755170968d148dd7c11805a698e545aaProv. 3:21-23 “My son, let not them depart from thine eyes: keep sound wisdom and discretion: So shall they be life unto thy soul, and grace to thy neck. Then shalt thou walk in thy way safely, and thy foot shall not stumble.”

The Lord warns us not to allow the Word (and Its wisdom) to depart from our eyes. Our eyes rest on millions of images throughout the course of just one day. In those millions of images, how many of them make up the Word of God? The “theme” of the ruling images will be the “theme” in which the path of your life will go, my friend.

I love Noah Webster’s definition of discretion:

1. Prudence, or knowledge and prudence; that discernment which enables a person to judge critically of what is correct and proper, united with caution; nice discernment and judgment, directed by circumspection, and primarily regarding ones own conduct. “A good man–will guide his affairs with discretion. Psa 112.”

Proverbs 3:21-23 encourages us to keep sound wisdom and discretion. Wow! When we are in the Word of God and keeping it before our eyes, we have the capability of keeping sound wisdom and discretion. If every believer exercised discretion in their own lives, they would be very quick to monitor their own conduct. How many times have we seen a Christian with no discretion? They do not monitor their own conduct. In fact, they are busy monitoring the conduct of others instead. That is not what discretion is.

The Christian who exercises sound wisdom and discretion lives by Matthew 7:3, “And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? The Word of God provides abundance in teaching to the one who desires growth in the Spirit. A Christian who wants to be yielding to the Spirit is one who is wise. I also think of this as the meek and quiet spirit spoken of in 1 Peter 3:4 “But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.” According to Noah Webster, meekness means:

1. Mild of temper; soft; gentle; not easily provoked or irritated; yielding; given to forbearance under injuries.

It is the wise Christian who practices meekness. It is the wise Christian who practices discretion. The Lord tells us that if we practice these things, we will receive grace, we will walk safely and we will not stumble. What does this mean that we will have grace to our necks? Noah says grace means?

1. Favor; good will; kindness; disposition to oblige another; as a grant made as an act of grace.

The neck turns the head in the direction the head should go. Oh my! What a beautiful picture of the saint who practices sound wisdom and discretion! Here’s what the Christian looks like:

  • Wise
  • Discrete
  • Gracious
  • Sure footed
  • Mild tempered
  • Soft
  • Gentle
  • Not easily provoked or irritated
  • Doesn’t judge others before judging himself

This definitely portrays the beautiful fruit of the Spirit doesn’t it? Remember that fruit? It is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance! Won’t we strive to be alive in the Lord instead of dead? Being alive in the Lord is growing and continuing to grow in Him. If we are dead, we are not doing any growing at all… in fact, we are decomposing. For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish: (2Co 2:15)

Are we a sweet savour of Christ to other believers and the unsaved? Oh that we would guard our hearts, tongue and spirit against ole slewfoot and be diligent in the Word so we may be wise and discrete.

Dear God…
Let my eyes be fixed on You
Never losing focus or sight
May I keep Your Word in view
For in You I find my delight

Prov. 15:28, “The heart of the righteous studieth to answer: but the mouth of the wicked poureth out evil things.”Prov. 16:23, “The heart of the wise teacheth his mouth, and addeth learning to his lips.”

How much do you study God’s Word in the course of a month, a week, a day? Is studying God’s Word the last thing you do? Reading is wonderful, but studying will open your eyes to the sin in your life. Maybe that is why not too many dive into the Word like they do other areas of the daily Christian walk. Solomon’s wisdom is compared to no other man that has ever lived. He asked God for wisdom and he received it. If Solomon didn’t use this wisdom to continue in righteousness, how much less will we if we don’t study the Word?

We have three books dedicated to his writings inspired of God. God doesn’t command us to study just to have head knowledge. He wants us to study so that we don’t need to be ashamed when someone confronts us with day-to-day life trials. we have the Word to stand on for defense! Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. (2Ti 2:15)

God wants to give us wisdom. If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. (Jam 1:5) He gave it to Solomon, why not to us? Solomon didn’t have the Bible like we do today. We have God’s Word to turn to any time we want yet we do not take the opportunity to study and seek wisdom. How sad is that?

When you encounter battles with those prickly people, do you have God’s Word to feed them with? Do you have verses committed to memory? Do you know where to turn in your Bible to defend your stand? Do you at least know the verse’s “address” so you can turn to it? The believer has everything we need at our fingertips to use in the battle of everyday life. The Marine would not go to battle without his rifle, would he? Why do we go to spiritual battle without our Sword?

