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Where does wisdom come from?

May 1, 2011 Leave a comment

In the very first proverb, God sets the tone for the entire book with a purpose statement in verse 7: “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.”

Do you fear the Lord?

If so, that is the very beginning of knowledge.

Fools (who say in their heart that there is no God according to Psalm 14:1) despise wisdom and instruction; in other words, they do not listen to advice! They do not heed warnings!

So, before you can even begin to dig into the knowledge and manifold wisdom of God, you must first fear Him. I heard a great preacher say that the fear of God is the fear that you might bring shame to His glorious reputation and Name by your sins; therefore, you would not choose to sin against God as a believer.

To fear God, one MUST be a Christian. No if’s and’s or but’s about it, you must be a Christian to fear the Lord God and to benefit from the manifold wisdom He offers in His Word.

So as we search through proverbs each day this month, the first thing to consider is: do you fear the Lord?

If so, then you will find wisdom more abundantly than silver and gold.

-Mark (“Lord, may I fear You above all other fears”)

Message that opposes the world’s message!

June 23, 2010 Leave a comment

Proverbs 28:26 tells us that “Whoever trusts in his own mind is a fool, but he who walks in wisdom will be delivered.”*

Is that a worldly message? No, because the world says “trust yourself” and “trust your feelings” and “you do what you think is right.” Well, my problem with that is, what if someone thinks it’s right to be a pedophile and they feel attracted to a young child by their “feelings”? Should they trust themselves, their feelings, and what they think is right?

No, of course not. And the Bible knows this to be true of unregenerated mankind!

In fact, the Bible gives us the “thing” to trust in – “wisdom” which only comes from God above and we get it from His Word and His Spirit.

So let’s think like God thinks and be like Christ who rejected the “worldly wisdom” offered Him in Matthew 4 by Satan and lived by God’s wisdom alone.

I think Christ did pretty well, don’t you?

-Mark (learning to walk in biblical wisdom by the power of the Holy Spirit daily)

*The Holy Bible : English standard version. 2001 (Pr 28:26). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

Waiting on the LORD…

November 27, 2009 2 comments

God ordained waiting takes place in the lives of every person.  You will never see any fanfare or draw attention from quietly submitting to God’s timing in your life.  In fact, often times we fall off the social map.  Maybe it begins with a tragic car accident, or a bankruptcy. Perhaps you have a relationship torn apart with conflict.  Whatever the cause, the result ends in the same destination.  A place of humility where all we can do is look up. 

It’s at that time the LORD goes to work in our hearts.  We gain a new, eternal perspective in the waiting room of life. Our LORD teaches us how to focus on Him above all things. As our identity in Christ grows, we are given eyes to see how God has been moving…. all along…

Currently I find myself in this waiting room of life.  Where do I go with the calling on my life? When will I see my wife?  How many, if any, children will we have? But more importantly… After traveling beyond the ‘me’ questions:  God how can I grow even closer to you? 

Fact of the matter is,  God most often uses us when we least expect it.  This makes us effective because we realize it’s only through Him we have the power to do anything. 

God is able.  If you are weary and tired of waiting, hang in there… God is teaching us that waiting is one of the preferred methods of preparing  His people for significance.

“Waiting is a common instrument of providential discipline for those to whom exceptional work has been appointed.”  -James Stalker

 

Rest in the LORD and wait patiently for Him. Psalm 37:7

Happy Thanksgiving,

-Jason (learning that wisdom is found in waiting)

Always changing…vs. Absolute Truth

May 22, 2009 Leave a comment

One of the joys of biblical counseling is that the Word of God never changes. It consistently applies to every situation no matter how different the circumstances. It is such a joy to have a weapon that offers my counselees hope and practical help whose truths never change.

Biblical counseling is the best “game” in town – far better than secular counseling which is always changing it’s theories. In psychology, what was accepted as “truth” 10, 20, or 30 years ago is rejected today. In fact, most psychologists do not like Freud’s stuff anymore and he is the one who is thought of the most when one thinks of psychology.

There is a LOT of debate over these theories as there is no consensus (over 300 theories exist). Imagine if there were this many theories on landing an airplane: would you ever want to fly?

Here’s a simple example of God’s wisdom in one unchanging, profound verse of Scripture. Romans 12:21 applies to every hurt experienced in every situation today because it is ABSOLUTE truth: “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”

This verse is valid yesterday, today, and forever because it’s author is the same yesterday, today, and forever. He can be trusted at His Word.

