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Proverbs 3:11-12 sermon

Proverbs 3:11-12 sermon

Words to the wise: Remain

All Saints Wellington, November 15th 2009



  • Proverbs 3:11-12 (p.607)
  • Hebrews 12:7-11 (p.1145)


Overview of series

  • 1-2: Remember – the wise never lose touch with God
  • 3-4: Respond – the wise are characterised by love and faithfulness
  • 5-6: Rely – the wise fully rely on God for direction
  • 7-8: Revere – the wise are humbly obedient
  • 9-10: Receive – the wise give generously to God in all aspects of their lives
  • 11-12: Remain – the wise remain faithful and submit to God in testing times



  • Word association game – discipline


Why does God discipline us?

  • Why do parents discipline their Children?
    • To teach them that something is dangerous/wrong
      • e.g. slap wrist when they try to run into the road
      • e.g. Cutting child’s allowance for lying about where they were last night
  • Discipline is not the same as judgement
    • point of judgement is to punish the ‘crime’
    • Point of discipline is to build up the individual, strengthen them for the future
      • Judgement comes at the end when there is nothing you can do
      • discipline comes each step of the way
  • To accept discipline requires trust
    • Must believe that God/the parent is acting in your best interest
    • Discipline is often painful/hard, doesn’t always seem beneficial at the time
    • Proverbs 3:11-12 (p. 607)
  • We are being transformed into Christ’s likeness
    • God loves us too much to let us stay as we are




How do we know when God is disciplining us?

  • He speaks to us through scripture
    • bible passage might stand out to us and make us realise what we’ve done
  • He speaks to us through other people
      e.g. David + Nathan – 2 Samuel 12 (p.301)
  • He speaks to us through the consequences of our actions
    • e.g. As a result of our selfishness someone else gets hurt and that makes us realise we were selfish


  • Any examples?
  • Any other ways?


How do we/should we respond?

  • Good example: David and Nathan – 2 Samuel 12 (p.301)
    • David sins (Bathsheba)
    • Nathan comes with message from God
    • David admits his guilt (v.13)
    • He repents (Psalm 51)
    • He turns back to God
  • Bad example: Nebuchadnezzar – Daniel 4 (p.843)
    • Nebuchadnezzar has a big kingdom
    • he get proud
    • God rebukes him and tells him to renounce his sins and be kind to the oppressed
    • He refuses and becomes more proud
    • God turns him into an ox!!
    • extreme example but it is a good story – watch out!



  • The wise remain faithful and submit to God in testing times.
  • They welcome His parenting because they know that he can see the bigger picture
  • The God we know from the bible and from experience is a God who want the best for his children
  • It is a slow and often painful process but we must trust God and let him work in us




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