wisdom

If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking (James 1:5 – New Living Translation)

Here are some dictionary meanings of “wisdom”:

1. possessing great knowledge and intelligence

2. having the ability to make a right decision or judgement

3. intelligence drawing on experience and governed by prudence

It seems incredible that all we have to do is ask God and He will give us this important commodity.

The only condition is:

But when you ask him, 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 1:6)

This is a short post…. because I want you to think WISDOM in all your dealings today.

… and may God guide you, as I know He is guiding me

Security

Churches argue over “the eternal security of a believer”, some say that the “once saved, always saved” idea cannot possibly be right, that if a person leaves the church and does “worse sins” than before they were even “saved”, then they automatically forfeit their “salvation”…. they say if the “once saved, always saved” idea was correct then it would mean that people could come and get “saved” and then do as they like (presumably enjoyng their sinful life) and still get to “heaven”…. they like to use Ezekiel 18:24 and  Ezekiel 33:10-20 to prove that if you do not keep up your “salvation” by a continuous “holy walk” then you will be damned just like everybody else.

BUT ALL THIS FLAWED REASONING… and it is a case of not comparing Scripture with Scripture to see what the true meaning of the passages could be.

First, the reasoning is flawed because it is a “MAN CENTERED” idea…. it makes “salvation” nothing more than an “act of the human will and/or emotions”…. tonight we hear a good preacher and get convinced to go up to the alter and “accept Jesus”….. but maybe tomorrow, you decide it was all a “bad idea” and carry on with your sinful life.

But Jesus said “…no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father” (John 6:65)…. to be TRULY saved is more than sweet music, convincing preaching and lots of emotion as the preacher MAN tugs at your “heart-strings”… so let’s face it, lots of those people swarming to the alter to make “Jesus Lord and Saviour” are NOT TRULY SAVED… it’s easy for them to go back “into the world” because they were never saved in the first place.

But then what about the passages in Ezekiel ? … and how then can a person KNOW if they are truly saved or not…. maybe it was all fake ?

First the passages in Ezekiel may refer to “ceremonial religion”…. the word “righteous” is used in this context in Matthew 5:20… and secondly, the punishment  may refer only to physical death rather than eternal death…. IN ANY CASE,  John 10:28, Romans 8:38-39 and Phillippians 1:6   CLEARLY indicate that if a person is REALLY saved then the condition CANNOT be altered by anything that they do (although they will not escape punishment for their willfull sins, yet they will not be dis-inherited… and this is the case with Israel also…. “for the gifts and calling of God are without repentance” Romans 11:29… God does not save a person one minute and then un-save them the next… and futhermore, salvation is NOT given because of anything that we have done or not done… it is a GIFT of GOD, totally without any merit on our part)

So now…. HOW can a person know if they are TRULY saved ?… they will eventually know…. because GOD will REVEAL this to them…. we are not saved by any act of man (there is no formula…. such as get up and go to the alter… repeat some words after me)…. the salvation is NOT a work of the “flesh” although many, many “megachurches” do a lot of “saving”…. IN THE FLESH…. ? … so how can we know if it’s “of the flesh” or “of the Spirit” ? …. SPIRITUAL DISCERNMENT…..”The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God” (Romans 8:16) “… as many as are led by the Spirit of GOD, these are sons of God” (Romans 8:14)

FAITH and OBEDIENCE…. you cannot get away from this….  “TRUST and OBEY for there is NO OTHER WAY to be happy in JESUS but to TRUST and OBEY” (John H. Sammis)

