Romans is a doctrinal book that teaches salvation and explains clearly, the new birth, being born again of the Spirit not the flesh. It explains how Adam’s spirit man connection with God died after Adam and Eve sinned in the garden. In Romans, Paul explains, in this dispensation, our spirit man connection with God is restored by faith, through grace, in and through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Then Paul starts sending letters to churches. Corinthians have been called secular or worldly churches. They did not understand the meat of the scriptures. They always needed milk. Another words, they found it very hard to understand the deep things of God.
I submit to you today, that is where today’s church is too. Just look at what Jesus says to the last days church at Laodiceans in Revelation 3:14 KJV. Need proof? Okay.
Let’s look at the text references we have been looking at the last post and this one. I am going to emphasize some words in these verses and then ask you some questions, deal?
1 Corinthians 2:9 ” But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. ”
1 Corinthians 2: 10-12 ” But
God hath revealed them unto us (HOW?) by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.
11. For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.
12. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; (WHY?) that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.”
Clearly these verses tell us we might know .
So if your spirit man is dead to God or if your spirit man does not hear God, you are out of tune with God and you do not know.
What puts a believer out of tune with God? Cares of this world, worldliness, a focus on fleshly desires, no need for God (Laodiceans), religion, denominational teachings elevated above God’s word and other similar “things”.
We have to have a pure heart to know, a willing mind to believe God’s word over what we have been taught by our denomination and we need to humble ourselves before God Almighty. Then we allow God as the potter, to remold us into a new person in Christ.
So here are your questions.
God has prepared “things” for those who love him. Name three of those “things”. Can you name more than three?
What kind of “things” are freely given to us, other than salvation?
Man may not understand these “things” so God explains the things to man how?
What if you can not name any of them?
Friends, just as these verses tell us, when it comes to God communicating with mankind, God communicates through the Holy Spirit to our spirit man. And the Holy Spirit points mankind to Jesus Christ, not to himself. (See John chapters 14, 15 and 16.)
The Corinthian believers were so carnal, fleshly minded, they did not understand this and neither do many modern day believers. And because many believers either do not know how or are out of tune with the Holy Spirit. Or they are so caught up with their denominational teaching, they shut the door on the Holy Spirit teaching and speaking to them. What a shame. I know, I use to be there.
But one day I asked God, why don’t I hear the Holy Spirit talk to me? Jesus said, my sheep hear my voice. I’m yours and I do not hear you speak to me. Sure I heard from reading and studying scripture but I wanted to hear God speak to me in that still small voice.
So I prayed and said to God, Heavenly Father, I want to hear you speak to my spirit man. One day I was studying Paul teaching on we wrestle against spiritual wickedness we can not see in Ephesians 6. When I finished my study for the day I said to God out loud in my room, Lord, how do we fight something we can not see?
As sure as I am alive and breathing, I heard God speak to me. Not out loud like we hear other people but out loud to my spirit man. He said, Do what Jesus did. So I thought on Jesus being taken up, by the Holy Spirit, to be tempted of the Devil in Matthew 4. I looked at what did Jesus do. God was telling me, you fight against things you can not see by quoting, out loud, scripture. I was so excited, I heard God speak to me. I thanked the Lord. And I have been telling people ever since. Now, I hear God speak to me frequently. I wanted to tune in God.
God tells us, we believers can know “things” others do not know. He tells us things he has prepared for us. Yet, many believers haven’t a clue. Why?
Until next time.
Our spirit man needs to be in tune with the Holy Spirit. Remember, God wants a relationship with us, not a religion. And God communicates with us through our spirit man.
God creates man, Adam, in his image – the image of God. God gives Adam a spirit, soul and body. So God must have a spirit, soul and body too. God’s spirit is the Holy Spirit. God’s soul is the mind, will and emotions of God, God the Father. And God’s body is Jesus Christ, God manifest in the flesh.
1 Timothy 3:16 KJV ” And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory. ”
Because Adam sinned, his spirit man connection to God died. The Old Testament describes the only way to restore that connection to God, in their time, was to keep the law. The New Testament tells us the way to restore the connection with God is the new birth John 3:1-13 KJV.