Amuse me for just a moment as I make an analogy. The Marine has to memorize a creed about his rifle. Ask any Marine today to recite it and he’ll be able to do so without even batting an eye. I posted it here because there’s quite a lesson to be learned from it:

My Rifle (The Creed of a United States Marine)

This is my rifle.
There are many like it, but this one is MINE.
My rifle is my best friend. It is my life.
I must master it as I must master my life.
My rifle without me is useless. Without my rifle, I am useless.
I must fire my rifle true.
I must shoot straighter than my enemy who is trying to kill me.
I must shoot him before he shoots me. I will…
My rifle and myself know that what counts in war is not the rounds we fire,
the noise of our bursts, nor the smoke we make.
We know it is the hits that count. We will hit…
My rifle is human, even as I, because it is my life.
Thus, I will learn it as a brother.
I will learn its weaknesses, its strengths, its parts, its accessories, its sights, and its barrel.
I will ever guard it against the ravages of weather and damage.
I will keep my rifle clean and ready, even as I am clean and ready.
We will become part of each other. We will…
Before God I swear this creed.
My rifle and myself are the defenders of my country.
We are the masters of our enemy.
We are the saviors of my life.
So be it, until there is no enemy, but PEACE.
— Maj Gen WH Rupertus

Can you substitute the references to the Marine’s rifle with your own Bible? Ouch! Granted, the Bible is not useless on its own because it is the Word of God. However, if man does not pick it up and read it and use it, he cannot glean from it. Our Bible does not have any weaknesses but the rifles does as pointed out in this creed. However, everything else is quite compatible. I am not trying to ‘spiritualize’ the Marine’s creed for his rifle. What I am trying to do is to point out the zeal the Marine has for his rifle and learning everything about it to survive the battlefield. How much more should the believer have zeal for his Bible and learning everything about it to survive spiritual battles?

44-BLOG-Bibile-Sword-600-1The Word is a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path (Ps. 119:105). It is our Sword (Heb. 4:12) and our Guide (Ps. 32:8).

Why not equip yourself, Christian? In so doing, you will not battle to find an answer when a situation arises. You won’t have to learn to control your tongue because you will have already built up your defenses to fight off the flesh!

Dear God…
You have fully equipped us for battle
None of us lacks a tool for this trade
The Word guides and directs us daily
Shining brightly and never will fade.

Prov.31:26 “She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.”


When I was first saved, I looked at the Proverbs 31 woman as an impossible achievement. How could I possibly become like her? There are so many things about that woman that I lacked in my own life, I saw this task as impossible! It reminded me of eating that proverbial elephant!

I’m sure you’ve heard: “How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time!” I knew then that God would have to teach me a bit at a time because looking at the whole picture was so discouraging. From speaking with other believers, I find that I was not alone. Each believer had been in a similar situation in their own spiritual lives.

How do we go about becoming more like this wonderful woman in Proverbs 31? I think a good place to start would be with Proverbs 31:26 with wisdom and kindness. The two go beautifully hand-in-hand, don’t they? The Lord gives us wisdom according to James 1:5, “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.” Therefore, we are getting our wisdom from the perfect Source. The Lord has everything we need to guide us in His Word. There is much wisdom to be given to us if we just spend time in the Bible, my friend. No Bible, no wisdom. Much Bible, much wisdom.

When we get wisdom through God’s Word, our hearts will reflect it. The Word says But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart;(Mat 15:18a) What we sow in our hearts will be evident (reaped) in our actions and our words. I’ve never, ever, met a believer who walked with the Lord who was not kind. In fact, each of them excelled in this area of kindness, both in word and in action. This Proverbs 31 woman opened her mouth with wisdom and she “thought” about what she was going to say. She did not speak her mind but carefully weighed her words with what God’s Word had to say. Why do I know that? The rest of the Proverb shows that her tongue had the law of kindness. Do you really think that a woman who speaks her mind is being kind? The two contradict each other, don’t they?

What an excellent spiritual muscle to exercise for the believer. We cannot be used of God if we are unkind to others. Kindness, however, is one of the characteristics of God (Ps. 31:21 and Ps. 117:2). If we grow in wisdom and show one of its fruit, kindness, then we are becoming more like Him. We are becoming more like that Proverbs 31 woman. This woman’s worth is far above rubies according to God (Prov. 31:10). I can see why, can’t you?

Dear God…
Make me more like You
With each passing day
May my words be kind
To all who come my way

Grow-bible_treeProverbs 19:2 Also, [that] the soul [be] without knowledge, [it is] not good; and he that hasteth with [his] feet sinneth.

The Scriptures say that it isn’t good for us to be without knowledge. God gave us His words so that we would not be ignorant of His will for our lives.

I’ve heard asked so many times, “How can I know God’s will for my life?” It is by reading His word and giving heed to what the Scriptures instruct. We will never go wrong if we obey God’s word. NEVER!

The Bible tells us to ask God when we need wisdom. Not only that, He promises to give us wisdom plentifully – liberally! Nor does God hold it against us when we ask!

James 1:5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all [men] liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.

He also promises to give us understanding of things that confuse us or confound us. Because we are His child, we have the spirit of Christ within us and can have confidence that the Almighty will give us understanding.

Job 32:8 But [there is] a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding.

Proverbs 2:6 For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth [cometh] knowledge and understanding.

Don’t search out the wisdom of the world, friend. For it is filled with lies and deception. God, however, will never lead you astray! It is always best to go to the Source 🙂



Prov.31:26 “She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.”

When I was first saved, I looked at the Proverbs 31 woman as an impossible achievement. How could I possibly become like her? There are so many things about that woman that I lacked in my own life, I saw this task as impossible! It reminded me of eating that proverbial elephant!

I’m sure you’ve heard: “How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time!” I knew then that God would have to teach me a bit at a time because looking at the whole picture was so discouraging. From speaking with other believers, I find that I was not alone. Each believer had been in a similar situation in their own spiritual lives.

