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JESUS..OUR WISDOM

Prov. 1:7.."The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge. But fools despise wisdom and instruction."

Jesus...our starting point always, when we are searching for wisdom and understanding! Are you looking for wisdom? You won't find it separate from Him.

Prov. 2:1-6.."My son, if you receive my words, and treasure my commands within you, so that you incline your ear to wisdom, and apply your heart to understanding; yes, if you cry out for discernment, and lift up your voice for understanding, if you seek her as silver, and search for her as for hidden treasures; then you will understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God. For the Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding."

There is no true wisdom outside of God. All wisdom and understanding comes from Him. But going to God for wisdom is something we cannot do separate from being in Him. He is our wisdom. The more filled with Him we are the more filled with wisdom we are.

1 Cor. 1:30.."But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption."

If we are daily filling ourselves with God and His Word we will grow in wisdom. But too often we go about our business filling our days and hearts with the cares of this world, with secular reading materials, with TV and Radio, etc. then come and ask Jesus for wisdom expecting He should just pop some bit of it in our head for the situation.

No...He ,IS our wisdom. We can not separate wisdom from Him or the receiving of it from receiving Him, or the being filled with it from being filled with Him.

If we are not feeding on His Word we will not know wisdom and understanding....Jesus is the living Word...His Spirit abides in His Word and you cannot separate His Word from His Spirit and from wisdom.

Knowing Him is the beginning of Wisdom. Wisdom comes into our heart and soul and makes its home there. If we need wisdom for a particular situation, we need to search His Word diligently and hunger and thirst for Him...as for hidden treasure...lifting up our voice for Him...crying out for Him...applying our heart to Him, inclining our heart to Him. treasuring His commands within us, receiving His Word of life. We cannot separate wisdom from that abiding relationship with Him. It has to be a treasure to us. Something we have more regard for than the wisdom of this world, or the philosphies of man, denying our own will and purpose in the matter and choosing His.

God's wisdom isn't just another form of information for us to choose from among all the other countless sources of information and counsel out there available. It isn't something we test to see if it works for us as we please, if not we turn to something that suits us better. It is not something we mix with the wisdom of man. We seem to take the counsel of God as it suits us but when it comes to denying self...we'll take a little of the world's philosophy instead.

Are we looking for true wisdom or are we trying to find a comfortable counsel that will not require anything of us? You can't have both the world's counsel and God's.

The results of seeking God's wisdom...Prov. 2:7-13.."He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk uprightly; He guards the paths of justice, and preserves the way of His saints. Then you will understand righteousness and justice, equity and every good path. When wisdom enters your heart, and knowledge is pleasant to your soul, discretion will preserve you; understanding will keep you, to deliver you from the way of evil, from the man who speaks perverse things, from those who leave the paths of uprightness to walk in the ways of darkness.."

Col. 2:8-10..."Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ. For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power."

1 Cor. 1:19-21.."For it is written: 'I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.' Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? for since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe."

Ps. 1:1-3.."Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither and whatever he does shall prosper."

The world professes a wisdom outside of God and unfortunately in many areas of Christian counsel the church has adopted many of these so-called wisdoms and counsels adding them to Christianity. But as believers, Jesus is to be our life, our wisdom, our counsel. An abiding relationship with Him gives us that true wisdom the world cannot understand.

Romans 1:22.."Professing to be wise, they became fools..." The world mocks at the way of the cross. Death to self is looked down upon as foolishness. But in despising that way, they don't realize that they have become fools.

As Christians then....we have no reason to turn to the wisdom or counsel of the world. Take the time instead to search for HIM as for hidden treasure! It does take time and effort. But if you consider something a treasure, worth more than anything else in the world....you take the time and effort....you don't give up! You don't settle for anything less than the real thing!

God bless and keep you!


HIS LIGHT..OUR HOPE

John 1:1-5..."In the beginnig was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it."

One gets so use to the darkness, that light can seem like an intrusion. What a sad statement..."the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it." This verse is speaking of Jesus...our light...our hope. Have you let His light shine in your darkness?

John 1:9-13.."That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name; who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God."

Many are looking forward to celebrating Christmas right now. We talk about a baby...who was born to be our saviour. We see pictures of a baby in a manger. People have lights around their houses and yards, and many gifts are being bought. I want to talk today about what His coming meant...and that He is coming again.

Jesus came into this world to be our light...our hope! God came to earth as man. His light...His life...came to earth to indwell us...to come into our darkness and be our life and hope.

