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Walk Like A Wise Man Not Like A Fool

Myron Golden 00:00
Have you ever wondered how can I become more wise? You know, the Scripture says Wisdom is the principal thing therefore get wisdom with all thy getting get understanding. But where do you get that wisdom? Do you go down to like Publix and say I’d like seven pounds of wisdom please? How much is it per pound? I don’t think so. But I’m going to share with you some concepts about how we’re supposed to be wise. From the book of Ephesians In Ephesians, chapter five. Here’s what it says in verse eight. It says, For you are sometimes darkness but now are you light in the Lord, walk as children of light, for the fruit of the Spirit, and is in all goodness and righteousness of truth and truth, Proving what is acceptable unto the LORD, And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them, for it is ashamed to even speak of those things which are done of them in secret. But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light for what’s our a def make manifest is light.

Myron Golden 00:58
Wherefore, he saith Awake thou that sleepest and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give the light and then it says, See that you walk circumspectly, that word, circumspectly means wisely. See that you walk circumspectly, not as fool’s but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. And then it says, Wherefore being ie not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is, and Be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess, but be filled with the Spirit. So, it’s really interesting, it says, it says, what may be, make sure in verse number 15, I think it was it said, it says, See that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, don’t walk as a fool. But walk as a wise person. The scripture says He that walketh with wise men shall be wise, but the companion of fools shall be destroyed. And so I think we have to first define wisdom. And I know I’ve defined it before in other videos, but I’m going to define it again today.

Myron Golden 02:02
But before I define what wisdom is, I have to define the prerequisites of wisdom. So wisdom has some prerequisites. I’m gonna go over here to my whiteboard, I’m on my Blackboard, I’m going to give you some some prerequisites to wisdom, and what prerequisite number one is, in fact, I’m going to write that pre requisites requisites. I think that’s how you spell it. Which means these are pre requirements. Prerequisite number one is ignorance. Congratulations, you were born with it. Right? All of us were born with it. We were born ignorant. We didn’t know anything. Now what is ignorance? Ignorance is the absence of truth. Okay, so ignorance is the absence of truth. Now, if you don’t know truth, then you’re ignorant. Anything you don’t know when we were born, we didn’t know our head from our foot. We didn’t our hands from like our shoulder.

Myron Golden 02:56
We didn’t know anything, right. And so, so we were ignorant. But over time, we begin to learn things I believe probably one day I was sitting there slobbering on myself as a baby, not as an adult, going. And my mom said, that’s your hand, maybe that’s your hand and a half. And I eventually learned that was my hand. But then I found out, guess what, I had another hand. And I found out they’re not the same hands. I got a left hand and a right hand. I got a left foot and a right foot. I was like, wow. So not only do I have hands, I have, like, I have different orientations of hands. Okay, cool. So we begin, we replace ignorance by gaining the second prerequisite, which is knowledge. Now what is knowledge, knowledge is the accumulation of truth. And we begin to accumulate the truth. And when we begin to accumulate the truth, then we have knowledge. So we know things we know what our hand is, we know what our foot is, we know what our we know what our eyes are, we know what our ears are, we gain this knowledge.

Myron Golden 04:03
And a lot of people say knowledge is power. I don’t believe that knowledge is power. I believe that knowledge is potential power, right? And so we have to understand not the more knowledge we have, the more potential for power we have, but we don’t necessarily have more power, just because we have more knowledge. I’m gonna see if I can move this thing over here. I can’t. Okay, so I’ll do that after the next video okay. So now, the third prerequisite is understanding. Now what is understanding, understanding is the assimilation. Of Truth. See, knowledge is when I know what it is understanding is when I know what it means. So this is one of the things I say about the Bible. A lot of times people have biblical knowledge, but they don’t have Biblical understanding.

