Posts Tagged ‘Wisdom

18
May
17

Earthly Wisdom

Good Thursday morning to you! James, after talking about taming the tongue, describes two kinds of wisdom. The first is earthly and demonic. It is marked by selfishness and envy. He writes:
Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. 14 But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. – James 3:13-14 (NIV)
Rather than using our “wisdom” to gain an advantage over people, we should use everything we have for the good of others. We should be humble and not full of selfish ambition. We should do good deeds for others rather than trying to satisfy our envious desires. That is when we will be using the wisdom God grants for the right purposes.
17
Jan
17

Investing Your Time Wisely

Good Tuesday morning to you!  While we are to be careful how we judge our brothers and sisters, there are some judgments that we have to make when it comes to those who will not receive the good news of Jesus. He said in Matthew 7:6 (NIV):

Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.

Some people will not only treat the good news with contempt, but they will actually be hostile and violent toward those who attempt to share it. Jesus said that we must make a careful judgment and we need to know when enough is enough. We must continuously pray for those who need to hear the good news, but at some point we must move on when it comes to sharing that good news. Not every seed that is sown will bear fruit. So keep praying for those who have yet to accept the good news, but be wise about the time you invest in sharing it. Some will respond, but tragically many will reject it.
20
Oct
16

Hanging Out With The Wise

If we take a look at Proverbs 13, there is an important question to ask ourselves.  Who are we walking with?  In verse 20, Solomon says:

He who walks with the wise grows wise,
but a companion of fools suffers harm. (Proverbs 13:20, NIV)

If you hang out with wise people, you will grow in wisdom.  If you hang out with fools, you will do foolish things.  So who are your friends?  Who do you hang out with?  People will rub off on you.  If you hang out with people who get drunk all the time, at some point you may join them.  If you hang out with people who swear and curse, you are more likely to pick up on their habits.  This can go for those you hang out with or those you date and marry.  If you are a Christian, you have to ask yourself a question.  Will this relationship bring me closer to Christ or push me away from Christ?  Will this friendship help me grow in faith and wisdom or will it bring me harm?  It’s a tough choice.  We like our friends and we like our boyfriend/girlfriend.  But is the relationship beneficial or detrimental to your spiritual growth?  Which relationship will last longer: your relationship with your drinking buddies or your relationship with Christ?  It’s a lot to think about and it may mean some hard choices, but Solomon is right when he says that ultimately, “a companion of fools suffers harm”
PRAYER: Father, grant me wisdom when it comes to my relationships. I want to grow in my relationship with You first and foremost. Help me to be a better friend and to know which friends will help me grow closer to You. I thank You for the people in my life who help me grow in faith. Amen.
16
Oct
16

You Think You’re So Wise

The latest message from Griffith First Christian Church in Griffith, Indiana.  This message is based on James 3:13-18 and is about division and unity in the church.

11
Oct
16

Do You Lack Judgment?

In Proverbs 7, Solomon warns about the adulteress.  He uses the story of a “youth who lacked judgment.”  I think back to my younger days and the lack of judgment I showed on many different occasions.  I think about my current days and though I show better judgment now, I still have times where I lack discernment.  This is why it is important that we follow verses 1-3:

My son, keep my words
and store up my commands within you.
Keep my commands and you will live;
guard my teachings as the apple of your eye.
Bind them on your fingers;
write them on the tablet of your heart. (Proverbs 7:1-3, NIV)

To take God’s Word and write it on the tablets of our hearts (and no, Solomon didn’t mean an iPad!).  He was referring to a stone tablet.  We need to etch God’s Word on our hearts.  1 John 1:1 calls Jesus the “Word of life.”  May He be etched on our hearts today.  This way we will know His teachings.  We will follow His commands.  We will obey Him and our hearts will beat in tune with His.  Let us show discernment and good judgment as we etch God’s Word on our hearts today.

PRAYER: Father God, etch Your Word on my heart today. May I know Your Word. Help me to obey it. I want wisdom, knowledge, discernment and understanding. Thank You for Your Son and Your Word, amen.

15
Jun
16

The Beginning Of Wisdom

Psalm 111 (NLT)

Praise the Lord!

I will thank the Lord with all my heart
as I meet with his godly people.
How amazing are the deeds of the Lord!
All who delight in him should ponder them.
Everything he does reveals his glory and majesty.
His righteousness never fails.
He causes us to remember his wonderful works.
How gracious and merciful is our Lord!
He gives food to those who fear him;
he always remembers his covenant.
He has shown his great power to his people
by giving them the lands of other nations.
All he does is just and good,
and all his commandments are trustworthy.
They are forever true,
to be obeyed faithfully and with integrity.
He has paid a full ransom for his people.
He has guaranteed his covenant with them forever.
What a holy, awe-inspiring name he has!
10 Fear of the Lord is the foundation of true wisdom.
All who obey his commandments will grow in wisdom.

