All Wisdom From God

Proverbs 2:6-9 reads, “All wisdom comes from the Lord, and so do common sense and understanding.  God gives helpful advice to everyone who obeys him and protects those who live as they should.  God sees that justice is done, and he watches over everyone who is faithful to him.  With wisdom you will learn what is right and honest and fair.”

When I read these verses I’m both comforted and little concerned.  Am I faithful to God? Am I living as I ‘should’?  Do I obey him enough so that he will give me good advice?  These seem to be hard questions with no solid answers.  Obedience to one person may not be obedience to another.   Faithfulness to one may not be faithfulness to another.   And what does it mean to ‘live as we should?’

When we read passages like this it may seem impossible to know whether or not you meet the criteria to receive anything from God!  Having a lot of wisdom, common sense, helpful advice and protection sounds just like what I need, so how can I be sure I qualify?

I have really good news: Jesus qualified for us, on our behalf!  He satisfied all the requirements of obedience, faithfulness and righteous living!

We must remember, that we could never satisfy God’s requirements but Jesus could, and he did, and by believing in HIM we assume HIS right standing with God.  And now God gives us freely everything we need to live which includes but is not limited to: wisdom, common sense, protection, helpful advice.

That’s really good news.

Be Amazing Today!

We can finish the last two days of this month strong in God and full of his power to accomplish anything we decide to do. Be amazing today, and finish strong by depending on the strength that comes from Christ!

Containers

I grew up near San Francisco and one of my favorite things to do on a Saturday afternoon was find a cool eatery on the bay, order clam chowder in a sourdough bread bowl, and watch the huge container vessels come in and out of the ports. I was fascinated to watch them with their container stacked deep and high, full of goods from countries around the world. I would imagine the crew on the vessel and all the places they traveled and what exciting things they must have seen.

Containers. Hundreds upon hundreds and thousands of containers full of man-made goods to be sold for profit primarily to build big business, and most likely made by the hands of poor people in sweat shops around the world, are transported over our oceans every day. I digress.

Containers. Vessels. Drums. Barrels. Casks. Kegs. Kettles. Tanks. Vats. Basins. Jugs. Pots. Buckets. Tubs. Spirits.

Why did I end that sentence with the word, “Spirits”? That word doesn’t seem to go with the all the different types of containers I listed there, or does it?

Colossians 2:3 tells us that In Christ are hidden, or stored, all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. ALL. ALL the wisdom and ALL the knowledge about EVERYTHING is stored In Christ. To the believer, this is really great news because we have believed In Him which means we have received his Spirit, 1 Corinthians 2:16.

ALL that Christ has, which is everything, has been deposited into our inner being by the Holy Spirit. Our spirit is a Godly container, made from Godly material, and by faith is full of ALL the wisdom and ALL the knowledge of God, Ephesians 3:19.

Great news! It is in our best interest to open the container and pull out all that God has put in there for us to use. How do we do that? Proverbs 20:5 says that we can draw from the deep well that is within us by using our mouth, 1 Corinthians 2:7, 13.

YOUR mouth is the ladle of your spirit. Your words that are spoken by revelation of the Holy Spirit literally pull out of your spirit the things God has put in there for your use.

Ask God about it tonight. Ask God to show you how to pull all the goods from your spirit by words spoken in faith.

 

Proverbs 3:5-6

Different translations of popular scriptures can make them alive to us in a brand new way. The Words of God are LIVING and POWERFUL but if we don’t understand what is being said, then nothing happens inside of our heart when we hear the words or read the words.

Enjoy this popular scripture in Proverbs 3:5-6 in the variety of translations below and let the words become brand new to you.

King James Version: Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

The Amplified: Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding. In all your ways know, recognize, and acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths.

The Voice: Place your trust in the Eternal; rely on Him completely; never depend upon your own ideas and inventions.  Give Him the credit for everything you accomplish, and He will smooth out and straighten the road that lies ahead.

The Message: Trust GOD from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own.  Listen for GOD’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track.

The Contemporary English Version: With all your heart you must trust the LORD and not your own judgment.  Always let him lead you, and he will clear the road for you to follow.

The Living Bible: If you want favor with both God and man, and a reputation for good judgment and common sense, then trust the Lord completely; don’t ever trust yourself. In everything you do, put God first, and he will direct you and crown your efforts with success.

New Living Translation: Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.

Explore different translations of your favorite scriptures and watch the words come alive to you, just like these did!