The Wisdom of this World is Foolishness with GodWritten by Michael Bradley
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The second verse perfectly describes what goes on in dog eat dog business world. Many are self-seeking, jealous and envious of one another - with everyone trying to run over everyone else to move higher up on food chain.
- Let no one deceive you. If anyone among you seems to be wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise. FOR THE WISDOM OF THIS WORLD IS FOOLISHNESS WITH GOD. For it is written, "He catches wise in their own craftiness," and again, "The Lord knows thoughts of wise, that they are futile." Therefore let no one glory in men." (1 Corinthians 3:18)
- "But if you have bitter envy and self-seeking in your hearts, do not boast and lie against truth. This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic. For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing will be there. But wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy." (James 3:14)
Notice that God calls this kind of wisdom earthy, sensual and demonic - and that it is not from Him. That is why God says in first verse that wisdom of this world is foolishness in His eyes. In others words - it is a joke! All of these people who are choosing to live their lives in this kind of dog eat dog environment are heading down wrong road.
Once God starts to really work with you and starts transmitting His knowledge to you on a lot different areas of your life - you will really be able to start to see truth on a lot of different things - not only in your own personal life, but also with world in general. Once that knowledge has been released to you and you have full understanding of it - God will expect you to believe in it and act on it when you are faced with temptation to go with wisdom of world rather than with wisdom of God. Always remember who you serve. You serve and follow God and His ways for your life - not ways and wisdom of this world.
Article written by Michael Bradley of Bible Knowledge Ministries. Their website is a resource of Bible commentary and teaching.
The article was an excerpt from Michael's E-book titled, Seeking After the Knowledge of God © 2005 by Michael Bradley. All Rights Reserved.
The Holy Spirit is our TeacherWritten by Michael Bradley
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A perfect example of this is for those who really study Bible in order to get it really worked and assimilated into their minds and spirits. What you will find start to happen if you are willing to spend some quality time to get Word soaked into you - is that Holy Spirit will bring back up to your memory appropriate Scripture verses when you may need them on spot when preaching or talking to others about God and Jesus. You'll literally see these verses float right up out of your spirit in front of your mind's eye right at moment that you will need them. This is literally a supernatural transmission of knowledge direct to your mind by Holy Spirit Himself!
Not only can Holy Spirit do this with Scripture verses - but He can also do this with any other bits of knowledge that He may want to give to you. He can give you His words of knowledge and wisdom all day long on whatever else you may need His help on. That is why Holy Spirit is called "the Helper" in second verse above. The Holy Spirit cannot help you unless He is able to transmit words of knowledge and wisdom to you as you will need them.
The last verse says that not only will Holy Spirit be our Helper and our Teacher - but that He will also be our Guide in this life. Think about those three words - Helper, Teacher and Guide! This is a powerful three-fold ministry that Holy Spirit has with each born again believer. The last verse says that Holy Spirit will guide us into "all" truth. Again, notice word "all" - all truth - not just some or part of truth. If you can learn to be led by Holy Spirit and pick up when He is starts to try and communicate with you, you can literally start to receive knowledge of God in every area of your life where you need's God's knowledge and guidance to get you through!
Article written by Michael Bradley of Bible Knowledge Ministries. Their website is a resource of Bible knowledge The article was an excerpt from Michael's E-book titled, Seeking After the Knowledge of God © 2005 by Michael Bradley. All Rights Reserved.