Easy to fool ourselves

Rising Joy, by Vicki Matheny

For the waywardness of the simpletons will kill them, and the careless ease of fools will destroy them. But the one who listens to me will live in security, and will be at ease from the dread of harm. Proverbs 1.32-33

How easy it is to fool ourselves! Waywardness has the same meaning as disobedience or willfulness. Simpleton means inexperienced. What this verse is saying is that the disobedience of the inexperienced will kill them. Many people have a false sense of security thinking that all is well when nothing could be further from the truth. Wisdom, in this chapter, is referred to in the first person. The one who listens to wisdom will live in security. We do not have to be fearful or full of dread for what the future holds. In James 3.13-17, we read of two types of wisdom: that from above and that which is earthly, natural, demonic. Obviously we do not want to practice the wisdom that is earthly or demonic. James tells us that wisdom brings works done in gentleness. The wisdom from above is pure, peaceable and gentle. If the wisdom that you are practicing brings disorder and evil practices, beware. It is not from above. The neat thing is that God gives wisdom generously to those who ask for it. It is found in his word. May we practice the wisdom which God gives generously to all who ask! Have you asked for wisdom lately?

#risingjoy #Psalms #wisdom

Stick to what is true

Rising Joy, by Vicki Matheny

since he is a double-minded individual, unstable in all his ways. James 1.8

Our theme this month has been a new creation. This verse at first seemed to be out of place to me. The context is prayer, specifically prayer for wisdom. We all need wisdom. James tells us that God gives wisdom generously to those who ask for it. Many people who are new Christians struggle with the changes that need to be made in their lives. If we are honest, it is not only the new Christian. Many of us who are older in the faith can sometimes struggle with the very basic things in our walk. Perhaps that is because when we get away from the basics it is very easy to walk down the wrong path. James tells us that when we ask for wisdom it must be accompanied by faith in the one who makes the request. If not, we have the above situation. A double-minded individual. Sometimes following. Sometimes trekking down the wrong path. Changes. They have to be made. We have to stop believing in everything that comes along and stick to what is true. We have to practice wisdom. Wisdom comes by asking God and then seeking it. Where do I seek wisdom? I have to seek wisdom by listening to the one who is the source of wisdom. I have to listen to God, not in some mysterious way, but by reading his word as if it were as important to me as my daily food. That will produce a faith that is steadfast and true!

#risingjoy #James #wisdom

Which voice will you listen to?

While doing some research for my Forthright Magazine article today, “How humility acts,” I came across this little item, which I liked. May you be encouraged by it. It was titled, “The Voices of the World.”

Appetite says, “Be sensuous, enjoy yourself.”

Education says, “Be resourceful, expand yourself.”

Materialism says, “Be satisfied, please yourself.”

Psychology says, “Be confident, fulfill yourself.”

Pride says, “Be superior, promote yourself.”

Humanism says, “Be capable, believe in yourself.”

God says, “Be wise, humble yourself.”

#humility, #lists, #voices, #wisdom

I will ask you one question: Mark 11.29

“Jesus said to them, ‘I will ask you one question. Answer me and I will tell you by what authority I do these things.'”

Mark 11.29

Jesus was wise. He did not fall into enemy traps. He did not naively answer gotcha questions. Instead, he uncovered people’s duplicity and hidden motives.

Wisdom is knowing that all may not be as it seems. The challenges of man may hide the devil’s wiles.

#votd #Mark #wisdom

Please test your servants: Daniel 1.11-12

“Daniel then spoke to the warden whom the overseer of the court officials had appointed over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah: ‘Please test your servants for ten days by providing us with some vegetables to eat and water to drink.'”

Daniel 1.11-12

Even in captivity Daniel sought to obey God’s law. The king’s overseer refused his request not to defile himself with the royal food. So he used his wisdom to propose a test to the warden.

Difficult situations do not keep us from the requirement of obedience. Those who seek to obey God at every moment will find his favor.

