Smoke and Mirrors- Word To The Wise

Smoke and Mirrors

Speaker: Pastor Ty Neal
Date: November 05, 2017

Just when you think you have life figured out, it happens - the unexpected. It's ironic how life has so much mystery that leaves us asking more questions than there are answers for. So we go to God. We try to figure Him out. We cross our t's and dot our i's expecting him to be controlled and domesticated. But God is not to be tamed like a circus lion. This blows us up. So what are we to do? Where are we to find meaning and lasting happiness when we don't have all the pat answers we so desperately desire? What do we do when life feels like a bunch of smoke and mirrors? Join us as we go through the enigma, wrapped up in a mystery, surrounded by a riddle within the Bible known as the book of Ecclesiastes.

Title - A Word to the Wise

Quote - The doorstep to the Temple of Wisdom is the knowledge of our own ignorance.” Charles Spurgeon

Proverbs 9:10 - 10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.

Big Idea: Jesus leads us

Ecclesiastes 10:12 - 12 The words of a wise man's mouth win him favor, but the lips of a fool consume him.

James 3:2 - 2 For we all stumble in many ways. And if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle his whole body.

Ecclesiastes 10:13-13 The beginning of the words of his mouth is foolishness, and the end of his talk is evil madness.

Quote - Listen to the talk that goes on in your home. How much of it is impatient and unkind How often are words spoken out of selfishness and personal desire? How easily do outbursts of anger occur? How often do we bring up past wrongs? How do we fail to communicate hope? How do we fail to protect? How often do our words carry threats that we have “had it” and are about to quit? Stop and listen, and you will see how much we need to hold our talk to this standard of love, and how often the truth we profess to speak has been distorted by our sin. Paul David Tripp

Ecclesiastes 10:14 - 14 A fool multiplies words,though no man knows what is to be, and who can tell him what will be after him?

Quote - “Wise men speak because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something.” Plato

Ecclesiastes 10:20-20 Even in your thoughts, do not curse the king, nor in your bedroom curse the rich,for a bird of the air will carry your voice,or some winged creature tell the matter.

Matthew 12:34-37 - 34You brood of vipers! How can you speak good, when you are evil? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. 35The good person out of his good treasure brings forth good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure brings forth evil. 36I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, 37for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned."

John 1:1 - 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

John 1:14-14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.

Quote - “Love without truth is sentimentality; it supports and affirms us but keeps us in denial about our flaws. Truth without love is harshness; it gives us information but in such a way that we cannot really hear it. God's saving love in Christ, however, is marked by both radical truthfulness about who we are and yet also radical, unconditional commitment to us. The merciful commitment strengthens us to see the truth about ourselves and repent. The conviction and repentance moves us to cling to and rest in God's mercy and grace.” Tim Keller

Ecclesiastes 10:12 - 12 The words of a wise man's mouth win him favor,but the lips of a fool consume him.

Colossians 3:16-16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.

Memorize Scripture - Quote -You ever want to hear the voice of God, read your bible out loud. John Piper

Don’t Speak - Quote - “We readily believe those whom we know to be desirous of our welfare,” John Calvin

James 1:5- 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.