Wisdom

Intro to Wisdom

  • JAMES3: 13-18
  • PROVERBS8: 12-31

13 Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. 14 But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. 15 Such “wisdom” does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. 16 For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice. 17 But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. 18 Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.

12 “I, wisdom, dwell together with prudence; I possess knowledge and discretion. 13 To fear the Lord is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech. 14 Counsel and sound judgment are mine; I have insight, I have power. 15 By me kings reign and rulers issue decrees that are just; 16 by me princes govern, and nobles—all who rule on earth.[a] 17 I love those who love me, and those who seek me find me. 18 With me are riches and honor, enduring wealth and prosperity. 19 My fruit is better than fine gold; what I yield surpasses choice silver. 20 I walk in the way of righteousness, along the paths of justice, 21 bestowing a rich inheritance on those who love me and making their treasuries full. 22 “The Lord brought me forth as the first of his works,[b][c] before his deeds of old; 23 I was formed long ages ago, at the very beginning, when the world came to be. 24 When there were no watery depths, I was given birth, when there were no springs overflowing with water; 25 before the mountains were settled in place, before the hills, I was given birth, 26 before he made the world or its fields or any of the dust of the earth. 27 I was there when he set the heavens in place, when he marked out the horizon on the face of the deep, 28 when he established the clouds above and fixed securely the fountains of the deep, 29 when he gave the sea its boundary so the waters would not overstep his command, and when he marked out the foundations of the earth. 30 Then I was constantly[d] at his side. I was filled with delight day after day, rejoicing always in his presence, 31 rejoicing in his whole world and delighting in mankind.

Wisdom will affect the way you speak, see, taste, do, walk, work, hear, think, reason, feel, relate Example- wisdom is like salt, spice or seasoning in food, light in darkness. Without wisdom life might not be tasty, life might not be balanced, life might not be spicy and thereby seasoned. The ingredients for a fulfilled, accomplished, prosperous and richly Life towards God are spiritual wisdom, spiritual knowledge, spiritual understanding, spiritual prudence, spiritual hindsight, spiritual insight and spiritual foresight. We cannot do without the one or the other. Wisdom is the application of the understanding of knowledge. Knowledge is breadth while wisdom is depth.

Knowledge is a process of the mind while wisdom is a process of the soul. The mind is the territory of knowledge while the intuitive is the territory of wisdom. Understanding is the bridge between knowledge and wisdom. Wisdom equips you with knowledge while knowledge may not have wisdom in it.

Wisdom is when and how you effectively and successfully apply your understanding of all your acquired knowledge to achieve aims, goals, and intentions for the right purposes and justice. Learning is knowing what to do with what we know. Contemplation is the process by which knowledge becomes wisdom. Knowledge alone cannot give rise to value. It is only when knowledge is guided by wisdom that value is created. Can you use your knowledge properly or wisely if you have no wisdom? Not really. Knowledge is the acquaintance of facts, truths or principles as from study or investigation. It is a familiarity gained by experience, the suggestion is that knowledge may be incomplete or theoretical. But wisdom is knowledge of what is true or right coupled with just judgment as to actions. Wisdom makes the best use of knowledge and this is achieved through age.

To know the Will of God is the greatest knowledge, to find the Will of God is the greatest discovery, and to do the Will of God is the greatest achievement

  • Joshua1: 8
  • 1Corinthians2: 9-12

8 Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.

9 However, as it is written:
“What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived” the things God has prepared for those who love him— 10 these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. 11 For who knows a person’s thoughts except their own spirit within them? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. 12 What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us.

He who provides for this life, but takes no care for eternity, is wise for a moment, but a fool forever

  • Mathew16: 26

26 What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?

A blind man who sees is better than a seeing man who is blind

  • Mathew13: 14-16

14 In them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah:
“‘You will be ever hearing but never understanding; you will be ever seeing but never perceiving. 15 For this people’s heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.’ 16 But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear.

A generation that fails to read the signs of the times may be forced to read the writing on the wall

  • Daniel5: 5

5 Suddenly the fingers of a human hand appeared and wrote on the plaster of the wall, near the lampstand in the royal palace. The king watched the hand as it wrote.

In prayer we talk to God; when we read the bible, we let God talk to us through His Word; when we preach the Word, we let God speak through us

  • John15: 7

7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.

Love is just a word until someone comes along and gives it meaning

  • 1 John3: 18

18 Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.

