Knowledge May Be a Sword of Power But It Takes #Wisdom of the Word to Wield It! ~


Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding (Prov 3:5); My son, attend unto my wisdom, and bow thine ear to my understanding: That thou mayest regard discretion, and that thy lips may keep knowledge (Prov 5:1-2)~~ Friend, are you pleased with the knowledge and skills you’ve gained through your education and training? Do you pride yourself in being one who always gets to the facts of the matter? Do you feel like you have a strong grasp on your life – that you pretty much know what you’re doing and Knowledge is Power? So You Got This…. Right?

Okay, With Your Knowledge, Facts and Skills, Do you look to the Word of God for His wisdom; for His counsel on how to use them? Or Do you see the Bible as an ancient, old and outdated book that ‘church folk’ cling to?

Hopefully you have sense enough to know He knew better in advance of your intelligence? He knew all of today’s facts before they were even thoughts to an action. Even the writers of the research into what we see as facts, who COULD have skewed the truth with their own interpretation (I’m just sayin!) are no secret to Him! After all, He was God before we were born! In relationship with God, there are some things we must understand:  There is much to be gained from that relationship. A relationship with our Father, confronts our lives; tells us of errors, warns us of coming danger, and gives us strong advice to avoid trouble. That relationship shows us how to take that sword of power we have in our vast knowledge and conditions us in the proper application of it! In that relationship is WISDOM!

Wisdom challenges what we have come to gain in knowledge and applies His hand of guidance to it. We hate to be confronted, and may feel offended that our achievement of knowledge and skill power may be put to the test; but without it, the coming pain and shame for us will far outweigh any discomfort we feel now. God knows far more than we do, no matter how accomplished and self-reliant we might be. We are created in His image, but we are not by any means His equal – we are infants in comparison. God’s Word is specific and direct, without apology or compromise and we must respect His superior wisdom. It is pride to disregard God’s order and neglect the teaching of His Word because we think we can handle life by our own hand. We must get a hold of this distinction. God is GOD! Listen to Him! Study and heed His Word! He knew what He was doing long before creation and knew every situation that would or could arise! Yes, He IS God long before you were created (grammatically it doesn’t make sense, but you know). He knows more about life than you will ever experience. He has an interest in your eternity, which you are not presently able to appreciate. Sit down. Be still. Pay attention. See His salvation! God in Heaven is our Father by creation, and again by salvation in Christ. He knows more than we will ever learn on any subject by a factor called infinite. We must humble ourselves, despite our own thoughts, skills, knowledge or achievements. Yes, knowledge is a sword of power, but it takes Godly wisdom to wield it! Love the hearing of His Word and follow every sentence. HIS wisdom, IS wisdom!


God Made His Choice To Save; We Must Now #Choose to Serve …

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He that is unrighteous, let him do unrighteousness still: and he that is filthy, let him be made filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him do righteousness still: and he that is holy, let him be made holy still (Rev 22:11)~~ All is confirmed by an open and general invitation to all mankind, to come and partake “freely” of the promises and of the privileges of the gospel. The Spirit, by the sacred word, and by convictions and influence in the sinner’s conscience, says, Come to Christ for salvation; and the bride, or the whole church, on earth and in heaven, says, Come and share our happiness. Let whosoever will, come and take of the water of life freely. May every one who hears or reads these words, desire at once to accept the gracious invitation. God does not and will not force us to be reconciled with Him, but places within us enough grace that we would desire to do so in our own hearts, that we would personally and individually know, in our own recognizance the glory and joy of His eternal salvation. By our own free choice, we will be what we will be. His Word, though, spoken on all of our souls, will have effect upon men; in one way or another…in full acceptance or rejection. The filthy and unjust will be more so, but it will confirm, strengthen, and further sanctify those who are upright with God. Never let us think that a dead or disobedient faith will save us, for the First and the Last has declared that those alone are blessed who do His commandments. It’s clear that while we have a choice, there is an eternal consequence for that choice. We MUST choose…There is no middle place or condition. And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve …But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord (Josh 24:15).

