Biblical Wisdom

BIBLICAL WISDOM

Insight, revelation, discernment comes from God through His indwelling Holy Spirit, therefore hindrances to the Spirit’s working must first be removed.

But there is a spirit in man, and the breath of the Almighty gives him understanding. JOB 32:8

{the Lord speaking}..Who has put wisdom in the mind? Or who has given understanding to the heart? JOB 38:36

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. JA 1:5

Biblical wisdom is not mere accumulated knowledge, but moral integrity; Biblical wisdom is a sense of righteousness!!

THE ROOT OF BIBLICAL WISDOM IS PURITY

..KEEP THEREFORE AND DO THEM; FOR THIS IS YOUR WISDOM AND YOUR UNDERSTANDING IN THE SIGHT OF THE NATIONS, WHICH SHALL HEAR OF ALL THESE STATUTES, AND SAY, SURELY THIS GREAT NATION IS A WISE AND UNDERSTANDING PEOPLE. DEUT 4:6

JEREMIAH 9:23, 24

-only true understanding and wisdom comes from God and it can only be received from God on the basis of purity. Wisdom comes so we can apply and live the Law of Righteousness with understanding. Through Thy precepts I get understanding; therefore I hate every false way. PS 119.104 cf DEUT 29:29

-BIBLICAL WISDOM IS HOW WE LIVE NOT MERE ACCUMULATED KNOWLEDGE.

-wisdom is first acquired via purity. Secondly it’s validity is displayed in our lives to those outside. By pure devotion to Him, holiness, we come to understand God and to know Him. JEREMIAH 9:23, 24; HOS 6:3; JN 17:3,17; PHIL 3:10; COL 1:10-12.

PROVERBS 2:1-9!

-this is not merely acknowledgment, but knowledge acquired from practice and experience. The one who strives after wisdom sincerely, gains knowledge and fellowship with God; for just as it is true that God gives wisdom, it is a fact it is found nowhere else but in Him, and Him alone, and so it can’t come from any other source. Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom. JA 3:13

HINDRANCES TO WISDOM

FEAR OF MAN (their power/control)

Listen to me you who know righteousness, You people in whose heart is My law: Do not fear the reproach of men, now be afraid of their reviling. ISA 51:7; cf ISA 50:4-10

..do not be dismayed before them, lest I dismay [confound KJV] you before them pp EZEK 2:6,7

you shall not fear man [be afraid of the face of man KJV] for the judgment is God’s. DEUT 1:17

JOSH 23:10; PROV 28:1

-THE FEELING OF BEING FEARFUL IS NOT THE ISSUE BUT THE PURPOSE OF THE WILL, THAT, IN SPITE OF THE FEAR, WE CARRY OUT THE CHARGE OF THE LORD.

PARTIALITY

..not partial to the poor or differ to the great.LEV 19:15; cf EZEK 33:12-20

..without partiality 1 TIM 5:21ff

…show partiality you are committing sin. JA 2:9

FEAR OF REJECTION OR OFFENCE

2 CHRON 30:8-12; MATT 5:11; 2 CHRON 36:16; HEB 10:32, 33.

-these above points cause us to weigh out the consequences of our words or actions relative to our own welfare. Do not weigh the consequences from the perspective of self protection. e.g. Peter’s denial; Saul’s sacrifice; Aaron’s idol

…did not … because they loved the praise of men rather than the praise of God. JN 12:42, 43

OUR GOAL IS TO PLEASE AND GLORIFY GOD’S RIGHTEOUSNESS, NOT GAIN SAFETY OR ACCEPTANCE.

-I’M FREE TO SIN BUT I CANNOT CHOOSE THE CONSEQUENCES. CHOOSING TO SIN BY COMPROMISE WITH RIGHTEOUSNESS WILL GRIEVE THE SPIRIT’S WORK IN BOTH YOURSELF AND THE PERSON GOD IS SEEKING TO REACH WITH THE TRUTH OF RIGHTEOUSNESS – THOUGH CHOOSING RIGHTEOUSNESS MAY OFTEN RESULT IN CONFLICT WITH THE OTHER BUT IT ALWAYS BRINGS ITS OWN REWARD, AND INTIMATE WALK WITH GOD.