To the world you may be just one person, but to one person you may be the world

  • 2Corinthians3: 2-3

2 You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everyone. 3 You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.

Condemnation without investigation is the height of ignorance

  • Acts17: 11

11 Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.

People that think wrong believe wrong, and when they believe wrong they act wrong

  • Mathew16: 23

23 Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.”

When you work against God’s spiritual laws, they work against you

  • Romans8: 2

2 because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you[a] free from the law of sin and death.

As a well spent day brings happy sleep, so a life well spent brings happy death

  • Ecclesiaste12: 13-14

13 Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the duty of all mankind. 14 For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil.

Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going

  • Galatians6: 9

9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

There is only one happiness in this life to love and be loved’

  • John13: 34-35

34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

It isn’t what you have, or who you are, or where you are, or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about

  • Philipians4: 8

8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

God is the God of all flesh, but not the Father of all flesh

  • Jeremiah32: 27
  • John8: 40-44

27 “I am the Lord, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?

40 As it is, you are looking for a way to kill me, a man who has told you the truth that I heard from God. Abraham did not do such things. 41 You are doing the works of your own father.” “We are not illegitimate children,” they protested. “The only Father we have is God himself.” 42 Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love me, for I have come here from God. I have not come on my own; God sent me. 43 Why is my language not clear to you? Because you are unable to hear what I say. 44 You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.

It is a problem that makes someone to go in search for goodness (mercy) where he has done evil

  • 2Chronicles7
  • Numbers32: 23

1 When Solomon finished praying, fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices, and the glory of the Lord filled the temple. 2 The priests could not enter the temple of the Lord because the glory of the Lord filled it. 3 When all the Israelites saw the fire coming down and the glory of the Lord above the temple, they knelt on the pavement with their faces to the ground, and they worshiped and gave thanks to the Lord, saying, “He is good; his love endures forever.” 4 Then the king and all the people offered sacrifices before the Lord. 5 And King Solomon offered a sacrifice of twenty-two thousand head of cattle and a hundred and twenty thousand sheep and goats. So the king and all the people dedicated the temple of God. 6 The priests took their positions, as did the Levites with the Lord’s musical instruments, which King David had made for praising the Lord and which were used when he gave thanks, saying, “His love endures forever.” Opposite the Levites, the priests blew their trumpets, and all the Israelites were standing. 7 Solomon consecrated the middle part of the courtyard in front of the temple of the Lord, and there he offered burnt offerings and the fat of the fellowship offerings, because the bronze altar he had made could not hold the burnt offerings, the grain offerings and the fat portions. 8 So Solomon observed the festival at that time for seven days, and all Israel with him—a vast assembly, people from Lebo Hamath to the Wadi of Egypt. 9 On the eighth day they held an assembly, for they had celebrated the dedication of the altar for seven days and the festival for seven days more. 10 On the twenty-third day of the seventh month he sent the people to their homes, joyful and glad in heart for the good things the Lord had done for David and Solomon and for his people Israel. 11 When Solomon had finished the temple of the Lord and the royal palace, and had succeeded in carrying out all he had in mind to do in the temple of the Lord and in his own palace, 12 the Lord appeared to him at night and said: “I have heard your prayer and have chosen this place for myself as a temple for sacrifices. 13 “When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people, 14 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 15 Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place. 16 I have chosen and consecrated this temple so that my Name may be there forever. My eyes and my heart will always be there. 17 “As for you, if you walk before me faithfully as David your father did, and do all I command, and observe my decrees and laws, 18 I will establish your royal throne, as I covenanted with David your father when I said, ‘You shall never fail to have a successor to rule over Israel.’ 19 “But if you[a] turn away and forsake the decrees and commands I have given you[b] and go off to serve other gods and worship them, 20 then I will uproot Israel from my land, which I have given them, and will reject this temple I have consecrated for my Name. I will make it a byword and an object of ridicule among all peoples. 21 This temple will become a heap of rubble. All[c] who pass by will be appalled and say, ‘Why has the Lord done such a thing to this land and to this temple?’ 22 People will answer, ‘Because they have forsaken the Lord, the God of their ancestors, who brought them out of Egypt, and have embraced other gods, worshiping and serving them—that is why he brought all this disaster on them.’”

23 “But if you fail to do this, you will be sinning against the Lord; and you may be sure that your sin will find you out.

I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community, and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live

  • John15: 13
  • 2Corinthians12: 15

13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.

15 So I will very gladly spend for you everything I have and expend myself as well. If I love you more, will you love me less?