From Adam to Moses, there was no law. It is not until Abraham’s grandson Jacob – when God changes his name to Israel and then Jacob’s son Joseph ( a type of Christ) God raises up to be a leader. Then about 400 years later, there is still no law.
After Joseph dies and about 400 years after that, Israel is put in bondage to Egypt. Then God raises up Moses. So from the time of God changing Jacob’s name to Israel until the time Moses comes on the scene may be what, about 400-500 years? So from Adam to Moses, there was no law. People just talked to God.
But with Moses comes the law and the law required people to go through the priests and prophets. Then the high priest would go in to speak with God.
It is not until Jesus Christ comes on the scene and says he did not come to destroy the law, but to fulfill the law. When you fulfill a commitment or a contract, you no longer are bound to that contract. An example is if you finance something. Once you pay off the loan, you are no longer obligated to send in payments. The contract was fulfilled.
So Jesus paid in full the contract God had for mankind with his own blood, fulfilling the law. God signaled the contract was paid in full by tearing the veil in the temple from the top to the bottom opening up man’s ability to go directly to God again. Just like from the time of Adam to Moses.
It is like God goes back to dealing with man just like he did from Adam to Moses except this time, there is a twist. From Adam to Moses offerings were made and even Abraham made blood sacrifices by killing a lamb. The twist is no longer does God require the blood sacrifices because Jesus paid the blood sacrifice with his own blood, once for all.
Just before Jesus was to be crucified, he told his disciples he was going to be leaving this earth ( John chapters 14, 15 and 16 ). Jesus said he would be sending the Holy Spirit to live inside all true believers. And it would be the Holy Spirit that would teach us and guide us into all truth. Another words, it would be God the Holy Spirit living in us, would direct us, empower us.
When the Holy Spirit came and started indwelling believers, Jew and Gentile believers, it was not like the time from Adam to Moses because the Holy Spirit would come and go. Remember when King David said to the Lord, take not thy Holy Spirit from me? The Holy Spirit would come and go.
But after the resurrection of Jesus and he went back to heaven, then the Holy Spirit was sent to indwell, live inside all true believers. Now God would live inside us, teach us, guide us, empower us all to magnify Jesus Christ. To testify of Jesus, not himself.
So if God sent the Holy Spirit to live inside believers, guide believers, empower believers, where’s the power? Why does it appear as if believers haven’t a clue on the power of God today?
As my son once said to me, you think God keeping the pilot lights working until you can get another gas shipment is power? I said yes because God kept the oil burning in the temple when the oil was gone. To me, that was a miracle. But I am not only talking about pilot light power but seeing the power of God work in all areas of our life.
So when I heard a born again preacher tell the congregation, 1 Corinthians 2:9 ” But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. ”
last Sunday, it bothered me greatly. Why? He never read the next verses.
1 Corinthians 2: 10-12 ” But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.
11. For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.
12. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.”
Clearly these verses tell us we do know. But the pastor leaving these verses out leads the congregation into thinking we can never know, which is not true. It keeps believers in the dark about the power of God working in each of us and through us. I’m sorry, but this type of teaching where it leaves believers guessing or ignorant, really bothers me in my spirit.
What is the answer? God’s word tells us the answers and if we want to know the answers about a specific topic, we need to study truth.
2 Timothy 2:15-19 ” Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
16. But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.
17. And their word will eat as doth a canker: of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus;
18. Who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is past already; and overthrow the faith of some.
19. Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity. ”
Remember, Paul’s epistles/letters to New Testament believers is Spirit centered – the Holy Spirit communicating with our spirit man to exalt Jesus Christ. So if we want answers on the power of God for us, we need to research and study the word spirit and Spirit to give us the correct answers.
The problem with studying spirit, is the answers may go against what your denomination taught you. So as I said earlier, God wants a relationship with mankind, not a religion. Until next time.
Someone I know in America, is taking their first trip to Europe. They were a little concerned about the time in flight. I suggested they take a pair of socks and when they are seated for the long flight, to take their shoes off to prevent their feet from swelling and to put on their socks. Then when they get up to stretch their legs or use the rest room, walk on the plane in your socks only.
