Sermons in “Proverbs”

A Woman Who Fears the Lord

The person you choose to marry will have a profound impact on the rest of your life. It is one of the most important decisions a young man or young woman will ever make. It is more important than choosing a career. It is more important than deciding where you are going to live. The book of Proverbs ends with words of wisdom urging young people to choose carefully the person they are going to marry.

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Don’t Be a Fool!

In the Bible, a fool is someone who lacks common sense. He is rash, and reckless, and irresponsible. His decisions get him into all kinds of trouble. He is often his own worst enemy. His problem is not so much with his mind, but in his heart. It is not an intellectual deficiency, but a spiritual issue. Every one of us is capable of acting foolishly, and making ill-advised decisions. That’s why we need to ask the Lord for wisdom.

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Drink Responsibly

There is the belief that in order to have a good time an endless supply of alcohol is required. Many reach for the bottle in an effort to drown their troubles. They’re looking for an escape, but even after the bottle is empty, their sorrows remain. While Scripture doesn’t prohibit the use of alcohol it warns of the trouble with drinking too much. Abusing alcohol is both dangerous and foolish. It’s not just the life of the alcoholic that is affected, family and friends are impacted as well. God’s people must exercise self-control, because drinking too much creates all kinds of problems.

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The Reward of Righteousness

It matters how a person chooses to live. Scripture tells us that those who sow wickedness will end up reaping judgment. Whatever momentary gain that they think they have acquired will be short lived. Whether in this life or the next, it will eventually catch up with them and they will have to give an account of their actions before God. On the other hand, those who sow a life of righteousness will one day reap a reward as they stand in the presence of God. There are blessings that we will find, both in this life and the next, as we seek the Lord.

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A Deadly Snare

We live in a culture that is obsessed with sex. Everywhere we turn, we are bombarded with images of scantily clad figures. You can barely turn on the television these days without coming across a program filled with sensuality or innuendo. God designed physical intimacy between husband and wife to be a beautiful thing within the proper boundary of marriage, but sin has a way of corrupting everything that the Lord intends for good. We see the destructive results all around us. Marriages have been destroyed, families have been torn apart, and young minds have been enslaved. God’s people must guard our hearts, because lust is a deadly snare.

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If You Don’t Have Anything Good to Say…

Words are like a double-edged blade. They can accomplish great good, or unleash terrible evil. They can build up, or destroy. They can encourage, or crush a person’s spirit. Too often, we speak without thinking, blurting out anything and everything that enters our mind. Many friendships have been ruined because a thoughtless word was spoken.

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Helping Hands

Scripture has a lot to say about our attitude towards the poor. There are a lot of people, all around us, who are struggling to get by, who may not know where the next meal is going to come from, and who don’t have a support system to lean on when they find themselves in a tough spot. These people need sympathy, not condemnation. Christians should show compassion to those in need, because God cares about the poor.

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Lazybones

What kind of worker are you? Are you industrious like the ant? Or do you have a difficult time getting motivated to roll out of bed on Monday morning? Have you ever called in sick, because you didn’t feel like going in that day? Have you pretended to be busy at your desk, while you were actually checking Facebook? Have you ever stretched your 15 minute break to a half hour? We all have days when we don’t feel like showing up, and we are tempted to ignore our responsibilities, but those lazy days can become a pattern, and a habit, and the way we approach life. When that happens, it creates problems for us and others.

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Choose Your Friends Wisely

The book of Proverbs gives us wise counsel on the kinds of friends we should seek, and the sort of crowd we ought to avoid, if we want to live godly lives. Whether we know it or not, our friends will influence the kind of person we will be, so choose wisely!

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The Beginning of Wisdom

If the Book of Psalms is the great hymnal of the OT, Proverbs is the OT’s training manual for life. In ancient Israel, it was a wonderful resource to help young people learn to live wisely, walking in the ways of the Lord. But it is not only the young, people in every stage of life can benefit from its wisdom. Proverbs is incredibly practical, touching on all kinds of issues we deal with in our everyday lives.

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