Thursday, October 27, 2011

Learning to be Wise: Wise People "Hear God Speak" Through His Word (the Bible)

Do you want to have wisdom? One of the steps of receiving wisdom from God is to pay attention to the Word of God while you are reading or while it is being preached or taught and then apply the truths to your life.
 Proverbs 2:1-9:
My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee; So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding;Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding; If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures; Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God. For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding. 

 Have you ever met a "professional student"?  I had an uncle who was one. He had several degrees that he worked on for many, many years in the field of psychology, yet he ended up with dysfunctional family relationships, and at the time of his death, most of his family did not even know where he was living. I have known other people who have had very little education, yet they have more common sense than most people could ever hope for! Just because someone is "well-educated" does not mean that they have wisdom. A person can read his Bible and memorize scripture until he is blue in the face, but unless he really hears and applies God's Word to his life, he will remain unchanged. What a sad fate that is for any Christian. Have you ever heard the phrase, "God's Word changes lives"? God's Word is definitely a life changer, but it will only change a life if the life wants to be changed!

"Christian" homes and "Christian" churches will continue to be wracked with critical spirits, strife, contention, and all manner of sin, unless God's Word is allowed in each individual to cause a personal revival and a change of heart that can only come from being truly open to the truths in God's Word.

Warren Weirsbe states, "It is quite one thing to know about the Bible and quite something else to hear God speak through His Word and teach us wisdom so that we may become more like Jesus Christ.  During my many years of ministry, I've met a few people whose knowledge of scripture was phenomenal, but who failed to manifest the fruit of the Spirit. 'Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth.'"

Let the Holy Spirit speak to you through the preaching, teaching, and reading of that most precious Book ever written, the Bible.  As you "hear" God's words, pray that God will mold and change you to his will, and you know what? He will!

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