I received this response to yesterday’s devotional:
Wisdom the cement. I never thought of it that way but oh how true. The worst part of not seeking wisdom is when JESUS lets one of his wise teachers impart it & the listeners refuse to accept it.
Wisdom is the cement and again we must prepare ourselves to receive this wisdom. God is no more going to pour wisdom into us than a construction worker would pour cement straight on the ground to build a foundation. The foundation for the foundation is a person accepting the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior and receiving the Holy Spirit. At regeneration the born again Christian now has all he or she needs to grow in Christ. Again however, to receive the Word of God we must seek it just as a site construction foreman must call for the cement mixer to have the foundation poured.
Jesus declared His sayings as the cement of the foundation:
“Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.” (Matthew 7:24-25)
Beloved, this precious gift—biblical wisdom—is available to all Christians who desire it.
Dear doubter, these deep waters are safe for you to wade in…a wise man once said that the Bible is shallow enough that no child will drown and so deep that an adult will never find the bottom.
Dear builder, build your house the immovable foundation of the Word of God. Jesus is the Wisdom of God.
You will be amazed at what the Holy Spirit teaches you if you will just believe He will and you will seek wisdom:
“However, we speak wisdom among those who are mature, yet not the wisdom of this age, nor of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory, which none of the rulers of this age knew; for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. But as it is written: ‘Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.’ But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God. These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one. For ‘who has known the mind of the LORD that he may instruct Him?’ But we have the mind of Christ.” (1 Corinthians 2:6-16)
Do you have the mind of Christ? Now the ability to understand wisdom, or its message, is a spiritual gift, however it is something we can all pursue. Paul writes:
“…for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit…” (1 Corinthians 12:8)
The Greek word for wisdom is sophia and the Greek for knowledge is gnosis. We get our word agnostic from the Greek, meaning “we cannot know for sure if there is a God.” The word philosophy is a Greek compound of philos=love and sophia=wisdom, meaning the love of wisdom. And there are different types of philosophy, one of them being biblical.
What this points to is a need to be in the Word of God before you can build a godly home. If you are trying to teach your family Christian values and training your children in the way they should go, then you must have already poured the foundation. And this does not mean that you have to a degree or something before you can begin building your home, but you must first be born again and then desire God’s wisdom, which is Jesus Christ.
I’ve about exhausted all I can cover without beginning a seminary course. My intent was to invite you into the deep end.
I pray to the glory of God that many of you have accepted the invitation.
I will be praying for you; have a blessed weekend and please remember to go to church on Sunday.
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