How do we go about becoming more like this wonderful woman in Proverbs 31? I think a good place to start would be with Proverbs 31:26 with wisdom and kindness. The two go beautifully hand-in-hand, don’t they?

The Lord gives us wisdom according to James 1:5, “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.” Therefore, we are getting our wisdom from the perfect Source. The Lord has everything we need to guide us in His Word. There is much wisdom to be given to us if we just spend time in the Bible, my friend.No Bible, no wisdom. Much Bible, much wisdom.

When we get wisdom through God’s Word, our hearts will reflect it. The Word says But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; (Mat 15:18a ) What we sow in our hearts will be evident (reaped) in our actions and our words. I’ve never, ever,met a believer who walked with the Lord who was not kind. In fact, each of them excelled in this area of kindness, both in word and in action. This Proverbs 31 woman opened her mouth with wisdom and she “thought” about what she was going to say. She did not speak her mind but carefully weighed her words with what God’s Word had to say. Why do I know that? The rest of the Proverb shows that her tongue had the law of kindness. Do you really think that a woman who speaks her mind is being kind? The two contradict each other, don’t they?

What an excellent spiritual muscle to exercise for the believer. We cannot be used of God if we are unkind to others. Kindness, however, is one of the characteristics of God (Ps. 31:21 and Ps. 117:2). If we grow in wisdom and show one of its fruit, kindness, then we are becoming more like Him. We are becoming more like that Proverbs 31 woman. This woman’s worth is far above rubies according to God (Prov. 31:10). I can see why, can’t you?

It is God who gives wisdom, according to Prov. 2:6. However, God won’t cram that wisdom down our throats! We must first allow His wisdom from the Scriptures to enter our hearts. We can read and read the Bible, but if we do not let it take root in the heart and apply it to our lives, we won’t glean from God’s wisdom.

The same applies to knowledge. How many times have you read a history lesson in preparation for a test? After reading it through once, did you remember all the dates? Did you remember every single event? Of course not. To truly glean from that history lesson, you had to read it a few times, memorize dates, places, people and events, right? More importantly, did you remember any of it two weeks after the test? If you were anything like me, probably not.  🙄

It’s the same application with the Scriptures. Unless we approach God’s Word with the same fervency, how can we glean? How can we walk away with the knowledge that will be pleasant to our soul, according to Prov. 2:10? If you are like many Christians, you walk away from your time in the Word and forget what you read in a day or possibly sooner. It’s not until the Word enters our heart that we are promised its fruit. How does the Word “enter our heart”? It enters by applying it to our daily lives, learning from it through studying, gleaning from it, and memorizing it. We learn from its lessons – we heed the warnings given.

I love the results of the efforts made by the believer to get wisdom and knowledge. The believer receives discretion and understanding. Not only that, both are promised to preserve and keep him! Preserve and keep him from what, you make ask? Verses 12-19 list what this believer will be kept from. In essence, the believer who seeks wisdom and knowledge will not only receive discretion and understanding, but will be kept from evil! The believer won’t be so quick to willfully sin because he has received wisdom and knowledge and is keeping himself from sin. Is that as clear as mud?

~Proverbs 9:10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding. 

Great promises await us when we diligently allow God to do His work in our lives.


~Proverbs 10:21 “The lips of the righteous feed many: but fools die for want of wisdom.”

Fools gold was what lay waiting for those who were seeking their fame and fortune during the Gold Rush in the mid 1800’s. The prospectors gave up their homes to move out West so they could strike it rich. What they found looked like real gold but they were fooled. What disappointment awaits when one doesn’t base decisions on God’s Word. These people were very foolish indeed. They listened to the worldly and they reaped worldly problems.

The Bible teaches us that the lips of the righteous feed many. What a beautiful picture that is indeed. I think of kind words, encouraging words, exhorting words, comforting words, wise words, words that teach, words that preach, and uplifting words. There are so many ways we can feed another person.

But the fool does not have these words to feed to others. In fact, the fool is dying to have wisdom. Noah Webster has interesting definitions for the word fool.

3. In scripture, fool is often used for a wicked or depraved person; one who acts contrary to sound wisdom in his moral deportment; one who follows his own inclinations, who prefers trifling and temporary pleasures to the service of God and eternal happiness.

The fool hath said in his heart, there is no God. Psa 14.

4. A weak christian; a godly person who has much remaining sin and unbelief.

O fools, and slow of heart to believe all the prophets have written. Luke 24.

So the fool does not necessarily have to be an unbeliever but can be a weak christian as well.

Haven’t you ever heard an unbeliever or a weak christian make a comment over a situation that just seemed void of wisdom? I think of new believers who come into our churches and have not grown in the Lord yet. Older christians make unwise comments about the way they dress or look or smell or whatever. The new believer is offended and never steps foot in that church again. How sad that the lips of the righteous were not the first words that new believer heard in that church. That lips of the righteous could have been feeding that babe in Christ. Instead, the fool spewed forth words which showed his foolishness. How sad is that?

As christians, we are encouraged to ask God for wisdom and He promises to give it to usliberally, nor will He reprove us for asking Him for it.

