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“woe unto him that is wise in his own eyes” Isaiah 5:21

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There is nothing wrong with been wise and intelligent,but if we must please God we must do it Gods way and not mans way.There is a clear difference between the wisdom of this world and the wisdom of God.

Wisdom in itself is not wrong,been wise is very vital for success in life,but the bible teaches the kind of wisdom that will bring lasting success and be pleasing to God,the wisdom that comes from God.

The wisdom of this world the bible says is foolishness before God 1corinthians 3:19;Just like our own righteousness is as a filthy rag before him.We need to understand that when the bible speaks of the wisdom of this world its not talking about skill and experience that comes as result of what we gain positively as we grow in this life,because some of those experience can be useful to us today.

But there is something about the wisdom of this world,that puts emphasis on self;self confidence,self esteem,self power,self success;its all about yourself.The wisdom of this world defines success as a sole result of your hard work,not to say hard work is wrong but when a man puts his success on his hard work,then he is walking in the wisdom of the world.

Self acquisition,success defined without the God factor is not complete success,success that is depended upon a man is not true success.The wisdom of this world rests its faith solely on self and on men.

In some parts of the world,there are people who don’t believe in the existence and presence of God in their daily lives,I see people who work tirelessly and so hard,because they have all their faith on their jobs,they don’t believe that God will provide,they want to work everything out by themselves,its all about their own input,its all about themselves,so that they can proudly say I got here all by myself.

The wisdom of this world the bible says is foolishness before God.the bible calls it vain,nothing before the site of God,you cannot please God by your achievements.1Corinthians 3:18-20

The wisdom of this world preaches the gospel of personal effort and achievements,”you must always work it out”.

Paul in scriptures say that “I am who I am because of Christ,it is not of my works,least I should boast”.The wisdom of the world says “I am who I am because of my hard work,my efforts and sweat got me to this place and nothing else”,that’s the wisdom of this world speaking,ME,MYSELF AND I.

When a man is full of himself and feels he is the reason for his success,he is walking in the wisdom of this world and he cannot please God and the bible calls it foolishness.

The wisdom of this world,has its faith on men,his works,connections and achievements.King Nebuchadnezzar,thought he was smart ,though warned to repent from his evil ways,he refused and he said in Daniel 4:30 “ Is not  this  great  Babylon , that I have built for the house  of the kingdom by the might of my power , and for the honor of my majesty” He was so full of himself,that was exactly same attitude that got Satan thrown out of heaven, “I“,the wisdom of this world is all about I.

God taught the king a lesson,God showed him that there is someone higher than him,sanity was taken from the king and he ran into the bush and began to feed on grass like an animal,and he lived in the forest until he recognized that God was the most high,in verse 34-37 of Daniel 4,he recognized that God is able to abase those who trust in themselves.

Another man who trusted so much in his wisdom was the kings right hand man Ahithophel,a man when he spoke it was as if the gods have spoken,the wisdom from his mouth was as the wisdom from the gods.2Sam 16:23,but David asked the lord to turn his wisdom to foolishness and the lord took his reasoning and he spoke foolishly and his advise was rejected,hence he was made nothing and he killed himself,he turned against the king David because he felt he was smarter and wiser,but God took his reasoning away,the wisdom of the wise is foolishness before God.

David came before Goliath with a few stones in the name of the lord,but Goliath came in his strength,when David was given Saul’s weaponry he refused it,because he couldn’t use it, at such a dangerous time what he has not tested,David knew this was not the time to practice,he came to Goliath not in mans wisdom or his strength and he defeated Goliath with one stone,that is what the world would call foolishness,how can you even think you will have success with stones considering the bigness of Goliath,but he walked in the wisdom of God.

The man who walks in the wisdom of God has his faith totally on God and not on himself or his achievements.that is why Paul said “I don’t come to you with the enticing words of mans wisdom but in the demonstration of the power of those holy spirit”he further said that your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men,but in the power of God.The wisdom of men directs your attention to men and the Wisdom of God directs your attention to God.

