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Entries in Proverbs: Timeless Wisdom for a Life of Blessing (3)

Monday
May072018

Ready? Set? Wait! 

As the spring semester is coming to a close and many Charis Bible College students are nearing graduation, I’m reminded of something Andrew said earlier this year during a live-stream chapel: the goal of Charis is to produce ministers who will succeed. Andrew is not in the business of sending out just anyone. He knows unprepared ministers can quickly get burned-out and quit. Success in your calling requires patience, diligence, and renewal by the Word to find the next step God has in store for you.

Many in our “right now” generation tend to look for the quickest way to get what they want. We were raised watching overnight successes and taught ideas like how anyone can start a business overnight or buy a plane ticket and “just go.” But how long will that self-drive and ambition last? Can your passion and excitement really keep you going? When there isn’t time sown into building your foundation, you and what was produced through you can waste away very quickly.

We all want to succeed and build something great—to leave a legacy or impact a generation. And that’s good; it’s a desire from God! But it comes from first persevering and maturing in relationship with Him.

Proverbs 16:32 says, “Better a patient person than a warrior, one with self-control than one who takes a city” (New International Version).

When determining which path to take or which school to go to, the world usually tells us, “Now’s the time. Just go! Just do it!” And in Christian circles, men and women of God are often portrayed as warriors, taking on challenges without any hesitation. But wait. Doesn’t this verse say that patience is more valuable than vigor? That harnessing your emotions is better than “going crazy” for God?

Proverbs shows that taking time to seek Him will change you and mature you from the inside out and produce lasting fruit. God’s kind of success is better than any quick fix the world can offer. We can’t let our zeal get the best of us. Proverbs 19:2 warns us that “Desire without knowledge is not good—how much more will hasty feet miss the way!” (NIV).

Our culture puts all the focus on zeal and desire, producing a “get everything instantly” mentality. With declarations like “Stop wishing, and make it happen! Chase after your dreams! Don’t wait. Follow your heart!” it’s no wonder we have people running off, unprepared, overwhelmed, and confused.

You might feel ready to just go. To be the next star. Drop everything and move. And you might feel the passion overwhelming you to the point of restlessness. But remember this: There’s knowledge to be found. There’s the Word to renew you. There is communion and relationship with the Father to complete you. It doesn’t matter if it takes two months or two years; God will get you to where He’s called you. Trust in His steps. He will cultivate you as you cultivate your vision.

The book of Proverbs can provide you with so much on wisdom, knowledge, and walking with God. Get Andrew’s new teaching, Proverbs: Timeless Wisdom for a Life of Blessing, and let it help you prepare for what’s next in your journey with God.

And congratulations to all 2018 Charis graduates around the world! We’re excited for you and believing with you that the foundation you’ve established by sowing the Word into your hearts will produce success wherever your next step takes you!

Written by Mo Smith

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Monday
Mar262018

User Manual Included

I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. One of my coworkers told me, “I just wish there was a manual given at birth that told me how to do life. It would’ve made things so much easier for me!” I was stunned, but she just laughed off this far-fetched idea.

She wasn’t a believer, and she had gone through serious turmoil that left her filled with anger and put her on an endless search for answers. And here I was, screaming on the inside, There is! I have the answer!

That day I realized the hard truth: there are people in this world who desperately need what God has already given us through His Word, but they have no idea how applicable or relevant the Bible is to their lives. Particularly the book of Proverbs. It is so transparent. It literally is our manual for life.

This week, Andrew continues his teaching on this book of wisdom on the Gospel Truth broadcast. In this teaching, Andrew shows us how we can choose to accept God’s help in life. We need God’s wisdom and His inspiration. And that’s what Proverbs is all about.

I’ve experienced this guidebook firsthand when Proverbs literally saved my life. I was only twenty when I got engaged to a guy who was not right for me. The months of dating before that were filled with so many doubts and so many smart people warning me to jump ship. Sometimes I listened, and we would break up; then later, I’d ignore their advice, and we’d get
back together.

Dumb.

I knew of others who ignored the naysayers and succeeded in the plan of God for their lives. So, I thought that would be my story too. But Proverbs 11:14 says, “For lack of guidance a nation falls, but victory is won through many advisers” (New International Version). Truthfully, it can feel really cool to go against the grain and prove people wrong. But for me, this verse meant escaping a terrible decision. With godly people speaking to my heart and confirming what I already knew deep down, I couldn’t ignore what God was saying to me anymore. I broke the engagement off. This time it was for good.

Andrew shares how if you’re undergoing struggles in your life right now, “it’s because you haven’t been following God’s direction. . . . And because of that, we go out and make mistakes that we don’t have to make, that the Word of God teaches us how to do things differently.”

Proverbs expounds on life’s biggest questions for both the little things and big things. And even if you “miss it,” God has a way of bringing wisdom back around to you, sometimes through another person. For me, it was through my amazing sister who spoke up and voiced my fear that my former fiancé was not the best choice for me.

Along with stressing the importance of having many counselors, Proverbs 11 also shows that it’s a gift when you have a faithful friend. Andrew explains that “you can’t just be best friends with everybody.” He says, “When you find somebody who will honor you . . . and protect you—man, that is a
faithful spirit.”

That’s how gracious and faithful God is to us. He gives us people who wake us up to His call on our lives and point us to His Word. I’m thankful for those people and my brave sister, who were my wake-up call to finally walk away from something that wasn’t God’s best.

We do have a manual for life. It’s the Word of God! Keep watching the Gospel Truth this month to gain more timeless wisdom for a life of purpose. It just might save your life too.

Written by Mo Smith

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Monday
Jan012018

Who’s Writing Your Story?

What if I told you that your whole life is written down in a book? Not only that, it was written before you were born. It’s true!

Psalm 139:16 says, “Your eyes have seen my unformed substance; and in Your book were all written the days that were ordained for me, when as yet there was not one of them” (New American Standard Bible, emphasis mine).

Days are ordained for us! But not everyone lives out the book God writes specifically for them. Instead, they write their own story, or worse, they let others write it for them.

The life ordained for you is the same as the perfect will of God. Romans 12:2 says, “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect” (NASB). This shows a progression in the will of God from good to acceptable to perfect. The question is this: How do we know the perfect will of God? Well, it’s not that mysterious.

It takes renewing your mind in the Word of God to know His perfect will. But it requires wisdom to build His will into your life. The following proverb refers to wives and mothers building their homes, but the principle applies
to everyone:

The wise woman builds her house, but the foolish tears it down with her
own hands.

Proverbs 14:1, NASB

A wise person builds their life, but a foolish one tears it down with their own hands. Wow! The operative word here is “wise.” Proverbs 4:7 says, “Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting
get understanding.”

Today is the first day of 2018! Today is a great day to decide to live the life God wrote specifically for you. Not only can you renew your mind in the Word to find out what that is, but you can also ask Him for the wisdom to carry it out. Be teachable to the spirit of wisdom if you need to make
course corrections.

Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you.

Proverbs 1:23, King James Version

Of course, we have the freedom to choose our own way, and God will still love us. God’s love for us does not depend on what we do. But God wants to make His plans known. If we want to fulfill the days ordained for us, we need to seek wisdom as the principal thing and build our lives after the book He wrote for us. What better place to start that journey than through studying the book of Proverbs!

Start this new year out right with Andrew’s newest book Proverbs: Timeless Wisdom for a Life of Blessing. This commentary will help you dig deeper into the book of Proverbs and take you on the path of wisdom to live the life especially tailored for you. Get the book and study on your own or follow along with Andrew on the Gospel Truth broadcast.

Happy New Year!

Written by Aria Fischer

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