Myron Golden 04:53
They know what the Bible says, but they don’t know what it’s saying. They know the Lagace but they don’t know the Rhema right and the Rhema is what it means means it’s what it say. It’s what it’s saying. The Lagace is what it says. So, so the scripture says we’re supposed to walk wisely, not as fools. Okay, well, what is wisdom? Wisdom is Wisdom is the last. It’s not a prerequisite. Now we get the wisdom. What is wisdom? Wisdom is the application of truth. It’s only it’s only wise when I actually do it. So the application of truth is wisdom. If I don’t apply the truth, now, there’s what there’s something that comes after wisdom. What comes after wisdom? Well, the thing that comes after wisdom is foolishness. What is foolishness? Foolishness is when is the abandonment? Abandon? A man abandon ment? of truth, of truth. So we walk away from the truth. Okay? So that’s foolishness. So a person walks away from the truth.

Myron Golden 06:01
You’ve learned the truth. You understood the truth. You apply the truth for a while, and then you walked away from it. Why? Because maybe your flesh cause you to walk away from it. Maybe your desire to experience something to feel something made you walk away from it. Maybe it was your maybe it was your desire to, to know something or your desire to be somebody, you’re what is that? Your your worldly ambitions, your need for other people to think something about you, right? So that’s foolishness. So you walked away. So the Bible says we’re supposed to walk circumspectly. So the wisdom of your walk is doing the things, applying the knowledge that you have. If you don’t apply the knowledge that you have, you’re not wise, you might be smart. But everybody who’s smart is not wise. There are a lot of people who are smart fools.

Myron Golden 06:47
I’ve met a lot of smartphones, can I get a witness? Where am I be? Okay? So we understand that just because somebody knows something that does not make them wise. So the Bible says we’re supposed to walk wise, what does that mean? That means the things that we know to do, we should do. And if I don’t do the things I know to do, I’m walking like a fool. The Bible says, Don’t walk like a fool. But walk like a wise person. So make sure you’re taking steps in wisdom. Now what do we do when we start walking in wisdom? When we start walking in wisdom, one of the things we learn to do, is we learn to realize that we’re expiring, like where we become more aware of the fact that we are expiring. What did the Psalms say? He said, Lord, teach us to number our days.

Myron Golden 07:30
Why that we may apply our hearts on the wisdom. What does it say in Ecclesiastes, it says, Whatsoever thy hand finds to do do it with I might for there’s no work nor device nor service in the grave, whether that goes, you’re not gonna have time to learn either after you’re dead, too late to learn. When you’re gone, it’s too late to earn when you’re gone, it’s too late to do, it’s too late. It’s too late to do anything. So what we have to do is we have to walk in the wisdom, have an awareness that we are expiring and stop acting as if we think we’re going to live to be 875 years old. We have to go through life with a sense of urgency, if I’m going to be about something I need to be about it now. So that’s the first thing we find out it says that we need to walk according to wisdom are the wisdom what is let me ask you a question.

Myron Golden 08:12
What is the wisdom of your walk? Are you aware of the fact that you’re dying? And are you making every day count? Because you’re aware that every day you live is one less day you have to live? Are you acting as if Oh, just laissez faire? I’m just gonna go through life and just kind of do what I feel. I’m just gonna chill. Just gonna chill out. I’m just gonna hang out. I’m just gonna waste time. I’m just chilling. I’m just wasting some time. Are you insane? We have to have a level of intensity about the number of days we have left if I’m gonna live to be 140 I only have like, 30 What do I what I got 140 I only have like, at like, seven, eight years left, right. I gotta be about the business. What if I don’t live to be 149? I have less. Right? So I gotta act like I know this deal ain’t gonna last forever. And and because of that. If there’s a country song, country, country music country songwriters are so funny. They love double entendres. Right. And there’s a song called Live like you’re dying, like, what would you do if you knew you were dying? It’s like, you know, I add something about Go 2.7 seconds on a bull named foo Manchu, right? Let’s go bull riding. go skydiving go. And you do all of these things that we keep putting off. Why? Because when we think about it, which most people try not to do.