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“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.” Ecclesiastes 12:13

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The first step to access Gods wisdom,is to walk in the fear of the lord.The bible declares “The fear of the lord is the beginning of wisdom” Proverbs 1:7.

What is the fear of the lord?

The word fear would normally mean,something bad ; the dictionary defines it as  “distressing emotion aroused by impending danger,evil,pain,etc.;it could also mean concern,anxiety”.We know satan works in the frequency of fear,we are taught and God walks in the frequency of faith.

The Bible also tells us to “Fear not” when we are faced with situations that should cause us to worry,because fear would only attract anything evil.Job says that “what I feared the most has come upon me”,fear is not what the bible encourages us to stand on but faith.

Then how come the fear of the lord is the beginning of wisdom?,let us clearly define the word fear in this context,before we proceed.

The word fear hear from the hebrew is Yirah which is translated “reverence”,this is not the fear that is stirred by anxiety or worry,or a distressing emotion,but it is reverence of the awesomeness of God,the other words that we can use is respect,worship.

When we think about God and look at the works of his hands our reverence and honor for him goes up,when I think of how he has kept me and protected me,I just only want to worship him.

The fear of the lord is reverence for God,respect for him,how then can we show God reverence? Reverence is a thing that comes from inside out.Respect is earned,not forced,when it is forced,you may get an outward expression without any inner depth,but true respect comes from the awe and recognition that comes from within me,from inside out.

Let us see some of the characters of the fear of the lord,how can you tell if a man truly fears God.Proverbs 8:13 gives us a clear picture of the man who fears God. “The fear of the LORD  [is] to hate  evil : pride , and arrogance, and the evil  way , and the froward  mouth , do I hate

  •  HE HATES EVIL : The first thing about the man who truly fears God is that he hates evil.what is evil? we don’t need the hebrew or greek definition of evil to know what it is ,but out of curiosity,it is just two letters in the hebrew “ra” meaning,bad,worst; think of anything that is bad,hurtful,wicked,vicious,name it;it is called evil and satan is the author of evil,that is why he is called “devil-the evil one”.
  • The bible records that “Job was a man who feared God and eschewed evil“,Job 1:1 and even God in Job 1:8 spoke of Job as a man “who feared God and eschewed evil”.This was not just flattery,Job truly feared God,it is evidenced in his life,after satan took all he had,the bible records in Job 1:20,that he “arose and worshipped God”,it was recorded of him that he did not sin or charge God foolishly,he kept his regard for God even when it looked like he was attacked by God.
  • The Bible says he feared God and eschewed evil,to eschew evil means to “avoid and stay away from  deliberately;stay clear of,another word is to shun evil”.The bible tells us to “flee every appearance of evil” stay away from anything that would seem like evil,it says flee.1Thessalonians 5:22
  • Hate evil,don’t be a part of any kind of evil,Proverbs 8:13,further states some kinds of evil and I would like to dwell on them:
  • Pride – the dictionary describes it as a “high or inordinate opinion of ones own dignity,importance,merit,or superiority,whether as cherished in the mind or as displayed in bearing ,conduct,etc..”; when it says “inordinate it means unrestrained opinion”,when you are so full of yourself and feel like no one is up to you and you are more superior than everyone else,that is pride.Most people who are proud,can never be corrected,they listen only to themselves and feel everyone else is wrong,we can go on and on; this kind of pride is evil.Just a few scriptures to follow-up,the bible says “Pride goeth before a fall”Proverbs 16:18 and also “the lord brings down the proud and lifts up the humble”Proverbs 15:33,so humility is the best position to maintain in other to win Gods favor.
  • Arrogance – means “offensive display of superiority or self-importance;overbearing pride”, a man like this looks down on people and is loud about it,he disrespects others and treats them as less.an arrogant man is usually a proud man,but arrogance gives pride a body,an expression,this also is another evil. Romans 12:3 says “For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned”
  • The evil way – means the path of life we choose to take and walk in,you can walk in the right or the evil path.There are some decisions we take,ways we chose to live our lives,maybe prompted out of a hurt,grudge,something someone did to you and you have decided to hate all men,or someone hurt you and you decided to hurt them back,no matter your reason,you are on the evil way,that’s why the Bible says “there’s a way that seems right to a man,but the end thereof is destruction” Watch the way you are on,the people you keep company with,can put you on the evil way,this is evil also.Proverbs 1:15-16
  • Froward mouth – it means “stubbornly contrary,disobedient,obstinate,willfully contrary”.Imagine a child who just does the wrong even when they know the right,imagine a child who consistently does the wrong in other to make a parent feel bad,in other to hurt the other,but they know what they are doing is wrong,such people are called froward.They are obstinate and disobedient.I am reminded of the guy in the bible that was given one talent,the bible says he thought in himself that my master is a wicked man,he reaps where he doesn’t sow,so he hid his talent in the earth and did nothing bout it,he knew what he was doing,it was intentional because he had the wrong perception of his master (Matthew 25:14-30).This is a clear example of a man who steals from his boss,because he feels he is mal treated by his boss,he knows the right but does the wrong.There are guys who are into fraud with the excuse that, colonial masters stole from their forefathers,so they pay them back,by deceiving them to take from people,they know that fraud is wrong but they look for a reason that seems good,no good reason is justifiable for evil,evil will always be bad.

