A Good Place To Start: Pt. 1

This is a message that was preached by my uncle, Minister David Boyd, during a Youth Service last summer.

Proverbs 1:7
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Before we start anything in life, we must start with three things:

1. We must start with the right purpose.
2. We must start with the right tools.
3. We must start with the right ingredients

These items will be your foundation; And if you don’t start with the right stuff…all you will end up with is a mess and failure. God does not want any young person to fail in life. He desires that you be successful, so He wants you to start with the right stuff.

Many youth are blessed with “born again” parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, or some older person in your life who is doing their best to provide the right resources so that you can start your life off on the right foot.

I remember receiving Christ at the age of 21; And I knew I needed to read the Bible, but I was unsure of where to begin. For a new believer, there can be some places in the Bible that can be very confusing, but I thank God for some older believers in my life, like my mother and a church deacon. They told me that as a young person, I needed to read Proverbs, because Proverbs had good instruction for young people. So I took that counsel, and Proverbs was easy to understand, and it tells you about life and how to conduct yourself: How to treat people, about employment, about respecting older people, etc… They also advised me to read Psalms and the Gospel of John(which helped me to get to know Jesus better).

That advice helped to give me a Godly purpose and set me on the right path; And we all need Godly people to help set us on the right path..

You are growing, but if you get the right seeds planted in your life, and the right watering in your life; this will help you to be strong and successful in life, so that you are not weak or swayed to a lot of bad things in life.

As I prayed, I heard the Lord say that “Its time to let the Bible speak.” And that’s what we need today.

We have a lot of voices talking to our young people today, whether it be: Facebook, Snap Chat, InstaGram, email, youtube, music, TV shows, etc… But God says Its time to let the Bible speak; And that’s what we need to get back to. This nation, the church, and our homes are failing our young people, because we’re straying away from the Word of God.

It is time to let the Bible Speak!

We see the deplorable conditions of this world, because people are doing all they can to silence the Word of God: the degrading behavior, the senseless shootings, the disrespect for one another

The Word of God IS the best place to start for the solutions. It is time to go back to the Word.

I can remember my mother requiring that my siblings and I learn Bible verses when we were kids. We stood around the kitchen table on Sunday mornings and recited a Bible verse. She taught us to pray. She was trying to instill in us a Godly fear of the Lord, which is the beginning of knowledge. My parents wanted their kids to have a strong Godly foundation for life.

Proverbs 1:1
The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel;

Solomon was one of the wisest men to ever live. He became king at the age of 20, with a lot of responsibilities; But he had good training from his father, David. The Bible says that Solomon had a heart like his father. His father, David, was a man after God’s own heart, so David set a good example for Solomon.

When you have someone teaching you the ways of the Lord, receive it and apply it.

So because Solomon had good training from his father, God knew that Solomon could handle his responsibilities as king. Likewise, God wants you and I to be able to handle everything that He has planned for us.

So in I Kings 3:6, God tells Solomon that whatever Solomon wants, God will give it to him. And do you know what Solomon’s answer was? He told God that all he wanted was understanding and a discerning heart. Solomon didn’t ask for riches or fame. He just wanted God to give him the wisdom to make good decisions; And do you know what God did? God not only gave Solomon wisdom, but God also gave him wisdom, wealth, and power. If you have the right motives within your heart, this opens the door for God to do amazing things in your life.

Proverbs 1:2
To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding;

God wants us to know what wisdom is. Wisdom is not just having knowledge, but it is knowing the right things and being able to apply them to your life. God doesn’t’ just want us to be smart, but He wants us to be able to take the knowledge that He has given us and then know how to apply it in the right way.

Then He says I want you to know wisdom and instruction. Instruction means discipline, know how to control yourself. Have self-control, Don’t lose it, Have good conduct. God wants us to have discipline in our life, and not to fall into everything. God does not want us to be naïve, but instead to understand what is going on around us.

Proverbs 1:3
To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and equity;

This implies that God wants us to be teachable. We need to be able to receive sound Godly advice. God wants us to spend time with Him, so that He can teach us. There is no substitute for spending quality time with God.

We can spend a lot of time with electronic devices: A lot of time on Facebook, A lot of time on InstaGram, A lot of time on Snap Chat, A lot of time on Youtube, A lot of time talking on the phone, but God is trying to encourage us to spend some time with Him.

What it took for our elders to make it, it will take the same for us. Don’t despise wisdom and instruction, Don’t turn your back on Godly teaching. God wants us to receive good counsel. God wants to help you have a good start in life. God is putting people in your path to advise on the right path to take.

Turn off the TV, Turn off the cellphone, Turn off the PS5 or X-Box. Your friends may talk bad about you, but let them talk. You might even have family members who say that it doesn’t take all that…But if you’re trying to get somewhere in life, you got to do what other folks aren’t doing, You’ve got to dare to go where no man has gone before. You’ve got to be willing to step out there with God, even if you have to go by yourself, because the Bible says that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge.

One thought on “A Good Place To Start: Pt. 1

  1. I find it rather interesting that you started studying The Book of Proverbs as a born again Christian. Many people I know start from The Gospel of John. However, since the Bible is almost 70 books, I wish more new Christian converts begin its study with a book that tells them the general principles of life, just as you did.

    Great post!

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