IF YOU OBSERVE SIN – CONFRONT – OR TEST YOUR EVALUATION

-taking action will strengthen or modify your observations. If the evaluation is wrong I am corrected and grow wiser by it. PROV 12:1; 15:5, 10, 12, 31, 32. If the evaluation should prove to be correct I have fulfilled my purpose of leading a brother toward Godliness. EPH 5:13; LK 17:3,4; 2 TIM 4:2-5; 1 TIM 5:24,25

-our purpose is to restore not condemn by self-righteousness. However if restoration is rejected, rejection of brother in Christ may be in order.

..now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but rather their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple. RO 16:17-20

..draw yourselves from every brother … 1 COR 5:11; cf MATT 18:17

2 TIM 3:5; 2 JN 10; EPH 5:11; REV 18:4

WITH THE UNBELIEVER we must not compromise truth either, however we may still fellowship with him for he is walking in darkness. 1 COR 5:9, 10; Eph 2:1-3.

The science and technology of today gives our society the illusion that we are more in control and more decent than those of the third world.

In reality all this science and technology has really only provided us with one thing and that is personal hygiene and physical comforts.

The DISEASES we experience and the scale of which our national health is at is often below the majority of humanity. In Canada we have for example more doctors per capita than any other industrial world, if I remember my statistics correctly, and yet our national health is poor.

Even though we can discern the DNA and manipulate genes, giving us a sense of achievement toward Godhood, our moral and humanity attributes still fall behind; the human heart has not changed and even though our science AGRESSIVELY pursues the defeat of death, we are loosing more ground than we are willing to admit. Regardless of our clinging to this illusions, AIDS, STDS, natural catastrophe, economic instability, decaying social order, war and intentional strife, seek to humble us to true wisdom.

Biblical wisdom is not accumulated knowledge, but moral integrity; Biblical wisdom is a sense of righteousness!!

THE ROOT OF BIBLICAL WISDOM IS PURITY

..KEEP THEREFORE AND DO THEM; FOR THIS IS YOUR WISDOM AND YOUR UNDERSTANDING IN THE SIGHT OF THE NATIONS, WHICH SHALL HEAR OF ALL THESE STATUTES, AND SAY, SURELY THIS GREAT NATION IS A WISE AND UNDERSTANDING PEOPLE. DEUT 4:6

Jer 9:23-24

23 Thus saith the LORD, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches:

24 But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the LORD.

(KJV)
Col 1:10

10 That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; (KJV)

Prov 2:1-9

1 My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee;

2 So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding;

3 Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding;

4 If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures;

5 Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God.

6 For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.

7 He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous: he is a buckler to them that walk uprightly.

8 He keepeth the paths of judgment, and preserveth the way of his saints.

9 Then shalt thou understand righteousness, and judgment, and equity; yea, every good path.

(KJV)

Insight, revelation, discernment comes from God through His indwelling Holy Spirit, therefore hindrances to the Spirit’s working must first be removed.

But there is a spirit in man, and the breath of the Almighty gives him understanding. JOB 32:8

{the Lord speaking}..Who has put wisdom in the mind? Or who has given understanding to the heart? JOB 38:36

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. JA 1:5

WE HAVE TO CAREFUL IN OUR EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM OF NOT BUYING INTO OR CONVEYING TO OUR CHILDREN THAT TECHNICAL KNOWLEDGE NO MATTER HOW WELL IT IS UNDERSTOOD OR RECEIVED AND USED, IS NOT THE PURPOSE AND PURSUIT OF OUR LIVES. IF WE CONVEY TO CHILDREN THE ULTIMATE VALUE OF ACCUMULATED KNOWLEDGE SO THAT THEY MAY FIND GOOD PAYING JOBS TO AFFORD THE COMFORTS OF TECHNICAL ADVANCED OF SCIENCE THEN WE HAVE DONE A GREAT DISSERVICE, NOT ONLY TO THEIR SOULS BUT TO GOD’S COMMISSION TO….

James 3:13-18

13 Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.

14 But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth.

15 This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.

16 For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.

17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.

18 And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.

(KJV)

THE ROOT OF BIBLICAL WISDOM IS PURITY, INTEGRITY, NOT ACCUMULATION OF KNOWLEDGE.

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