~James 1:5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. 

How are your words today? Do they feed those around you or do you show your lack of wisdom? Are you the type of person that people come to for counsel? Or do you keep going to others for counsel? God promises to give you wisdom if you ask. There are 54 occurences in 53 verses of the word wisdom in the Bible. It is an excellent study. The person who is wise is gentle and longsuffering with others, knowing that everyone must grow in grace.

Fruit of the Spirit:

  1. Love
  2. Joy
  3. Peace
  4. Longsuffering
  5. Gentleness
  6. Goodness
  7. Faith
  8. Meekness
  9. Temperance

Fruit of the Fool:

  1. Hate
  2. Sadness
  3. Turmoil
  4. Impatience
  5. Harshness
  6. Badness
  7. Disbelief
  8. Assertiveness
  9. Over indulgent

The wise person displays these fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23). The fool displays fruit, but a totally different kind. This kind of fruit would cause anyone to choke and die! Don’t be a fool! Be someone that God can use to be a blessing to others!

~Proverbs 12:1 Whoso loveth instruction loveth knowledge: but he that hateth reproof is brutish.

~Proverbs 15:32 He that refuseth instruction despiseth his own soul: but he that heareth reproof getteth understanding.

As I was reading Proverbs this morning, I noticed the Lord says that the person who hates to be corrected is brutish. I had a mental picture of what brutish meant but found Noah Webster’s definition quite interesting:

BRU’TISH, a. Like a brute or beast; as a brutish form.

1. Insensible; stupid; as brutish men.

2. Unfeeling; savage; ferocious; brutal.

3. Gross; carnal; bestial.

4. Ignorant; uncivilized; untaught.

When we refuse spiritual correction, we are being insensible, stupid, unfeeling, carnal, ignorant and untaught! Ouch! We do not totally realize what we do when we refuse correction or “buck” against it. God knows, however. He is quite clear in His Word. It never ceases to amaze me how He picks certain words to describe situations. God could have picked any other word but “brutish” communicated just how He thinks about this topic.

The second Proverb was just as poignant! God says that we hate our own soul if we refuse instruction. Those are not comforting words at all. These words should get the Christian stirred up. Did you ever think you could hate yourself – your own soul, even? It is our soul that will go through eternity. How we nurture it now will decide how we will spend eternity. If you are saved, you must remember that your refusal to grow in God’s Word will follow you through eternity.

Do we interfere with the Holy Spirit’s work in our lives by being brutish? Are we hating our own souls by refusing instruction? Why in the world would we want to be classified amongst those that are? Instead, the Lord promises knowledge and understanding if we heed instruction and reproof!

In the yielding of our hearts to the Spirit’s teaching, His fruit becomes evident in our lives. The Word builds our faith and with that faith we put forth fruits of love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance!

More Like Jesus Would I Be

More like Jesus would I be, let my Savior dwell with me;
Fill my soul with peace and love—make me gentle as a dove;
More like Jesus, while I go, pilgrim in this world below;
Poor in spirit would I be; let my Savior dwell in me.

If He hears the raven’s cry, if His ever watchful eye
Marks the sparrows when they fall, surely He will hear my call:
He will teach me how to live, all my sinful thoughts forgive;
Pure in heart I still would be—let my Savior dwell in me.

More like Jesus when I pray, more like Jesus day by day,
May I rest me by His side, where the tranquil waters glide.
Born of Him through grace renewed, by His love my will subdued,
Rich in faith I still would be—let my Savior dwell in me.

~Proverbs 9:1 “Wisdom hath builded her house, she hath hewn out her seven pillars”

Anyone with even a bit of imagination can visualize the building of a house. It is especially interesting to pull together the verses which deal with this topic. I love to see the “big picture” that God is trying to paint when He refers to our spiritual lives.

Amuse me a bit as I take you along my mental project of house building. I’ve never built a house, but I have watched many a home improvement program to know the process. One of the important factors is having a solid piece of land to lay the foundation on. There’s no sense in laying a foundation on sand – no matter how strong that foundation is, it will crack. A good solid ground, yes even a good solid Rock, will hold up the foundation. This is the starting point. A word search on the word foundation blessed my heart so much.

Luke 6:48 He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock. 

 

~1 Corinthians 3:11-12 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;

 

~Ephesians 2:20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;

 

Here we see that Christ is the Chief Corner stone (the strongest stone used in a foundation because it unites two sides) of the foundation. The apostles and prophets (the Word of God) make up the rest of the foundation. As we read through these verses, we see that the saved’s foundation is eternal because it is the foundation of Jesus Christ. The building materials reflect our spiritual homes as they are built upon the foundation (gold, silver, precious stones or wood, hay and stubble). We should take a moment here to compare this to the quality of building supplies you use in building your earthly home… do you use cheap insulation or did you go with the good stuff? When the cold winter winds blow, do you see your curtains moving and drafts coming out of all the cracks? Your house will reflect the time and money you put into building it. What about your spiritual house?

The shell of the house is next – putting up pillars (if that’s your design) – solid load-bearing walls, insulation, drywall, etc. We see that Wisdom’s house in Proverb 9:1 had seven pillars! The number seven in the Bible depicts completion. Creation was finished and God rested on the seventh day. There are seven days in the week. There are seven churches referenced in Revelation, etc. Seven is known as God’s perfect number – so the house is perfectly solid – it is complete.

