Wednesday, July 16, 2014

SOLOMON SAYS- 31 Days To A Smarter You! Part 2

SOLOMON SAYS- 31 Days To A Smarter You!
Notes from part 2 of our series

How To Avoid The Trap Of Bad Words

Key Thought- There’s a miracle or a mess in your mouth.  

“The tongue has the power of life and death.” —Proverbs 18:21
“…you are trapped by the words of your own mouth, caught by your own promise.” Proverbs 6:2 (GWT)
“Whoever of you loves life and desires to see many good days, keep your tongue from evil . . .” —Psalms 34:12-13 

The Bible says, “Let the weakling say ‘I am strong’” (2 Corinthians 12:10). 

Avoid The Trap Of Bad Words By Using Them As a Positive Force in Your Life 
Solomon Says that our word have tremendous potential and influence in our everyday lives. 
“Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.” —Proverbs 16:24 
“Through the blessing of the upright a city is exalted.” —Proverbs 11:11 
“From the fruit of his lips a man enjoys good things.” —Proverbs 13:2 
“The tongue of the wise brings healing.” —Proverbs 12:18   

Six Things You Can Do To Use Your Words As A Positive Force 

1. Speak to BUILD others up. 
“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” —Ephesians 4:29 

2. Speak without COMPLAINING or ARGUING. 
“Do everything without complaining or arguing . . .” —Philippians 2:14 

3. Don’t talk TOO MUCH. 
“The more the words, the less the meaning and how does that profit anyone?” —Ecclesiastes 6:11 
“Where words are many sin is not absent.”  Proverbs 10:19
  • Excessive talking wearies others
  • Excessive talking will distract you from your responsibilities 
  • Excessive talking can cheapen your words
  • Excessive talking will lead to sin
4. Speak without GOSSIPING. 
“A gossip betrays confidence. . .” “A gossip separates close friends. . .” “Without gossip a quarrel dies down. . .” —Proverbs 11:13; 16:28; 26:20

5. Speak without CRITICIZING others. 
“Don’t pick on people, jump on their failures, criticize their faults—unless, of course, you want the same treatment.” Luke 6:37 (MSG) 

6. Speak at the HIGHEST LEVEL of your FAITH. 

“It is written: ‘I believed; therefore I have spoken.’ With that same spirit of faith we also believe and therefore speak.” 2 Corinthians 4:13

Monday, July 14, 2014

Solomon Says- 31 Days To A Smarter You!

Solomon Says-  31 Days To A Smarter You!
Notes from part 1 of our series

“Wisdom is supreme, therefore get wisdom.” — Proverbs 4:7

Wisdom-  Is anointed common sense.  It is KNOWING what GOD wants you to do and CHOOSING to do it.

The Consequences Of Not Having Wisdom:  (see Proverbs 24:30-34)
  • You will live a purposeless life. (Prov. 21:16)
  • You will live a life marked by bad and foolish decisions (Prov. 10:21; 14:12) 
  • You will ultimately be destroyed! (Proverbs 1:23)
THE REWARDS OF HAVING WISDOM:
  • Wisdom is the key that unlocks the FAVOR of the Lord in your life. 
“For whoever finds me finds life and receives favor from the Lord.” — Proverbs 8:35 
  • Wisdom causes a flow of RECOGNITION AND PROMOTION to come into your life. 
“Esteem her, and she will exalt you; embrace her, and she will honor you.” — Proverbs 4:8 
  • Wisdom makes your ENEMIES helpless against you. 
“For I will give you words and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict.” — Luke 21:15 4. 
  • Wisdom brings lasting WEALTH AND PROSPERITY. 
“With me are riches and honor, enduring wealth and prosperity . . . bestowing wealth on those who love me and making their treasuries full.” — Proverbs 8:18,21

THREE HABITS WISE PEOPLE BUILD THEIR LIVES ON:

1.  The habit of ASKING GOD for more wisdom.  
“If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.” — James 1:5

2.  The habit of MEDITATING on the right things. 
“Be careful what you think, because your thoughts run your life.”  Proverbs 4:23 (NCV)
*see Psalm 1, Joshua 1:6-9

3.  The habit of adding the RIGHT THINGS and subtracting the WRONG THINGS in your life.  2 Peter 1:5-8, Colossians 3:5, Galatians 5:19-25

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Take The Solomon Says Challenge This Month! 31 Days To A Smarter You!

The Bible tells us that Solomon, the writer of the book of Proverbs and son of King David, was the wisest and wealthiest man to ever live.  Within this incredible book (Proverbs) is the wisdom that you and I need to succeed in every area of life!  Consider taking the Solomon Says wisdom challenge with me this month.  You are only 31 days away from a smarter you!  

Solomon Says Challenge:

1.  Read Through The Book Of Proverbs-  There is one chapter for each day of the month.  If you'd like to join via an online reading program, go to youversion.com or simply read through on your own.  I pray that a proverb a day will become a life long (daily) habit for you.  God invites you and I to grow wise each day as we get into His Word, the Bible.

2. Take The Tithe Challenge-  The Bible asks us to give our first and our best back to God and He will bless the rest (Proverbs 3:9-10, Leviticus 27:30, Deuteronomy 14:23). This first is the tithe, or “tenth” of our income. We return to the Lord 10% of what He's given us, because it belongs to Him. The tithe is a very practical and tangible way to put God first.  If you are not tithing already, a great way to start is with the Solomon Says Challenge. Essentially, it's a contract based on the promises of God in Malachi 3:10-11.  It is a step of obedience and guarantees the provision of God. 

3.  Ask Yourself The Best Question Ever-  Learning from your past to embrace your future is vital to becoming wise.  When the Bible doesn't seem clear, the best question that you can ever ask when you are unsure about whether or not God wants you to do something is this: "What’s the wisest thing to do in light of my past experience, my current circumstance, and my future hopes and dreams?"  

4. Pursue Wise Counsel When Making Big Decisions-  Solomon reminds us that “Where there is no guidance the people fall, But in abundance of counselors there is victory.” (Proverbs 11:14) Pride causes us to go it alone or to find people that will agree with the decisions that we know aren't wise.  Continue growing in wisdom by seeking wise counsel.  

5.  Stay Connected To The Local Church-  God desires that you would flourish in life.  Solomon's father, King David, wrote this Psalm 92:13, "Those who are planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish in the courts of our God." (NKJV)  Hebrews 10:25 reminds us, "25 Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another--and all the more as you see the Day approaching."  Wisdom for your life is connected to God's house.  Stay connected when you are away via our online experience (click here) and get connected when you're here by taking your next step!

I believe that if you will commit to the wisdom challenge this month, you will not only avoid many of life's heartaches, but you will grow stronger and wiser in your faith.  God invites you to grow in wisdom so that you can experience all of His blessings in this life.  Solomon reminds us that, "20 Wisdom shouts in the streets. She cries out in the public square. 21 She calls to the crowds along the main street, to those gathered in front of the city gate: 22 “How long, you simpletons, will you insist on being simpleminded? How long will you mockers relish your mocking? How long will you fools hate knowledge?" Proverbs 1:20-22 (NLT)

Are you ready move forward into the life that God has for you?  Let's grow wiser together!  Take the Solomon says challenge and I'll see you this weekend!