A good idea I was told and then they said to me, you have had an interesting life. That comment got me thinking. Yes, God has been very good to me. As I thought on that comment I thought what a great way to look at your own life, draw a timeline. I decided to draw a timeline of my life. Try it. Draw a time line of your life.
As my regular readers know, I was not raised in a believer’s home. My father left my mother for another woman when I was two years old. I grew up fatherless. My mom raised four of us by herself by working two jobs. So I decided to start my timeline at the year I was born and put what I could remember within the period of my birth until I left home to go on my own.
The timeline really kicks into gear from the time you leave home until today. No matter how old you are, you should have what I call, pivot points in your life. A period of time when your life had a significant change. Often these ” pivot points ” include the day you get saved, a marriage, children being born, a job change, major events in your life.
What is interesting is looking back at how those pivot points changed you, not just how they changed your life. The book of James tells us our life is but a vapor compared to eternity.
James 4:13-15 says – ” Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain:
14. Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.
15. For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.”
We all start out young and have a life, grow old and die in our flesh. But our spirit man lives on after death. And a hundred or two hundred years from now, no one will ever know you were here. Even those who build buildings or schools, as we have recently learned through political correctness, if your views do not line up with current day political ideology, the world will tear down your buildings or rename them hence, erasing your name. That is why God tells us, only what we do for Christ will last. Why? Because our spirit man lives after our fleshly body dies.
So when you do a timeline of your life, look at the things you did in the flesh before you were saved and after you got saved – while you are saved.
Yeah, life has problems, heartaches and troubles (tribulations) but it also has joys and stepping stones. When you look at your life timeline, ask yourself, have I had a good life overall? Will anyone remember me? Have I had an impact on someone’s life for good? Am I taking anyone to heaven with me?
When my son was growing up I would tell him to take someone by the hand and take them to heaven with you. Don’t go to heaven alone. You have to invest in people to show them the way to heaven just as someone invested in you.
People pour into your life either good or bad. It is by your decisions you decide what you will let stick or what you will reject. My prayer is all my readers will search the scriptures daily to see how much God loves you and wants you to go to heaven. But you have to choose if you want Jesus Christ or not.
John 3:16-18 KJV “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.
17. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
18. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. ”
Notice the word says believe on him not believe in him. The devils believe in him but they will not be in heaven. James 2:19 KJV ” Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. ”
Believing on him means you ask the Lord Jesus Christ to forgive you and invite him to come into your heart and save you. You then, even if you do not understand everything, you put all your faith and hope in Jesus and God’s word. John says Jesus is the Word and the Word became flesh and dwelt among us. That is Jesus Christ.
So when your life timeline ends, where is your final destination and what will you have to present to God for your 50, 60, 70, 80 or 90 years he gave you?
Until next time.
We drew on a piece of paper Knowledge/Information in the upper left corner and Understanding/Comprehension in the upper right corner. And Wisdom in the Center half way down the paper. We looked at Knowledge and learned how Knowledge is Information. Information from God and information from the world.
There is all kinds of information out there in life. We have to discern truth from error.
Understanding is defined as the capacity of the mind to comprehend, to grasp or seize information. Understanding is not just of the mind, but also of the heart. Understanding is a faculty of the mind and the mind is a part of the soul and the soul is made up of our mind, will and emotions. Understanding takes information and processes it through our mind and our heart. Understanding is comprehending information.
A lot of people get information. Fewer people understand the information. But many people lack how to apply the information and that is wisdom.
Why would Solomon ask God for wisdom? Solomon wanted to discern truth from error and apply truth. Back then, kings and today our leaders get information and they understand the information but properly applying that information is wisdom.
In 1 Kings 3:7-10 KJV, “And now, O LORD my God, thou hast made thy servant king instead of David my father: and I am but a little child: I know not how to go out or come in.
8. And thy servant is in the midst of thy people which thou hast chosen, a great people, that cannot be numbered nor counted for multitude.
9. Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people?