Why would God use this application for wisdom? Everyone knows what it’s like to start a new job. Oh the feeling of insecurity we have because we don’t know all the “ins and outs” of that position just yet. Our manager can teach us the various tasks and we can take thorough notes, but until we actually perform those tasks ourselves, we do not have that warm fuzzy feeling of comfort. Each day, we become more and more experienced with the day-to-day tasks at hand. Eventually, we can perform those same tasks with our eyes closed.

This simple example can be applied to our own spiritual lives. When we are saved, we now have the foundation of our spiritual homes – eternal security through the Lord Jesus Christ. The more we are in the Word of God and apply and practice His teachings in our lives, we are constructing our spiritual homes upon the foundation of God. If our building materials are weak, we will not weather the storms of life and the devil’s attacks – our house will be shaken. However, we can start over and rebuild using those materials which are everlasting. Those same storms can come, but this time our house will stand strong and firm!

Let’s apply wisdom in our spiritual lives and building upon Christ’s solid foundation. In so doing, we will have precious building materials in our spiritual house which will fair the storms of life.


~Job 28:28 And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.

When the Christian is in the middle of a crisis, as Job was, he must ask himself this question:

Am I where I should be in my walk with God?

There’s no sense asking this question if the believer is living his life in rebellion and does not want to know the answer. The Christian who truly wants to know will seek God’s face and will search His Word to find out the answers.  (II Timothy 2:15)

The Lord spoke and said that the fear of God is wisdom and departing from evil is understanding.  (Psalm 111:10, Proverbs 1:7, Proverbs 9:10, Proverbs 15:33) When a believer rightly fears God and has a moral reverence for God, he will desire the things of God – and the one who does not fear God won’t desire the things of God. (Job 13:3, Galatians 4:9) The one who desires to walk more closely with God will have the need to be in the Word, studying and learning, and applying it to his spiritual walk. The results produce a Christian who receives understanding from His God.

Are there areas in your life where you do not acknowledge God’s words?  Do you pick and choose what you will obey? To obey only in certain areas is quenching the Holy Spirit’s work in your spiritual life. (I Thessalonians 5:19) Are you in the midst of a trial and it is due to neglecting God’s Word and His instruction? You will not receive wisdom and understanding if you are in direction contradiction to what God is saying and the word of God says that is rebellion. (Nehemiah 9:17, Proverbs 17:11)  Repent of this rebellion and fix your eyes on God’s word. Let His Holy Spirit instruct you in the way you should go. (Psalm 119:105)

Seeing your God with the reverential awe He deserves will humble you and will open your heart to His instruction. Departing from known sin is a start. You know in your heart when you have sinned – admit that and turn away from it. It is then that you will receive that wisdom and understanding.

Job 5:17-18 Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty: 18 For he maketh sore, and bindeth up: he woundeth, and his hands make whole.

The chastening of the Lord is not an easy pill to swallow. But praise the Lord that He loves us enough to correct us! But we must remember that the same God who corrects us is the same God that binds our wounds and makes us whole! His correction is loving, holy and always serves a purpose – to benefit the Christian! His desire is that we live holy lives. (I Peter 1:16) His chastisement and guidance is done with this in mind.

II Corinthians 7:1 Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.

I love the six words of this verse: “perfecting holiness in the fear of God.”! I dare say that this is the problem with churches today. The people are not encouraged to perfect holiness in the fear of God. If we all looked at our sin in this light and would strive to live godly lives, what an influence we would have on this world!

Psalm 51:6-7 Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom. 7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

Do we desire the truth in our inward parts? Or are we simply living our lives and walking our walk with just enough scriptural truths to get by? Wisdom and knowledge from the scriptures is what will increase our fear (reverence of God and His holiness) of the Lord. Psalm 111:10, Proverbs 1:7 and Proverbs 9:10 all support this statement. How can we become more like the Lord? Get in His word and live by it! It is His word that cleanses us and points to our vile sin. Little scriptures, more sin – more scriptures, little sin!

Titus 2:12 Teaching us that denying ungodliness and wordly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world.

Yes, the word teaches us how to live in this godless world. It teaches us how we can make a difference and how to shed light in darkness! When we depart from what the word of God teaches, we lose our power of effectiveness to a dying world. Does it surprise us then why the Lord chastises us? Not only is it for our own good but for the good of those watching us!

Matthew 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

Good works do not earn us salvation. But after salvation, our good works ought to represent what is in our hearts – the love of Christ! A desire to serve Him and do His work is a result of the precious salvation that He purchased!

How can our children learn what is right in this world if we do not discipline and teach them? It is no different with the Lord, Jesus Christ. He teaches us, disciplines us, and molds us into His likeness. Along with His word, we are being taught how to live holy lives so we can help others. His word perfects us!

Ephesians 4:12-13 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledege of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ.

Is it any wonder that Christians today are weak? They have a diluted corruption of God’s holy word! We who have the true word of God in the King James Bible need to spend the time reading it, absorbing what God wants us to know, and growing spiritually! Then, and only then, can we make a difference to a dying world.

