Wisdom, Part 4 (The Man in the Mirror #50)


Daniel Whyte III

Daniel Whyte III

This podcast is directed to all young people, but primarily to young black men, young black women, and their parents. We are thankful for all the people who are standing up for justice and racial equality. But this podcast is about the man in the mirror. What are you doing for the glory of God, to make life better for others, for your family, and for yourself? This podcast is about living life in such a way that it cuts back on the chance of being harassed or killed by the authorities or anyone else and helps you to live the good life of peace and joy.

Psalm 119:9 says, “Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.”

Jim Rohn said, “You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself.”

Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?'”

In keeping with our theme of dealing with the man (or woman) in the mirror, we are going to continue discussing the building of important biblical character traits in your life. Today, we will continue looking at the quality of Wisdom from “The Power for True Success” by the Institute in Basic Life Principles.

How Do We Get Wisdom?

1. By asking God for it. James 1:5 says, “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.”

2. By studying God’s Law. Deuteronomy 4:6 says, “Keep therefore and do them; for this is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the nations, which shall hear all these statutes, and say, Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.”

3. By keeping God’s commandments with us. Psalm 119:98 says, “Thou through thy commandments hast made me wiser than mine enemies: for they are ever with me.”

4. Through the fear of the Lord. Proverbs 9:10 says, “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.”

5. By reading the Book of Proverbs. Proverbs 1:1-3 says, “The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel; To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding; To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and equity.”

6. By God’s testimonies. Psalm 19:7 says, “The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.”

7. By hearing instruction. Proverbs 8:33 says, “Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not.” Proverbs 9:9 says, “Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.”

8. By seeking it early. Proverbs 8:17 says, “I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.”

9. By listening to rebuke. Proverbs 9:9 says, “Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.”

10. By seeking wise counsel. Proverbs 13:20 says, “He that walketh with wise men shall be wise.”

Young person, no matter who you are or where you come from, you can get wisdom from God and live a life of purpose, success, and blessing.

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Now, in closing, in order to be saved — in order to get right with God — you cannot look at the man in the mirror, but the Man Christ Jesus. First Timothy 2:5 says, “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.”

If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, here is how.

John 3:16 states, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that -whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can have a home in Heaven. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will. Romans 10:13 says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

God bless you.


Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.

He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.

He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.

Wisdom, Part 3 (The Man in the Mirror #49)

Why Is Wisdom So Important?

In order to explain the superior value of wisdom, God compares it to the most precious things in life.

1. It is more valuable than gold. Proverbs 8:19 says, “My fruit is better than gold, yea, than fine gold; and my revenue than choice silver.”

2. It is more precious than jewels. Proverbs 8:11 says, “For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it.”

3. It is more valuable than riches. Proverbs 8:18 says, “Riches and honour are with me [wisdom]; yea, durable riches and righteousness.”

4. It should be our first priority. Proverbs 4:7 says, “Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.”

Wisdom, Part 1 (The Man in the Mirror #47)

In keeping with our theme of dealing with the man (or woman) in the mirror, we are going to continue discussing the building of important biblical character traits in your life. Today, we will begin looking at the quality of Wisdom from “The Power for True Success” by the Institute in Basic Life Principles.

Wisdom is seeing the hand of God in every experience of life.

The primary Hebrew word for wisdom is “chokmah.” It comes from a root word meaning “intelligent, prudent, cunning, clever; to teach, instruct.” Another Hebrew word translated
wisdom is “sekel.” It comes from a root word meaning “to be circumspect; to act prudently, to prosper, to have success; to have expertise; to teach; to give insight, have comprehension.” The stated purpose of Proverbs is to “know wisdom [chokmah]” and “to receive the instruction of wisdom [sakel].”

The main Greek word for wisdom is sophia, which denotes practical skill and acumen. One Greek word translated wise is “phro-ni-mos, which means “thoughtful, sagacious, discreet. It implies a cautious person.”

God provides a description of wisdom [sophia] in James 3:17: “The wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.”

Truthfulness, Part 3 (The Man in the Mirror #46)

In keeping with our theme of dealing with the man (or woman) in the mirror, we are going to continue discussing the building of important biblical character traits in your life. Today, we will continue looking at the quality of Truthfulness from “The Power for True Success” by the Institute in Basic Life Principles.

Let’s consider the question, How Can We Learn Truth?

We naturally tend to accept false ideas because the ways of death appeal to our human reasoning. Proverbs 14:12 says, “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” Therefore, it is easy to believe lies, which come from Satan, since he is a liar and the father of lies. John 8:44 says, “When [the devil] speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.” Furthermore, if a person rejects the truth, God will send him strong delusions, and he will believe a lie. To learn truth, we need initiative and diligence in the following areas:

1. Filling our souls with truth. James 1:21 says, “Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.”

2. Studying the meaning of truth. Second Timothy 2:15 says, “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”

Truthfulness, Part 2 (The Man in the Mirror #45)

In keeping with our theme of dealing with the man (or woman) in the mirror, we are going to continue discussing the building of important biblical character traits in your life. Today, we will continue looking at the quality of Truthfulness from “The Power for True Success” by the Institute in Basic Life Principles.

Let’s consider the question, What Does Truth Do?

There is power in truth, because it is the very essence of God and the means by which He carries out His work in the world.

1. Truth brings us into Christ. James 1:18 says, “Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.”

2. Truth brings us to the light. John 3:21 says, “But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.”

3. Truth purifies our souls. 1 Peter 1:22 says, “Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently.”