10. And the speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing. ”
Then these two women come before Solomon. One woman’s child died so she stole the second women’s child and put her dead child in place of the other’s. See 1 Kings 3:16-28 KJV and Solomon hears the matter. Here is the account –
” Then came there two women, that were harlots, unto the king, and stood before him.
17. And the one woman said, O my lord, I and this woman dwell in one house; and I was delivered of a child with her in the house.
18. And it came to pass the third day after that I was delivered, that this woman was delivered also: and we were together; there was no stranger with us in the house, save we two in the house.
19. And this woman’s child died in the night; because she overlaid it.
20. And she arose at midnight, and took my son from beside me, while thine handmaid slept, and laid it in her bosom, and laid her dead child in my bosom.
21. And when I rose in the morning to give my child suck, behold, it was dead: but when I had considered it in the morning, behold, it was not my son, which I did bear.
22. And the other woman said, Nay; but the living is my son, and the dead is thy son. And this said, No; but the dead is thy son, and the living is my son. Thus they spake before the king.
23. Then said the king, The one saith, This is my son that liveth, and thy son is the dead: and the other saith, Nay; but thy son is the dead, and my son is the living.
24. And the king said, Bring me a sword. And they brought a sword before the king.
25. And the king said, Divide the living child in two, and give half to the one, and half to the other.
26. Then spake the woman whose the living child was unto the king, for her bowels yearned upon her son, and she said, O my lord, give her the living child, and in no wise slay it. But the other said, Let it be neither mine nor thine, but divide it.
27. Then the king answered and said, Give her the living child, and in no wise slay it: she is the mother thereof.
28. And all Israel heard of the judgment which the king had judged; and they feared the king: for they saw that the wisdom of God was in him, to do judgment. ”
Put yourself in Solomon’s shoes. How would you decide? Solomon applied information he knew, a mother’s love for her child. A mother would give her child up if that was the only way to protect her child. Solomon understood / comprehended the issue. Two women were claiming one child was their child.
So Solomon refers to the information and knowledge he knows about mothers and their children. Solomon knows God and he knows God would not want him to kill this child. Solomon has information and understanding of the matter. Now it is time to judge the matter. How would you judge this matter?
Look at verse 24 through verse 28. Solomon applied the information and understanding of the information he had. Plus God showed Solomon how to apply the information.
We hear preachers and teachers of God’s word give out information all the time. These preachers and teachers of God’s word try to help us understand God’s word. But God’s word does not come to life inside us until we believe and receive God’s word and then apply God’s word. Application is wisdom.
Remember when we looked at the definition of the fear of the Lord is to hate evil? Wisdom in this case is to hate evil and apply that by removing yourself from all appearances of evil and we battle evil forces as Paul explains in Ephesians 6.
When believers do not know how to apply God’s word, they lack wisdom. And scripture tells us, in James 1: 5 – 8 KJV
” 5. 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.
6. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.
7. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.
8. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways. ”
Knowledge = Information
Understanding = Comprehension
Wisdom = Application
Until next time.
Our focus is how do we build a spiritual life and live in this flesh on earth? How do we obtain wisdom and understanding in matters of life?
Last time we drew on a piece of paper Knowledge/Information in the upper left corner and Understanding in the upper right corner. And Wisdom in the Center half way down the paper. We looked at Knowledge and learned how Knowledge is Information. Today, we will look at Understanding. What is Understanding?
Understanding is defined as the capacity of the mind to comprehend, to grasp or seize information. Understanding is not just of the mind, but also of the heart. Understanding is a faculty of the mind and the mind is a part of the soul and the soul is made up of our mind, will and emotions. Understanding takes information and processes it through our mind and our heart. Understanding is comprehending information. So next to Understanding put / Comprehension.
An example is people process information in their mind and know right from wrong. But people will make a decision based on their heart even though they know, by the information given them, it is not the best or right decision. That is why we see people make wrong decisions, wrong choices. They have been given the information but for some reason, they choose to ignore the information.
Once we have been given the correct information, we become “informed”. And because we are informed, we are without excuse.
Mankind takes worldly Information / Knowledge and tries to impact the world. But God provides wisdom and knowledge and understanding and not just relating to things in this world, but also for our spirit man, spiritual knowledge and understanding.