Psalm 119:97-104

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97 O how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day.
98 Thou through thy commandments hast made me wiser than mine enemies: for they are ever with me.
99 I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my meditation.
100 I understand more than the ancients, because I keep thy precepts.
101 I have refrained my feet from every evil way, that I might keep thy word.
102 I have not departed from thy judgments: for thou hast taught me.
103 How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth!
104 Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way.

Journaling:

1. Find all the things the Bible will do for you
2. Find the things you are suppose to do with your Bible
3. Find the things the Bible is likened to

These verses are extremely controversial, aren’t they? Many “church” leaders tell their people that only they can interpret the Scriptures.  I came out of such a religion (Roman Catholicism).  Granted, the Catholic Church has backed down a bit and now allows its members to read the Bible, but this was not always the case.  But their permission comes with a “warning” that the layman’s interpretation may be wrong so they must double check with their priest to be certain.

This is quite different from what today’s verses state! Let me ask you, dear reader, a question.  Is God’s word true or isn’t it?  If you have not read yesterday’s devotional, take a moment to read it now before continuing then click on “Back” on your Browser.  John 17:17 says that God’s word is truth.  Jesus spoke these words and, furthermore, He states that the word sanctifies us – it sets us apart, but from whom or what?

The Psalmist confirms in Psalm 119:98-100 that by reading God’s word, and meditating on it, he can be wiser than his enemies, even his teachers and the “ancients” (his forefathers). These same “church” leaders will tell you that the “fundies” (fundamentalists) are incorrectly interpreting the Scriptures.  Others claim that we cannot have God’s word today because the “original autographs” are not here any longer. However, the word says in 2 Peter 1:20-21 that NO scripture is of ANY private interpretation.  Psalm 12:6-7 promises us that the word is preserved by God.  It is the Holy Spirit of God that impressed upon holy men as to what to write down.  To deny this truth is to deny the power of God!

We can and we do have the ability to read God’s word, as a born-again Christian, and understand what we are reading without needing anyone to interpret it for us!  Why? Because the Holy Spirit of God resides within us and interprets to us what the words mean.  Look at James 1:5!  We don’t need to get our wisdom from man: In fact, man’s wisdom is foolishness to God – I Corinthians 3:19.  I will probably receive a few comments on this post from precious, deceived Roman Catholics, asking how I can account for so many different interpretations of the same verse by Christians. Let me answer these comments right here and now. Let’s look at the following passage and you will see how CLEAR God makes it for us:

~I Corinthians 2:10-16 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. 11 For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. 12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. 13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 15 But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. 16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.

Who reveals the word of God to us?  I Corinthians 2:10 says that God, the Holy Spirit does. Furthermore, the Holy Spirit searches the deep things of God because man cannot do so (1 Corinthians 2:11).  Paul continues to tell us that the born-again Christian does not have the spirit of the world any longer but the spirit, which is of God (HIS Holy Spirit). Because we have His Holy Spirit living within us, I Corinthians 2:12 continues to say that He will give to us the wisdom – He will explain to us exactly what He meant. Furthermore, I Corinthians 2:13 says that He will teach us what we need to know so we can compare spiritual things with spiritual! Lastly, dear friend, 1 Corinthians 2:14 explains why there are so many different interpretations. The ones who interpret differently are considered “natural man” by Paul. The natural man, the unsaved man, cannot receive the things of the Holy Spirit! The Bible will sound foolish to them. Christ, through His precious Holy Spirit teaches the born-again Christian and gives us the mind of Christ. If you step into a church filled with true born-again Christians, you will hear the same interpretation of Scripture amongst them. It is only in the world that the Bible is misinterpreted. Why? Because it is being interpreted by those who do not possess the Holy Spirit – the unsaved!

God is the one who gives wisdom to His child (James 1:5).  He promises to give ample wisdom to those who seek it.  Wisdom comes from fearing (reverencing) God.  Read: Psalm 111:10, Proverbs 1:7, and Proverbs 9:10.  When one fears God, he recognizes that he is a sinner in need of repentance unto salvation.  At the moment that sinner recognizes his sinfulness and need for Christ, he begins to receive wisdom.  That wisdom applied results unto salvation and, then, understanding followed.  Read Job 28:28.  Once we are saved, we run away from evil – that is our desire as I Peter 3:10-12 instructs.  Today’s “supposed Christian” mingles with the world and does not run away from evil.  That is why they cannot understand the Scriptures.  First off, they are not truly born again as II Corinthians 5:17 plainly explains.  That is the key to living a separated life unto Christ.  How can a Christian live by I Peter 1:16 except he have the Holy Spirit residing in him?  We are blessed with the ability and power to say “No!” to sin.  We have the ability to quote Scripture when in the midst of temptation and be able to overcome it (I Corinthians 10:13).

God loves His child and provides us with clear teaching as to how to find Him, receive Him, and to follow Him!  Any author can tell you that he/she is the best one to interpret their work because they wrote it.  Why, then, would God leave us at the mercy of someone else’s interpretation of His word?

Praise His holy name!!

