How To Radically Improve Your Life Pt. 2 – The Master Key To All the Treasures of Life
One day Charlie Brown came home with his report card. As he turned on the TV, his sister Lucy scoffed at his grade: “You got a “C” in history? That’s only average.” Charlie Brown defended himself: “So what? I’m an average student in an average school in an average community. What’s wrong with being average?” Lucy retorted, “Because you’re capable of doing much better.”
How many of us settle for just average?
Improvement isn’t automatic. You’re only young once, but you can be ignorant indefinitely. Each year the lobster is forced to shed its shell; it’s a pity we aren’t! Come on, if you don’t make personal growth and improvement your responsibility it’ll never happen. The road to anything worthwhile is always uphill, so the sooner you start climbing the closer to reaching your God-ordained potential you’ll be.
Personal growth and improvement is our responsibility.
“For things to change, you have to change. For things to get better, you have to get better. For things to improve, you have to improve. When you grow, everything in your life grows with you.” Jim Rohn
When you improve yourself you improve your life, your relationships, and your finances
•To make radical improvements in you life, you need either inspiration or desperation
•Sad thing is 95% of our society settles for far less than they want in this life, wishing they had more, living with regret, and never understanding that they could be, do, and have MORE our of life – Im here to Inspire you today to radically improve your life.
•••A young man asked the old man, “What’s the secret of your success?” Good decisions, he replied. How do you learn to make good decisions? You get that by experience. How do you get experience? By making bad decisions.
Your life will get better when you get better!
Wisdom – knowledge of what is true or right coupled with just judgment as to action; sagacity, discernment, or insight.
The Hebrew word means “Skilled in Living” – To know what to do with what you know is the essence of wisdom. The Law of God applied accurately to your life to solve problems.
Proverbs 4:5-8 AMP – Get skillful and godly Wisdom, get understanding (discernment, comprehension, and interpretation); do not forget and do not turn back from the words of my mouth.6 Forsake not [Wisdom], and she will keep, defend, and protect you; love her, and she will guard you. 7 The beginning of Wisdom is: get Wisdom (skillful and godly Wisdom)! [For skillful and godly Wisdom is the principal thing.] And with all you have gotten, get understanding (discernment, comprehension, and interpretation). 8 Prize Wisdom highly and exalt her, and she will exalt and promote you; she will bring you to honor when you embrace her.
We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid. – Benjamin Franklin
Today there is Lots of Knowledge, but little understanding. Lots of means, but little meaning. Lots of know how, but little know why. Lots of sight, but little of insight.
Can you think of anything worse than living a life devoid of growth and improvement?
1. Wisdom is the Master Key to All the Treasures of Life
Treasure – wealth, rich materials, or valuable things. any thing or person greatly valued or highly prized: to value, esteem.
2 Chronicles 1:10-12 NIV – 10 Give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may lead this people, for who is able to govern this great people of yours?”11 God said to Solomon, “Since this is your heart’s desire and you have not asked for wealth, possessions or honor, nor for the death of your enemies, and since you have not asked for a long life but for wisdom and knowledge to govern my people over whom I have made you king, 12 therefore wisdom and knowledge will be given you. And I will also give you wealth, possessions and honor, such as no king who was before you ever had and none after you will have.”
•Solomon born around 974 BC. Installed as King at 12 yrs old. Richest Man who ever lived. (Trillioinaire) Why? He asked for Wisdom.
Proverbs 8:11 NIV – for wisdom is more precious than rubies, and nothing you desire can compare with her.
•Highest quality ruby= 10x more valuable than a top diamond – 1 gram of gold= $50 – 1 gram precious ruby=$50,000!
•Gold reserves worth hundreds of billions of dollars. 4000 stalls for his horses and chariots. 12,000 horseman on his payroll. Ruler of nations sought his advice and paid him for it.
Proverbs 16:16 NIV – How much better to get wisdom than gold, to get insight rather than silver!
If God offered you 1 Thing what would it be?
Proverbs 2:1-4 NIV – My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, 2 turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding—3 indeed, if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, 4 and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure,
You always INVEST in what you find Valuable. Invest in Wisdom!
“If you think investing in yourself is expensive, you should try ignorance”
Proverbs 1:5 NIV – let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance
Don’t be a know it all~ Be a learn it all~! Don’t bankrupt your mind~
Warren Buffet said the most important investment you can make is in yourself.
The greatest value in life is not what you get but what you become! When you improve yourself you improve your life!
•••Buy the books, Go to the seminars, Continue to learn, purchase the audios and videos – GROW GROW GROW!