We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future

  • Proverbs22: 6

6 Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.

A man is called selfish not for pursuing his own good, but for neglecting his neighbour’s

  • Mark12: 31

31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”

Make every matter of care a matter of prayer

  • 1Peter5: 7

7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

The best way and place to remember people is in prayer’

  • Ephesians6: 18

18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.

The Christian life without prayer is like computer hardware without the software

  • Jeremiah33: 3

3 ‘Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.’

God never asks about our ability or our inability- just our availability

  • 2Chronicles16: 9
  • Jeremiah1: 4-10

9 For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him. You have done a foolish thing, and from now on you will be at war.”

4 The word of the Lord came to me, saying, 5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” 6 “Alas, Sovereign Lord,” I said, “I do not know how to speak; I am too young.” 7 But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am too young.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. 8 Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the Lord. 9 Then the Lord reached out his hand and touched my mouth and said to me, “I have put my words in your mouth. 10 See, today I appoint you over nations and kingdoms to uproot and tear down, to destroy and overthrow, to build and to plant.”

I make it a rule of Christian duty never to go to a place where there is not room for my Master as well as myself

  • 2Corinthians6: 14-15

14 Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? 15 What harmony is there between Christ and Belial[a]? Or what does a believer have in common with an unbeliever?

The right train of thought can take you to a better station in life

  • Proverbs23: 7

7 for he is the kind of person who is always thinking about the cost. “Eat and drink,” he says to you, but his heart is not with you.

The teacher asked the pupils to tell the meaning of loving-kindness. A little boy jumped up and said, “ Well, if I was hungry and someone gave me a piece of bread that would be kindness. But if they put a little jam on it, that would be loving-kindness.

  • Psalm103: 1 - 5

1 Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. 2 Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits— 3 who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, 4 who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, 5 who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

Morality may keep you out of jail, but it takes the blood of Jesus Christ to keep you out of hell

  • Ephesians1: 7

7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace

Only when we have knelt before God, can we stand before men

  • 1Peter5: 6

6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.

It is possible to be too big for God to use you but never too small for God to use you

  • Proverbs29: 23

23 Pride brings a person low, but the lowly in spirit gain honor.

Personality has the power to open doors, but character keeps them open

  • Proverbs10: 30

30 The righteous will never be uprooted, but the wicked will not remain in the land.

Hindsight explains the injury that foresight would have prevented

  • Proverbs4: 6, 12

6 Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you.
12 When you walk, your steps will not be hampered; when you run, you will not stumble.

Pray as if everything depended on God, and work as if everything depended upon man

  • James2: 26

26 As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.

Smart people speak from experience, smarter people from experience, don’t speak

  • Proverbs10: 19

19 Sin is not ended by multiplying words, but the prudent hold their tongues.

People may doubt what you say, but they will always believe what you do

  • Mathew12: 33

33 “Make a tree good and its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad, for a tree is recognized by its fruit.

The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism

  • Proverbs15: 31-32

31 Whoever heeds life-giving correction will be at home among the wise. 32 Those who disregard discipline despise themselves, but the one who heeds correction gains understanding.

Two things are bad for the heart- running up stairs and running down people

  • Ephesians4: 29

29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.

Depend on it, God’s Work done in God’s way will never lack God’s supplies

  • Isaiah1: 19

19 If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the good things of the land;

It’s not how many hours you put in but how much you put into the hours

  • Colosians3: 23-24

23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, 24 since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.

A true friend never gets in your way unless you happen to be going down

  • Colosians3: 23-24

23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, 24 since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving..

Jesus can turn water into wine, but He cannot turn your whining into anything

  • Philipians2: 14

14 Do everything without grumbling or arguing,

Divine instruction leads to divine direction leads to divine connection leads to divine favour

  • Psalm32: 8
  • Isaiah30: 21
  • Psalm119: 105

8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.

21 Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”

105 Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.

Thus sayeth the Lord “ If you do what I ask you to do first, then you will see what I want you to see next “

  • Isaiah1: 19
  • Psalm34: 8
  • Mathew6: 33

19 If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the good things of the land;

8 Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.

33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

For where there is no information, there can be no meditation. Where there is no meditation, there can be no revelation. Where there is no revelation, there can be no application. Where there is no application, there can be no manifestation. And where there is no manifestation, there can be no experience, encounter and fulfilment.

  • Joshua1: 8
  • Psalm1: 1-3
  • Proverbs29: 18

8 Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.

