Wisdom Cries

“Doth not wisdom cry? and understanding put forth her voice…”Prov. 8:1.

“She hath sent forth her maidens: she crieth upon the highest places of the city…Come, eat of my bread, and drink of the wine which I have mingled…” Prov. 9:3,5.

blogprophet-312156__340“Then Jesus said unto them…Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world…I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst… And he took the cup…saying, Drink ye all of it; For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins…And the Spirit and the bride say, come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely…it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment;” ( John 6:32-25; Matt. 26:27,28; Rev. 22:17;Hebrew 9:27).

Wisdom’s cry is going out today to those who are lost, facing eternal separation from the heavenly Father. Tears of sorrow flow as she sees the multitude refusing her and choosing folly, ignoring the truth. Death is certain for the lost, those still under the judgment and condemnation of their sin. Won’t you hear wisdom’s cry?  Cling to truth.

“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me… Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved… All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.” (John 14:6; Acts 4:12;John 6:37).

Jesus loves you with his life. There is nothing more to be done. Will you hear wisdom’s cry?

“Now therefore hearken unto me, O ye children: for blessed are they that keep my ways. Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not. Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors. For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the LORD. But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul: all they that hate me love death.”Prov. 8;32-36.

Beloved brothers and sisters in Christ be, “ready to preach the gospel…not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation, to every one that believeth…” Rom. 1:15,16. Be wisdom’s voice.

Praying for wisdom’s cry to reach the lost wherever they are, bringing them to the life found in Christ Jesus. Praying for believers to boldly be wisdom’s voice, sharing the love of Christ with all the Lord gives us. Let’s pray one for another. Thank you, Father, for all your goodness toward us. We love you, because you first loved us. In the name of Jesus may your word go out in the power and conviction of the Holy Spirit, leading many to you and life, abundant life.  Amen.

 

Why Would You Do That?

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The teenager cocked her head full of brown curls to one side and asked with a smirk, ”Are you wise?”

Every eye in the class waited for me to answer the challenge. “I’ve asked the Lord for wisdom. He says He gives it liberally when we ask. So, yes, I am a work of wisdom in progress.”

“Why would you do that? Now, you’re responsible for what you know.”

The Lord’s answer, “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction… Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man’s device. And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:” (Prov. 1:7; Acts 17:29,30).

Jesus answered this in a parable. He asks, “Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season?” Matt. 24:45.

“Who then is a faithful and wise servant…I give you two examples: “Thus did Moses: according to all that the LORD commanded him, so did he… And Moses verily was faithful in all his house, as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken after… I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him… consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession Christ Jesus; Who was faithful to him that appointed him…Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm until the end… My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work… I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do…”( Ex. 40:16; Heb. 3:6;Deut. 18:18; Heb. 3:1-2,6; John 4:34;John 17:4;).

Back in the parable, Jesus simply states the faithful and wise servant, “…is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.”  Doing what?

  • As Moses, all the Lord has commanded him.
  • As Christ, finishing the work given him.
  • Both, giving testimony of God’s word.

And finally, the faithful and wise servant acted upon the authority and responsibility left him until the lord’s return.

Who…is a faithful and wise servant whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season…lovest thou me…feed my sheep… Take heed…unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood… ye are an habitation of God through the Spirit… And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding… For we are labourers together with God…ye are God’s building. According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon. For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ…” (John 21:17; Acts 20:28; Eph. 2:22; Jer. 3:15; 1Cor. 3:9-11.)

The flip side of this parable is the servant who is unfaithful and ignorant, by choice, of the authority and responsibility given him by the lord. He lives his life to please himself and ignores the need of the household, even to the tearing down of it.

The faithful wise servant is blessed with reward. The evil servant shall be, “…cut asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” Matt. 24:51.

Why seek wisdom? When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul; Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee… we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot and blameless.” (Prov. 2:10,11; 2Pet. 3:13, 14).

Ignorance is no excuse.

How would you answer the teen’s question? Are you a faithful and wise servant?

 

 

Do You Have a Healthy Fear?

DSCF1536John, the apostle writes, “God’s perfect love leaves no room for fear”, my paraphrase. Yesterday, I enjoyed taking time to spend with you all through reading your blogs and comments. Fear was a hot topic with many. It’s understandable with the world we live in. Fear can be toxic. For example: I am terrified of snakes. I would classify it as an unhealthy fear, for it keeps me from enjoying the woods I like to walk in. On the other hand, healthy fear releases us from fear’s strangle hold.

Solomon knew healthy fear and so did Job. “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom … Behold, the fear of the LORD, that is wisdom…” (Prov. 9:10; Job 28:28). Only as we understand the fear of the Lord, can we understand the love of God casting out fear.

In Monday’s post, “God Is the Answer”, the challenge to seek wisdom was given through asking for it. In any journey, starting at the beginning is the best option. The beginning of wisdom rests in understanding the fear of the Lord.

“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom…And is understood through…the knowledge of the holy…he which hath called you is holy…I AM HOLY… For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him… As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one; There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God…There is no fear of God before their eyes…Behold, the fear of the LORD, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.” (Prov. 9:10; 1Peter1:15,16; 2Cor. 5:21; Rom. 3:10,11,18: Job 28:28.)

