The Phone Tree Bible Study Group’s 2012 Summer Challenge
Gaining Wisdom – 8 weeks in the Proverbs
Scripture Reading: Proverbs 16-19
Chapter 16 Summary – > God knows the depths and the truths of the heart.
Power Scripture: “Commit your works to the LORD and your plans will be established.” – Proverbs 16:3
Practical Life Message: In everything you do, make sure that the LORD God is in the plan. He knows whether your heart is for Him and His glory or whether it is for yourself and your own glory. If His glory takes priority, then your way will be firm, stable and sure. If your glory takes priority, then your way will be shaky, unstable, and flawed.
Chapter 17 Summary – > Life or death can be traced back to the heart just as surely as it can roll off the tongue.
Power Scripture: “He who returns evil for good, evil will not depart from his house.” – Proverbs 17:13
Practical Life Message: What value is there in evil? None. To recompense evil for good, whether by tongue, thought or deed, brings nothing but darkness to the one who engages in it.
Chapter 18 Summary – > The path of man should be directed heavenward; it should lead to the throne of the Righteous One.
Power Scripture: “The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous runs into it and is safe.” Proverbs 18:10
Practical Life Message: In the I AM, there is protection, shelter, safety, strength, and a divine dwelling. Direct every step, every movement, and every action toward getting to Him.
Chapter 19 Summary – > There is value in being a poor man.
Power Scripture: “What is desirable in a man is his kindness, and it is better to be a poor man than a liar.” – Proverbs 19:22
Practical Life Message: Self-worth is important, and it is good to have, however Christ-worth is more important and it is essential to have. The poor man understands this. Live in such a way that you can fully grasp what poor in spirit means.
(Special Note: “To be poor in spirit is to acknowledge honestly and with understanding our spiritual poverty —indeed our spiritual bankruptcy—before God. God wants His children to have this recognition of poverty regarding true spiritual things, and possess the drive to seek their enrichment from Him.” – J.W. Ritenbaugh
7 Questions to Consider:
1) If the LORD were to weigh your heart in this present season, what would He discover?
2) How much attention do you give to the Word of God?
3) What is your attitude about the poor?
4) Do you experience difficulty “turning the other cheek?”
5) Do you run to the LORD when you are in need of refuge or do you run to something or someone else?
6) Are you a woman of integrity?
7) Are you willing to accept the counsel of the LORD but not discipline?
His Word. Life Relevance. Holy Direction.