The Gate of #Praise is Always Open ~


Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise: be thankful unto Him, and bless His name (Ps 100:4)~ Yes, God’s presence has a gate. But you have the keys to enter freely: thanksgiving and praise. When you praise God, It shows you TRUST Him. It shows that you BELIEVE His promises to carry you through; you focus on His proven character and His faithfulness to His promises. Praise demonstrates that we put more trust in God’s promises than in our problems, and that is faith. And our Lord responds to faith! How does He respond? Well, we believe that in Him, our victory is already done.. When we praise Him, show our trust and faith and truly believe and are thankful to Him for what we have faith in, blessing His name, He clears our vision of those things that hinder us…saying “Behold, I am doing a new thing, it shall spring forth, do you not see it? (Isa 43:19)” then, it all becomes clear to us! Do you want clarity of what God has already done? Then PRAISE HIM and believe Him today! Of course, you don’t HAVE to enter by the gate. You can stand stubbornly outside the walls, hoping to get God’s attention by the volume of your whining and complaining about what you see is wrong in your life. The more you remind God of what ‘is not’ in your life, the more you are denying what He says ‘IS’. No wonder He seems so quiet…you don’t even believe…and your complaining shows it! Have you ever thought that the trial He’s ALLOWING in your life might just be an exercise to get your focus on Him? Where is your FAITH??? If you want His attention, stop complaining and start praising Him and thanking Him for who He is and what He has already set in eternity for you. So are you ready to “see” it? Then start praising!

The #Word is Given. Take It Or Leave It..

And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; (Rom 1:28)~ let’s face it, some people just don’t want to hear it, and their ‘mission’ seems to be to tear you and your faith down. You offer them the highest, and they counter with the lowest, content to remain in the muck as swine do. It is strange that a man can be in a sinful, miserable condition, and not be concerned about it or even aware of it, as that a man should have a beam in his eye, and not consider it; they are quick to call out a fault of yours but themselves remain faultless in their own sight… the god of this world blinds their minds. They refuse to lift up, and in choosing to continue a conversation, there is no place for you to go but down. Don’t stoop to ignorance! Rather than arguing with them over the most beautiful of truths, it is OK, even preferred, to just leave them alone. In those cases, the faithful Holy Spirit will enact His will on those lost and brutal souls. Your duty is to pray for them and move on! God has spoken His Peace and His Promise has been made – we have to choose – if our souls are lost, it’s no one’s fault but our own!!

The World is Constantly Shifting – #Stand on the Word and Be Stable! ~

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But evil men and impostors shall wax worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived. But abide thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them. And that from a babe thou hast known the sacred writings which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. Every scripture inspired of God is also profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for instruction, which is in righteousness (2 Tim 3:13-16)~~

It’s interesting how open profession of the truth as it is in Jesus, and resolute attention to the duties of godliness, stir up the scorn and enmity of the world; but let someone speak against the Word of God and they get a worldwide platform and embraced. While good people, by the grace of God, grow better over time, so bad people over that same time, through the craft of Satan, and the power of their own corruptions, grow worse. Yes, the way of sin is down-hill; such as the “world’ proceeds to go on from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. Those who deceive others, deceive themselves, thank God, as they will find at last, to their cost. The unfortunate thing is that we will spend hours, even days promoting and reading gossip and rhetoric and things to be amused, entertained or enlightened by worldly views and passions; turning away from and even disputing the Word of God as it is written!

But when it comes to the uplifting of the name of The Lord, and living under His will, that Word lays on our coffee table under a layer of dust! We forget it and it’s truths; it’s power to change our lives for the ultimate best…and we turn to believe the social press that finds it’s way to our focus! We will even deny any connection or allegiance to the Lord or His will, just to fit in socially and we’ll claim that His Word doesn’t trump the law of the land nor His way supersede the way of the world! We will read a social, political or rhetorical passages from cover to cover but we struggle on one verse of God’s Word! The Bible is a sure guide to eternal life. The prophets and apostles did not speak from themselves, but delivered what they received of God. It is profitable for all purposes of the Christian life. It is of use to all, for all need to be taught, corrected, and reproved. There is something in the Scriptures suitable for every case. They must not lie by us neglected, seldom or never looked into. My friend, here in these verses is a prophetic word fulfilled… And here also is our remedy!  As this world continues in its tailspin, we must hold fast and intensify our dwelling in God’s Word. It is truly the guide to our survival and salvation. It is the daily immersion of this that deepens our roots in Him that we might hold fast to His foundation and stand in a bowing world! Friend, now more than ever, it’s time – put down the tabloids, logout of the social gossip and turn off the cable for a while – Blow the dust off that Bible and start reading! 

