST - DIRECTION - Vss. 5-6

 

·       Vs. 5 – What does it mean to ...trust in the Lord with all thine heart?

·       How do we tend to “lean unto” our “own understanding”?  Why is this dangerous?

·       Vs. 6 - React to this statement: “He (God) loves to be consulted.” Bridges, p. 30

·       How do prayer and obedience reflect trust?

·       The promise is that God will guide us if we want Him to.  How often do we really want Him to?

·       Is there any decision too small to consult God about?

·       Psalm 32:8 - I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.

THE VALUE OF REVERENCE - HEALTH - Vss. 7-8

 

·       Vs. 7 – We all reverence something or someone.  But I believe that in essence, we will either reverence God or ourselves. 

·       How do fearing the Lord and departing from evil relate to each other?  What would you say to a person who claims to fear God and continues in habitual sin?

·       “Where God is honored, sin is hated, loathed, and resisted.” Bridges, p. 32

·       Vs. 8 – What kind(s) of health apply here?

THE VALUE OF GIVING - BLESSING - Vss. 9-10

 

·       Vs. 9 - In what ways do Christians “honor the Lord with their substance”?

Luke 21:3-4 - And he said, Of a truth I say unto you, that

                       this poor widow hath cast in more than they

                       all: For all these have of their abundance

                       cast in unto the offerings of God: but she of

                       her penury hath cast in all the living that she

                       had.

 

Philippians 4:18 - But I have all, and abound: I am full,

                              having  received of Epaphroditus the

                              things which were sent from you, an

                              odour of a sweet smell, a sacrifice

                              acceptable, wellpleasing to God.

 

2 Corinthians 9:7 - Every man according as he purposeth

                               in his heart, so let him give; not

                               grudgingly, or of necessity: for God

                               loveth a cheerful giver.

·       Vs. 10 – Why can we not out-give God if we give with the right attitude?

 

Proverbs 19:17 - He that hath pity upon the poor

                            lendeth unto the Lord; and that which

                            he hath given will he pay him again.

 

     Philippians 4:19 - But my God shall supply all your

                                   need according to his riches in glory

                                   by Christ Jesus.

 

 

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Proverbs 3:1-10

PRINCIPLES

 

THE PRINCIPLE OF OBEDIENCE (from the heart) - Vs. 1

The results: Length of days, long life, and peace. Vs. 2

 

THE PRINCIPLE OF INTEGRITY (mercy and truth)  - Vs. 3

The results: Favor and good understanding in the sight of God and man. Vs. 4

 

THE PRINCIPLE OF TRUST - Vss. 5-6

The results: His guidance.

 

THE PRINCIPLE OF DISCERNMENT - Vs. 7

The results: Good health - Vs. 8

 

THE PRINCIPLE OF GIVING - Vs. 9

The results: Prosperity - Vss. 9-10

 

 

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PROVERBS 3:5-7

SIMPLE NAVIGATION

 You and I are on a journey. It’s called life.  Life is full of joys and sorrow. Life is full of ups and downs.  Life is full of challenges.

Because life can get really complicated, we need help navigating through our years here on earth. 

God has promised to give guidance to believers so we will be able to navigate through life. Psalms 32:8, Psalms 73:23-24, Psalms 119:105, John 16:13

In spite of these promises we often find ourselves, not sure what we are to do next.  It would be nice if there was SIMPLE NAVIGATION that would help us each and every day to know that we are on the right track.

There’s Good News.  God has given us that simple Navigational System.

Proverbs 3:5-7 - Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.

The first thing that we need to do is lean.

LEAN

Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

 

When you trust you are relying on something or someone. It is faith.  You are leaning on that individual or item.

When you trust in the Lord you are putting your faith in Him. You are leaning on Him.

Because we are sinners, and don’t deserve Heaven, we need help getting there.  That’s why Jesus died for our sins. He paid for our sins, because we were not able to pay for them. Romans 5:8

So what must you do to make Christ’s payment for sin applicable for you?  You simply need to trust Him alone for forgiveness and eternal life.  It is a matter of faith. It is a matter of trust. It is a matter of leaning upon Him. John 3:16

Trusting Jesus Christ as your Savior was only the first step of what should be a long series of events in which you trust in the Lord.

When you trust in the Lord you are leaning on Him for guidance.

When you trust in the Lord you are leaning on Him for help.

When you trust in the Lord you are leaning of Him for strength.

And by the way you can’t trust the Lord without trusting in His Word. 2 Timothy 3:16-17

Notice that we are to trust in the Lord with all our heart.

There are times when we say that we are leaning on the Lord, that we are trusting in Him.  Actually we are trusting in ourselves. We are leaning on our own understanding. We are trying to figure things out with our own wisdom and knowledge. The problem is that often we are trying to help God solve our problems when God doesn’t need our help! The trouble is, when we try to help God solve our problems, we are insulting the God of the universe. Isaiah 42:8

God does not want or your need your help in solving your problems.

God wants and needs two things from you.

He wants your implicit whole-hearted trust.

He wants your obedience. He wants you to obey what He tells you to do. Luke 9:23

And another thing, if we are living in fear we are leaning on our own understanding. We are not trusting God. 1 John 4:18

LEARN

Proverbs 3:6 - In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

Would you like the Lord to guide you in everything you say and do?

Be careful before you can yes.  It might be like sticking your head in a blast furnace!

Don’t say that you want the Lord’s guidance unless you are ready for change. Isaiah 55:8-9

If you really want to keep living the way you are living now.  If you are contented with life the way it is now, don’t seek God’s will!

