√ Being good at LIFE requires WISDOM.
(Proverbs 8:10-12 NLT) Choose my instruction rather than silver, and knowledge rather than pure gold. For wisdom is far more valuable than rubies. Nothing you desire can compare with it. “I, Wisdom, live together with good judgment. I know where to discover knowledge and discernment.
√ EARTHLY wisdom vs. GOD’S wisdom.
(James 3:13-18 NIV) Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. Such “wisdom” does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice. But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.
(Proverbs 16:25 NLT) There is a path before each person that seems right, but it ends in death.
√ Earth’s wisdom is WORDLY.
(1 Corinthians 1:20 NIV) Where is the wise person? Where is the teacher of the law? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?
√ Earth’s wisdom is SENSUAL.
(Titus 3:3-5 NIV) At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, . . . .
√ Earthly wisdom is DEMONIC.
(John 8:44 AMP) You are of your father, the devil, and it is your will to practice the lusts and gratify the desires [which are characteristic] of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a falsehood, he speaks what is natural to him, for he is a liar [himself] and the father of lies and of all that is false.
(Proverbs 4:7 NIV) The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.
1. Godly wisdom comes from GODLY PRINCIPLES.
(Job 12:13 NLT) “But true wisdom and power are found in God; counsel and understanding are his.
(Job 28:23 NLT) “God alone understands the way to wisdom; he knows where it can be found,
2. Godly wisdom acts with GODLY MOTIVES.
(Philippians 2:1-5 NIV) Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion,
then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:
3. Godly wisdom always serves GODLY PURPOSES.
(John 10:10 NLT) The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.
(Matthew 5:16 NLT) . . . let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.
√ You get wisdom by ASKING.
(James 1:5 NLT) If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.
√ You get wisdom by OBEYING.
(Psalm 111:10 NLT) Fear of the LORD is the foundation of true wisdom. All who obey his commandments will grow in wisdom. Praise him forever!