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CAC LIVING WATER DAILY DEVOTIONAL GUIDE Tuesday, September 8, 2020

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2 months 2 weeks ago #10106 by thaiwohvista
TOPIC: GROWING IN WISDOM

Read Proverbs 9:7-12
He that reproveth a scorner getteth to himself shame: and he that rebuketh a wicked man getteth himself a blot.
Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee.
Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.
For by me thy days shall be multiplied, and the years of thy life shall be increased.
If thou be wise, thou shalt be wise for thyself: but if thou scornest, thou alone shalt bear it.

MEMORISE: Give instruction to a wise man, and he will still be wiser; Teach a just man, and he will increase in learning (Proverbs 9:9)

EXPOSITION
On this international day of celebrating the importance of literacy, it is pertinent to understand the concept of wisdom. Wisdom is the ability to make intelligent decisions in difficult situations. It means practical discernment. Wisdom begins with knowing God, which leads to right living, and result in increased ability to tell right from wrong. A wise man will hear and increase learning, a man of understanding will attain wise counsel (Prov. 1:5). A wise man is a zealous student of truth and wisdom that loves learning and teaching. You were born ignorant. You should crave learning and wisdom, lest you stay ignorant. Seeking wisdom should be a great goal of your life (Prov. 4:7; 16:16).
Instruction and teaching are blessings from God, and great men take advantage of these to increase in knowledge and understanding. The character of any man or woman can be easily seen by their degree of growth in wisdom and learning. Do not correct a scoffer, lest he hate you; rebuke a wise man, and he will love you (Prov. 9:8). A scoffer is a rebel that hates good and godly advice. Are you a scoffer or a wise man? You can tell by the way you respond to correction (criticism). Instead of tossing back a quick put-down or clever retort when rebuked, listen to what is being said. Learn from your critics. This is the path of wisdom.
God expects you to grow in wisdom. He offers it daily. Being without understanding is a sin (Prov. 14:8; 19:2). You are to grow in grace and the knowledge of Jesus Christ (2 Pet. 3:18).

PRAYER POINTS
1. Lord Jesus, give me a learning heart to know You more, and to live rightly.
2. Father, grant me the grace to make seeking wisdom a great goal of my life.
3. Holy Spirit, touch the hearts of children of God that hate being rebuked, so that they can learn to grow in grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ.

EXTRA READING FOR TODAY: Psalms 119

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