God was clear about it,he said “do I hate”,in other words anyone indulging in any of those attitudes listed or categorized under evil, God hates.

The fear of the lord is the beginning of wisdom and another place says that the fear of the lord is the instruction of wisdom,if you want to walk in the wisdom of God,then walk in the lifestyle of reverence for God and God will distinguish you with his wisdom,there are three things that wisdom attracts,long life,wealth and honor.Proverbs 3:13-16

If you want to have a long life of wealth and honor,then fear God and eschew evil.


“The fear of the lord is the beginning of knowledge;but fools despise wisdom and instruction” Proverbs 1:7

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Wisdom is an embodiment of knowledge and understanding,you cannot access wisdom except through the knowledge and understanding that comes from the lord.The Bible says “wisdom is given by God;and out of his mouth comes knowledge and understanding” Proverbs 2:6; This tells us that wisdom is a gift from God,he gives wisdom but to have access, you must listen to what comes out of his mouth,knowledge and understanding.

Jesus said “man shall not leave by bread alone,but by every word that comes out of the mouth of God”.I would like to define what comes out of the mouth of God as INSTRUCTION,this is an embodiment of knowledge and understanding.

That’s why Proverbs 15:33 says “The fear of the lord is the instruction of wisdom” Instruction is very important for progress in life,life as we have studied is a journey and to be successful in this journey you need Divine instruction at every point,to be able to avoid pitfalls.

“The steps of a good man are ordered of the lord” you need ordered steps to be able to achieve success in your journey.God has given us his word and the Holy spirit to guide us by the instruction of our spirit man.He said in the word “And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.”Isaiah 30:21

The word instruction in the Hebrew is muwcar meaning discipline,chastening and correction;this is the purpose of the scriptures as said in 2timothy 3:16 “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness”.

Somethings you must know about the scriptures:

ALL SCRIPTURE IS GIVEN BY THE INSPIRATION OF GOD 

Men were inspired by God to write the scriptures,they did not write of their own accord,so if its inspired by God it tells you that its from God.To be inspired means “to breathe on,to breathe life into,to motivate,to arouse by divine influence”

They wrote by the inspiration of the almighty.That is why the bible is the word of God,because God breathed into man and man put it down,to know God,study his word,the bible.

The intent of the scriptures is stated in  2timothy 3:17 “that the man of God,may become perfect(mature) and thoroughly furnished unto all good works.The word of God when received will bring you to perfection or maturity and will furnish you and make you ready for good works.