#votd #Daniel #wisdom #obedience

All the words of my mouth are righteous: Proverbs 8.8

“All the words of my mouth are righteous; there is nothing in them twisted or crooked.”

Proverbs 8.8

So speaks the voice of wisdom in its appeal to all mankind. Who learns God’s wisdom can also speak righteous words. But the price to pay is an intense and unceasing search.

Where will we find wisdom? Not on Facebook, nor in a Google search, but in the Word of God. It deserves our constant perusal and meditation.

#votd #Proverbs #wisdom

Let’s deal wisely: Exodus 1.10

“Come, let’s deal wisely with them. Otherwise they will continue to multiply, and if a war breaks out, they will ally themselves with our enemies and fight against us and leave the country.”

Exodus 1.10

The Egyptians thought they were preserving their nation by oppressing the Israelites. They actually destroyed themselves by their actions.

Worldly wisdom finds itself fighting against God. It fails to recognize where God is moving and in whom he has placed his kingdom.

#votd #wisdom #Exodus

If trouble does not stop, why choose wisdom?

On page 96 of the Gospel Advocate’s Adult Foundations Bible Study course (Poetical Book Selections, The Value of Wisdom) a good question is asked.

If possession of wisdom does not keep trouble from arising in life, what benefit is it?

“Why bother?” is an attitude that can afflict the average man and woman. We try to do right when it seemingly has no effect on the wrong we deal with in our family, at work or with strangers. Is there any advantage to understanding, trusting and living out the wisdom that comes from the heavenly source (Proverbs 3:5-6)?

Here are three answers that help to explain what the benefit can be and is for those who seek to get knowledge and understanding with all his or her might:

  • Heavenly wisdom helps navigate us through trouble. It is not the light-house or the buoy-marker’s fault that the seas get rough, but it is to their credit that someone was wise enough to place them where they are! Understanding their value doesn’t stop the storms from happening, but it can keep the storm from sinking us. The same is true, spiritually speaking, of heavenly wisdom.
  • Heavenly wisdom keeps certain troubles away. Take the dangers of alcohol (and ultimately drugs) for example. Proverbs 23:29-35 speaks so plainly about alcohol, a person has to intentionally ignore what they are reading. Add to that the warnings about adultery, lying, improperly raising children, laziness, etc. and we get doses of wisdom beneficial toward avoiding the troubles that many people in the world deal with continually.
  • Heavenly wisdom gives us the ability to help others. Wisdom is meant to be shared. Ever noticed there is an entire book of Proverbs? Sharing wisdom is the whole purpose of Proverbs. From a father to a son, to a son from his mother – when we want the best for people, we share the best we have. Living life takes life skills and heavenly wisdom makes garnering these skills easier.

Hope these answers help to explain the benefit of possessing wisdom despite that it does not prevent all trouble out of our lives.

The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel: to know wisdom and instruction, to perceive the words of understanding, to receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, judgment, and equity; to give prudence to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion—a wise man will hear and increase learning, and a man of understanding will attain wise counsel,” (Proverbs 1:1-5 NKJV)

#bible-questions, #gospel-advocate, #wisdom

You never know what you may find in a fortune cookie

Most people enjoy fortune cookies. You don’t have to take all of them seriously to get a kick out of them!

Matter of fact, every once in a while the fortune is actually worth listening to.

Not too long ago, I got a cookie that said, “An ounce of care is worth a pound of cure.” It’s a little different from the version I’m used to hearing, but who could argue with what it is saying?

A few weeks later I got another cookie that said, “Do not be overly judgmental of your loved one’s intentions or actions.” I suppose the saying could even be applied to the actions and intentions of your “not-so-loved” ones too.

A few days ago, I opened a cookie and I found, “A merry heart does good like a medicine.” It really, really rang a bell for some reason.

You never know what you may find in a fortune cookie when you open it and read what it has to say … but then again you never know what you may find in the Bible if you open it and read what it has been saying for thousands of years (Deuteronomy 8:32, Matthew 4:4).

Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” (Mark 14:38 NKJV)

Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment.” (John 7:24 NKJV)

A merry heart does good, like medicine, but a broken spirit dries the bones.” (Proverbs 17:22 NKJV)

#food, #scripture, #wisdom

Isolated himself: Proverbs 18.1

“One who has isolated himself seeks his own desires;
he rejects all sound judgment.”

Proverbs 18.1

In the search for wisdom, one cannot keep to self. A refusal to hear others shows that one only desires to protect one’s own interests.

We need each other. In God’s family we find the wisdom of Christ and course correction. In communion we have great resources for living for God’s glory.

#wisdom #Proverbs #votd

Believes everything: Proverbs 14.5

“A naive person believes everything,
but the shrewd person discerns his steps.”

Proverbs 14.5

Proverbs rails against those who believe in nothing, v. 9, and those who believe everything. Better to consider careful what is true and right.

Religion has always been full of fake news, or false doctrines. Who can we depend upon to tell us the truth?

#naivete #wisdom #VOTD

Starving to know

With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments! I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you. (Psalm 119:10-11 ESV)

Всем сердцем моим ищу Тебя; не дай мне уклониться от заповедей Твоих. В сердце моем сокрыл я слово Твое, чтобы не грешить пред Тобою. (Псалтирь 118:10-11 Russian)

O LORD my God, dear Father in heaven ~ thank you Lord for not forgetting that your people in all generations and language groups are starving to know what you expect from us. Bless all parents and grandparents with your wisdom that enables us to positively internalize the antiseptic power of your inspired Scriptures. Help younger generations to grow up reading and loving your word more than any other written documents. Protect all ages of Christians from dispassionate and characterless teachers who roam the world searching for souls to pollute by their own sophistry. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church of Christ

#david-binkley #wisdom

While time remains

When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the woman, He said to her, “Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?” (John 8:10 NKJV)

І підвівся Ісус, і нікого, крім жінки, не бачивши, промовив до неї: Де ж ті, жінко, що тебе оскаржали? Чи ніхто тебе не засудив? (Від Івана 8:10 Ukrainian)

O LORD God, my dear Father in heaven ~ thank you Lord, for the God-ingrained moral courage you taught us from the area of the temple in Jerusalem long ago. Lord, help all preachers and teachers of the gospel to cease and desist judging and condemning people who are no more sinners than the accusers. Give us more of the pure wisdom of our Master so that we will encourage one another to love and good works while time remains. Revive the spirit of true repentance and forgiveness among leaders of all local congregations of Christ around the world. Give opportunities for those who do not yet know Christ as Lord, to see the beauty of Jesus in the way His disciples are quick to forgive and forget. I pray fervently in the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church of Christ

#david-binkley #wisdom

Powerful wisdom (Word of the Day)

With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments! I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.

(Psalm 119:10-11 ESV)

Всем сердцем моим ищу Тебя; не дай мне уклониться от заповедей Твоих. В сердце моем сокрыл я слово Твое, чтобы не грешить пред Тобою. (Псалтирь 118:10-11 Russian)

O LORD God, hear and accept my praise and thanksgiving for every inspired word that is available at this time in nearly all languages and dialects on earth. Dear Father in heaven, open the eyes of understanding to all who read your Scriptures that contain powerful wisdom to help young parents, and those weary from a day’s work, or those who aspire to places of leadership and those simply wanting to be good and faithful servants in the beautiful Kingdom of Christ our Lord. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church of Christ

#david-binkley #wisdom

Poor but wise better: Ecclesiastes 4.13 VOTD

“A poor but wise youth is better than an old and foolish king who no longer knows how to receive advice.”

Ecclesiastes 4.13

Age does not guarantee that one will have wisdom. It can cause one to be set in one’s ways. Rather, one ought to continue to humbly learn. Time in power is not necessarily a virtue.

What matters is not position or possessions, but the acquisition of wisdom. What are you doing to acquire it?

#wisdom #Ecclesiastes #VOTD