Psalm 119:65-72

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65 Thou hast dealt well with thy servant, O Lord, according unto thy word.
66 Teach me good judgment and knowledge: for I have believed thy commandments.
67 Before I was afflicted I went astray: but now have I kept thy word.
68 Thou art good, and doest good; teach me thy statutes.
69 The proud have forged a lie against me: but I will keep thy precepts with my whole heart.
70 Their heart is as fat as grease; but I delight in thy law.
71 It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes.
72 The law of thy mouth is better unto me than thousands of gold and silver.

Journaling:

1. Find all the things the Bible will do for you
2. Find the things you are suppose to do with your Bible
3. Find the things the Bible is likened to

What an awesome Bible lesson for us in today’s text!  Glory!  One does not have to read far before finding instruction that, if it is followed, will help us through hard times.  The word “deals” with us – it convicts us of our sins! It also guides and directs us when we search its precious pages for answers.

Within the blessed pages, God gives us an education in 66 beloved books! The King James Version has perfect spelling and perfect grammar. One can write out Bible memory verses and practice penmanship. There are also lessons in astronomy, zoology, botany, biology, human interest, mathematics, science, history lessons, among many more topics. One can gain much knowledge from reading and studying God’s word.

More importantly, knowledge is nothing without wisdom and good judgment! The Scriptures are also the best place to go when one is being attacked, whether with health issues, spiritually, or by those in the world. Notice in verses 67 through 71. The Psalmist speaks of being afflicted after he went astray (verse 67); however, that affliction led him to God’s word! As a result of spending time in the word, the Lord used it to teach the Psalmist (verse 68).  I discovered how his “tune” changed here. He began praising the Lord in his affliction – “Thou art good, and doest good”.

As well, the Psalmist wanted more of God’s teaching. The affliction had obviously drawn the Psalmist closer to his God because he is pouring his heart out to his Heavenly Father with details about his affliction! Notice verses 69 and 70 – he makes a statement about his enemies but follows each complaint with a solution: “but I will keep thy precepts with my whole heart” and “but I delight in thy law.” The Psalmist learned to stay in the word of God during his trials and tribulations! THAT, my friend, is the recipe to “make it”  when things are difficult – when we reach an impasse – when we’re at the end of our rope!

Lastly, as the Psalmist reviewed his afflictions, he displays the wisdom which he has gained through it all: “It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes.” (verse 71) Really?  Is that how we feel when we are afflicted? Is God trying to teach us something through it all? Or are we just not listening because we are wallowing in self pity? Being consumed with our own circumstances to the point where we cannot be taught by God is not what we see displayed in the Psalmist’s attitude. This man grew from his experience! How? He was in the word of God! He allowed the Holy Spirit to teach him! How do I know that? Ah, read verse 72! Talk about the cherry on top of the hot fudge sundae!  Look at how precious God’s word became to the Psalmist!

God always comes through for His children, if they are searching the Scriptures for answers. We have the precious words of God in one blessed Book! How can we not take advantage of such wisdom?  So where do you turn during your afflictions?  Why not turn to the “Expert” in all things?

Psalm 72

1 Give the king thy judgments, O God, and thy righteousness unto the king’s son. 2 He shall judge thy people with righteousness, and thy poor with judgment. 3 The mountains shall bring peace to the people, and the little hills, by righteousness. 4 He shall judge the poor of the people, he shall save the children of the needy, and shall break in pieces the oppressor. 5 They shall fear thee as long as the sun and moon endure, throughout all generations. 6 He shall come down like rain upon the mown grass: as showers that water the earth. 7 In his days shall the righteous flourish; and abundance of peace so long as the moon endureth. 8 He shall have dominion also from sea to sea, and from the river unto the ends of the earth. 9 They that dwell in the wilderness shall bow before him; and his enemies shall lick the dust. 10 The kings of Tarshish and of the isles shall bring presents: the kings of Sheba and Seba shall offer gifts. 11 Yea, all kings shall fall down before him: all nations shall serve him. 12 For he shall deliver the needy when he crieth; the poor also, and him that hath no helper. 13 He shall spare the poor and needy, and shall save the souls of the needy. 14 He shall redeem their soul from deceit and violence: and precious shall their blood be in his sight. 15 And he shall live, and to him shall be given of the gold of Sheba: prayer also shall be made for him continually; and daily shall he be praised. 16 There shall be an handful of corn in the earth upon the top of the mountains; the fruit thereof shall shake like Lebanon: and they of the city shall flourish like grass of the earth. 17 His name shall endure for ever: his name shall be continued as long as the sun: and men shall be blessed in him: all nations shall call him blessed. 18 Blessed be the Lord God, the God of Israel, who only doeth wondrous things. 19 And blessed be his glorious name for ever: and let the whole earth be filled with his glory; Amen, and Amen. 20 The prayers of David the son of Jesse are ended.

History says that the Israelites read this Psalm when facing a new task in their lives. David petitions the Lord for His judgments and righteousness. The King needed much wisdom in leading his people in righteousness. Even his son, Solomon, asked for wisdom when God granted him whatever he wanted (1 Kings 3:5-12). Wisdom is such an important part of life for the believer. Without it, we cannot apply the Scriptures to our lives, we cannot properly discern what the Holy Spirit is trying to teach us, nor do we have understanding.

