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Words From the Wise

October 19, 2007

Proverbs 15:1  “A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.”

Colossians 4:5-6  “Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.  Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.”

There’s something special about one who is blessed with wisdom and yet maintains a humble demeanor.  They don’t become full of themselves or try to impress others; they simply disperse that which they have been blessed with.  In reading “Secret believers” I’m finding that Brother Andrew is just such a person.  Walking in the Spirit and always speaking the right words, with humility, to the right person at the right time.  Such timing is beyond our physical ability.   Yet as we spend time with the Lord in prayer and hide his word in our heart, we will become effective instruments of truth.  Regardless of our education, our life experiences or any such influences, as we draw closer to, and become, more like Jesus, we will be better prepared to give answer to any who should ask of the hope that is in us. 

Acts 4:13  “Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.”

Their words and manner in which they presented them didn’t fit the billing of “fishermen” and it became obvious to all in attendance that these men had a lot of quality time with the Lord.  During a recent conversation with Phil McAlmond, he was telling how his family can always tell when he hasn’t had an efficient amount of prayer time.  His kids may say things like “Dad, I think that you need to have some time with the Lord.”  While such an observation sounds somewhat comical, it’s one that we can all relate to.  The truth is that we all need that time with the Lord if we’re to present the words of life as we ought to.  Jesus truly is the vine and we truly are the branches.  If we’re not connected, we’ll cease to bear fruit and eventually dry out. 

Time in prayer and time meditating on the scriptures; neither can ever be “overdone.”  In these times, we tend to spend our days running ever faster; trying to squeeze more activities into less time.  Tragically, prayer time and bible study tend to become early casualties as daily obligations become overwhelming.  I’ve been guilty of this during the past couple of days.  While I can utilize driving time and time at work, there’s nothing like a morning walk down to the pond or spending priceless moments under the stars at night.  Those times when all of the worlds distractions are far off in the distance and we can come into that special place.  We all need to find such moments; not only for our own reviving but for those around us who need what we have.   

Luke 21:15  “For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your advarsaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist.”

Ephesians 5:17  “Wherefore, be ye not unwise, but knowing what the will of the Lord is.”

To come before the Lord Jesus, who is from everlasting and to everlasting.  To enter into his presence with a grateful heart and seek understanding.  His wisdom is inexhaustable and his words are the words of life.  Healing the brokenhearted, delivering the captives, and granting sight to the blind.   As one delves into the scriptures, the wisdom contained therein is so immense that we cannot even begin to wrap our mind around it.  Gods ways are light years above ways and yet, throughout scripture, we’re admonished to come to him and learn of him.  To become increasingly more like Jesus and less like us. 

This post has taken an unplanned departure from the original intent.  The opriginal desire was to focus on our dealings with others.  In responding wisely to situations and offer words which gather unto Jesus instead of scatter.  Yet it’s not really off course at all as such wisdom can only come from the Lord.  The world is filled with bad advice.  Bad council which tears down, destroys and eventually kills.  Some examples would be “blame it on your parents, just get a divorce, have another beer, take some of these, everybody does this, it’s only wrong if you get caught, what’s love got to do with it, it was just a little white lie, and he who dies with the most toys wins.” 

Bad advice is on every street corner, incorporated into almost every television program, embraced by celebrities and promoted by corporations.  I’m reminded of Cora Daniels telling of how huge corporations promote the “hip hop” image, with it’s glorifying of prostitution, drug use, murder, and what have you all for profit.  (Her latest book is entitled “Ghettonation” and is published by Doubleday)  There’s an unrelenting onslaught against this present generation.  A war against the very image of God that began in the garden and is being ratcheted up in these final moments of the age.  (This post is really off track now.  Oh well…Run with it)

Matthew 5:14-16  “ye are the light of the world.  A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid.  Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.  Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”

To be a city set on a hill.  This is a great responsibility and not even the most comprehensive ten-step program can adequately prepare us.  We must be renewed continually by spending time with the Lord and hiding his word within.  Being instant in season, out of season as divine appointments have a history of showing up when we least expect them.  Every day, souls are slipping into eternity and every day we can make a difference somewhere.  (In this post, I’m pointing a finger at myself as I struggle to utilize time wisely.  A point that is highlighted by the fact that this is the forth post this week.)  Well, I need to be going for now.  This post still isn’t where I was thinking and perhaps a part two is needed.  In any case, I’ll close for now.  I wish to all a most blessed day in Jesus.

Psalm 37:30-31  “The mouth of the righteous speaketh wisdom, and his tongue talketh of judgment.  The law of his God is in his heart; none of his steps shall slide.” 

Proverbs 8:12  “I wisdom dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge of witty inventions.” 

PS: Upon posting this, I plan to begin a new page entitled Bloggers Museum.  It will contain links to very notable posts so that the link doesn’t become buried in the archives.  The first one will be from “The Age to Come” and because this post is so important, I’m going to link to it here as well.

 www.theagetocome.wordpress.com/2007/10/16/will-we-stand/ 

May we all draw close to the Lord Jesus and trust him in all things.  He truly is able to save us to the utmost. 

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3 comments

  1. You make me laugh, timbob! “Oh well…run with it”. You write conversationally and remind me to “cool my jets”…I get upset over misinformation about our Lord and the level some try to drag Him down to while elevating satan…Was it Peter who was passionate (a nice way of saying hot-headed) and perhaps overzealous? As we’re taught “Pray without ceasing”!Thank you for the time you spend, once again. God Keep You.


  2. Great post brother Tim. I though about Paul the bible teaches us that Paul was given so much revelation and wisdom from the Lord that God also had to give him a thorn in the flesh to keep him humble. Humility is what we really need to be like Jesus. He was a servant and in all His wisdom He never stopped serving.

    Great Post and Reminder
    God Bless
    Daniel


  3. Great stuff Timbob 🙂

    Blessings,

    Peter



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