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Indiscipline


Whoever remains stiff-necked after many rebukes
will suddenly be destroyed—without remedy.
Proverbs 29:1

Disobedience is something extremely dangerous. But worse is to show defiance and pride when one is reprimanded. You can have lots of knowledge but if you do not have humility to admit mistakes, especially when it is others who see your faults, yours is nothing but a complete lack of wisdom. Rejecting a rebuke is but a vulgar show of the pride that nests in the depths of our hearts. This pride is a sign that we do not want to walk in the fear of God. By contrast, arrogance is what separates us from the path of life to lead us into the footsteps of doom. Some modern philosophies and others which are not so modern teach that we must listen to our hearts. This really only applies if ours is a heart transformed by God. Otherwise, we would end up being guided by our sinful nature which opposes God and everything that has to do with His authority.

Have you been rebuked recently by something you know you’re doing wrong? How did you respond to the warning? Did you accept it willingly or else turned it down to go along with the pride of your heart? Only God is perfect. No one else is. So it is more likely that we commit many faults. The idea is that we allow the Holy Spirit to guide us through the transformation by the renewing of our mind and the wisdom that only he can give us to learn how to make fewer mistakes every day. The recognition of our mistakes is the first step toward transforming our lives, for how to correct what we think we are doing right? Always seek God’s guidance through His word and heed the rebuke that comes from those who truly love us. Only to God be the glory!

Fear and Wisdom


The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom,
and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
Proverbs 9:10

The advantages of possessing wisdom are enormous. Still very few try to find it. Most people waste their time on things that do not produce benefits to them but rather are a source of grief and pain. Their role models are people with large fortunes, who live in mansions and palaces, which have monumental yachts to enjoy their summer vacation anywhere in the Mediterranean or any other place that is fashionable and fanciful, people who fly all over the world in expensive private jet planes. For them to achieve success is to accumulate vast amounts of money that will enable them to maintain the expensive lifestyle they enjoy. Their success is also measured by the coverage dedicated in celebrity magazines to their adventures (and their sorrows) and the number of magazine covers in which their images appear; obviously these are magazines dedicated to constantly monitor the smallest and most trivial details of their lives. Clearly, these people will never know what is the fear of the Lord. Nor those who consider them as heroes and idols.

The fear of the Lord is not fright or terror of a powerful being who can destroy us with his thought. The fear of the Lord is reverence and obedience, that is, the respect we owe to Him who created us and saved us from death. The fear of the Lord is to understand that our lives are totally dependent on him and we are clay in his hands with which he molds the features we have and we can and should use for the aggrandizement of his kingdom. The fear of the Lord is the knowledge of his person, his attributes and expectations in relation to us. The fear of the Lord is to understand the immense love and grace God has shown toward us. The fear of the Lord is living up to the supreme commandments to love God with all our heart, with all our soul, with all our mind and with all our strength and to love our neighbor as ourselves. Concentrate your plans and all your efforts to meet these two commandments and you will possess wisdom and knowledge beyond your wildest imagination. Just follow the Lord Jesus and you will be wise. Only to God be the glory!

Inexhaustible source


For this God is our God for ever and ever;
he will be our guide even to the end.
Psalms 48:14

God is inscrutable. No matter how hard we try we will never be able to completely understand his mind. But this should not be an obstacle for us to try to learn every day more and more about his personality and attributes. For this we have the rational mind that God has given to every man so they can analyze the information they receive to achieve their own logical conclusions. Moreover, God has revealed himself through his creation, “so that people are without excuse.” We also have the revelation of himself through his written word, “In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways.” To complete the picture, God has revealed himself to mankind through his Son Jesus Christ, “He who has seen me has seen the Father.” Additionally, for those who have made the best decision that anyone can make in this life, which is to accept Christ as Lord and Savior, God has given us his Spirit, “these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God.”

To know better each day our God and heavenly Father must be the source of joy to our lives, the fountain from which we can drink as many times as we wish. This inexhaustible source of wisdom and knowledge is available to us 24/7. “Do not deceive yourselves. If any of you think you are wise by the standards of this age, you should become “fools” so that you may become wise.” Pay close attention to the words of the melancholic prophet Jeremiah: “‘but let the one who boasts boast about this: that they have the understanding to know me, that I am the LORD, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,’ declares the LORD.” The decision is yours to get to know God better or miss the rich blessings that can only be received by those who have wholeheartedly determined to really know the Almighty . May we say with the apostle Paul: “For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.” To God alone be the glory!