Everyday we can celebrate His coming and look for His appearing to take us home to be with Him. He can live in your heart if you'll invite Him in. But many love their darkness too much. Their darkness is comfortable they think, so the light is too bright. It shows so much that we can otherwise hide, and keep covered. Our darkness sometimes "does not comprehend the light." We turn away from it for fear of what it will expose. Not knowing that our darkness is death...thinking we are safe in it, we try to stay there and protect ourselves. Not comprehending that that Light..Jesus, loves us and wants to save us.

John 3:19.."And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done to God."

Don't be afraid to come to His light. If you have never come to it yet and do not know Him personally as your savior and hope and life....don't be afraid. He is there to light your darkness. Yes it will hurt when the light first comes in and exposes your sin. But once you see it, if you are willing to confess (agree with God about) your sin, and accept His light (His Spirit) to come into your heart and dwell there and cleanse you, He will do just that, and He will make you a new creature in Him. He will be your constant companion and hope. He will never leave you or forsake you. His light will always be there to guide you, and you will always have hope.

As Christians, we have His light continually within us, yet we may have circumstances in our life that seem to have brought darkness, despair, grief, or hopelessness. We must in those times put our trust in that living hope that is within us always and never leaves us.

Ps. 112:4.."Unto the upright there arises light in the darkness; His is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous."

We have that light that came into the world 2000 yrs. ago living in us daily now always being our hope in that darkness. There is darkness as long as we are in this world. There is darkness all around us. But His light arises within us to conquer it always.

And now belonging to Him our hope is for eternity! We have His promise that He will come again and where He is He will take us to be with Him!

John 14:1-3.."Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father's house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also."

This is our blessed hope! This is the purpose of His coming....that we might be made ready for His second coming...that His light may be with us for eternity!

God bless and keep you!


SEEK AND YE SHALL FIND

Matt. 7:7-8..."Keep on asking and it will be given you; keep on seeking and you will find; keep on knocking [reverently] and [the door] will be opened to you. For everyone who keeps on asking receives; and he who keeps on seeking finds; and to him who keeps on knocking, [the door] will be opened." (amplified Bible)

How hungry are you for God? How badly do you want to find Him or find the answers you are looking for? I think in my own life I've found Him according to how badly I desired Him.

Sometimes I wonder if maybe we give up too soon. I don't think God wants us to give up until we have an answer or until we find Him....His very heart...and that becomes one with us and fills us.

Jer. 29:13 "And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart."

What happens during that time while we are on our face before God seeking Him? It's not that God all powerful and having the resources to give us everything we want sits up in Heaven looking down thinking of ways to make us beg! He doesn't delight in our misery! He delights to give to His children!

Back to Matthew 7, verse 11..."If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!"

Why then does God make us wait and continue asking and seeking and knocking, when He could just give it to us immediately! There are several reasons, but this is one thing I've learned. The more I come before Him asking and seeking, the more I am laying my heart before Him. I am searching for understanding of His Word. I am joining my heart and will to Him in deeper surrender each time. The desire becomes purified and deeper and more holy untill I want it with all my heart and I know God wants it to. Then I know at that point I have received my answer.

God wants so much more than to just give us things and answers to prayers. He wants to give us Himself!! He knows that HE IS OUR VERY LIFE AND HEALTH AND HAPPINESS! Yes! As we seek Him with our whole heart we find, not just what we are asking for, but HIM! We come away with His Spirit...that well...that spring of life...filling us and flowing out of us.

It's really not how much do you want the thing you are seeking God for, but rather....how much do you want Him...how much do you want of His will, His purpose for your life? How much do you want Him to fill you? How much do you want Him to be glorified in and through you? How much are you willing to give of yourself for that?

According to how much you give...this is how much you will get from Him. Oh but even more....we give so little to find Him and He gives us Himself!! We can never give too much of our time and heart for that!

No I don't mean to say that God requires us to earn His grace. But when our heart is ripe to receive Him in fullness because we have brought it before Him continually, looking for Him, and become more and more emptied of our desires for this world, then He is able to fill it. There is not enough room for Jesus and the world too. One love has to go.

Will you seek Him with all your heart? Will you listen to His voice and let Him draw you deeper to Himself?

Ps. 27:8..."You have said, Seek My face [inquire for and require My presence as your vital need]. My heart says to You, Your face (Your presence), Lord, will I seek, inquire for, and require [of necessity and on the authority of Your Word]." (amplified Bible)

And what a beautiful promise we have when our heart desires Him above all else!!! To desire Him is to have Him! He promises us that. If we seek we WILL find. How then can we turn such a promise away?

