Which Source of Wisdom will you seek #4…Eternity is Real…

Me, myself and I, is all that counts….,

Which Source of Wisdom will you seek! #4…Eternity is Real…

The wisdom of this world vs. the wisdom of God||

World = Feeling fulfilled in this life is all that matters. Who knows what the
after life holds? There is no heaven and no hell. So grab all the gusto while you can.

After all, you only go around once!

God’s Truth & Wisdom = The Way to contentment is through Jesus.
All will die and judgment for the life I lived will come.
Each person will be judged for his/her acceptance or rejection of Jesus.
Eternal life with God or eternal punishments with satan is the choices.

This life is the beginning of eternity for each person!

Proverbs 14:12 “There is a way which seems right unto a man; But the end thereof are the ways of death.”

Mat 11:28, 29 “Come unto Me all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I
will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me, for
I am meek and lowly of heart, and you shall find rest unto your souls.”

Heb 9:27 “And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the
judgment.”

There is eternal life after our time on this earth. The question is not if there is eternal life, but where will we spend it.

Mat 25:31-46 vs. 46 “…And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but
the righteous into eternal life.”

Rev20:15 “And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the
lake of fire.”

So, how about those in the places God has put you to be the salt and the light. Your neighborhood, work place, etc.
Is your name and are their names in the Book of Life?

Romans 10:13 “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved!”

Which Source of Wisdom will you seek #3…Can I be good enough to get to Heaven…

My goodness…..

Most of our world screams to us that in and of ourselves we are good and worthy of all we can get. Is that really true?

Read on and see.

Which Source of Wisdom will you seek? #3 Can I be good enough to get to Heaven…

The wisdom of this world vs. the wisdom of God||

World = we are born basically good. Guilt over sin is an illusion left over from oppressive religions and past generations.

Truth changes from generation to generation as mankind continues to evolve. It’s called “Progressive Revelation”.

God’s truth & wisdom = we were born with a sin nature and all are sinners. That explains a lot. Truth from God never changes!

If it changes then it is not from God.  If we are naturally good we would be able to accomplish our own eternal destiny and Jesus death on the cross was in vain.

So here is the truth as recorded!

Mal 3:6 “For I am the Lord, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.”

Rom 3:10 “For there are none good, no not one.”

Rom 3:23 “For all have sinned and fall short of the Glory of God.”

I Jn 1:10 “If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.”

 Jesus paid the ugly penalty for my sins!

II Cor 5:21 “For He became sin for us, Who knew no sin, that we might be made
the righteousness of God in Him.”

Gal 2:21 “I do not treat the grace of God as meaningless. For if keeping the law could make us right with God, then there was no need for Christ to die.”

Which Source of Wisdom will you choose…I am not responsible for that…

The ________ made me do it? Is that really true?

Which Source of Wisdom will you choose…I am not responsible for that…

The world’s wisdom = Dysfunctional people are the result of circumstances and/or past
generations that have passed down defective genetics.  Therefore most people cannot and should not be held accountable.  They are simply a product of their circumstances.

God’s wisdom= The sin nature that we all have is inherited resulting in spiritual and physical    death. Each person is accountable for his or her actions. God accepts no excuses. Check out Genesis chapter 3 to see when mankind first started trying to pass the buck for his and her sin.

Rom 1:20 “For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.”

Rom 3:23 “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”

Rom 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life, through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

The bad news is that I am a sinner and accountable for all of my actions.

Romans 5:18,19 “Therefore, as through one man’s offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one Man’s righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life. For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous.”

The good news is, there is a solution in restoring my broken relationship with God.

John 3:16, 17 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved

Romans 10:13 “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord, shall be saved.”

1 Timothy 2:5 “For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus,”

Our lives and future generations will be affected by our sins.

Gal 6:7 “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked, for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.

Ex 34:7b “…visiting the iniquity of fathers on the children and on the grandchildren to the third and fourth generations.”

While the sin nature is inherited, each of us is accountable for our actions and as noted in scripture there is a cure for our sin penalty.

Which Source of Wisdom will you Seek #1

Which Source of Wisdom will you Seek #1…

There is more than one author of wisdom. Or at least to what we think is wisdom. And we all crave wisdom, so we can feel the satisfaction of knowing what to do, when to do it, how to do it and oh yes and of course to feel that I was right.

Do you need wisdom to live a happy life?

Over the next few days let’s look at what God’s word says on obtaining wisdom.

Each of us chooses a source of wisdom either knowingly or unknowingly. Look for which source you are obtaining your wisdom from. Each source of wisdom represents where we place our priorities and where we place our strength, finances and well being. It can be very enlightening and hopefully life changing if necessary. It has been for me. Wisdom comes from two sources. Let’s evaluate each.

Worldly wisdom vs. Godly wisdom.

What does each say about Knowledge?

World = Knowledge is obtained by education, experience and imitating the rich and famous of this world.  Knowledge makes me who I am.