Treasures of wisdom


Then you will understand what is right and just
and fair—every good path.
For wisdom will enter your heart,
and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul.
Discretion will protect you,
and understanding will guard you.
Proverbs 2:9-11

If someone were to sell a book entitled “How to be wise in 30 days” it is likely that this person would end up being a millionaire in no time. The world keeps turning at the same speed as it always has done but it seems that lately it rotates faster and therefore we think that everything that we propose to do, if it’s worth at all, must be achieved in a very short time since these agitated times so require. There is no place and time for good habits because they require some time to develop. Now everything is a desperate race to get everything within the minute. No wonder then that those products that promise to make us lose a few pounds in a matter of days without exercises or diets are so popular, despite not being very effective.

Wisdom must be sought for the same way one seeks for as gold or silver. These things take time, commitment, discipline and dedication to be reached but all this is well worth it. We also need to know where to look. Gold and silver are not found everywhere, the same is true of wisdom. The award for having the determination to seek insight where it can really be found is: understanding, wisdom, knowledge and discretion. If you want wisdom, remember that she comes from the Lord and only from him. Let us dispose, therefore, with patience and determination to receive the wisdom that God offers us through the methodical and constant reading of his word. In due time we will surely see the beneficial results. To God alone be the glory!

Egomaniacs


Their mouths lay claim to heaven,
and their tongues take possession of the earth.
Therefore their people turn to them
and drink up waters in abundance.
They say, “How would God know?
Does the Most High know anything?”
Psalm 73:9-11

Power is one of the hardest things to handle for anyone. We’re not talking about the enjoyment of the privileges that power comes with but of the inseparable responsibility associated with it. Pride and arrogance, always present in corrupt human nature are fed by power at the expense of conscience and the necessary and important responsibility that must accompany power is violently overwhelmed. That is why we often see how many political leaders start their mandates as humble lambs and soon become intolerable egotistical maniacs whose arrogance makes them feel they are superior to God and therefore they do not need to seek his guidance and protection. In this process of metamorphosis from sweet sheep to ruthless wolf all those who only seek to profit get involved in a special way. They feed with flattery and insincere praise the indomitable and monstrous ego of their leaders.

We must be very careful when we have been commissioned to carry out activities for which we have been invested with power. Do not forget the famous Dictum of Lord Acton: “Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” Let’s seek always to exercise the kind of leadership that Jesus taught us, leadership based on service to others. His words were: “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave— just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” With this correct attitude we will be serving both God and our neighbor. Only to God be the glory!

Scam


The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom,
and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
For through wisdom your days will be many,
and years will be added to your life.
If you are wise, your wisdom will reward you;
if you are a mocker, you alone will suffer.
Proverbs 9:10-12

Many often wonder why we never run out of wars, economic crises, pain, hunger, pestilence, incurable diseases, violence, insecurity, poverty, injustice, white slavery, drug trafficking, terrorism, repression, tyranny, totalitarianism, anarchy, crimes, kidnapping, fraud, gangs, executions, corruption, and other thorns that are part of the bouquet of brambles with which the world pays us. All the time we become victims of fraud that the world performs with our lives. Is just a simple bait and switch fraud technique. As per the Wicktionary, bait and switch is an unscrupulous and sometimes illegal sales technique, in which an inexpensive product is advertised to attract prospective customers who are then told by sales personnel that the inexpensive product is unavailable or of poor quality and are instead urged to buy a more expensive product. Also, (by extension) any similar deceptive behavior, especially in politics and romantic relationships. All the time the world is using this simple but effective way of defrauding us. On the one hand the world offers three attractive baits: money, power and fame. On the other hand we only receive the long list of thorns mentioned above.

When will we stop being naive and stupid so we can get the most enduring and untouchable treasure that someone may have in this world? When will we be looking for things that do not produce happiness but sadness and pain? When will we stop being puppets of the evil trilogy made by Satan, the world and our own flesh? If we wish to gain wisdom we must begin to live in the fear of God. This does not mean we will live in a state of dread and apprehension. It means that we behave at all times with obedience, reverence and respect for our Creator, that is for our God and heavenly Father. This is the secret of happiness and peace. To God alone be the glory!

Wisdom, Knowledge & Understanding


For the LORD gives wisdom;
from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.
He holds success in store for the upright,
he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless,
for he guards the course of the just
and protects the way of his faithful ones.
Proverbs 2:6-8

Oftentimes our heavenly Father protects us by blocking physical and personal attacks that the enemy of our souls constantly hurls at us. Other times, he grants us wisdom, knowledge and understanding so we can realize the dangers that beset us in our journey through this world. That wisdom, that knowledge and understanding are not things that can be achieved through academic studies. Rather, they are gifts that are received as part of the training that God provides to those who are sincerely committed to carrying out the plans God has for them. This requires walking in constant communication with God and we can only do this by approaching him through the daily and constant reading of his Word and through the conversation we establish with him every time we pray. To say we love God and not to be attentive to and willing to obey his instructions is deceiving ourselves and there is no better definition of a fool than he who is self-deceived.

