The Wisdom of God
God didn’t send me out to collect a following for myself, but to preach the Message of what he has done, collecting a following for him. And he didn’t send me to do it with a lot of fancy rhetoric of my own, lest the powerful action at the center—Christ on the Cross—be trivialized into mere words.
- 1 Corinthians 1:17 MSG
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Do you understand the true purpose of acquiring knowledge? Do you know the two different types of wisdom? Are you aware of the wisdom you are guided by on a daily basis? Many of us are being guided instinctively by our personal emotions, others are guided by the voices of their parents; but few of us are guided by God's Word on a daily basis. On this call, we will discuss the the difference between secular knowledge and biblical wisdom. We will explain how they intersect and give you a guideline for living a more divinely guided life!
Three Supportive Statements:
- There are two types of wisdom: earthly wisdom(the world) and Heavenly Wisdom (the Kingdom). It does one well to understand the difference between the two so they can gain a central focus and learn how to operate more successfully on a day to day basis.
- We must understand the battle in this day and age is for the minds. As more and more individuals become enlightened to "self directed" thinking, so will the pull to follow the forces of darkness to "self centered" thinking rather than Kingdom thinking. As this world encourages us to think for ourselves, the enemy's forces will manipulate that into a thinking of self. The enemy's agenda is to keep us out of the will of God unconsciously (before we know God) and get us out of God's will consciously(once we meet God).
- Before the fall of man, we only knew good. We had no awareness of evil. The Wisdom of God was available to us, in an untainted form. It was without error and perfect. We were just like Him, but were convinced otherwise.
Study Questions (For Me):
1. Why is knowledge and intelligence so attractive in this day and age?
2. Why do we value the pursuit of intelligence and wisdom so highly? Is it because it makes us "feel like" God?
Questions for Self Reflection:
- An example of a child of Light making friends with the world would be to examine the story of Saul, Johnathan and David. Saul was chosen as a "worldly" king, someone who was "kingly" in the world's eyes opposed to David, who was "kingly" in God's eyes. Johnathan was a major blessing to David! Johnathan was "knit in the soul" to David. We can call this a "soul tie".
- It is pointless and unfulfilling to pursue wisdom WITHOUT a fear of the Lord. Imagine a future society that pursues education, technology, sciences and the like- but all with a true, genuine fear of the Lord! Imagine the possibilities!
(Children of Light, Make Friends) Luke 16:8-9 | (Johnathan and David form a Soul Tie) 1 Samuel 18:1-3 | (Jesus's Relationships Criticized) Matthew 9:10-13 | (Worldly Wisdom Appears Attractive, Momentarily) Genesis 3:6-7 | (With More Wisdom, Comes Sorrow) Ecclesiastes 1:18 | (Wisdom From Heaven) James 3:17 | (Ask for Wisdom) James 1:5 | (Avoid World Wisdom) 1 Corinthians 3:18-23 | (Fire Tests the Work) 3:9-15
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