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Read Proverbs: Week 1 (Chapters 1-7)

Mike Butler

Proverbs Challenge: 1x3 = Wisdom

Proverbs challenges us to consider the choices between being wise and being foolish. Every decision we make should be fueled by wisdom, but that simply is just not the case. The Proverb challenge is simple, but can be life changing.  For 31 days, you will engage on a journey that will take you through all Thirty-One chapters of Proverbs with the intention of leading you to trust the ancient wisdom of the Scriptures. It’s fairly simple: 1x3=Wisdom. Following the calendar of July, you will select the proverb of the same day (e.g. July 15 = Proverb 15), read it three times and ask God, “What wisdom do you desire me to gain today?”  The process is simple, but the outcome will be life changing. Enjoy the journey.

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Week 1 (Chapters 1-7)

All of life is rooted in choices or decisions.  We choose daily - even moment to moment - to do something.  But are those decisions rooted in wisdom? After all, sometimes we make decisions that are rooted in selfishness - “What I want is the most important.” Most of the time, we aren’t so bold as to say this, but every once in a while the truth comes out. Sometimes our decisions are driven by fear - “If we don’t do something, then the bottom will fall out” or “I have to make a choice that will prevent the worst from happening.” Other times our decisions are driven by acceptance - “If I do this, then maybe ____________ will pay more attention or approve or like me more or on and on.”

But Wisdom wants more for us!

Often referred to as a law or guide, Proverbs seeks to equip us to make better, wiser decisions. Sometimes it’s about a more informed decision - “Should I change jobs?  Which job is the right one? Should I go into debt for my business? If so what are the risks?” Other times we are asking about how to raise a family or treat a spouse - “Why do we discipline children and what is the most God-honoring way to do so? How do I love my spouse more fully? What is a character trait God seeks in a Godly wife or husband? What should be the most important truths to pass on to my children?”  Wisdom seeks to give us counsel on both how to choose and how to apply what we choose.

This week as you read the daily proverbs, challenge yourself to really focus on what wisdom can be found. Challenge yourself to commit to memory one or two proverbs this week that will remind you where to search for wisdom and the benefits of it. Also consider what it might mean to disregard wisdom and choose foolishness.   

Themes

  • Chapter 1 - The heart of Wisdom (1-7); value of wisdom (8-9); warnings of disregarding wisdom (10-19); Parable of wisdom calling (20-33)

  • Chapter 2 - How we acquire wisdom (1-11; How wisdom saves (12-19); The benefits of wisdom/pitfalls for not having it (20-22)

  • Chapter 3 - Instructions to keep wisdom (1-10, 21-26); God’s discipline as God’s favor (11-12); The “value” of wisdom (13-18); The use of wisdom- Personally and God’s (27-35)

  • Chapter 4 - Wisdom from our fathers (1-3); Pursue Wisdom (4-9); Practical Wisdom (10-27)

  • Chapter 5 - Instructions on the “adulterous woman” (1-6); effects of disregarding wisdom (7-14, 20-23); fidelity to your wife (15-20);

  • Chapter 6 - Debt and obtaining freedom (1-5); work ethic (9-11); wicked intent and the outcome (12-15); 7 Things the LORD hates (16-19); sexual purity, adultery, and the outcome (20-35)

  • Chapter 7 -  Treat wisdom like “family” (4-5); parable of an adulterous woman (6-27)

Questions to ask of each proverb:

  1. How is wisdom described?

  2. Where can we find or gain wisdom? What keeps wisdom from being found?

  3. In what ways have I seen wisdom work out for me? In what ways has foolish choices hurt me? My family? My friends?

  4. What is God saying to me about wisdom today?

Weekly Challenge

  • Memorize one or two proverbs that will remind you where to find wisdom.  

  • Journal, blog, or use social media to challenge others to consider wisdom.

Resources or Studies

Youversion (bible.com)


This week, Pastor Lewis begins our Wise series with “A Proverbs Driven Life”. The Path of life is filled with many twists and turns, it is not an easy course to navigate on our own. This is exactly why God has not left us to ourselves. Instead, He has provided us with the perfect wisdom we need for the journey ahead through the infallible Word of God. Jesus, our true wisdom, helps us navigate this path of complexities through the wisdom of Proverbs. Join us at CrossPointe on Sunday Mornings at 9 and 10:30. For more information, visit us at www.crosspointe.tv.

Wise: Read the Proverbs Challenge

Chris Vasquez

During our Wise sermon series, Pastor Butler is challenging you to read a Proverb every day, read it three times, and ask God “what wisdom can be found in this Proverb?” So July 1, begin with Proverbs 1. Pray that God will allow you to receive the full wisdom the Proverb contains, and read the Proverb through three times. Also, look for Pastor Butler’s blog posts each Monday at www.crosspointe.tv/pastorsblog

God what must I sacrifice?

Chris Vasquez

Day 5 of Pastor Butler's reflections on his time in Cote d'Ivoire.

Day 5: God what must I sacrifice?

“God I will do anything you call me to do” is a popular heart-felt statement that nearly every Christian has made at some point in their walk. It may have been made during a conference or seminar about global missions. Some will say it when they have spent a weekend in quiet study of the Word and have felt compelled to follow Christ wherever he leads. We sing it Sunday mornings in various forms and talk about it to people we love when we are trying to explain our undying commitment to Christ. The challenge for most of us is just that it’s an “undying” commitment. Meaning we are constantly striving to live up to a commitment that never dies - and yet that may the achilles heal to commitment. As a young preacher preparing for a message from Romans 12, I cam across a statement credited to the 19th Century, American Evangelist D.L. Moody. It read, “The problem with a living sacrifice is that it keeps crawling off the altar.”  As I read over his words, I had to stop long enough to let it settle. Let me encourage you to do the same.  