1 Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, 2 but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. 3 That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither— whatever they do prospers.

18 Where there is no revelation, people cast off restraint; but blessed is the one who heeds wisdom’s instruction.

When these possess you, you become extraordinary being: the Spirit of Wisdom, Understanding, Knowledge, Discernment, Counsel, Might, Fear of the Lord, Prudence, Prophecy, Foresight, Insight and Hindsight.

  • Isaiah11: 2-3

2 The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him— the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of might, the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the Lord— 3 and he will delight in the fear of the Lord. He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes, or decide by what he hears with his ears;

Nothing is lost until you have lost your mind

  • Psalm27: 13

13 I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.

Fear and doubt will sink your faith and drown your life, while Faith and Love will sink your doubts and fear, and elevate your life in Christ.

  • 1John4: 18
  • 1Corinthians13: 13

18 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.

13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

The success of a nation or church depends upon how well God’s law is administered

  • Isaiah2: 3
  • 2Chronicles17: 9
  • Nehemiah8: 9

3 Many peoples will come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the temple of the God of Jacob. He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths.” The law will go out from Zion, the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.

9 They taught throughout Judah, taking with them the Book of the Law of the Lord; they went around to all the towns of Judah and taught the people.

9 Then Nehemiah the governor, Ezra the priest and teacher of the Law, and the Levites who were instructing the people said to them all, “This day is holy to the Lord your God. Do not mourn or weep.” For all the people had been weeping as they listened to the words of the Law.

“ Actors speak of things imaginary as if they were real; Preachers speak of things real as if they were imaginary “ TB

  • Mathew13: 3, 13, and 34

3 Then he told them many things in parables, saying: “A farmer went out to sow his seed.
13 This is why I speak to them in parables: “Though seeing, they do not see; though hearing, they do not hear or understand.
34 Jesus spoke all these things to the crowd in parables; he did not say anything to them without using a parable.

“ Preach not because you have to say something, but because you have something to say “ RG

  • Matthew15: 8

8 “‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.

“ One day while a refiner was looking at his gold in the fire, a passer-by asked him how long he kept the gold in the fire. He said, ‘ until it is purified ‘. The passer-by then asked, ‘ How do you know when the gold is purified’. The refiner answered, ‘ I know it is purified when I can see the reflection of my face in it “

  • Zechariah13: 9
  • Isaiah48: 10
  • Psalm66: 10-12

9 This third I will put into the fire; I will refine them like silver and test them like gold. They will call on my name and I will answer them; I will say, ‘They are my people,’ and they will say, ‘The Lord is our God.’”

10 See, I have refined you, though not as silver; I have tested you in the furnace of affliction.

10 For you, God, tested us; you refined us like silver. 11 You brought us into prison and laid burdens on our backs. 12 You let people ride over our heads; we went through fire and water, but you brought us to a place of abundance.

“ I believe that there is no problem that a person has with an evil spirit that is not tied to an inner problem”

  • Joshua7: 10-26
  • 2Chronicles29: 5

10 The Lord said to Joshua, “Stand up! What are you doing down on your face? 11 Israel has sinned; they have violated my covenant, which I commanded them to keep. They have taken some of the devoted things; they have stolen, they have lied, they have put them with their own possessions. 12 That is why the Israelites cannot stand against their enemies; they turn their backs and run because they have been made liable to destruction. I will not be with you anymore unless you destroy whatever among you is devoted to destruction. 13 “Go, consecrate the people. Tell them, ‘Consecrate yourselves in preparation for tomorrow; for this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: There are devoted things among you, Israel. You cannot stand against your enemies until you remove them. 14 “‘In the morning, present yourselves tribe by tribe. The tribe the Lord chooses shall come forward clan by clan; the clan the Lord chooses shall come forward family by family; and the family the Lord chooses shall come forward man by man. 15 Whoever is caught with the devoted things shall be destroyed by fire, along with all that belongs to him. He has violated the covenant of the Lord and has done an outrageous thing in Israel!’” 16 Early the next morning Joshua had Israel come forward by tribes, and Judah was chosen. 17 The clans of Judah came forward, and the Zerahites were chosen. He had the clan of the Zerahites come forward by families, and Zimri was chosen. 18 Joshua had his family come forward man by man, and Achan son of Karmi, the son of Zimri, the son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, was chosen. 19 Then Joshua said to Achan, “My son, give glory to the Lord, the God of Israel, and honor him. Tell me what you have done; do not hide it from me.” 20 Achan replied, “It is true! I have sinned against the Lord, the God of Israel. This is what I have done: 21 When I saw in the plunder a beautiful robe from Babylonia,[a] two hundred shekels[b] of silver and a bar of gold weighing fifty shekels,[c] I coveted them and took them. They are hidden in the ground inside my tent, with the silver underneath.” 22 So Joshua sent messengers, and they ran to the tent, and there it was, hidden in his tent, with the silver underneath. 23 They took the things from the tent, brought them to Joshua and all the Israelites and spread them out before the Lord. 24 Then Joshua, together with all Israel, took Achan son of Zerah, the silver, the robe, the gold bar, his sons and daughters, his cattle, donkeys and sheep, his tent and all that he had, to the Valley of Achor. 25 Joshua said, “Why have you brought this trouble on us? The Lord will bring trouble on you today.” Then all Israel stoned him, and after they had stoned the rest, they burned them. 26 Over Achan they heaped up a large pile of rocks, which remains to this day. Then the Lord turned from his fierce anger. Therefore that place has been called the Valley of Achor[d] ever since.

