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I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was.
Wisdom does not change. Wisdom did not evolve. Wisdom is not the result of discovery or experimentation. The amount of wisdom in the world is not growing. Men are not improving in wisdom with education and time. Wisdom is not developed in university think tanks. Wisdom is not accumulated in libraries. There is a fixed amount of wisdom in the universe, and men are losing contact with it. The future of our race is at stake!
Wisdom is the ability to rightly judge a situation and choose the correct action. There is a fixed amount of wisdom – perfect understanding of all things – with Jehovah (8:22-31). He possessed wisdom in the beginning … the same eternal beginning when He created all we know (Gen 1:1). Any wisdom available to men is by revelation from Him only; it is not discovered by human effort. It begins with the fear of the LORD (1:7; 9:10).
Wisdom speaks here in the first person, for Solomon is in the midst of a lengthy personification of wisdom as a lady (8:1 – 9:12). A powerful figure of speech, Lady Wisdom is appealing to the sons of men to consider her superior gifts and virtues to the foolish and damning attractions of the strange woman (9:13-18). Every man makes a choice – to accept the offer of eternal wisdom from God or choose depraved folly instead.
We live in the midst of an information explosion. The Internet, and its mountains of data, is only a mouse click away. More money is being spent on education, and children are sent to institutions of higher learning for more years, than ever before. Private and public research, of even the most bizarre and obscure subjects, is increasing constantly.
But what did Paul say about such knowledge and learning? He warned Timothy to keep the wisdom given to him by preaching and to avoid the profane and vain babblings and oppositions of false science, which cause men to err from truth (I Tim 6:20-21). What a fit warning! And he also warned him that grave danger was coming in a generation that would be always learning without any ability to ever understand truth (II Tim 3:1-7).
Men are not getting “smarter and smarter.” The invention of automobiles and other advances are deceiving. For at the very same time the race is morally imploding. Educated men miss even the sexual purpose of the woman. God has effectively given man a lobotomy and set him loose in the candy store of a lunatic mind (Rom 1:18-32).
Classrooms fill with tongue-pierced, hair-dyed, rag-wearing, and weed-smoking pubescent children. An older version of their evolved species monitors the sharing of dreams and imaginations. They ridicule parents, mock pastors, rebel against government, and call for a new way of things. And they call this education! They call this learning!
The fixed body of wisdom the LORD Jehovah has offered the human race is found in the Holy Bible alone. But of course, with all their Internet accumulations and university ravings, they despise the only wisdom available! In fact, to make sure their hallucinations are not questioned or refuted, they have outlawed the Bible in school! How intelligent!
Reader, if you appreciate the right definition and source of wisdom, then carefully read Job 28:12-28. Let a truly wise man instruct you! When you are done, there will be only one response to the depraved and profane claims to advancing knowledge in our generation, “But the emperor is naked!” Let God be true, but every man a liar!
The blessed Lord Jesus Christ possesses all the eternal wisdom of God (Col 2:3). He has always possessed all of it. He never changes – He is not growing in wisdom (Heb 13:8). He is allowing this world to show its true colors – depraved rebellion against God and hatred for wisdom – before He comes to incinerate it (II Thess 1:7-10; I Tim 6:13-16).
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TROUBLE CAST ON HIM
by C. H. Spurgeon
"Casting all your care upon Him; for He careth for you." --1 Peter 5:7
It is a happy way of soothing sorrow when we can feel--"HE careth for me." Christian! do not dishonor religion by always wearing a brow of care; come, cast your burden upon your Lord. You are staggering beneath a weight which your Father would not feel. What seems to you a crushing burden, would be to Him but as the small dust of the balance. Nothing is so sweet as to
"Lie passive in God's hands, And know no will but His."
O child of suffering, be thou patient; God has not passed thee over in His providence. He who is the feeder of sparrows, will also furnish you with what you need. Sit not down in despair; hope on, hope ever. Take up the arms of faith against a sea of trouble, and your opposition shall yet end your distresses.
There is One who careth for you. His eye is fixed on you, His heart beats with pity for your woe, and his hand omnipotent shall yet bring you the needed help. The darkest cloud shall scatter itself in showers of mercy. The blackest gloom shall give place to the morning. He, if thou art one of His family, will bind up thy wounds, and heal thy broken heart.
Doubt not His grace because of thy tribulation, but believe that He loveth thee as much in seasons of trouble as in times of happiness. What a serene and quiet life might you lead if you would leave providing to the God of providence! With a little oil in the cruse, and a handful of meal in the barrel, Elijah outlived the famine, and you will do the same.
If God cares for you, why need you care too? Can you trust Him for your soul, and not for your body? He has never refused to bear your burdens, He has never fainted under their weight. Come, then, soul! have done with fretful care, and leave all thy concerns in the hand of a gracious God.
"Then he said to them all: "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me." Luke 9:23
Jesus spoke these words that reveal the cost of living for God. When we place faith in Jesus and make him "Lord" of our lives, we are choosing him as our new master instead of the sin we’d been enslaved to in the past. Each day, we are presented with many daily choices by which we can reconfirm that Jesus is our master and not sin. We can look at these daily choices or temptations as opportunities to deny ourselves, take up our cross and follow Jesus.
Proverbs 25:28 says, "Whoever has no rule over his own spirit is like a city broken down, without walls."
The truth is that it is possible with God’s help to regain spiritual strength and gain victory over the temptations we face . He gives us strength through the Holy Spirit to stop responding to our sinful desires and to start obeying Jesus. Doing so may involve some temporary pain of self-denial, which will in turn be replaced with the joy and peace of God (Galatians 5:22-23).