Myron Golden 09:43
When we think about it, we realize that the quality of our life is not measured by the number of years of experience we have doing a thing by the number of experiences we put in our years and say a person can live to be 7080 or 90 years old, and have 10 years worth of experiences in 70 and 8090 years because they just keep doing the same things over and over. Or somebody can live to be 35 years old and put 100 years of experiences in those because they don’t just keep doing the same things over and over and over and over. And it’s really interesting. Like people say, Well, man, this is all I know how to do. I’ve got 40 years of experience driving this forklift. But I got bad news for you, you don’t, because it don’t take that long to learn how to drive one, you got two weeks of experience repeated over a 40 year time period.

Myron Golden 10:25
And that’s how most people live their lives, they learn a skill, they add nothing to the skill and they just do that whole thing, that same thing over and over and over again, keep living Groundhog Day, every day for the rest of their lives. So we need to apply some wisdom to our walk. Okay, so we need to walk according to wisdom. Cool. But that’s not all. We need to apply wisdom to our work. How do I apply wisdom to my work? Because that’s what it says next. This one’s gonna shock you. It says it said in verse 15, he said see that you see that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Now, a lot of people, this is another one those verses a lot of people know what it says. Almost nobody knows what it’s saying. This, the Scripture is telling me to work according to wisdom. What does that mean? It means when I work according to wisdom, I work to redeem the time redeem my time.

Myron Golden 11:35
Now what is what does that mean? What does the word redeem mean? That’s what I’m gonna go into right now. So redeem means the first definition that we find when we look it up in the Strong’s Concordance redeem means to buy back, or buy up, supposed to buy back my time or buy my time you tracking you’re tracking? Okay, so I’m buying it back, I’m buying it up, then the second definition is rescue. From loss, so I’m supposed to buy back my time rescue it from loss. And the last one is improve. Opportunity. So I’m supposed to buyback my time rescue from loss improve opportunity. You say my iron what does that have to do with walk like applying wisdom to my work? Here’s what it has to do with it. The Scripture says, I should buy back my time. Let me ask you a question. When you buy coffee, what do you use to buy it with? Coffee? Money? When you buy clothes? What are you used to buy that with? Money? When you buy a car? What do you buy that with? Money? So when you buy your time, what are you gonna use to buy time? Money? How do you buy time with money, you buy time with money by paying someone else to do something that saves you time.

Myron Golden 13:05
So I have a landscape company that comes and cuts my grass every week. If I were to cut my grass every week, it would probably take me at least an hour and a half of my time when I pay somebody else to do it. I bought that hour back. I don’t even think y’all understand the significance what I’m telling you right now. So now I bought that hour back and I can use that hour to invest into my relationship with my wife, invest that into your relationship with my children and vessels into a relationship with my granddaughter invest that into my health by working out. I can do something else with that time. Why? Because I bought that time back. Okay, so I’m buying back my time. Guess what? I have a pool. But if I don’t clean my pool, why I pay somebody to clean my pool. They come by and clean every Tuesday. So I don’t know how long it take me to clean the pool might take me another hour and a half. So I paid somebody to clean my pool.

Myron Golden 13:57
And guess what? I bought back some more hours of my time. But I’m married. It’s not cool for me to just buy back my time. I need to not just buy back my time. I need to buy back some of my wife’s time. Right. So what did I do? I hired a housekeeper. She comes by she cleans the house three days a week she does the laundry she irons the clothes, she folds the clothes she does the vacuuming she mops the floor, she cleans the bathrooms. And so I bought back my wife’s time. Why? Because when I come home from work, I don’t want to watch my wife clean the house. I want us to be able to sit down and invest that time into our relationship. And so now I bought back some of her time and I bought back some my time. Like when I come here like there’s stuff that gets done here that I don’t do their stuff here. I don’t know how to do so what I do I make my time more valuable by spending my money on time buying back my time. It’s really interesting.

Myron Golden 14:56
How you know how if you invest your money over time you become wealthy That’s because there’s something called the time value of money. And if you invest money at a certain rate of return, over a long enough time period, that money becomes more because of the time value of money, don’t like the present, the current value of money is not the only value the money has. We have to, there’s such a thing as a financial calculator. And one of the things, there’s a button on the financial calculator, that’s f v, what’s a V stands for future value, so you can calculate the future value of money. So here’s what you need. Here’s what we understand based on compounding interest, or simple interest, or investing because we understand time, makes money more valuable.