People… you cannot reason this out with LOGIC…. nor can you sort it out with RITUAL… GOD’s calling on our lives is bound up in His FOREKNOWLEDGE of our future and this is beyond our comprehension…. OUR only DUTY as humans is to TRUST and OBEY…. we do not know our future, but GOD does…. when we fall on our face before HIM, HE KNOWS EVERYTHING about us….. it is easy to fool people… and it is also possible to fool ourselves…. but it is IMPOSSIBLE to fool GOD…. TRUE salvation ? ? …. GOD knows whether you are saved or not… and if you are, you will eventually know it too, because He will reveal it to you as you study Scripture and seek Him in prayer…. if you are not saved, well you could spend your entire lifetime believing, reading Scripture and praying THINKING that you are saved without realizing your serious need, just a victim of delusion and a tool of the devil…… the certain KNOWLEDGE of your salvation DOES NOT COME from anything you do or do not do….. God gives this revelation IN YOUR SPIRIT and you just KNOW IT (but the devil even has a counterfeit for this too… the difference is in the life and the fruit…. the tares may look like the wheat BUT THEY ARE NOT WHEAT )  even when you face your final judgment with SHOCK at discovering your error (if you do not discover it before that time)…. you will still be reminded of those times when you FELT that “all was not well with your soul” and yet you CHOSE to “ignore it”….. the promptings of GOD are gentle and easily dismissed…. UNLIKE the promptings of the devil which are “quite clear” and “loud”…. did you know that there are pastors of various churches being led by demon spirit, thinking they have the Spitit of GOD ???

You are to LOVE and SERVE GOD with your WHOLE being…. this includes spirit, soul and body…. therefore you cannot IGNORE one part for the other… ALL must be involved….. therefore the Spirit of God will never lead your human spirit contrary to His word the BIBLE… even though you are to be led by your spirit…. you are still expected to TEST such leading against the TRUTH of HIS WORD…. and it is in this way that you AVOID being led by evil spirits…. it is in this way that you avoid SPIRITUAL DECEPTION.

God KEEPS His children from the evil one…. Jesus, the Great Shepherd, will not allow deception to continue IF you are TRULY SAVED…. a CHOSEN ONE of His flock.

THE BIBLE has within it’s pages the KEY to SPIRITUAL DISCERNMENT…. the Bible is not just a book to be discussed by scholars… it is not a book with “errors”… and it is NOT just a book “written by man”….. the BIBLE contains GOD’s REVELATION of HIMSELF to the human race….. it has SPIRITUAL POWER…. and it is the link between this world and the next.

My friend…. GOD is PERFECTION in every way….. LOVE , MERCY, HOLINESS, RIGHTEOUSNESS, JUSTICE and JUDGEMENT……. any “goodness”, “fairness” or “love” that we think we have…. or that we may recognize in other people…. is merely a shadow that He put in us of HIS OWN SELF….. this is why human PRIDE is so abhorrent to GOD.

People (even Christian people) treat GOD with so much MISTRUST… it started with Eve, when Satan got her to DOUBT GOD’s INTENTIONS…… there is NO GOODNESS apart from GOD…… and that is why “..no flesh should glory in HIS presence” (1 Corinthians 1:29)

Distraction

We live in an age of constant distractions….. people are “multi-tasking”…. adults talking on the phone while driving…. kids playing video games in the classroom during lessons…. messaging numerous people on internet all at the same time…. thinking of other things while praying…. and the list goes on and on.

The art of concentration…. focusing ones mind on a single objective is probably only done by “specialised” practicioners (buddist monks, psychics, etc.)

Satan’s aim is to keep people busy 24/7 so they live their lives “on the surface”… without thinking too deeply about “life”…. or even death.

Entire lives are WASTED in “vanity” and a “grasping for the wind”…. (Ecclesiastes 1:14)… and another translation says, “It is all foolishness, chasing the wind”.

What then is wisdom ? (Proverbs 9:10)…. and how should we spend our days upon the earth ? (Ecclesiastes 12:13)…  the “fear of the LORD” implies FAITH (…for he that cometh to GOD must BELIEVE that He is (exists)….  Hebrews 11:6)… and the commandments imply WORKS  (some action) (John 14:15)

Only a life of FAITH which results in WORKS prepares man to meet God….. and JOB who was “the most perfect man” ACCORDING TO GOD’s OWN WORDS (Job 1:8) said (after God “interviewed” Him), “I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear, but now mine eye seeth thee. Wherefore I ABHOR MYSELF, AND REPENT IN DUST AND ASHES.” (Job 42:5 – 6)

Now if Job (the most righteous man) could say that….. what do you think is going to happen to people like Rihanna, Jay-Z, Beyonce and Lady GaGa when they meet GOD ?