“…knowledge of the holy…I know that everything God does will remain forever; there is nothing to add to it and there is nothing to take from it, for God has so worked that men should fear Him…he cometh, for he cometh to judge the earth: he shall judge the world with righteousness, and the people with his truth…for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth… For God is the King of all the earth: sing ye praises with understanding. God reigneth over the heathen: God sitteth upon the throne of his holiness…He sent redemption unto his people: he hath commanded his covenant for ever: holy and reverend is his name. The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments…” (Ecc. 3:14NASB; Ps. 96:13; Rev. 19:6; Ps. 47:7,8; Ps. 111:9,10.)

Fear God for: He is all powerful. He is holy. He judges sin in His righteousness. He judges for He is the King having authority to do so. None can take from Him or add to Him. He remains forever. It is the path to wisdom.

“The conclusion, when all has been heard, is: fear God and keep His commandments, because this applies to every person. For God will bring every act to judgment, everything which is hidden, whether it is good or evil.” Ecc. 12:13,14, NASB.

 The fear of the Lord is a healthy fear consisting of reverence and trust, freeing those who hold it from any other fear that seeks to destroy. It is perfected in the knowledge of His love.

“Praise, ye the LORD. Blessed is the man that feareth the LORD, that delighteth greatly in his commandments…He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the LORD. His heart is established, he shall not be afraid…” Ps.112:1,7,8.

Go in the fear of the Lord!

 

Hearing God Through Friends

“Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.” Eph. 5:17.blogreligious-2598299__340

I don’t share much about myself on this blog, for one reason. When the Lord put it in my heart to write here, He meant it to be His blog, pointing others always to Him. It’s my first fruit offering to Him. I believe He may be leading me to start another blog that will first, honor Him but also include personal lessons He has taught me through our journey together,  lessons of life and lessons in writing as a ministry to reach others.  I appreciate your prayers for me in this direction.

With that said, my blog today will be short. For I believe God wants to speak to me through you who have chosen to follow and visit me each day. Life the last few weeks has kept me from visiting your blogs regularly and hearing how God is working in your lives. I am thankful for each one who takes the time to read and/or comment on the scriptures I share each day. I pray for you often. Today, I believe, He wants to speak to me through the word He gives you, whether you are a visitor, a follower or blogger.

I look forward to our time together and to any comments you might want to leave about how God is working His wisdom in you. Thank you and, Lord willing, tomorrow we will resume the topic of wisdom either in the fear of the Lord or in the marriage of wisdom and understanding.

Have a blessed day in the Lord!

Donna, or as most of you know me: believe4147.

The Answer is God

Who Is Wise? Of course the  answer is God.

“…Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever: for wisdom and might are his… …Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God…In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” (Dan. 2:20; 1Cor. 1:24b; Col. 2:3).DSCF0327

Those filled with the knowledge of Christ, having experienced the new birth in Him, and being filled with the fullness of God, have this wisdom within their grasp, simply by the asking.

“For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ…for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you…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.” (1Cor. 2:16; John 15:15; James 1:5.)

If knowledge is, as stated in my posts last week, experiencing the truth of the facts before us, then wisdom is living according to knowledge. Wisdom is to knowledge what works is to faith.

The scriptures use the words wisdom and wise 590 times in the KJV, in 459 verses. This doesn’t include all the pronouns used, especially in Proverbs, to describe the wise. The Father has made known our need for wisdom and has supplied it to us out of His abundance.

The wisdom we are to seek is: “…the wisdom that is from above…James 3:17; For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. For it is written, I WILL DESTROY THE WISDOM OF THE WISE, AND WILL BRING TO NOTHING THE UNDERSTANDING OF THE PRUDENT…for after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe…But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory…God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit…”(1Cor. 1:18,19,21; 2:7,10).

“Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you?”  The next part of this verse says, prove it. “Let him show by his good behavior his deeds in the gentleness of wisdom.” James 3:13.KJV & NASB)

“…Let him show by his good behavior his deeds in the gentleness of wisdom…Keep your behavior excellent among the Gentiles, so that in the thing in which they slander you as evildoers, they may on account of your good deeds, as they observe them, glorify God in the day of visitation…For such is the will of God that by doing right you may silence the ignorance of foolish men.”  (1Peter 2:12, 15, NASB).

Wisdom from above is, “…first pure…Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God…ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth…see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently;” (Matt. 5:8; 1Peter 1:22)

Wisdom from above is, “…then peaceable…”Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall see God…If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men…avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, VENGEANCE IS MINE; I WILL REPAY, saith the Lord.” (Matt. 5:9; Rom. 12:18,19).

Wisdom from above is, “…gentle, and easy to be intreated…speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men…Titus. 3:2.

Wisdom from above is, “…full of mercy and good fruits…Be ye merciful, as your Father also is merciful…For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath shewed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment…the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance…” (Luke 6:36; James 2:13; Gal. 5:22,23).

Wisdom from above is, “…without partiality… If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, THOU SHALT LOVE THY NEIGHBOUR AS THYSELF, ye do well: But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin…” James 2:8,9

Wisdom from above is, “…without hypocrisy…Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor.”Rom.12:9,10.

When you examine the list of wisdom’s traits, what do you excel in? Where do you need to ask for more wisdom?

Wisdom is a gift from God given, “That no flesh should glory in his presence. But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: that, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.” 1Cor. 1:29-31.

Praying we would all be filled with the gift of wisdom from above to the glory of God.