Myron Golden 15:45
I know I said that kind of fast, I’m gonna say it again. Time, because of investing time makes money more valuable for watch this because of delegation. Money makes time more valuable. I have, like, we all have cars, cars are nice. And they buy back some time, right? So if like, having a car gets you from point A to point B, a lot faster than your tennis shoes, right. So we bought back some time we bought a car, right? We bought back some time, by having running water and a house, we’d have to go out to to the palm behind our house and get buckets of water to wash our clothes. So we bought that time through technology and through the tech that leverage of technology. But we also buy back our time, not just through automation, but also through delegation.

Myron Golden 16:38
Now, here’s what’s really cool. If there’s such a thing, as the time, value of money, there’s such a thing as the money value of time. What is the money value of time, every hour of my life that I buy back by paying somebody else to do something I’m either not good at, don’t like to do don’t want to do or don’t, or don’t know how to do is an hour of my life, I’m buying back. In fact, I might buy, I might pay somebody to do something for an hour that it takes them an hour, but it saves me three because I’m not good at it. Are y’all tracking? And see, here’s part of the problem. Here’s one of the reasons, like the Bible is not just telling us to be wise on our walk. But it’s telling us to be wise in our work. One of the ways that we can be wise in our work is to work.

Myron Golden 17:35
In a way that buys back our time, the Scripture says we should use our money to get time back, we do the exact opposite, we use our time to get money. And we wonder why we can’t get ahead. I’m doing it backwards. Are y’all tracking? So we go out, we sell our time to the highest bidder. $10 an hour, $20 an hour $30 An hour or 50,000 or $100 an hour, and we sell our time to the highest bidder. We wonder why we can’t get ahead. We can’t get ahead because we’re not walking according to the wisdom of our work by buying back our time. Now, here’s what’s really interesting. If I pay you to do something for me, that I don’t want to do, can’t do don’t know how to do don’t have time to do whatever, whatever the reason, I’m not something I’m not going to do if I pay you to do that for me. Then everybody wins. Why you get something you want.

Myron Golden 18:30
You get the money, I get something I want I get the time back. The reason we do the trade is because both of us are getting more than we paid for. What does that mean? You want the money more than you want the time? I want the time more than I want the money so everybody gets what they want. Here’s the problem. Here’s where you get stuck in there, my friend, I just want to share with you one of the best business books you’ll ever have the opportunity to read. It’s called boss moves. Boss does not mean you bossing me around or me bossing you around. It’s an acronym that stands for business optimization, success secrets. And this is business optimization success secrets from a million dollar round table. I have one client who read this book and in two months made $800,000 From what he learned. I want to give you the opportunity to get this book by clicking the link below or just go to boss moves book.com and get your copy today. And now back to the video you’re watching. When you love the money more than you love the people, that’s where you get stuck. What does that mean? That means if you love the money so much that you want, you don’t want to pay anybody for anything you wish. I just do it myself because I can save the money

Myron Golden 19:44
because you bought into the lie. That money is a pool to be viewed and not a tool to be used. Accumulation like people say accumulation of wealth. Wealth is Not money. If you don’t believe me go watch the video that I did on the fact that wealth is not money. What is money? What is I mean? What is wealth? Wealth is the ability to create value for someone other than yourself. That’s what wealth is. If you were stranded on a desert island with $15 billion, and briefcases, and nobody else is there, how much is it worth, not what it might be worth, if it’s dry paper to use to start a fire. Other than that, it’s worthless. So money is a way to store value. As long as you are in a community of people who value that store.

