"SPECIFIC EVIDENCES OF A MAN'S RELIANCE ON CHRIST"

PROVERBS 3:7-12

  1. A MAN'S RELIANCE ON CHRIST COMPLETELY WILL EVIDENCE ITSELF IN A FEAR THAT HUMBLY REFUSES THE OFFERS AND OPPORTUNITIES TO EVIL (3:7-8)
    1. There Are 21 References In Proverbs To The "Fear Of The Lord"
      1. A Comprehensive Expression Denoting A Right Perspective Of God & Right Relationship To God
        1. Abraham's Conclusion At Gerar (Genesis 20)
        2. Obadiah's Justification Of Himself To Elijah (I Kings 18)
        3. Satan's Accusation Against Job (Job 1)
      2. Three Components To "The Fear Of The Lord"
        1. Reverence & Sacred Respect For His Person
        2. Submissive Response To Divine Words
        3. Terror At The Prospect Of Divine Anger
    2. There Are Wonderful Physical Benefits (3:8)
  2. A MAN'S RELIANCE ON CHRIST COMPLETELY WILL EVIDENCE ITSELF IN A STEWARDSHIP THAT GLORIFIES GOD IN ALL MATERIAL THINGS (3:9-10)
    1. God And Material Things Correspond To The Two Sides Of A Man's Being
    2. We Are To Magnify The Uniqueness Of God's Ownership Of All Material Things
      1. By Giving Back To Him First
      2. By Being Fair With Others
  3. A MAN'S RELIANCE ON CHRIST COMPLETELY WILL EVIDENCE ITSELF IN HIS ACCEPTANCE OF DISCIPLINE (3:11-12)
    1. No Bitterness Over The Divine Education Process (3:11)
    2. It Would Be The Fatherly Love Of God That Would Be Resented