There is a lot of “speculation” on the internet over whether these people “worship the devil” ….. but I say to you that it DOES NOT MATTER one way or the other….  because they are serving him anyhow.

SIMPLY OBSERVE THEIR BEHAVIOR…. they are so DISGUSTING to even unchristian (but “morally”-minded) people… that they have been banned in China and elsewhere as a NEGATIVE influence on ANY “decent” culture….

Their extreme popularity shows:

1. How easily “misled” people are.

2. The popularity of degenerate behavior and their natural inclination for it.

3. The magnitude of their usefulness to Satan…. that by the  behavior of “his few chosen ones”, the many may be influenced to decadence and sin.

I thought it was quite interesting that Rihanna chose to wear two horns on her head while “playing” at Cropover…. because whether she “worships” him or not, Satan has no difficulty getting her to do whatever he wants her to do….  the horns are quite significant…. where did she get the idea to wear them ? ….. I know where her “ideas” are coming from… and you should too.

…. and yet all the people of this world don’t give it “a second thought”… they are so busy “having fun” and “enjoying life” they dont even think about such things…

and this is the state of the world today……. so what do you think they are going to do when the LORD finally appears ?….. read Revelation 6:15 – 17… so shall it be for all those who have rejected God and His Christ.

Prayer for Today:

Loving Heavenly Father, Time is all we have and we are not using it wisely… please guide our lives that we may bear fruit for you… we cannot do this on our own…. in Jesus name we ask it… Amen.

doctrine

Today we have churches that deny the working of the Holy Spirit in POWER…. we have churches that baptize babies…. we have churches with a “holy area” and with an altar, accompanied by liturgy and ritual and a “priesthood”.

What a mixup… How did all this come about ?…. and why does it still persist ?

Here are a few ideas:

1. Denial of POWER – humans fear the supernatural (even though they are attracted to it) because it is UNPREDICATABLE…. there are only two kinds of churches where supernatural occurs, those that are deceived by demons (with manifest “evil fruit”) and those that are truly dedicated to GOD (but this calls for serious and LIFE CHANGING commitment from members)…. so how much easier it is  to avoid supernatural altogether and have a nice, predictable “religion” that makes people feel good about themselves spiritually and without too much commitment in their daily lives.

2. Baptizing of babies – a human attempt to “claim them for God” before they get old enough to make a choice… the advantage here is, that the church gets members (at least on paper)… and when the children grow they consider themselves “Christians” without needing to be “saved”.

3. Ritual, holy areas and altars –  comes from ancient temple worship and these “Christians” believe they have REPLACED the nation of Israel as the chosen of God and that they should worship him according to the standards set for that nation… and just like the Scribes and Pharisees they “go through the motions” with no “change of heart” or experience of “salvation”. (Romans 11:25 – 26) shows that God has NOT abandoned Israel and the promises to them.

Here are reasons why these ERRORS persist:

1. Children continue to do (as adults)  what they have been taught as children. (Proverbs 22:6)

2. People want  to feel “saved, blessed, forgiven” and “right with God”…. while still continuing their daily lives WITHOUT the “cost of discipleship”…. therefore “feel good” religion that does not radically alter their lives is EXACTLY what they WANT. (2 Timothy 4:3 -4)

So why would any “born again” believer whose “eyes have been opened”… and understanding these matters… still continue in these “dead and deceived” churches ???

Incredible as it may seem…. God may actually WANT them there… to HELP OTHERS to “see the light”….  Jesus appeared to Saul who was zealous for Jewish religion and afterward he was just as zealous for the new “Christian way”…. in similar manner, as “enlightened Christians” we should not “write off” or “abandon” those caught up in these “dead” churches…. who better can minister to them, than those in their own congregation who have “found out the truth” ?

While a church “system” may be condemned….. there are “chosen” ones within it’s ranks that God would call even unto Himself…. He needs His people to be active in every place doing His work. (1 Corinthians 9:20)

It behoves everyone to KNOW (by seeking His guidance) that they are in the “right place”…. the place that He wants you to be at that particular time…. to do the things that He wants you to do there.

Prayer for Today:

Loving Heavenly Father, may we be led to those that You wish us to minister unto…. and please show us how to do this for You… in Jesus name… amen.