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Session 20

Why the party scene won’t make you happy

Read: Proverbs 20

From movies to music, our culture seems to hold the party scene on a platform and shout, “This is where you’ll find fulfillment!” Where else will you meet someone special, solidify your social status, and make memories you’ll tell your kids about one day?

In reality, the air smells like body odor and alcohol. The conversations rarely go deeper than surface level. And the decisions you make can affect the rest of life, but not for the better.

The party scene might be interesting, but is it the kind of life we want to lead?

Drunkenness often leads us to do things we never thought we’d do — pick fights, avoid responsibility, cheat others — all the while concealing and numbing the longing in our hearts for something more (Proverbs 20:1-6).

Only a relationship with Jesus can fulfill us and sustain us. Proverbs 20:7 says, “The righteous lead blameless lives; blessed are their children after them.” The righteous are not those who never mess up, but those who carry no blame because Jesus has paid for their sins.

When we ask Jesus into our lives, the Holy Spirit gives us the ability to see things as they really are (Proverbs 20:12). And as our priorities change, our lives begin to change. Instead of overindulging in wine or strong drink, the Bible tell us to fill ourselves with wisdom from God and His people. When the volume of truth gets turned up, the voice of the world gets tuned out.

Our greatest moments didn’t happen inside the walls of a rager. We were created for more. The Lord is working in us even when we can’t see Him (Proverbs 20:24). And as we seek our fulfillment in Him, wisdom can become our legacy.

Reflect:

  • Which voice is louder right now, the world’s or the Lord's?
  • What’s one way you can surround yourself with wisdom today?

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So you want to be wise?

So you want to be wise?

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2

The best way to find your way

The best way to find your way

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3

Is God mad at me?

Is God mad at me?

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4

You have access to a wealth of wisdom

You have access to a wealth of wisdom

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5

Flirting with trouble is more dangerous than you think

Flirting with trouble is more dangerous than you think

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6

Why you need to be leading you

Why you need to be leading you

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7

How to avoid getting pulled in again

How to avoid getting pulled in again

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8

How do we know what’s true?

How do we know what’s true?

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9

How to win in every disagreement

How to win in every disagreement

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10

Will they miss you when you’re gone?

Will they miss you when you’re gone?

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11

How are you measuring success in life?

How are you measuring success in life?

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12

Avoid fools if you don’t want to become one

Avoid fools if you don’t want to become one

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13

Lying won’t get you what you really want

Lying won’t get you what you really want

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14

The best place to find the truth is in the Bible

The best place to find the truth is in the Bible

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15

How to deal with anger

How to deal with anger

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16

Tomorrow is too big to try it alone

Tomorrow is too big to try it alone

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17

Use your words for good, not evil

Use your words for good, not evil

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18

Choose your words wisely

Choose your words wisely

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19

Learn to own your mistakes

Learn to own your mistakes

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20

Why the party scene won’t make you happy

Why the party scene won’t make you happy

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21

There’s no such thing as “get rich quick”

There’s no such thing as “get rich quick”

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22

Why you should care what other people think

Why you should care what other people think

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23

Passing down wisdom is the best gift you’ll give your kids

Passing down wisdom is the best gift you’ll give your kids

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24

With great wisdom comes great responsibility

With great wisdom comes great responsibility

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25

You can’t do the right thing without the right heart

You can’t do the right thing without the right heart

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26

How to know who is worthy of honor

How to know who is worthy of honor

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27

Is the way you handle conflict adding to the drama?

Is the way you handle conflict adding to the drama?

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28

What to look for in a leader

What to look for in a leader

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29

Why you should welcome discipline at any age

Why you should welcome discipline at any age

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30

Do you believe God is awesome?

Do you believe God is awesome?

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How to live a life of noble character

How to live a life of noble character

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