I would like to share with you some verses for you to meditate on this week:
Paul says in Ephesians 1:17-19, “That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might.”
Here are the notes from the sermon on Sunday:
The text for this sermon comes from: Proverbs 15:31-33. The title of this sermon is: Listen to Reproof and Gain Wisdom. This is the last sermon in our Proverbs series for 2016. We will pick up Proverbs again in January.
The goal of a preacher is to not preach just so that you enjoy a sermon and you leave and never think about it or do anything with it.
The Bible says that our God is a consuming fire and that the same Holy Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead lives in you. The fire of God lives in you.
It is the preacher’s goal to preach with conviction to your spirit to spark the fire that is in you…to wake it up!
We know from last week that being disobedient is one key way of offending God to the point of having Him not answer our prayers.
The Bible offers hope for us. We know that we have grace but grace is not an excuse to sin. Grace is the power to live the life that God has called us to live. You don’t have to sin because of the power that comes from the Holy Spirit who lives in you. That might sound strange but no one is holding a gun to your head and forcing you to sin. You sin because you give in to the flesh instead of living by the Spirit.
2 Timothy 3:16 – All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.
How do you respond to correction or disapproval? The Bible says that it is profitable for all of these things and one of those is reproof.
Reproof is a different word for rebuke.
Google says that rebuke is: express sharp disapproval or criticism of (someone) because of their behavior or actions.
Reproof is actually beneficial. It is life giving in the sense that when you hear it, you do something about it and you increase in wisdom and decrease in stupidity.
Everyone makes mistakes. Everyone is used to reproof.
- When you were a kid it could come in the form of timeout, a spanking, being grounded or having toys and things taken away.
- In high school and college if you made mistakes on tests or papers, your reproof comes in the form of all those red marks on your paper.
- If you speed or run a stop sign, your reproof comes in the form of a ticket.
- On the job, your reproof can come in the form of a verbal warning, a written warning, an employee evaluation or whatever your supervisor deems necessary.
Proverbs 15:31-33 – We all want to be wise. How many people do you know personally that are wise? Not people that you have heard of or authors that you have read but personally. How many people do you know that still make stupid decisions or they make mistakes resulting in consequences that could have been avoided?
Whoever ignores the reproof, rebuke, instruction, or correction despises himself. Think about that. To ignore, or not listen to or to not do anything with what you have been shown or told – you have to hate yourself.
Why would you not want to grow?
Why would you not want to get better?
Why would you not want to progress in sanctification?
Why would you not want to become everything God created you to be?
How much do you have to hate yourself to not want to grow? You can’t love your neighbor as yourself if you hate yourself.
If you are going to ignore the Scripture and not live it out, so will the people that you are trying to disciple.
But…he who listens to the reproof gains intelligence.
When you are chasing sin, pride, laziness, apathy, complacency, yourself – anything other than Jesus, reproof is your wake up call.
When you give in to the flesh (chase the flesh), you can get stuck in a cycle of sin that makes you feel comfortable and makes you feel guilty. Your sin is like a drug. It feels good in the moment but it is destroying you.
You feel ashamed. You feel condemned. Jesus does not condemn His own. Jesus is a good Shepherd. He does discipline but He does not condemn.
Scripture calls out to you. Reproof is not condemnation.
There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. Romans 8:1-2
Reproof is not condemnation and you should not take it as such. Reproof is your wake up call.
- This is what you are doing and where you are at
- This is what the Bible says
- What you are doing right now is not lining up with the Bible
- The longer you chase sin only proves your unbelief in the Bible
- Pray that God would help your unbelief
Ultimately, how you listen and respond to what you read, hear, see, in Scripture all comes down to what you believe to be true about God.
You are responsible for confronting your own unbelief. What is keeping you from believing what God says in His Holy Word is true? Because….
That very thing is keeping you from being obedient. That thing that causes your unbelief is the wrench that is slowing your progress in sanctification.
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge and instruction in wisdom.
Hold on to that.
When you start to doubt, fear, stray, get anxious – come back to that.
You cannot love God and hate His Word.
Colossians 2:6 does not say, “As you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so ignore him.”
It says, “As you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him.”
Listen to Scripture
Change your course when you are reproved or rebuked.
Challenge and confront your unbelief
Walk in Jesus
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