If you desire to seek the Lord but just don't feel you have a strong enough desire or the ability to seek Him as you should, then start by asking Him to say to your heart, "seek My face". He will work it in your heart. It's He that draws us to Himself. It's He that puts the desire there. But when you do hear His voice, don't turn it away....answer by saying, "Yes Lord! Your face I will seek!" You won't go away disappointed. It is He who causes you to will and to do of His good pleasure.

He loves you more than all the love in the world! Seek His face and live!

God bless and keep you!


LIVING IN THANKFULNESS

Col. 2:6.."As you therefore have received Christ Jesus as Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and establised in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.

Phil. 4:6-7.."Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God, and the peace of God which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus."

The secret of having joy is learning to live in thankfulness always in all circumstances. This is God's will for us and He knows if we are always grumbling and unable to be thankful in all things that we will not have His joy and may even fall under the trials and temptations in our life. His joy is our strength and ability to endure.

We are told to be thankful always...everyday...in all things, not just one day a year. Don't we feel good when we've spent Thanksgiving meditating on all the things we are thankful for? Just think if everyday was Thanksgiving! It should be for the believer in Jesus Christ!

I looked in my Thesaurus for synonyms of Thankful. Here is what I found: grateful, appreciative, acknowledge, give recognition, contented, satisfied, indebted to, pleased, kindly disposed, overwhelmed.

The opposite of thankfulness is ungratefulness. Here are some synonyms for that: thankless, selfish, lacking in appreciation, grasping, demanding, forgetful, self-centered, unmindful, heedless, careless, insensible, dissatisfied, grumbling, unnatural, faultfinding, oblivious

Quite an interesting comparison in attitudes here. I know for myself when my children are ungrateful it makes me hurt very much that they don't recognize what I have done for them...how I've given myself to them, even sacrificing my own wants or needs. It makes me feel they are so self centered when they only want more instead of being thankful for what they have as if they deserved it when it was a special treat or gift given. How rude someone seems to us and greedy when they are given a gift and turn their nose up at it because they wanted better.

When we realize how much God has saved us from, sacrificing His own Son for us when we were gross sinners, who deserved His wrath; how can we be discontent with what He has given us? We are saying..."God...I deserve more!"

1 Thess. 5:18.."in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you."

Matthew Henry Commentary: "If we pray without ceasing, we shall want matter for thanksgiving in everything. We should be thankful in every condition,even in adversity as well as prosperity. It is never so bad with us but it might be worse. We never can have any reason to complain of God, and have always much reason to praise and give thanks. This is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning us, that we give thanks. He allows us to rejoice evermore, and appoints us in everything to give thanks."

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible: In everything give thanks… That is, to God the Father, in the name of Christ; see (Ephesians 5:20) thanks are to be given to him for all things, as the Ethiopic version renders it; for all temporal good things; for our beings, the preservation of them; for food and raiment, and all the mercies of life; for the means of grace, the word and ordinances, and the ministers of the Gospel; for spiritual blessings, for electing, redeeming, regenerating, adopting, pardoning, justifying, and persevering grace: for a meetness for heaven, a right unto it, and a good hope of it; and especially for Jesus Christ, for such an husband, such an head, such a surety and Saviour, and advocate with the Father, as he is; and for life, peace, joy, comfort, righteousness, and salvation in him: and thanks should be given to God in every circumstance of life; in adversity, as Job did; when not in so comfortable and agreeable a frame of soul as to be wished for, since it might be worse, and is not black despair; even under the temptations of Satan, since they might be greater and heavier, and since the grace of God is sufficient to bear up under them, and deliver out of them, and since there is such a sympathizing high priest and Saviour; and in afflictions of every kind, since they are all for good, temporal, or spiritual, or eternal.

You see in giving thanks always we are protected from giving the devil a foothold in our lives through fear, unbelief, discouragement...etc. To give thanks is to say God is in control...I trust Him with all of my life everyday and am content and overwhelmingly grateful for what He has provided according to His abundant grace, knowing I deserve nothing but death and wrath.

We give thanks even in adversity! Nothing is really adverse when we are in Christ, because...Rom. 8:28.."And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose." and...Rom. 8:31.."What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?" and...Rom. 8:37..."Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us."

Today and everyday let us live in thankfulness!

God bless and keep you!


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