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How To Be The Father Of A Wise Child

Proverbs 1:20-22
(RA-1932, Program: 2517, Air date: 06.18.17)

  1. INTRODUCTION
    1. Sometimes children are caught up in the mistakes, pride and arrogance of their parents.
    2. The book of Proverbs shares with us three categories of people:
      1. The simple
      2. The scorner
      3. The fool
    3. These categorizations have nothing to do with intellect.
    4. Proverbs 1:1-5
    5. Proverbs 1:20-22
      1. Proverbs 1:22 shows the evolution of a fool.
    6. This message show the progression from the simple to the fool.  Fathers have a responsibility to protect their children from this progression and raise their children according to wisdom.
  2. THE SIMPLE  (Proverbs 1:22)
    1. All children begin as simple, which means open or naive.
    2. The simple loves simplicity.
      1. He loves the carefree life.
      2. He doesn’t like serious thoughts.
      3. He is careless.
    3. The simple lacks understanding.
      1. Proverbs 9:1-4
      2. He lacks spiritual wisdom and understanding.
    4. The simple is easily led into error.
      1. Proverbs 14:15
      2. The simple believes every word he hears
        1. The simple will believe almost anything, which makes him an easy target.
        2. The simple doesn’t plan for the future.
      3. Proverbs 22:3
        1. A wise and prudent person looks ahead and sees the danger, but the simple doesn’t think about the future and thinks he is indestructible.
  3. THE SCORNER  (Proverbs 1:22)
    1. If a child is not led properly by his parents, the next step in this progression evolves from being naive or simple to being a scorner.
    2. The scorner can be described as a cynic, smart aleck or mocker.
    3. The scorner enjoys his scorning and being a smart aleck.
    4. Because he delights in his scorning, the scorner defies instruction.
      1. Proverbs 13:1
      2. He will not hear rebuke; he won’t listen.
    5. The scorner despises the good and the godly.
      1. Proverbs 15:12
      2. A scorner will not reach out to his parents or a pastor or a youth pastor for help.
      3. Rebuke a scorner, and he will insult you and laugh at you.
      4. Proverbs 9:7-8
    6. The scorner is destined for destruction.
      1. Proverbs 13:1
      2. Proverbs 13:13
    7. The scorner is very hard to reach, but there is hope. The scorner can be reclaimed for Christ.
  4. THE FOOL  (Proverbs 1:22)
    1. The fool can be described as a rebel, arrogant and/or wicked.
      1. The word for fool has a moral base.
      2. It means “without any ability to discern.”
    2. The fool hates knowledge.
      1. The scorner is insolent.
      2. The fool is immovable.
    3. The fool rejects wisdom.
      1. Proverbs 15:14
      2. The fool feeds on foolishness.
    4. The fool ridicules righteousness.
      1. Proverbs 14:9
      2. Fools mock at sin.
        1. In our society today, entertainment laughs at sin such as drunkenness, adultery, etc.
    5. The fool rejoices in iniquity.
      1. Proverbs 15:20-21
      2. His moral sense has been so perverted that he thinks good is evil and evil is good.
      3. Isaiah 5:20
    6. Proverbs 17:10
      1. The heart of a fool is hardened, and he does not listen to discipline or reproof.
      2. Hebrews 12:6
        1. If a wise child strays, he listens to and adheres to chastisement.
          1. King David sinned, but he was a wise man in spite of his sin and repented of his sin.
          2. When God judged Pharaoh, who was a foolish man, Pharaoh hardened his heart more and more.
  5. WHAT PARENTS CAN DO TO NOT RAISE A FOOL
    1. Parents need to expound truth.
      1. Proverbs 1:1-4
      2. The battle is for the mind.
      3. As a child thinks, so is he.
      4. The major teacher in a child’s life is the father.
        1. Deuteronomy 5-6
    2. Parents must expose sin.
      1. Proverbs 19:15
      2. The simple will learn by example.
      3. A child who is carefree and simple needs to see the scorner punished.
      4. The simple needs to see the fruit of sin exposed.
      5. Proverbs 21:11
        1. One of the worst things that could happen to a child is to not see the repercussions of sin.
        2. Ecclesiastes 8:11
    3. Parents need to expel the scorners.
      1. Proverbs 13:20
      2. Proverbs 22:10
      3. Do not let your children hang around with scorners and fools.
        1. Help your children select their friends.
        2. Invite godly people of character into your home.
    4. Parents should express love to their children.
      1. Proverbs 3:12
      2. Delight in your children.
      3. Be positive rather than negative.
      4. Be gentle to your children.
      5. Be transparent with your children.
        1. Let them know of your fears, your joys, disappointments, failures and your goals.
      6. Be available to your children.
  6. CONCLUSION
    1. As parents, we are inadequate to raise our children in wisdom apart from the Lord Jesus Christ.
    2. One of the best things we can do for our children is to love Jesus Christ with all of our hearts.
    3. Do you know Jesus personally? If not, you can pray to Him today by asking Him to come into your life.
    4. Call upon Jesus today. Repent (turn) from your sins, and turn to Jesus. Ask Him to forgive you of your sins, and acknowledge Him as Lord of your life.
    5. Romans 10:9-10
    6. Romans 10:13
Posted by dave hare at 12:00 AM

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