-Mark (wowed by God’s wisdom on a daily basis)

What is Wisdom?

January 11, 2009 1 comment

I have read stories about intelligent men who have devoted their lives to the pursuit of wisdom and glory for themselves. At one point in my life, I thought they were great men who have transcended the limits of human understanding and have shown the best of human abilities. I was wrong. I had the chance to read the lives of several artists and writers and was inspired by their accomplishment. Yet, I was discouraged by their own plot, their own story, which they did not have the power to recreate.

Then I asked, what was their wisdom for? If such wisdom would push an artist to kill himself, a writer to become an hermit, or a philosopher to despise his neighbors, then what was their wisdom for? “For with much wisdom comes much sorrow; the more knowledge, the more grief.” (Ecclesiastes 1:18) If such wisdom would make man proud and declare himself equal with God, then I don’t want the wisdom of the world. Many people have turned away from God and even denied His existence, because their newfound theories claimed man came from animals. That is foolish! The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, and their ways are vile. (Psalm 53:1)

Human wisdom is foolish. “Where is the wise man? Where is the scholar? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?” (I Corinthian 1:20) The wisdom of the world can never replace the Word of God. “There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan that can succeed against the Lord.” (Proverbs 21:30) God will bring to light their folly. “The wise will be put to shame; they will be dismayed and trapped. Since they have rejected the word of the Lord, what kind of wisdom do they have?” (Jeremiah 8:9) “The wisdom of the wise will perish, the intelligence of the intelligent will vanish.” (Isaiah 29:14)

Remember this: “For the foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man’s strength.” (I Corinthian 1:25) The wisdom of the world does not make us intelligent before God. “We know that we all possess knowledge. Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up. The man who thinks he knows something does not yet know as he ought to know.” (I Corinthians 8:1) 

A truly wise man knows God’s will and obeys them. “The way of a fool seems right to him, but a wise man listens to advice.” (Proverbs 12:15) It comes with humility and restraint. “When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.” (Proverbs 11:2) “A man of knowledge uses words with restraint, and a man of understanding is even-tempered.” (Proverbs 17:27) Most of all, true wisdom knows righteousness. “For wisdom will save you from the ways of wicked men, from men whose words are perverse.” (Proverbs 2:12)

-Jason (quiet my mouth Lord, and grant my ears the ability to receive Truth)

Right Action, Wrong Heart (part 2)

November 6, 2008 Leave a comment

Did you know that you can attend church for the wrong reasons? Going to church for any other reason than to worship the Lord and to glorify Him is a wrong reason.

Did you know that you can read your Bible for the wrong heart reason? For example, some people read the Bible to find out how to ATTACK someone else with it RATHER than applying it to their OWN hearts and lives!

What are some other examples that you can think of?

-Mark (amazed at God’s wisdom and power to know our intimate thoughts & motivations)

Hope or cope? (part 8) (healing?)

August 12, 2008 Leave a comment

I find that some people can pray and trust God for a “physical healing” better than they can for an “emotional healing” for an emotional problem (as it is called by secular psychologists). BOTH types of “healing” require the spiritual power of Christ and we should have the faith in Him for both.

In fact, did you know that the Bible speaks to this phenomenon in Proverbs 18:14: “The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a wounded spirit who can bear?” (KJV)

“Wounds” in the inner man (spirit) are hard to bear. Sadly, Christians are not often equipped to deal with conflicts, hurts, and wounds inflicted by others. These problems can be resolved biblically by obediently applying the principles of Scripture on forgiveness, repentance, and communication.

Hope comes in being able to resolve problems biblically which can only be done in and through Christ.

Coping is the best the world has to offer as worldly persons often encourage Christians to resolve conflicts by taking another brother in Christ to court which is clearly against I Cor. 6:1-8. The world tells people that they must always struggle with certain issues that God provides a solution for in Christ according to Ephesians 4 and 5.

Clearly, there is a big difference between a purely biblical approach and a worldly approach to dealing with the many problems of life! That’s why we do NOT have an integrated approach to biblical counseling. We believe the Scriptures are SUFFICIENT to deal with the problems of the soul (by the way, “psychology” means “study of the soul”).

Jesus promises in John 16:33: “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” – The Holy Bible : English Standard Version., Jn 16:33 (Wheaton: Standard Bible Society, 2001).

His way is much better than the world’s way!

-Mark (promoting Christ and His wisdom, not the world’s best ideas)