So what would be a good example? Several times Jesus spoke in parables. But some did not understand the parables. Even Jesus’ disciples asked what the parables meant. Jesus told his disciples (Luke 8:9,10) unto you it is given to know (to comprehend / understanding ) to know, to understand what? The mysteries of the kingdom of God but to the others in parables: why? That seeing they may not see and hearing they might not understand.
And his disciples asked him, saying, What might this parable be?
Luke 8: 9,10 KJV ” And his disciples asked him, saying, What might this parable be?
10. And he said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand. ”
Understanding is tied to knowing. Another words, Jesus gave information / knowledge to the people. No one understood the meaning. Yet, the disciples are to know, but not all the people? Why? The answer is the topic. What was the topic of the information? The mysteries of the kingdom of God.
What is the kingdom of God? It is a spiritual kingdom residing in every believer ( Luke 9:60 & Luke 17:20,21 ).
Why were the disciples the only one who was to understand? To know? The information/knowledge was only for spiritually alive believers, not the lost. It was about the mysteries of the kingdom of God.
So man acquires knowledge and information in his heart and his mind. But then a division comes into play. The division is between the flesh and the spirit. The world acquires worldly information and they process that. The believer gets worldly information and spiritual information. Believers process information aka knowledge on a worldly and spiritual level.
The example in Luke 8, the parable of the sower, from a fleshly view, plant the seeds of something on the four types of ground and you will get the results Jesus said. But when you look at the spiritual information, the seed is the word of God and the soil is man’s heart, not man’s head or mind, you see how God works. Your eyes and ears are open to God.
Job 32:8 KJV ” But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding. ”
The world is made up of believers and non believers. All of mankind gets some type of information about a variety of things. So mankind acquires knowledge in all sorts of things. But knowledge and information in man’s ways, and leaving God out, is not good. Man wanted to make a name for man with the tower of Babel, see Genesis 11:4 ” And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.” Man is doing this again today. Trying to build a world without God.
Mankind has a tendency to build things up by and for themselves. But believers, not only obtain information from the world and the world’s ways, but believers have a direct line to God. Our spirit man is alive unto God. So when we talk with God, he talks back to us in our spirit man. Jesus said, my sheep hear my voice. If you do not hear God speak to you, you may want to re-examine if you are really His sheep.
So knowledge is information. Lost and saved get knowledge. They get information. In disasters or trouble, people usually run back to “church” looking for answers. Looking to find out what something means. Why? Because they do not have understanding of spiritual matters. So they look to believers to tell them. Sadly, many believers do not understand spiritual matters because they never acquired knowledge/information of God or prophecy.
How would you understand how to bake a cake? How to change your oil in your vehicle? How to play a musical instrument? How to use a computer or mobile phone? You can read the information and obtain knowledge. But that will not make you successful in those areas.
Look at a mobile phone. You read the owner’s manual and it says where the power switch is. That is information/knowledge. What would understanding be in this example? Yes, pushing the power switch. But many phones, you have to push and hold for a few seconds before the phone will come on. So if you push and release, you see something happens, but the phone does not come on, not until you push and hold. Now you have understanding.
Lost and saved people have knowledge and have understanding but they lack the key that unlocks everything. And we will look at that, next time. Until next time.
Our focus is how do we build a spiritual life and live in this flesh on earth? How do we obtain wisdom and understanding in matters of life? How do we acquire health, wealth and joy in this world and the world to come?
Because God Almighty is our Creator, we go to God’s word to learn truth. If you believe God’s word or not, God will still make his word come to pass. Just because people don’t believe God is real does not mean God is not real. And just because people do not believe Jesus Christ will one day judge them for what they did on earth, does not mean Jesus will not judge them. That is where wisdom comes in.
God tells us in Proverbs 24:3 – Through wisdom, not by wisdom but through wisdom, a house is built. You have to go through wisdom – through things. And when you go through things, what do you acquire? Experience.