But

·       If you have a yearning to please God

·       If you want God’s best

·       If you want true happiness

·       If you want to impact your world for Christ

·       If you want to see others come to Christ

 

YOU NEED GOD’S GUIDANCE IN YOUR LIFE

Romans 12:2 - And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

See that God’s will is GOOD, ACCEPTABLE, PERFECT!

WHAT MORE CAN YOU ASK FOR?

So how do we go about learn His will?

In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

That means in everything I am going to recognize His Lordship!  It begins with Romans 12:1.

That’s the over all commitment. Lord here are my hands, my feet, my heart, my mind, my legs, my arms, my stomach, my mouth, it’s all yours!

When everything is his, then you can start seriously consider acknowledging Him in everything you do.

Basically, you should consult with the Lord before you do anything.  Seek His guidance before you do anything.

·       Check with God about the use of your time.

·       Check with God about the food you eat.

·       Check with God about what you say and how you say it – the use of your tongue.

·       Check with God about the use of the television.

·       Check with God about the places you go.

·       Check with God about your romantic attachments and romantic thoughts!

·       Check with God about who your friends are.

·       Check with God about church attendance. Judging by prayer meeting attendance and evening church attendance, I doubt that many of you do much checking. And remember, the reason there are no children, young people and young adults here on Sunday night, is because you’re not here!

If you seriously want God’s will for your life, then you need to seriously acknowledge Him every step of the way!

LEAVE

Proverbs 3:7 - Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.

There are two things we need to leave behind if we are going to have God’s simple navigation at work in our eyes.

First, we need to leave behind our own wisdom. 

I have the world’s wisdom, that which proceeds from a wicked heart.

Let us leave behind the world’s wisdom in favor of God’s wisdom.

James 3:17-18 - But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.

Second, I am to depart from evil.

If it’s wrong, I’m to leave it behind.

If it’s questionable, I’m to leave it behind.

If it’s sensual, I’m to leave it behind.

If God hates it, I’m to leave it behind. Proverbs 6:16-19

If it’s evil in God’s eyes, I am to leave it behind.

But how will I be able to leave it behind.

That’s where the middle phrase in this verse comes into play. I am to fear God!

What is the fear of God?

It is being afraid enough to turn to Christ as Savior. Luke 12:5.

It is being afraid enough to be concerned about answering to God for the things we have done. Hebrews 4:13, 2 Corinthians 5:10

It is being afraid enough to reverence God as my Heavenly Father, who loves me more than any earthly father ever could.  If He is all powerful, holy, and loving, He is deserving of my respect.                      1 John 3:1

Proverbs 3:5-7 - Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.

SIMPLE NAVIGATION:

LEAN - Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

LEARN - In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

LEAVE - Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart

 

 

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Proverbs 3:5-10

THE GOOD LIFE

 

Most people consider the "good life" a life of wealth and prosperity.  The good life is actually living in such a way that God is pleased and blesses in return.

 

LEAN ON THE LORD - Vs. 5

 

LEARN FROM THE LORD - Vs. 6 - Acknowledge Him, and He will direct your path.

 

LIVE FOR THE LORD - Vss. 7-8

 

LEND TO THE LORD - Vss. 9-10 - In a sense giving to the Lord is a loan.  He always rewards those who are faithful to Him. That reward may not appear in it's fullness until the Judgment Seat of Christ.

 

 

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Proverbs 3:5-10

HELPFUL HINTS FOR A HAPPY LIFE

 

TRUST GOD! Vs. 5

 

KNOW GOD! Vs. 6

 

FEAR GOD! Vss. 7-8

 

HONOR GOD! Vss. 9-10

 

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DISCIPLINE

Proverbs 3:11-12

 

There are times when the discipline of God in our lives is necessary.

He does not discipline us to hurt us, but because he cares about us.

While not all trials are because we have sinned (Consider Job and James 1:2-4), there are times when the Father exercises discipline on his children.

 

THE CORRECTION OF GOD - "...the chastening of the Lord...his correction..."

 

THE CONSENT OF HIS CHILDREN - "...despise not...neither be weary..."

 

THE COMPASSION OF THE FATHER - "For whom the Lord loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth."

 

Compare Hebrews 12:5-11 and 1 Corinthians 11:27-32

 

 

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Proverbs 3:20-24

GOD'S WORD IN OUR LIVES

 

The best commandment and law from father and mother is the Word of God. Vs. 20

The writer of  Proverbs shows us how the Word of God is to impact our lives.

 

INFILTRATION OF GOD'S WORD Vss 20-21

To infiltrate is to penetrate.  God's Word will penetrate our lives as we keep it, forsake it not, and bind God's Word continually on our hearts (memorization and meditation).

 

INSTRUCTION BY GOD'S WORD, Vs 22

 

ILLUMINATION FROM GOD'S WORD, Vs. 23

God's word illuminates our path because it is a lamp and a light.

 

 

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Proverbs 3:30 etc.

ANGER IN CHECK

 

It is not easy for us to keep our anger under control.  We certainly need the power of God’s Holy Spirit and the encouragement of God’s Word. To help keep anger in check:

 

RELAX! - Proverbs 3:30 - Strive not with a man without cause, if he have done thee no harm.

 

REFRAIN! - Proverbs 19:11 - The discretion of a man deferreth his anger; and it is his glory to pass over a transgression.

 

REMEMBER! - Proverbs 20:3 - It is an honour for a man to cease from strife: but every fool will be meddling.

 

 

 

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