WISDOM The Principle Thing - PT 4

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WISDOM The Principle Thing - PT 4

Wisdom is the principle thing (Prov. 4:7) What is wisdom? Where is it found? How do we get it? How do we retain it?

The Scriptures are able to make us wise unto salvation (2 Tim. 3:15). We need the wisdom of God in these last days of lawlessness and deception. All Scripture is profitable for doctrine, reproof, correction and training in righteousness so that the man of God may be fully equipped for every good work (2 Tim. 3:16-17). Those who fear the Lord are taught the way God chooses. The secret of the Lord is with those who fear Him and He will show them His covenant (Ps. 25:12-14).

Have you noticed how wisdom is called a "she," a person? (Prov. 3:13-18) Man is both male and female (Gen. 1:27). God created man in His Own image: male and female.   Now God is not man and He is  not female but there is a feminine side of God. Wisdom is described from a feminine point of view.

Pure Christianity is not mechanical but relational. In order to retain wisdom we must maintain and pursue a relationship with God. Jesus and the Message of the cross is the wisdom of God (1 Cor. 1 :17-18,24). The Message of the cross, that is crying to us (Prov. 1:20-21; 8:2-3) is indoctrinating, reproving, correcting and training us in righteousness, that God has restored us into a rightful relationship with Him. Wisdom is the proper application of that knowledge (2 Pt. 1:2-4).

Ultimately the fear of the Lord is not only the beginning of wisdom (Prov. 9:10) but the fear of the Lord is wisdom (Job 28:28). The fear of the Lord is vital for retaining wisdom. However, many people today have no concept of the fear of the Lord. Therefore, many people who have embraced the Message of grace today recoil when they hear the term: the fear of the Lord.

The fear of the Lord involves how we view God. The fear of the Lord involves how we position ourselves in relationship to God, to be in “awe” of God and to be arrested by His Presence and Person. The fear of the Lord is having a profound respect and reverential fear of God. The fear of the Lord drives us to a wholesome dread of displeasing God. What pleases God? Our faith in His grace  (Rom. 3:22; Heb. 11:6). Like Abraham, our righteousness is imputed to us by faith (Rom. 4:9, 22; Gal. 3:6; Jas. 2:23; Gen. 1:26) and Abraham's faith Scripture refers to is Abraham's wholesome fear of the Lord (Gen. 22:12).

Speaker: Dave Everett

March 10, 2019

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