Praise him forever! – Psalm 111 (NLT)

Psalm 111 is a psalm of praise to the Lord that ends with a familiar verse telling us that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.  So many people think that they’re so smart and so wise, but they have no fear or respect for God.  The Hebrew word for “fear” means terror, respect or worship.  Reverence/respect is what is in mind here in Psalm 111.  There are two key aspects to respecting God that are found in this psalm.  First, the psalmist describes the deeds and works of the Lord.  Verses 2-7 speaks of the wonderful works of the Lord.  The second aspect of respect refers to the commandments of the Lord (verses 7-8).  If we are going to respect God, we must respect His commands and His Word.  Jesus said that if His followers love Him, they will obey His commandments (John 14:15).  Respect and obedience are intertwined.  If I do not fear the Lord, I will not obey Him.  I will not care what He says in His Word.  I will not do what He says.  But that is foolishness!  That is like buying a new yet unfamiliar smartphone.  If I get a new phone, but I don’t read the instruction manual and do what it says, I am a fool!  I will not be able to enjoy and use the features of the phone without reading the instruction manual.  Or if I go on vacation to an unfamiliar part of the country and I don’t read or follow the map, I will get lost and I am a fool!  So it goes with life.  God has given us a wonderful instruction manual and map in His Word to get to where we really want to be, our Heavenly home.  If I do not read and obey the manual or read and follow the map, I am a fool.  The wise man is the one who reads and follows the instructions that God has given in the Bible.  May we have a reverent fear and respect of the Lord today to read His Word and do what it says.
PRAYER: Lord God, I need more fear of You in my life. I sometimes take You for granted. Help me to honor You with my life today in the things that I say, think and do. Amen.
23
Nov
15

Seeking God’s Guidance

2 Kings 1 (NIV)

After Ahab’s death, Moab rebelled against Israel. Now Ahaziah had fallen through the lattice of his upper room in Samaria and injured himself. So he sent messengers, saying to them, “Go and consult Baal-Zebub, the god of Ekron, to see if I will recover from this injury.”

But the angel of the Lord said to Elijah the Tishbite, “Go up and meet the messengers of the king of Samaria and ask them, ‘Is it because there is no God in Israel that you are going off to consult Baal-Zebub, the god of Ekron?’ Therefore this is what the Lord says: ‘You will not leave the bed you are lying on. You will certainly die!’” So Elijah went.

When the messengers returned to the king, he asked them, “Why have you come back?”

“A man came to meet us,” they replied. “And he said to us, ‘Go back to the king who sent you and tell him, “This is what the Lord says: Is it because there is no God in Israel that you are sending messengers to consult Baal-Zebub, the god of Ekron? Therefore you will not leave the bed you are lying on. You will certainly die!”’”

The king asked them, “What kind of man was it who came to meet you and told you this?”

They replied, “He had a garment of hair and had a leather belt around his waist.”

The king said, “That was Elijah the Tishbite.”

Then he sent to Elijah a captain with his company of fifty men. The captain went up to Elijah, who was sitting on the top of a hill, and said to him, “Man of God, the king says, ‘Come down!’”

10 Elijah answered the captain, “If I am a man of God, may fire come down from heaven and consume you and your fifty men!” Then fire fell from heaven and consumed the captain and his men.

11 At this the king sent to Elijah another captain with his fifty men. The captain said to him, “Man of God, this is what the king says, ‘Come down at once!’”

12 “If I am a man of God,” Elijah replied, “may fire come down from heaven and consume you and your fifty men!” Then the fire of God fell from heaven and consumed him and his fifty men.

13 So the king sent a third captain with his fifty men. This third captain went up and fell on his knees before Elijah. “Man of God,” he begged, “please have respect for my life and the lives of these fifty men, your servants! 14 See, fire has fallen from heaven and consumed the first two captains and all their men. But now have respect for my life!”

15 The angel of the Lord said to Elijah, “Go down with him; do not be afraid of him.” So Elijah got up and went down with him to the king.

16 He told the king, “This is what the Lord says: Is it because there is no God in Israel for you to consult that you have sent messengers to consult Baal-Zebub, the god of Ekron? Because you have done this, you will never leave the bed you are lying on. You will certainly die!” 17 So he died, according to the word of the Lord that Elijah had spoken.

 

 

Are you looking for answers in all of the wrong places?  In 2 Kings 1, we read of Ahaziah who had become king after his father, Ahab’s, death.  1 Kings 22:53 (NIV) says of Ahaziah, “He served and worshiped Baal and aroused the anger of the Lord, the God of Israel, just as his father had done.”  Ahaziah had somehow injured himself and wanted to know if he was going to recover from his injury.  Instead of seeking the Lord and praying to God, Ahaziah decided to consult a false god (Baal-Zebub, god of Ekron).  This greatly displeased the Lord and He sent Elijah to prophesy against Ahaziah, who later died because of his sin.

Ahaziah should have been asking the one true God for answers.  Instead, he chose to try and find answers in a false god.  Some people are looking for answers in all of the wrong places.  We want answers about the meaning and purpose of life, so some turn to philosophy to try and figure life out.  We want answers about our relationships, so some turn Dr. Phil or self-help books.  We want answers about our futures, so many turn to their horoscopes or they consult mediums and fortune tellers.  It is as if people don’t want to seek God and His wisdom.  No, we’d rather seek another way.

God gave you your life and He has a plan for it.  Turn to the Lord for wisdom and answers for the life He has given to you.  He knows what is best, so seek Him first knowing that He will never take you in the wrong direction.

PRAYER: Lord, I need answers to the great questions of life.  I need Your wisdom and guidance today.  I am sorry for the times I haven’t sought You first and ask that Your Holy Spirit will lead me and guide me today.  In Jesus’ name, amen.

 




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