Wisdom claims to be qualified to speak of truth and righteousness. Many people today claim to know truth. And conspiracy theories are believed by many. It is difficult to know truth except for the character of the person speaking. How can we attest to wisdom’s claims to be righteous and truthful?
Rick Warren writes “Many Church Fellowships and Small Groups remain superficial because they are afraid of conflict.” But real Spiritual growth and maturity take deliberate efforts, thoughtfulness, and commitment to do the hard work sculpting a new person who is accountable to God and his church community to be a strong, loving, and effective Christian who attracts non-believers.
The attached Work Sheets were developed for my own Bible studies. Later more and more sheets were added for prayer. These tools have helped me and others at my church.
This is me – I spend an hour or more a day for things I’ve had in my hand and don’t remember where I laid them. There are stories after stories of self-created frustrations I could bore you with.
Jesus describes how the Comforter/Holy Spirit, God, and Jesus Himself are in constant communication with each other. But the real question is if we’re tuned in to this conversation. Often we’re like the car radio on a long trip and each station we tune in grows fainter as we distant ourselves from the radio tower.
Satan’s lies always try to get us to think we’re in charge and don’t need the One who created us. Notice Adam, who walked with God, sat passively by even though he had also known they shouldn’t eat the forbidden fruit.
The word “meek” implies a gentle and peaceful manner. A person who’s words of truth speak louder than the most boisterous person.
Studying the Bible is not what most men do. But what they don’t realize is what a treasure they have at their fingertips. I’ve heard it said that “everything that’s needed in the Bible is in the Bible”. I’ve also heard it said that the best commentary of the Bible is the Bible.
The fear of the LORD comes because of our inherent sinful nature which will not allow us to love God and to put God above us. The sin of Adam and Eve was to buy into Satan’s lie and to put ourselves in the place of God. They forfeited that birthright to Satan who rules the dark forces of this world.
The total commitment of men to their Godly roles depends on a single question: “how do I appear to You Jesus?” If our walk with Him depends on the opinions of others, we will fall short as only Jesus is perfect, is God, and knows us perfectly.