You see, you can tell someone what it is like to loose a job or get your dream job. You can tell someone what it is like to have a baby or loose a baby. You can tell someone what it is like to grow up with two parents or grow up without parents but all you tell the person is information. The person only has your information.
Another words, the person you share information with only has information aka knowledge of these things. Their knowledge is based on what you speak or say. But they can not fully understand these things or comprehend what it is like until they go through it. And after they go through it, they acquire wisdom of the thing. So when God says through wisdom is a house built, he is telling us not only our body/fleshly house but our house we live in on earth with our family, will go through “things”.
Acquiring wisdom means you will have to go through “things”. So let’s try to simplify rhis. If you take out a piece of paper and at the top left write KNOWLEDGE then move to the top right and write UNDERSTANDING then move down to the center of your paper and in the middle of the page write WISDOM.
God tells us how to acquire all of these knowledge, understanding and wisdom. And these are not only spiritually, but in this world. In our fleshly body. When we go through scripture we find both spiritual applications and earthly applications for just about any topic you could ask God about.
So let us set this up. There is a three step process to implement. On your paper you wrote KNOWLEDGE. What is knowledge? Knowledge is information. You acquire knowledge by getting information. So next to the word KNOWLEDGE write INFORMATION. It should look something like this – KNOWLEDGE / INFORMATION.
Why do people acquire information? People acquire information because they are seeking knowledge about a specific topic of interest to them. So what does KNOWLEDGE give them? Instructions.
People seek knowledge to obtain information about a specific topic they have an interest in. That information instructs people about all facets of that particular topic. Just like driving a vehicle. People seek knowledge / information on what they need to do to drive a vehicle.
Knowledge / Information is available to everyone. All of mankind. Man selects the information or knowledge he seeks then learns about that specific topic. So the person who chooses to spend their whole life on learning how to succeed in this world and obtain wealth and power and nothing about God or his spirit man, God calls a fool.
Luke 12:17 – 21 KJV ” And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits?
18. And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods.
19. And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry.
20. But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?
21. So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God. ”
Matthew 16 :26 KJV ” For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? ”
James 4: 13, 14 KJV ” Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain:
14. Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.”
When people seek knowledge/information they must always look at the source of the information and ask, what is the motive and message of this information. Recently we have experienced fake news or information with a spin added to sway readers. So ask yourself, what is the theme of this information. Is it knocking or pulling people down? Is it humiliating to some one? Is it trying to get me angry and upset? Then ask if the information is promoting strife and devision? Is the information grounded in truth, honesty, righteousness and godliness? If not, you know you have to throw it out.
So let us build our life on the foundation of God’s word so we have a good life filled with wisdom. Next time, we will look at Step 2 Lord willing.
For years I tried to understand how to apply God’s word. People today mock believers for following scripture sometimes. Believers know the scriptures are a living book because the scriptures change the lives of mankind.
So when I looked at God telling us to get “wisdom” I searched and searched God’s word for HIS definition of wisdom.
Proverbs 4:7 KJV ” Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.”
How would you define wisdom? If wisdom is the principal thing, what is wisdom? God tells us, wisdom is key. And keys unlock things. So if we can understand what wisdom is, then we can have things in God’s word unlock.
When I saw wisdom is defined by God in Job 28:28 – ” And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding. ”
I thought, well what is the fear of the Lord? Are we suppose to fear and be afraid of God? Then I found where God defined what the fear of the Lord is in his word. Proverbs 8:13 KJV says,
“The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.”
So when I looked at wisdom, I found God defines wisdom as the fear of the Lord. And the fear of the Lord is to hate evil. Okay. But then I found Proverbs 1:7 KJV ” The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.”
The “fear of the Lord” ( hating evil ) is only the beginning of wisdom and the beginning of knowledge. That means there is more to this thing called wisdom and understanding and knowledge plus there is instruction available in all three keys.
The Building Blocks Of Life posts will show you, from scripture, how so many people miss the real understanding of wisdom, understanding and knowledge. I hope your ears and eyes are opened to a marvelous teaching from God’s word and this series explains many questions for you. This is definitely “meat” and not “milk” from the word of God. We will delve into The Building Blocks Of Life more, next time. Until next time.