Let us maintain ourselves forever in the path of justice, integrity, good conduct and faithfulness to God. When our Father sees that we are sincerely committed to the coming and the establishment of his kingdom, he will enable us so we can become useful tools in their hands. Remember at all times that the focus should be on him and not on us. So let us not put so much emphasis on the problems we face and let’s turn our eyes to the One who has the solution in his hands. Let us direct, therefore, the batteries toward the fulfillment of God’s perfect will in our lives. With the help of our Lord Jesus Christ and his Spirit success will come easily. To God alone be the glory!

Knowledge


“I am weary, God,
but I can prevail.
Surely I am only a brute, not a man;
I do not have human understanding.
I have not learned wisdom,
nor have I attained to the knowledge of the Holy One.”
Proverbs 30:1 b-3

In line with the most typical Socratic style, Agur ben Jakeh ─most likely a pseudonym of Solomon─ gives us his version of the popular “I just know that I know nothing” that the famous Greek philosopher Socrates would enunciate five centuries later . Questioning his own degree of knowledge of God and God’s plan, Agur describes himself as a perfect ignoramus, which in turn leads him to ask some questions whose answers can only be found in the revelation of God through his word and his creation. This contrasts with the typical human behavior of pretending that everything one needs to know one already knows and that God’s revelation is worthless. The apostle Paul describes this foolish characteristic of human beings as follows: “For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles.” [1]

“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction” explains Solomon. [2] Vain enterprise is therefore to try to achieve wisdom denying God and all possibility of its existence before starting  the investigation . A sad and difficult task have those who have started their quest for knowledge disregarding the revelation of God Almighty. Seek always to be nourished by the word of God and receive knowledge and wisdom from on high. Follow the example of Paul: “For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.” [3] This is true wisdom. To God alone be the glory!

[1] Romans 1:21-23
[2] Proverbs 1:7
[3] 1 Corinthians 2:2

Impatience


Desire without knowledge is not good—
how much more will hasty feet miss the way!
Proverbs 19:2

For many people patience is an unknown virtue. Not that they ignore what patience is, it is just that they have never been able to observe it and practice it in their lives. Our sinful nature seeks immediate gratification and therefore it is not very fond of waiting patiently for anything or anyone. We want everything right here and right now and the world, one of our fiercest enemies, takes advantage of this weakness to make us fall and to stunt our spiritual growth. Usually our enthusiasm is stronger than our common sense and this makes us very impulsive, something that is also used by the world to keep us tied with heavy chains which hinder our progress toward sanctification. The same impulse that drives us to want to immediately reach maturity is what stands in our way to attain it. Therefore, impulsiveness is a bad adviser.

Let us not therefore be carried by our impulses and emotions which will only make us act thoughtlessly. Let us not make hasty decisions but let us set aside the time to properly consider the implications and consequences of our actions. Then, let us proceed cautiously and steadily toward the goal. Soon we will see how patience will help us advance steadily and surely toward the long-awaited spiritual maturity and growth in Christ.To God alone be the glory!

Today’s word for July 28, 2011


The rich are wise in their own eyes;
one who is poor and discerning sees how deluded they are.
Proverbs 28:11

Some people think that wealth comes from cunningly conducted business and that it is a demonstration of the wisdom of those who have become rich this way. Nothing could be farther from reality. While it is true that the word of God speaks of certain financial principles that will help us not to fall into debt and enjoy a healthy economy, these principles by themselves cannot guarantee financial success. The wise man honors God with his wealth and the first fruits of his crops. God knows the hearts of all men, so he knows the spiritual condition of he who presented the offering. The gift that someone “honors” God with may be ineffective if the heart of he who offers it does not act with sincerity and devotion. God gives us wisdom that allows us to make good decisions on any area of our lives, including our finances. Let us remember that the beginning of knowledge is the fear of the Lord, which is obedience and reverence to God.

So wealth does not depend on cunning or a supposed “financial wisdom” but on the will of God that is good and pleasing and perfect. While there are many non-believers who “enjoy” the accumulation of money and apparently are happy, in reality they are not. Their alleged joy is only a facade behind which they hide their misery. As the apostle Paul told Timothy, “Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.” Let us act wisely and let us follow the teachings of the Word of God with grateful hearts for all the blessings, financial or of any other kind, that we have received from the mighty hand of God . To God alone be the glory!