A Blessed Life

Blessed Life
Today we begin a journey through the book of Proverbs. The book is as meaningful today as it was when written.

It is neither a prosperity pamphlet nor a how to succeed handbook in the worldly sense.

Living a godly life in an ungodly world is not an easy task.

Proverbs is a book of principles not promises. Proverbs gives detailed instructions for the practical affairs of life.

Solomon was the most successful king in the history of Israel.

Solomon lived a ‘Blessed Life’.

What  were the secrets to his success?

Why in spite of mis-steps & yes- sin did he continue to experience the favour & blessing of God?

What principles can we apply to our own lives?

How can we live successful, fulfilling lives in  challenging times?

What has to change  for you to be able to say ‘I Have A Blessed Life’ ?

Principle 1

Be Careful What You Ask For

One  night the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream.

God Said:

What do you want? Ask, and I will give it to you!

Solomon Replied:

You showed great & faithful love to your servant, my father David because he was honest & true & faithful to you.

You have continued to show this great & faithful love to him today by giving him a son to sit on his throne.

Lord, You have made me the King.

I feel  like a little kid  who doesn’t know what he is doing.

Here I am in charge of your own chosen people. I’m in charge of a nation so great and numerous they cannot be counted.

I need help. If You leave me  on my own I can’t govern these people.

I ask for only one thing.

Give me an understanding heart so that I can govern your people well & know the difference between right and wrong.

The Lord was pleased that Solomon had asked for wisdom.

God replied:

Because you have asked for wisdom in governing my people with justice & have not asked for a long life or wealth or the death of your enemies— I will give you what you asked for!

I will give you a wise & understanding heart such as no one else has had or ever will have!

And I will also give you what you did not ask for—riches and fame!

No other king in all the world will be compared to you for the rest of your life!

Wisdom

The key word in the book of Proverbs is wisdom – the ability to live life skillfully.

  1. Wisdom (the ability to judge & act according to God’s directives) is the most valuable of assets.
  2. Wisdom is available to anyone but the price is high.

  3. Wisdom originates in God , not self & comes by attention to instruction.

  4. Wisdom & righteousness go together . It is good to be wise & wise to be good.

Mike Chaille – a wise  man once said –  Always keep the main thing the main thing &  the main thing is Jesus.

Solomon – the wisest man that ever lived kept the main thing the main thing.  For Solomon the  main thing was Wisdom.

Wisdom Is A Person Not An It
Wisdom Is The Voice of God
Solomon Listened To Wisdom

Solomon Talked To Wisdom

Principle 2:

Keep the Main Thing
The Main Thing

Solomon Prayed :
◆    I need help.
◆    I don’t know what to do
◆    Give me wisdom
◆    Give me an understanding heart

God Answered:
◆    I am  pleased with  your  request
◆    I will give you an understanding heart
◆    I will also bless you abundantly

Solomon Kept Asking
God Kept Answering

Keep the Main Thing
The Main Thing

Take Time With Jesus

Just Ask
I feel……..
I am……..
I need………

Just Listen
      Because you asked …….
I  will .……..  

Just Write
Your Request
His Response

 

Live  Blessed Today!

Virtually yours

linda

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