Myron Golden 20:38
Money is a way to transfer value. It’s a way it’s not the only way it’s a way to transfer value. But money itself is not value money itself is not wealth. Wealth is your ability to create something for someone other than yourself. That’s why that’s one of the reasons why it’s easier to make to earn a lot of money in a city than it is in a rural area. Because there are more people to serve. Are y’all tracking is what I’m saying? Making sense? So so so we want to walk wisely, according to our work? And how do I do that? I do that by two things. There are two things that are be would be very wise for me to do disconnect my revenue generation from time, stop thinking in dollars per hour. Start thinking in dollars for value. What what is value? What are what is value? Okay, so let’s talk about what that is. So because I said, I’m talking about that on different video to take too long, so so it I’ve talked about it on other videos anyway, so just go watch all of my videos, and you’ll have the answer.

Myron Golden 21:41
Okay, so now I’m going to disconnect my revenue generation from time, that’s number one. And then number two, I’m going to use my money to buy back my life. The most valuable thing I’ve ever bought in my life is not a house, it’s not a car. It’s not an article of clothing. It’s not a vacation, the most valuable thing I’ve ever bought in my life, as I bought back the rest of my life. That’s the most valuable thing I’ve ever bought, I would recommend you do the same thing. So now we’re talking about walking wisely. According to our work, we talked about walking wisely, the walking in wisdom period, and we talked about what walking applied what wisdom to our work, and then we need to walk wisely according to the will of God. What is the will of God mean I’m gonna I’m gonna, I’m gonna define that for you as well. Okay, it said in verse number 17, Wherefore be not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is. And Be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess, but be filled with the Spirit. So I’m not going to go into the details of being filled with the Spirit, because I just did a video on that a couple of weeks ago.

Myron Golden 22:50
So I’m not going to do that. But I’m going to go into the detail about walking according to the wisdom of the will of God. So I believe that success can only be defined one way, discovering the purpose of your life, develop yourself for that purpose, and then deploy yourself in that purpose. If you do anything else, you wasted your life. I’m gonna say it one more time. Success can only be defined as discovering the purpose for your life, developing yourself for that purpose, and then deploying yourself in that purpose. That is the purpose. That’s the, to me, that’s the definition of success. If you do something other than the thing you were created for, you’re not successful, you might make a lot of money, you might be rich, but you’re still not successful. If you didn’t do like, I can take my Mercedes out there, and I can open up the sunroof. And I can fill it up with dirt and park it in my front yard and plant some trees in it. And it’d be an expensive flowerpot but it wouldn’t be used for what it was created for. So I basically wasted the whole purchase that car was wasted. And when you fill your life up with anything other than the purpose for which you were created, you are like a Mercedes flowerpot in somebody’s front yard.

Myron Golden 24:05
So what is the will of God for my life, I’m going to tell you what your purpose is. And I’m gonna say it in a sentence and then you have to go discover how to fill in the details. Right? I’m gonna give you the numbers now that we used to paint by numbers, I’m gonna give you the numbers and you can go paint it later. You’re ready. Here it is. Your purpose. My purpose is to live in your creative space and make the world a better place. How do I live in my creative space? I discover the things that I’m good at and the things that I love to do. And I do those things to serve people other than me. It’s so simple. How could it be that simple? Now here’s what’s fascinating one of the reasons it’s not good for man to be alone is because no human being no man no one man no one woman has everything. No one man No one woman is good at everything.

Myron Golden 25:02
What’s amazing what’s mind blowing ly amazing is I am really good at the stuff that I’m good at. And the stuff I’m bad at, I’m worse at that than I am good, the things I’m good at. But there are so many things that I’m bad at that my wife is great act. And there are things that she’s bad at, that I’m great at. And if we were both great at the same things, one of us would be unnecessary. In fact, both of us would be unnecessary to each other. How many on tracking. And by the way, I know those differences, like sometimes they create friction. But beyond the friction, they create fulfillment, we can get past the friction, we can get to that place of fulfillment, like here’s the reality. There are people that you have in your life did you gonna love, but you ain’t gonna like them all the time. Can I get a witness? Right. And the reality is a part of our maturity is developing our ability to work well with people watching us now, who are different than we are.