God = Knowledge comes from education and experience but must be accompanying with and by God’s truths to be lasting and meaningful. If we do not have God’s wisdom to use it, it is useless in furthering the kingdom of God and useless for our lives.

Knowledge and Wisdom that is valuable for your life can only come from God as He is shaping it in your life.

Psalm 1:1a “Blessed is the man that walks not in the counsel of the ungodly…”

Proverbs 8:35, 36 a “Wisdom. For whoever finds Me finds life, and obtains favor from the Lord; and he who sins against Me wrongs his soul …”

James 1:5, 6 “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.”

Proverbs 9:10-12 “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. For by me your days will be multiplied, and years of life will be added to you. If you are wise, you are wise for yourself, and if you scoff, you will bear it alone.”

So, how are you using your knowledge this morning? For His glory or your own?

Proverbs 1:7 “The fear of Jehovah is the beginning of knowledge; But the foolish despise wisdom and instruction.”

Hell and your E-mail Address…Caution…

John 17:3 “And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. “

Hell and your E-mail Address …Caution…

A couple from Minneapolis decided to go to Florida for a long weekend to thaw out during one particularly icy winter. Because both had jobs, they had difficulty coordinating their travel schedules. It was decided that the husband would fly to Florida on a Thursday, and his wife would follow him the next day.

Upon arriving as planned, the husband checked into the hotel. There he decided to open his laptop and send his wife an e-mail back in Minneapolis. However, he accidentally left off one letter in her address, and sent the e-mail without realizing his error.

In Houston, a widow had just returned from her husband’s funeral. He was a minister of many years who had been “called home to glory following a heart attack. The widow checked her e-mail, expecting messages from relatives and friends. Upon reading the first message, she fainted and fell to the floor.

The widow’s son rushed into the room, found his mother on the floor, and saw the computer screen which read:

To: My Loving Wife

From: Your Departed Husband

Subject: I’ve Arrived!

I’ve just arrived and have been checked in. I see that everything has been prepared for your arrival tomorrow. Looking forward to seeing you then. Hope your journey is as uneventful as mine was.

P.S. Sure is hot down here!

That’s the humor for the day.

Now back to reality. Hell is real. Never forget that. And of course, there is someone who would wish that we did.

Prov  27:21a “Hell and destruction are never full…”

 Rev 20:14,15 “Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.”

Are you a Carrot, Egg, or a Coffee Bean…

II Corinthians 4:8-9 – We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed.

Are you a Carrot, Egg, or a Coffee Bean…

A certain daughter complained to her father about her life
and how things have been so hard for her. She did not know
how she was going to make it and she wanted to give up. She
was tired of fighting and struggling. It seemed that just as
one problem was solved another arose.

Her father, a chef, took her to the kitchen, filled three pots
with water and placed the fire on high. Soon the three pots
came to a boil. In one he placed carrots, in the other he
placed eggs, and in the last he placed ground coffee beans.
He let them sit and boil, without saying a word.

The daughter sucked her teeth and impatiently wondered what
he was trying to do. She had problems, and he was making this
strange concoction. In half an hour he walked over to the oven
and turned down the fire. He pulled the carrots out and placed
them in the bowl. He pulled the eggs out and placed them in the
bowl. Then he ladled the coffee out and placed it in a bowl.

Turning to her he asked. “Darling what do you see.”

Smartly, she replied. “Carrots, eggs, and coffee.”

He brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She
did and noted that they were soft. He then asked her to take
an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed
the hard-boiled egg. Finally, he asked her to sip the coffee.
Her face frowned from the strength of the coffee.

Humbly, she asked. “What does it mean Father?”

He explained. “Each of them faced the same adversity, 212
degrees of boiling water. However each reacted differently.”

“The carrot went in strong, hard, and unrelenting. But after
going through boiling water, it softened and became weak.”

“The egg was fragile. A thin outer shell protected a liquid
center. But after sitting through the boiling water, its inside became hardened.”

“The coffee beans are unique however. After they were in
the boiling water, it became stronger and gave off a rich aroma.”

“Which are you,” he asked his daughter.

When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond?
Are you a carrot, an egg, or a coffee bean?

Are you the carrot that seems hard, but with the smallest
amount of pain, adversity, heat you wilt and become soft
with no strength?

Are you the egg, which starts off with a malleable heart
and a fluid spirit? But after a death, a breakup, a divorce, a
layoff you became hardened and stiff. Your shell looks
the same, but you are so bitter and tough with a stiff
spirit and heart, internally.

Or are you like the coffee bean? The bean does not get
its peak flavor and robust until it reaches 212 degrees
Fahrenheit. When the water gets the hottest, it just tastes
better.

When things are there worst, do you get better? When
people talk the most, do your praises increase? When the hour
is the darkest, and trials are their greatest, does your worship
elevate to another level?

How do you handle adversity? Are you a carrot, an egg, or a coffee bean?

Enjoy your coffee this morning….

II Corinthians 12:9 “And He said unto me, My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in (your) weakness, most gladly therefore will I glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”