•Is the products worth it? I don’t know but YOU ARE!~ (money i’ve spent on personal & spiritual development)
A university study done a few years ago found that almost one-third of all physicians were so busy working, they were 2 years behind in the latest developments in their field. Heaven help their patients! If you want to be a continual learner, you must carve out time to do it! Henry Ford said, “It’s been my observation that successful people get ahead during the time other people waste.” Never leave your Bible, books (kindle), podcasts when you travel. Seize every opportunity to keep growing. The secret to becoming a learner – is to learn something new every day! Listen, “Get understanding. Esteem her and she will exalt you.”
Proverbs 22:17-18 NLT – Listen to the words of the wise; apply your heart to my instruction.18 For it is good to keep these sayings in your heart and always ready on your lips.
Coach John Wooden once said, “What counts, is what you learn after you know it all.” That’s because the more you learn, the less you think you have to learn.
You are never too old to learn to be wise! If you’re alive…You are never too young
2. A Proverb a Day Builds Wisdom
In my estimation, of the Bible’s 66 Books, Proverbs is the most provocative. If it’s true that good judgement is caught, not taught, then Proverbs drops pearls. More than 2 dozen centuries before Sigmund Freud and Psychological profiling, this set of 31 chapters outstrips human understanding with insights into sex, anger management, slander, wealth, m welfare, business ethics, intoxication, pride, and subtle human fissures as relevant as today and tomorrows blogs.
Read,, meditate, and memorize God’s Word daily
Proverbs 2:6-7 NIV – For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. He holds success in store for the upright, he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless,
Proverbs 1:7 NIV – The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools[a] despise wisdom and instruction
“People do not reject the Bible because it contradicts itself but because it contradicts them.”
Mark Twain said, “It ain’t the those parts of the Bible that I can’t understand that bother me, it is the parts that I do understand.”
Proverbs 15:14 NLT – A wise person is hungry for knowledge, while the fool feeds on trash.
3. Right relationships Increase your Wisdom
Proverbs 13:20 NIV – Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm.
Dr. Carl Menger said, “Our environment shapes us more than our heredity”
I Corinthians 15:33 NIV – Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.”
Proverbs 12:15 NIV – The way of fools seems right to them, but the wise listen to advice.
Relationships will either propel you or sustain you. People are like elevators they take you up or bring you down. So wrong relationships are thieves to your success
Pursue Wise Relationships: Those who build your faith and confidence, value who you are, challenge you to greatness, and are there when down and when your up.
Proverbs 11:14 AMP – Where there is no [wise, intelligent] guidance, the people fall [and go off course like a ship without a helm], But in the abundance of [wise and godly] counselors there is victory.
Run from Foolish relationships: those who are critical then complimentary, those who belittle you and your dreams, those who humiliate and embarrass you, those who gossip, bicker, and backbite you.
•Have the ability to disconnect from unqualified people who decrease your life.
4. When you Increase Your Wisdom You Will Increase Your Wealth
Proverbs 8:18, 21 NIV – With me are riches and honor, enduring wealth and prosperity. 21 bestowing a rich inheritance on those who love me and making their treasuries full.
“Empty the money of your wallet into your mind and your mind will fill your wallet with money” Ben Franklin
Warren Buffet said the most important investment you can make is in yourself.
Psalm 112:1-3 NIV – Praise the Lord.[b] Blessed are those who fear the Lord, who find great delight in his commands. Their children will be mighty in the land; the generation of the upright will be blessed. 3 Wealth and riches are in their houses, and their righteousness endures forever.
Proverbs 3:16 NIV – Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor.
NOW DO IT!
Proverbs 4:20-22 NLT – My child, pay attention to what I say. Listen carefully to my words. 21 Don’t lose sight of them. Let them penetrate deep into your heart, 22 for they bring life to those who find them, and healing to their whole body.
Don’t let wisdom just lead to knowledge – let it lead to action!
The way to get to the top is to get off your bottom.
James 1:22-25 NLT – But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves. 23 For if you listen to the word and don’t obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror. 24 You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like. 25 But if you look carefully into the perfect law that sets you free, and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it.
Solomon tells us throughout Proverbs to seek wisdom as if it were hidden treasure. True wisdom is rarely found lying on the ground in plain view. Rather, it’s a treasure that just be searched out, and those seeking it must often dig beneath the surface. But it’s not a difficult pursuit. It’s fun to search for buried treasure, and its wonderfully rewarding to find it.
You can grow old- without ever growing up! WISDOM IS A CHOICE… GROWTH … Happiness…. Success…
Are you going to DO anything about what we just talked about? If not, you just wasted an hour.
God doesn’t bless good intentions. He blesses WISE CHOICE – GOD SAYS IT’S YOUR MOVE! YOUR CHOICE – Will you do the wise thing?