Friday, January 27, 2012

True Wisdom (5)

"...Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God." (1Cor.1:24)
The greatest testimony to the infinite wisdom of God is Jesus Christ - the divine wisdom personified. For in Christ, mercy did not lag to save humanity while the demand of divine justice was fully met. Man was punished by divine justice and was saved by divine mercy - all in Christ.
In redemption through Christ, God indeed abounded towards us in all wisdom and prudence (Eph.1:8); sin was condemned and yet the sinner was saved; pardon & justification given by grace in the face of strict justice; all the divine attributes were harmonised and God has thereby executed His wise design and counsel.
Yea! even the wisdom of God is seen in Christ's dying the death of the Cross, by which He was made a curse for us, that He might redeem us from curses, by so much we became partakers of the blessing of Abraham.
How wonderful are your thoughts, oh Lord ! and
"Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, to God who alone is wise, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen"

Thursday, January 26, 2012

True Wisdom (4)

"But the wisdom which is from heaven is first holy, then gentle, readily giving way in argument, full of peace and mercy and good works, not doubting, not seeming other than it is." (James 3:17 Bible in Basic English, BBE)
Wisdom, Solomon says, is better than strength & weapons of war (Ecc.9:16 &18). The 'Strength' & 'smartness' that exalts 'self' and seeks its own way at all cost to the detriment of others according to James the Apostle, is earthly, sensual and demonic (James 3:14-16)
True wisdom is selfless! Those who walk in it readily yield to the superior judgments and stronger reasonings of godly minds; full of compassion & beneficence to the poor, doing good works and duties as fruits of grace, with conscience void of offense before God and men; being never swayed by self-interest, worldly honor or the fear of men; without pretending to be what it is not; seeking nothing but God's glory.
Its incumbent on the man born again, in whose 'heart' the Spirit of God dwells, to walk circumspectly in order to bring glory to the name of the Lord. it?

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

True Wisdom (3)

"But the wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and good deeds. It shows no favoritism and is always sincere" (James 3:17 NLT).
Ever thought of the wonderful attributes of divine wisdom the predicate of which is the knowledge of God's word.
It is pure in itself, it is free from everything that's unrighteous; purity of heart, life & conversation re its hallmark. It stands in sharp contrast to lusts, pride, envy, bitterness and evil concupiscence which all reign in/among humans. What humans call wisdom (James 3:15) is not wisdom at all in d light of these wonderful virtues of divine wisdom.
True wisdom inclines those who have it to live in peace not just with all men but also with enemies; it urges them to readily forgive injuries done them while they recede from their just right for the sake of peace and love; not bearing hard on others for their failings but cover them with mantle of love!
Hmnn! What a challenge for believers to do thorough self-examination to know if they re really getting things right.
Are you walking in wisdom?

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

True Wisdom (2)

"Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you seems to be wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise." (1Cor.3:18)
We recognize the wise among humans by how much they flaunt their wisdom and how well they express it in actions and word.
How differently things are operated in the kingdom of God - the way up is down (Mark 10:43-44); the way to be wise is to first become a 'fool'; what a paradox!
He that thinks he's got everything all figured-out can not walk in the wisdom of God.
You must first rescind your own wisdom and humbly empty yourself of whatever knowledge you could lay claim on as a basis for pride before you can walk in divine wisdom.
Humble yourself and give God a chance in your life, so that He can teach you by His Spirit and u will be wise and prudent in all it?

Monday, January 23, 2012

True Wisdom (1)

"Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the Lord and depart from evil" (Prov.3:7)
True wisdom consists in walking by the word of God & living according to His will.
Nothing could be more deceptive than to put confidence in your mental prowess and intellectual smartness (Isaih 5:21); its only a matter of time, u will soon find-out that human wisdom, no matter how shrewd, has a lot of limitations; and will get u disappointed where it matters.
Why do you have to wait till you 'shoot yourself in the feet' before you resort to the reliable wisdom which is the word of God.
The way of the word is the way of wisdom, give yourself to the word of God & be wise! Blessed?

Friday, January 20, 2012

Stay Under Training (2)

John 6
66 "From that time many of His disciples went back and walked with Him no more.
67 Then Jesus said to the twelve, Do you also want to go away?"

One of the excuses people give for not staying under spiritual training is: "MY PASTOR/MENTOR IS TOO HARSH"
Jesus was not "all- soft" with the Disciples!. Many times, he rebuked and upraided them ( Matt. 16:23; 17:17; Mark 4:40; 16:14).
Neither was Paul lenient with the people he discipled (Gal.3:1,3; ICor.4:21; IICor.7:8).
There's trace of stubbornness in d mind of every man, xtian & non-xtian alike, & that is why the hands that will train well must be firm.
The so-called harshness in most cases if not all, is part of the tool God uses in preparing His saints - for there's no easy way to build character (Rom.5:3-4 NKJV).
If the only reason you want to 'leave' is because the man is strict, then you will be leaving 'half-baked' & unfit to lead people and to fulfill your ministry according to the will of God.
Wait till God's appointed time & you will be better for it.
STAY there & learn! ok?

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Stay Under Training

"But you have carefully followed my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, love, perseverance" (2Tim.3:10)
I wonder how many precious destinies & visions have been disrupted bcos the carriers wouldn't stay in d place of training.
Out of pride, impatience & undue sensitivity to insult & harshness, a lot of people ve left "mentors" who God ve strategically put in their lives to serve as 'midwives' for the bringing forth of their glorious destinies.
Who is your Pastor? Who do you submit to? I usually put-up utmost carefulness when I relate with xtians who don't ve pastor. I find it difficult to be close to any believer who don't ve at least a more mature person in the faith he can submit to for counsel and tutelage.
I ask you once again, who is your Pastor?