Adults! It’s Time to #GrowUp ~


At some point in our lives, we must grow up from our childish ways. Like the Bible says: “When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things” (1 Cor 13:11). When we were children we did childish things – we did silly things and acted like….children. Responsibility in life was far from our thoughts and we lived (what we thought) were happy and carefree lives, not caring or worrying about a thing because typically an adult handled things for us. We could just be who we were and it didn’t matter because it was how a child should be and we had the world by the tail! But then we ‘aged’ into adulthood. There are many of us that while our ‘age’ in years says we are an adult, we still act like children and there are many of us, although we have accepted Christ and claim to be of the ‘saved’ family, we will embrace the ways of our corrupt nature. This corrupt nature is called a man; like the human body, it is of diverse parts, supporting and strengthening one another. Sinful desires are deceitful lusts; they promise us happiness, but render us more miserable; and bring us to destruction, if not subdued and mortified. These ways therefore must be put off, as an old garment, a filthy garment; they must be subdued and mortified. Yes, we must GROW UP!

But it is not enough to just shake off corrupt principles; we must move in repentance of them and replace them with gracious ones; putting on the new man. The term “By the new man” is the indication of the new nature, the new creature, directed by a new principle, even regenerating grace, enabling a man to lead a new life seeking in Christ, righteousness and holiness. It’s not an easy thing to do, of course, changing our minds, changing our beliefs, changing our ways — but we don’t have to do it on our own. God will help, if we ask. All we must do is decide we want to change our minds. We will never just BE righteous or holy on our own, but in Him we become these things. As we grow in Him, we become the “new man” (2 Cor 5:17). For the actions we DO take though, the part of growing up that WE must execute: Changing our minds—to align our beliefs with those of God—is one way we step out of our old selves and into our new selves. It’s one way we begin to become the men God intends us to become.

But you have not so learned Christ, if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus: that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness (Eph 4:20-24). GROW UP!!! 

When God Calls – #Life Has to Come Forth! ~


Then he said unto me, Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel: behold, they say, Our bones are dried, and our hope is lost: we are cut off for our parts. Therefore prophesy and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, O my people, I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel. And ye shall know that I am the Lord, when I have opened your graves, O my people, and brought you up out of your graves, And shall put my spirit in you, and ye shall live, and I shall place you in your own land: then shall ye know that I the Lord have spoken it, and performed it, saith the Lord (Ezk 37:11-14)~ No matter how desolate things get, no matter how dead the situation may seem, and even though everything seems like all is hopelessly lost, God specializes in bringing life to that which appears to be dead. He created man and with the breath of life, man began living. Christ walked the earth, waking those that appeared dead as if they were only asleep, calling Lazarus from the grave after days of lifelessness. And with the ultimate calling, God called Jesus from the dead, not only raising Him up, but restoring eternal life to all mankind through His payment against the wages of sin.. after we were even born into the world dead in sin! God specializes in calling things that are not as though they always were! Indeed NOTHING is too hard for Him! What the enemy intends for evil is made good by the Lord (Gen 50:20); He restores that which is depleted, taken or destroyed (Joel 2:25); and the glory of your latter times will be even better than the former (Hag 2:9). Life’s destiny was dead until Jesus came…that we might have LIFE and have it more abundantly (John 10:10). Believe and have faith in Him -that which seems to be at the end shall actually be at a new beginning for He makes all things new! Get up from that state of lifelessness and behold your salvation! Praise the Lord!