ALL SCRIPTURE IS PROFITABLE 

We studied that “For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.Godliness is living the God life here on earth and the scriptures shows us how to live the God life.

A lot of people think when you do the word of God there is no profit,but in fact the profit is an eternal guarantee;All scripture is inspired by God and is Profitable,it is profitable,here and in the life to come.Check out some of the benefits in Psalm 103:2-5;forgiveness,healing and health,redemption from destruction,loving kindness and tender mercies,satisfaction both spiritually and physically,such that your strength is renewed like the eagle,all these and more you get from the scriptures.

ALL SCRIPTURE IS FOR DOCTRINE

The word doctrine in this context is translated teachings,principles;the scriptures is complete,it teaches all we need to know about God,about ourselves and about life; The scriptures says that “God has given us all that pertains to life and Godliness”.Christianity is not a religion like one of those other religions but it is a way of life;we are members of Gods kingdom and Jesus is the ruler of this kingdom,this kingdom has principles a way of living,different from the world’s way.

We need to learn the doctrine of this kingdom and the scriptures teaches you all you need to know and equips you to be able to live the life of the kingdom.

ALL SCRIPTURES IS FOR REPROOF 

Let us break the words reproof into two words ;RE and PROOF for clear understanding.

I would like to define them separately and then as one.

The word RE is a prefix occurring originally in loan words from Latin,used with the meaning “again” or “again” and “ again” to indicate repetition,or with the meaning “back” or “backward” to indicate withdrawal or backward motion.

The word PROOF means evidence sufficient to establish a thing as true,or to produce belief in its truth,in a court of law,you are asked to provide proof to authenticate the accusations,if there are no proof ,the accused is discharged and freed.

Looking back at Hebrews 11:1”now faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen” the word proof is a synonym for the word evidence,so the word of God is the proof of the things that we hope for that we don’t yet see,the word of God is proof,the proof you need to prove the existence of God and that if he said a thing he would bring it to pass.

The word of God is the main standards to check the believer,we live according to the principles of the word,if you want to know the mind of God check the bible,so all scriptures is meant for re-proof,to check your life,if you are living right,go back again and judge yourself according to the standards of the bible.

ALL SCRIPTURES IS FOR CORRECTION 

To correct means to make true,accurate or right;to remove the errors or faults:that is exactly what the scriptures is meant for to correct us,and in correction you identify the fault not with the intent to mock us but to make us better christians.

Correction is part of discipline,the bible in Hebrews tells us “the one the lord loves he corrects”,so because of his love and his intent to make us better people he corrects us,so that we can stay in the right path.

We need to understand that God loves us deeply and he wants us to live the God life which is the Good life,so in this journey he will rebuke you and correct you,all this is part of the discipline of God to make us better.

ALL SCRIPTURES IS FOR INSTRUCTION 

Instruction means to furnish with knowledge,especially by a systematic method;teach,train and educate.When you buy an electronic it always comes with an instruction manual and it stands as a guide on the use of the equipment.

The word of God is the guide to a better and successful life.Instructions furnish us with directions,David said in Psalm 16:7 “I will bless the LORD, who hath given me counsel: my reins also instruct me in the night seasons.” God gives us instruction and counsel through his word,wisdom to function in your office comes from the scriptures.

Instruction during the night seasons,there are seasons were we are confused,in a crossroad and we don’t know what to do,that is when we need the scriptures to guide us and give us direction,about that career choice,marital issues,turn to the word and allow the Holy Spirit to guide you.

David said “thy rod and thy staff they comfort me”,the rod is for reproof and correction and the staff is for instruction,with the staff he leads us.Sometimes the shepherd will whip the sheep to keep them in the fold and also pamper them to reassure them of his love for them.God loves us and he will sometimes  rebuke us hardly but its all because he loves you and he wants us to be the best.

Hold on in the time of correction,don’t leave your place,because you will come forth better.Blessed is the man the lord corrects.