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John 10: 27 My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. (NKJV)

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Keys to Wisdom.

Humility, a teachable heart and radical dependence on the counsel and guidance of the Holy Spirit.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Is Wisdom "Acquired"?

Experience provides the opportunity for Knowledge to be gathered. Wisdom is the "state of mind" that gives one the potential for insight, discernment, good judgement and Understanding. This state of mind has its beginning in humility and is cultivated by a teachable heart.

Prov. 9:25 "if you correct a wise man, he will become all the wiser."

James 3:13-18 "Who among you is wise and understanding? Let him show by his good behavior his deeds in the gentleness of wisdom. 14 But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your heart, do not be arrogant and so lie against the truth. 15 This wisdom is not that which comes down from above, but is earthly, natural, demonic. 16 For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every evil thing. 17 But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy. 18 And the seed whose fruit is righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.

John 14: 26 “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.

Trick's of the trade?

A clever ​method used by ​people who are ​experienced in a ​particular ​type of ​work or ​activity.

Through trial and error one can learn "tricks of the trade". We can all learn from "our" mistakes. At least a wise man can.

But there is another, some might say, better way. "Tricks of the trade" can be passed on from one to another, if the other has a teachable heart.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Experience and knowledge compared to Wisdom and understanding.

One does not mean you have the other. Experience and knowledge is a function of our ability to remember. Wisdom and understanding is a function of our ability to anticipate and reason. The problem is that knowledge puffs up, and pride is a stumbling block to wisdom.

Humility is the first step a wise man will make. A teachable heart is the path to understanding.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Relationships? (Prov. 3:5-6)

How many do you have? Relationships?

Take a moment, the total, though under-estimated, will surprise you.

At home, at work, at school, at church... you get the idea.

Okay, I am defining "relationship" as anyone who knows,... okay they might forget, my name, but because I have interacted with them, they have established an opinion of me.

And therefore are predisposed to react to me in a certain way if confronted with me again.

That person, after experiencing you, after what ever time has passed, how ever God has convicted you and provided Grace to overcome, when your paths cross again, do you think you can possibly know what to say or respond?

Only God understands explicitly your relationships. Therefore, then, because of this, we should look to His insight and understanding to give us "the" response to those we should again come across and have to give an answer to. Of course "again" is the additive to the concept. The concept that we should "look to His insight and understanding" in every situation, with every person, what ever our relationship and trust and then obey. The obey part speaks of our response to whom ever we are relating to. The "whom-ever" are those in our path.

This is an argument for Prov. 3:5-6