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Seeking Wisdom?

“Fear of the LORD is the foundation of true wisdom. All who obey his commandments will grow in wisdom. Praise him forever!” Psalm 111:10

“”Fear of the LORD is the foundation of true knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.” Proverbs 1:7

‘If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. But when you ask, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind.”  James 1:5-6

When we concede to God in all things, acknowledging him before any other consideration, he says, this is where wisdom comes from. We must trust God and only God in this matter. There are no alternatives.

Examine the world around you. What is taken for wisdom in the world will be proved to be foolishness instead. For example, you may know someone who stockpiles groceries and household items. They firmly believe they are saving money wisely by buying up all the “deals” in the stores and storing most of what is bought because it cannot all be used immediately. Think of what could happen to the stored items. Fire, flood, wind, theft, moth, rust, and corruption! Foods expire and paper products get damp and moldy. Fourteen bottles of shampoo are a waste of money, even if they were only 25 cents apiece, ($3.50)  if your hair falls out from sickness.  God has promised to provide everything we need for daily life. He will keep this promise faithfully; when we trust him to do it, then we are wise. If we look at someone’s stockpile and think, “I need one of those,” because we fear we will run out of these things, then we are not trusting the Lord.

Fear of the LORD, that is, trusting him completely in all things, is the foundation for wisdom. Jesus Christ is the Rock of our salvation, and we build upward from him. Read Luke 7:46-49. The storms of life cannot shake the Lord. The storms of life easily wipe out what is made by men.

Fools despise wisdom and discipline. It takes discipline to be able to trust God completely. He will bring you through each test to success, but you have to believe he is doing it! Wavering back and forth between what you know the Lord says and what the world around you is saying will just make it harder to get through. Double-mindedness causes more storm tossing.

To know what God is saying about a subject, search the scriptures. Be patient! Even if  your mind is in a turmoil today, listen as you read with your heart, and the Lord will lead you to the truth. Reminder – the scripture in James chapter one says to ASK our very, very, very generous God for wisdom, and he will give it to you. He wants to give it to you.

Thank you, Father God, for your generosity and gifts of wisdom. Thank you for teaching me right disciplines to operate in your wisdom and never be swept away by foolishness again. Bless all who read this now with a desire to trust you completely and seek you today, in Jesus’ Name.

 

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Forever Complete

When Jesus Christ was crucified, that is, nailed to a cross to die slowly and in great pain, His agony was increased to depths and degrees of which we have no understanding. All the powers of hell and sin were hurled at Him while He hung there. He took it upon Himself and endured all of it for our sake; every bit of it. Not one sliver of evil was left out. It all went on to Christ on the corss. 

Then He cried out, “It is finished!” He knew that He had won the victory. The penalty for all that sin and evil was death. So He chose to die, and after the triumphant shout of victory, gave up His life. Christ knew, though, that His was the power to defeat even death and hell. He rose from the dead. Literally. His physical life came alive by the power of God and He lives today, seated at the right Hand of the Father in Heaven, ever making intercession for those of us who believe in Him. He will come back, and we will also experience this resurrection.

Now hear this: everything undertaken by the Lord is finished and complete. He has never left anything undone. It is finished from the foundation of the world. Recall the scripture: with God, all things are possible. (Matthew 19:26) He has even finished and answered our prayers before we make them.  All things are possible because we are complete in Him. (Colossians 2:10) 

Everything we encounter on this earth is a battle. You can’t know what other people are thinkng, and relationships are always a tangle. However, we CAN KNOW the mind of Christ. When we receive Him as Lord and Savior, HE PUTS HIS MIND RIGHT IN US. (I Corinthians 2:16, Isaiah 40:13) Knowing Jesus’ very perfect thoughts, listening to His Spirit tell us what He is thinking, and reaching into His Word, the Bible for wisdom and knowledge, we have everything we need in His completeness and find our lives fulfilled in Him. Our prayers for others will be answered, because we know His will and His ways, and we ask in His Name.

And we are forever with the Lord. ALL things are possible. Amen and amen. (So be it!)

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