Focus Points: 7- 9
Every word of God is flawless, he is a shield to those who take refuge in him. Do not add o his words, or he will rebuke you and prove you a liar. “Two things I ask of you, O LORD; DO not refuse me before I die: Keep false hook and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bead. Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you and say, “Who is the LORD?” Or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonor the name of my God.
Having too much money can be dangerous, but so can having too little. Being poor can, in fact, be hazardous to spiritual as well as physical health. On the other hand, being rich is not the answer.
As Jesus pointed out, rich people have trouble getting into God’s Kingdom (Matthew 19:23-24) Like Paul, we can learn how to live whether we have little or plenty (Philippians 4:12) but our lives whether are more likely to be effective if we have “neither poverty nor riches.
If ever we needed two powerful forces to preserve us along life’s way, they are interity and uprightness. David asks for these to protect him step by step. Uprightness makes us learn God’s requiremens and strive to fulfill them. Integrity being what we say we are – keeps us from claiming to be upright while living as if we do not know God. Uprightness says, “This is the Shepherd’s way,” and integrity says, “I will walk consistently in it.”
Buy the truth and do not sell it; get wisdom, discipline and understandin. (Proverbs 4:7) Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Through it coast all you have, get understanding.
If you want wisdom, you must decide to go after it. It takes resolve – a determination not to abandon the search once you begin no matter how difficult the road become. This is not a omce-in-a-lifetime step, but a daily process of choosing between two paths, the wicked (4:14-17,19) and the righteous (4:18). Nothing else is more impotant or more valuable.
Proverbs 23:29-30> Whoso has woe? Who has complaints? Who has needless bruises? Who has bloodshot eyes? Those who linger over wine; who go to sample bowls of mixed wine.
Focus point: The soothing comfort of alcohol is only temporay. Real relief comes from dealing with the cause of the anguish and sorrow and turning to God for peace. Don’t lose yourself in alcohol, find yourself in God. Isreal was a wine-producing country. In the Old Testament, winepresses bursting with new wine were considered a sign of blessing . Wisdom is ever said to have set her table with wine (Prov.9:2,5) But the Old Testament writters were alert to the dangers of wine. It dulls the senses; it limits clear judgmet (Prov.31:1-9) it lowers the capaity for control (Prov.4:17) it destroys a person’s efficiency (Prov.2:17). To make wine and end in itself a means of selfindulgence, or as an excape from life is to misuse it and invite the consequences of the drunkard.
2: Surely I am more brutish than any man, and have not the understanding of a man.
(a) Ps. 73:22> I was senseless and ignorant; I was a brute beast before you.
3:I neither learned wisdom, nor have the knowledge of the holy.
4:Who hath ascended up into heaven, or descended? who hath gathered the wind in his fists? who hath bound the waters in a garment? who hath established all the ends of the earth? what is his name, and what is his son’s name, if thou canst tell?
(b) John 3:13> No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven—the Son of Man.
(c) Job 38:4>“Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation? Tell me, if you understand.
Focus points: Because God is infinite, certain aspects of his nature will always remain a mystery. Compare these questions with these questions with the questions God asked Job (Job 38 – 41)
5:Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.
(d) Ps.12:6> And the words of the LORD are flawless, like silver purified in a crucible, like gold refined seven times.
(e) Ps. 18:30>As for God, his way is perfect: The LORD’s word is flawless; he shields all who take refuge in him.
Ps.84:11>For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless.
6:Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.
(f)Deut.4:2> Do not add to what I command you and do not subtract from it, but keep the commands of the LORD your God that I give you.
Rev.22:18>I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this scroll: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to that person the plagues described in this scroll.
9: Lest I be full, and deny thee, and say, Who is the LORD? or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God in vain.
(h)Deut.8:12> Otherwise, when you eat and are satisfied, when you build fine houses and settle down,
Neh.9:25> They captured fortified cities and fertile land; they took possession of houses filled with all kinds of good things, wells already dug, vineyards, olive groves and fruit trees in abundance. They ate to the full and were well-nourished; they reveled in your great goodness.
Hos.13:6>When I fed them, they were satisfied; when they were satisfied, they became proud; then they forgot me.
He that reproves a scorner gets to himself shame: and he that rebukes a wicked man gets himself a blot. Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee. Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning. The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.
Focus points: Because we don’t have the resources to be truly godly, God allows us to “participate” in divine nature in order to keep us from sin and help us to live for him.When we are born again, God by his Spirit empowers us with his own moral goodness. see John 3:6, John 14:17 – 23, 2 Corinthians 5:21, and 1 Pet.1:22,23.
ref: John 3:6> Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.
John 14:17-23> the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.” then Judas (not Judas Iscariot) said, “But, Lord, why do you intend to show yourself to us and not to the world?” Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.
2 Corinthians 5:21> God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
1 Pet.1:22,23> Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart. For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.
(also focus on john 3:6 views and James 1:5)
Focus points: By wisdom, James is talking not only about knowledge, but about the ability to make wise decisions in difficult circumstances.Whenever we need wisdom, we can pray to God, and he will generously supply what we need. Christians don’t have to grope around in the dark, hoping to stumble upon answers . We can ask for God’s wisdom to guide our choice. Wisdom means practical discernment, It begins with respect for God, leads to right living, and results in increased ability to tell right from wrong. God is willing to give us this wisdom, but we will be unable to receive it is our goals are self center instead of God-center. To learn God’s will we need to read his word and ask him to show us how to obey it. Then we must do what he tells us.
Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.
If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.
King James Version (KJV)
Be not thou envious against evil men, neither desire to be with them. For their heart studieth destruction, and their lips talk of mischief. Through wisdom is an house builded; and by understanding it is established: And by knowledge shall the chambers be filled with all precious and pleasant riches. A wise man is strong; yea, a man of knowledge increaseth strength. For by wise counsel thou shalt make thy war: and in multitude of counsellors there is safety.
New Living Translation (NLT)
Don’t envy evil people or desire their company. For their hearts plot violence,
and their words always stir up trouble. A house is built by wisdom
and becomes strong through good sense. Through knowledge its rooms are filled
with all sorts of precious riches and valuables. The wise are mightier than the strong,
and those with knowledge grow stronger and stronger. So don’t go to war without wise guidance; victory depends on having many advisers.
Ref: and Focus points:
The athlete who thinks – who assesses the situation and plans strategies – has an advantage over a physically stronger but unthinking opponent. And wisdom, not muscle, is certainly why God has put people in charge of the animal kingdom. We exercise regularly and eat well to build our strength, but do we take equal pains to develop wisdom? Because wisdom is a vital part of strength, it pays to attain it. In any major decision we make concerning college, marriage, career, children etc. It is not a sign of weakness to ask for advice. Instead, it is foolish not to ask for it. find good advisers before any big decision. They can help you expand your alternatives and evaluate your choices. Times of trouble can be useful. They can show you who you really are, what kind of character you have developed. In addition, they can help you grow stronger. When Jeremiah questioned God because of the trouble he faced, God asked how he ever expected to face big challenges if the little ones tired him out (Jeremiah 12:5.) Don’t complain about your problems. The trouble you face today is training you to be strong for the more difficult situations you will face in the future. (To my Son and Daughter I will always love you and understand your feelings) as a Man of God, be blessed and God got it.