In our part of the world, we know very little about “sacrifice” in this sense.  In church circles, we associate it with Jesus and his death on the Cross. We speak of our need to “sacrifice” time to study the Bible or give to our churches to continue the work set before us. We talk about what was “sacrificed” to go to school or what someone else “sacrifices” to make a better life for themselves and their loved ones . We talk about the “sacrifice” we made to be on a team or for a certain job. And all of these are good metaphors for the idea of sacrifice, but they really fall flat when we consider the real implications of a sacrifice. In the Scriptures, sacrifice could be a metaphor at times.  Sometimes sacrifice was agricultural - meaning crops. Sometimes it was property - land, possessions, etc.. Sometimes it was animal. Whatever the means of sacrifice that was required it could mean many things, but it’s picture was still etched into the minds of hearers because of the common practice.

See what was sacrificed - was given up completely. There was no taking it back. I mean I guess you could have, but that was highly frowned upon. If a person had resolved to give something, it was given up completely. It was completely turned over to the LORD and it was used to bring Him glory and to set themselves completely in agreement with Him. When Paul calls for Christians to be a living sacrifice, he was taking a unique approach to the life of person who follows Christ. They were to see themselves as offering their lives to Christ by living their lives for Christ. To allow Christ to examine their sacrifice of self and weigh its overall merit. Their sacrifice was to be approved by Him and Him only.  When we realize that our bodies are living sacrifices, then we are invited into a relationship with Jesus that allows Him to lead, direct, and even push us in a certain way. Our fears are now His to handle. Our possessions are now His to use. Our gifts and talents are His instruments. Our very livelihood is His to use to His Glory.  Thus the danger of a living sacrifice is that I can decide not to stay on the altar. I can actually decide to stop sacrificing myself for Him.  

Today consider what it means to say to Jesus, “take my life, a living sacrifice  to you.” As you do, read these passages and weigh the questions in your mind

Romans 12:1-2

Mark 10:35-44

1 Peter 2:4-10

  1. What is the most challenging idea of being a “living sacrifice”?

  2. What fears did you find that God now wants you to sacrifice?

  3. If you are able to sacrifice those fears, then what do you sense God will be calling you to do as His living sacrifice?

Go in Peace!

 

 

God what am I afraid of?

Mike Butler

Day 4 of Pastor Butler's reflections on his time in Cote d'Ivoire.

Day 4 : God what am I afraid of?

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine as children do. It's not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own lights shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” (Coach Carter, Timo Cruz, actual quote is from Marianne Williamson)

 

I think all of us have fears of various things. For some, it’s the unknown. Others are afraid of the dark. Still others are afraid of heights.  We all face fear at some point in our lives. .  Fear is a common theme for many people. It surfaces when we start a new job or when we are waiting for a call from the doctor’s office. Some fear that their abilities will not meet the task and they will fail.  There are so many people whose lives are literally attempts to mask their fear rather than face it.  

What if our fears weren’t necessarily bad?

What if fear in some ways was just our way of climbing up that next step into what God has made us to do?

What if our fear is really just a catalyst into the next stage of our lives?

What if the fear that is so common to each of us is really just the call of God for us to trust him even more?

 

I absolutely love the story of Peter walking on water with Jesus.  In short, Jesus had performed an incredible miracle (as if they all are not incredible) in feeding several thousand people with only a few loaves of bread and some small fish. Following the meal, Jesus sent his disciples across the lake to prepare for the next day, but he went away to pray. In the middle of the night, the disciples were in the midst of a furious storm on the lake when they look up and see Jesus walking towards them on the water. Already exhausted from trying to keep the boat afloat and the potential dying, now they are probably thinking they had died because a ghost was coming towards them. Instead, Jesus calls them to stop being afraid and trust Him. Peter cries out to Jesus “If it’s you, then call me to you on the water.” You know the rest of the story, Peter walks out on the water - hesitates and begins to sink but Jesus saves him. There is much to be said about stepping out in trust and then taking our eyes off of God, but I don’t want that to be our focus here. Instead, consider this:  Peter alone walked on water.  None of the other disciples could say that - ever.  Peter looked to Jesus and said, I am afraid, but I trust you with my fear. Man that is powerful. Fear is common to all of us, what is not common is that some have learned to trust Jesus with that fear.

Today I want to challenge you to ask God, “What am I afraid of?”  and be patient and humble enough to listen.  Remember courage is borne of adversity and fear.  Often we forget, those accomplishments in our lives were at one point unbridled fears that had yet to have been taken captive and made to submit to the authority of Christ.  I believe I have always resonated with the above quote from Coach Carter because it reminded me that truly, I am made in the image of God, restored by the sacrifice of Jesus, and set apart by the Holy Spirit. My ability to accept that is the key to my liberation. It’s the key to my opportunity to lay my fears on the altar and allow God to take them as my sacrifice and use them as His vehicle. Most of our lives are lived in quiet desperation uncertain of God’s calling, when in reality the fact that we have lives at all should be evidence of His calling.  

Let me encourage you with these passages to ponder today Matthew 14:22-36 ,Mark 9:14-29, Romans 8:31-39  and two simple, but life altering questions:  

 

  1. What fears in my life do I need to own?

  2. How can I begin to trust God with my fears?

 

Go in Peace