Here are some practical steps to bolstering our daily walk with Christ:
1) Ask God to help you each day during your quiet time. Ask him to show you how and when to resist the common temptations you face.
2) Steer clear of the obvious situations of temptation that you can avoid.
3) If you are tempted, ask God for help and a way out of the temptation (1 Corinthians 10:13). Believe that God will help you and then look for the way out.
4) Fix your thoughts on Jesus. Following Jesus means that things are going to have to change in our lifestyle. We can not continue living in our worldly mindset and expect to please God. We have to have a Christ-centered mindset. The most basic way to change our mindset is to load our mind with God’s Word. One of the best ways to load our mind with the Word is to study it daily. (see Quiet Times)
"Lord Jesus, I desire to follow you. I commit myself to denying my sinful desires and daily taking up my cross. Please strengthen me by your Spirit to resist temptations and bring my body, soul and spirit into obedience to you. I am your servant. I praise you and thank you. In your name I pray, Amen."
Twenty-six Beautiful One-liners
1. Give God what's right -- not what's left.
2. Man's way leads to a hopeless end -- God's way leads to an endless hope.
3. A lot of kneeling will keep you in good standing.
4. He who kneels before God can stand before anyone.
5. In the sentence of life, the devil may be a comma--but never let him be the period.
6. Don't put a question mark where God puts a period.
7. Are you wrinkled with burden? Come to the church for a face-lift.
8. When praying, don't give God instructions - just report for duty.
9. Don't wait for six strong men to take you to church.
10. We don't change God's message -- His message changes us.
11. The church is prayer-conditioned.
12. When God ordains, He sustains.
13. WARNING: Exposure to the Son may prevent burning.
14. Plan ahead -- It wasn't raining when Noah built the ark.
15. Most people want to serve God, but only in an advisory position.
16. Suffering from truth decay? Brush up on your Bible.
17. Exercise daily -- walk with the Lord.
18. Never give the devil a ride -- he will always want to drive.
19. Nothing else ruins the truth like stretching it.
20. Compassion is difficult to give away because it keeps coming back.
21. He who angers you controls you.
22. Worry is the darkroom in which negatives can develop.
23. Give Satan an inch & he'll be a ruler.
24. Be ye fishers of men -- you catch them & He'll clean them.
25. God doesn't call the qualified, He qualifies the called.
26. Read the Bible -- It will scare the hell out of you.
Now take 60 seconds and give this a shot! Let's just see if Satan stops this one.
All you do is:
1. Simply say a small prayer for the person who sent you this, e.g. LORD, God, bless this person in whatever it is that You know he or she may be needing this day....)
2. Then forward to five relatives/friends. Within hours five people would have prayed for you, and you would have caused a multitude of people to pray to God for other people.
Then sit back and watch the power of God work in your life for doing the thing that you know He loves. What we do in life echoes in eternity....
A Jewish businessman in Chicago sent his son to Israel
for a year to absorb the culture. When the son returned,
he said, "Papa, I had a great time in Israel. By the way,
I converted to Christianity."
"Oy vey," said the father, "what have I done!"
He took his problem to his best friend. "Jacob," he said,
"I sent my son to Israel, and he came home a Christian.
What can I do?"
"Funny you should ask," said Ike. "I, too, sent my son to
Israel, and he also came home a Christian. Perhaps we should
go see the rabbi."
They explained their problem to the rabbi. "Funny you should
ask," said the rabbi. "I, too, sent my son to Israel, and he
also came home a Christian. What is happening to our young people?"
Then they prayed, telling God about their sons, and asked Him
what they should do. As they finished their prayers, a voice
came booming from the heavens. "Funny you should ask," said
the voice. "I, too, sent my son to Israel...."
Dec 5, 2006
A tax assessor came one day to a poor pastor to determine the amount of
taxes the pastor would have to pay. The following conversation took
"What property do you possess?" asked the assessor.
"I am a very wealthy man," replied the minister.
"List your possessions, please," the assessor instructed.
"First, I have everlasting life (John 3:16).
"Second, I have a mansion in heaven (John 14:2).
"Third, I have peace that passeth understanding (Philippians 4:7).
"Fourth, I have joy unspeakable (1 Peter 1:8).
"Fifth, I have divine love which never faileth (1 Corinthians 13:8).
"Sixth, I have a faithful precious wife (Proverbs 31:10).
"Seventh, I have healthy, happy obedient children (Exodus 20:12).
"Eighth, I have true, loyal friend (Proverbs 18:24).
"Ninth, I have songs in the night (Psalms 42:8).
"Tenth, I have a crown of life (James 1:12)."
The tax assessor closed his book, and said, "Truly you are a very rich
man, but your wealth is not subject to taxation.
"Lord Jesus, make me a herald of your word of truth and grace. Help me
to be a faithful witness of the joy of the gospel and to point others
to you as John did through his testimony."
A Prayer for Comfort and Hope
Grant unto us, Almighty God, in all time of sore distress, the comfort of the forgiveness of our sins. In time of darkness give us blessed hope, in time of sickness of body give us quiet courage; and when the heart is bowed down, and the soul is very heavy, and life is a burden, and pleasure a weariness, and the sun is too bright, and life too mirthful, then may that Spirit, the Spirit of the Comforter, come upon us, and after our darkness may there be the clear shining of the heavenly light; that so, being uplifted again by Thy mercy, we may pass on through this our mortal life with quiet courage, patient hope, and unshaken trust, hoping through Thy loving-kindness and tender mercy to be delivered from death into the large life of the eternal years. Hear us of Thy mercy, through Jesus Christ our Lord – Amen.
--- George Dawson
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Today's Bible Verse
Col 2:2 That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ;
Col 2:3 In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
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