Myron Golden 26:14
Because opposites attract, until what? Until they attack. But then after that, what we have to do is we have to get back to the place where we give people room to be different than us. And understand that doesn’t make them wrong, it just makes them different. So I will say this about what I, I believe this about the will of God, I don’t believe specifically you will discover the will of God for your life, until you yield to it before you know what it is. What does that mean? You have to be willing to do what God has created you for even before you discover it. Now, here’s what’s fascinating. In Romans chapter 12. It says this chapter chapter 12, verse one, I beseech you, therefore, brother, and beseech means beg, I beg you, therefore brothers, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, and acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

Myron Golden 27:23
It’s reasonable for us who’ve been redeemed by the blood of the Lamb, it’s, it’s reasonable for us to yield our bodies as a living sacrifice. Like in the Old Testament, they had burnt offerings that they would kill these animals, and they would cut him in pieces, and they would put them on an altar and they would burn the whole up the whole thing. It’s an illustration, God, you have every you can have all of this. While are alive, lives are supposed to be living burn offerings, we’re supposed to burn all of the energy of our lives as an offering to God. Anyway, then it says, And be not conformed to this world. The word conformed means to be made, like something with pressure from the outside. It’s like a cookie cutter. Like we all use cookie cutters before right? Sometimes when I was a little kid, my mom, would we make cookies, we wouldn’t even use a cookie cutter.

Myron Golden 28:11
We just use a glass right and cut the cookies with a glass or you cut biscuits with a glass right? Yeah, remember that? Or with a jar? Right? Okay. So and so that word, that word be not conformed, don’t be made like the world with pressure from the outside. But be transformed, which transformed. It’s metamorphosis. It’s like, it’s like a caterpillar goes into a cocoon, and from the inside out, becomes a butterfly. So the Bible says, Don’t be made like the world with pressure from the outside, but be transformed metamorphosized by renewed by the renewing of your mind, from the inside. Now the word renew is not just renew, the word renew literally means renovation. And when you renovate something, you tear out all the old stuff, and then you put a new stuff in a renovation is not covering up the old stuff with new stuff. renovation is tearing out the old stuff, and putting in the new stuff.

Myron Golden 29:11
And I submit to you that I believe the biggest problem modern day churchianity has is that we don’t renew our minds. What do I mean? We don’t tear out all of our old baggage, all of our old habits. When we discover a principle in the Word of God, we don’t say, Okay, I’m going to start doing this. I’m going to stop you. I’m gonna tear that way that I used to do it, tear it out, throw it away, and I’m gonna build my life on this new strategy on this new truth on this new it’s an old truth, but it’s new to me. It says, be not conformed to this world. Don’t be made like the world with pressure on the outside be transformed. How by renewing renovating your mind and then it says that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. That is not three different wills. God doesn’t have a goodwill. He doesn’t have a person goodwill if you missed that you get his goodwill.

Myron Golden 30:01
If you missed that, you know, God’s good and perfect, acceptable and perfect will of God are the same thing. And I want you to notice the order in which they’re stated that you may prove what is that good, and then acceptable and then perfect. So it’s good. First, it’s acceptable. Second, it’s perfect last, why is that? Well, good is what God knows his will is for your life in my life. God knows it’s good. Acceptable is what God desires it for it to be for us. He desires for us to accept it as good. When we accept God’s good will as good instead of thinking it’s bad. Like Joseph did. When he said to his brothers, you meant it for evil, but God meant it for good.

Myron Golden 30:43
Oh, y’all track it now. Right? Okay. So when we do that, when we accept God’s will, as good, even when it doesn’t feel good, we accept it as good. Even when it doesn’t sound good. We accept it as good even when it doesn’t taste good. Then, and only then is God’s will perfect or complete. Because he knows it’s good. We accept it as good. And now it’s perfect. It’s complete. How do we do that? That’s called walking in the wisdom of the will of God. When we will do that when we will apply God’s wisdom to our walk and we apply God’s wisdom to our work and we apply God’s wisdom to yielding to His will. We will live a wise and productive life instead of a foolish and destructive life. I just did this blesses you if you haven’t done so already, like the video, share it comment and all the other YouTube stuff that people do on YouTube, and in the meantime in between time, I’ll see you next time. Peace out Cub Scouts.

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