~Psalms 49:3 My mouth shall speak of wisdom; and the meditation of my heart shall be of understanding.

As I searched the Word for the word “wisdom,” I came across a beautiful verse in Job:

~Job 28:18 No mention shall be made of coral, or of pearls: for the price of wisdom is above rubies.

What is the cost of wisdom?  Job says it’s above rubies.  Rubies are still the most precious stone today – even above diamonds!  What is the cost of wisdom to the believer? The only cost that I can see is time spent in God’s precious Word.  I can’t put a price on time.  Each second that goes by can never be regained.  I cannot grasp that moment in time ever again!  So why not utilize those precious moments by investing them in God’s Word?

I remembered reading the phrase “above rubies” elsewhere in God’s Word.  I find it interesting that the only time the value of rubies is mentioned in the Bible is here in Job and, again, in Proverbs referring to one of the characteristics of a virtuous woman.

~Proverbs 31:10 Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.

What a blessing this is to me. When I am confused and bewildered, my prayer should be as Solomon. Give me wisdom, dear Lord! Wisdom guides us and leads us down the paths of righteousness. As I read God’s Word, His Spirit leads and teaches me.   I can’t gain wisdom without first meeting the Lord in His Word every day.  It’s a priceless investment!

~James 3:17 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.

Each day of a Christian’s life starts with a choice. We choose to walk in Christ’s footsteps or we choose to walk in our own footsteps. When I think about my life prior to salvation, I can actually remember my thoughts and I assure you they were not good ones. After salvation, my desire was to follow Christ and to please Him.

I remember questioning God and asking Him for direction in many areas of my life! At times I felt that I must be such a bother to Him. The lady who led me to the Lord always pointed me to His Word for answers. She led me to James 1:5 as defense for her recommendation:

~James 1:5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.

Our wisdom comes from God, friend! He alone can give you exactly what you need, WHEN you need it. It will always be the right wisdom.  It will always lead you down the right path.  It will always have the right outcome!  Why?  According to today’s text, His wisdom is:

  • Pure
  • Peaceable
  • Gentle
  • Easy to be intreated (good for persuasion)
  • Full of mercy and good fruits
  • Without partiality
  • Without hypocrisy

Wow! A Christian who seeks after the wisdom that God gives is a Christian who will be set apart from the world. Do you know someone who displays all these traits? I dare say there aren’t too many. But you will recognize him straight away! When one follows after the wisdom of the world, one will receive the antithesis of what James 3:17 speaks of:

  • Impure
  • At emnity
  • Harsh
  • Stubborn
  • Without mercy and full of bad fruits
  • Partial
  • hypocritical

God’s wisdom needs to be sought by Christians today – more so now as the world is in such turmoil!  God wants to give us wisdom – as much as we want! He does not withhold anything that is good from His children. So ask Him! What are you waiting for?

~Psalms 84:11 For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.

~Luke 16:15 And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.

Today’s verse made me think about what is esteemed in today’s world. Just to name a few, I thought of:

  • Wealth
  • Philanthropy
  • Knowledge
  • Social Status
  • Religious hierarchy

But God’s Word says that which is highly esteemed among men is an abomination in His sight! The Bible teaches:

~Matthew 16:26 For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?

When wealth is used for God’s glory, it is blessed by Him. However, most people who achieve wealth use it for selfish reasons. They then become less dependent on God and more dependent on themselves. The poor in spirit, however, depend on Him and are open to the salvation message.

~Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.

It is good to do good works. However, when one does good works thinking that this will “outweigh” his sins and still gain him entrance into Heaven, he is sorely mistaken according to Scripture. Salvation is all about Christ and nothing to do with anything good in us. After salvation, however, Christians should be busy doing the work of Christ. Let’s get the works on the right side of salvation!

~Romans 1:28 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;

When you speak with a scholar, his thoughts are more on science and knowledge, not on the Scriptures. It seems that the smarter and educated someone is, the less they want to do with God.   However, the Scriptures are the beginning and basis of all knowledge. When one excludes God in his thoughts and in his learning, he will come to a point where he will believe that there is no God.

~Luke 6:24 But woe unto you that are rich! for ye have received your consolation.

Those who are up on the social status look down upon the lower echelon. They snub their noses and ignore the needs around them. The Word says that these people have their reward here on earth.  Their status in eternity is what is important.

~Matthew 16:6 Then Jesus said unto them, Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.

Religious hierarchy is dangerous. The Pharisees and Sadducees were very knowledgeable yet they could not see that their Messiah was standing amongst them. Instead, they were stuck on keeping laws which they had created. In fact, they could not even keep these laws themselves but expected the laity to keep them (~Luke 11:46).  Religions with a hierarchy structure are not concerned with the true meat of the Gospel but in furthering their religion.  The hierarchy lives extremely well while the laity are kept in the dark.  This keeps those with “position” in their jobs.  They lead the laity to believe that only their priesthood is able to interpret Scriptures.  They lead the laity to believe that they are the only ones with knowledge.  It keeps the laity in bondage and prevents them from seeking the truth through God’s Word.  Instead they receive interpretations created by the religious hierarchy to further their religion.

The world seeks knowledge but the believer seeks wisdom from God.

~Psalm 111:10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever.

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