5 and said: “Listen to me, Levites! Consecrate yourselves now and consecrate the temple of the Lord, the God of your ancestors. Remove all defilement from the sanctuary.

Demons are like rats that feed on garbage. Remove the garbage and the rats are relatively easy to kick out. Individuals, Institutions and nations as a whole can harbour “garbage” that needs to be cleaned up before principalities and powers can be weakened.

A faith that has not been tested is a faith that cannot be trusted

  • 1Peter1: 6-7

6 In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 7 These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.

Without the activities of faith there can be no activation of faith

  • James2: 14, 17

14 What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them?
17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.

There are many brethren that are not standing on the promises of God but on the premises of God

  • Mathew6: 5

5 “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full.

Dead preachers preaching dead words to dead congregation. Therefore where there are dead bodies there is bound to be stench, stale and stink.

  • Revelation3: 1

3 “To the angel of the church in Sardis write: These are the words of him who holds the seven spirits[b] of God and the seven stars. I know your deeds; you have a reputation of being alive, but you are dead.

The heart sees what the eyes cannot see

  • John2: 23-25

23 Now while he was in Jerusalem at the Passover Festival, many people saw the signs he was performing and believed in his name. 24 But Jesus would not entrust himself to them, for he knew all people. 25 He did not need any testimony about mankind, for he knew what was in each person.

Do not judge me for my actions because you don’t know my intentions or reasons

  • Mathew11: 16-19
  • John10: 38
  • 1Corinthians2: 14-15

16 “To what can I compare this generation? They are like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling out to others: 17 “‘We played the pipe for you, and you did not dance; we sang a dirge, and you did not mourn.’ 18 For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon.’ 19 The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’ But wisdom is proved right by her deeds.”

38 But if I do them, even though you do not believe me, believe the works, that you may know and understand that the Father is in me, and I in the Father.”

14 The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit. 15 The person with the Spirit makes judgments about all things, but such a person is not subject to merely human judgments,

When you are in your place you will be in your grace, but when you are out of place you will fall on your face.

  • Esther1
  • Esther2

1 This is what happened during the time of Xerxes,[a] the Xerxes who ruled over 127 provinces stretching from India to Cush[b]: 2 At that time King Xerxes reigned from his royal throne in the citadel of Susa, 3 and in the third year of his reign he gave a banquet for all his nobles and officials. The military leaders of Persia and Media, the princes, and the nobles of the provinces were present. 4 For a full 180 days he displayed the vast wealth of his kingdom and the splendor and glory of his majesty. 5 When these days were over, the king gave a banquet, lasting seven days, in the enclosed garden of the king’s palace, for all the people from the least to the greatest who were in the citadel of Susa. 6 The garden had hangings of white and blue linen, fastened with cords of white linen and purple material to silver rings on marble pillars. There were couches of gold and silver on a mosaic pavement of porphyry, marble, mother-of-pearl and other costly stones. 7 Wine was served in goblets of gold, each one different from the other, and the royal wine was abundant, in keeping with the king’s liberality. 8 By the king’s command each guest was allowed to drink with no restrictions, for the king instructed all the wine stewards to serve each man what he wished. 9 Queen Vashti also gave a banquet for the women in the royal palace of King Xerxes. 10 On the seventh day, when King Xerxes was in high spirits from wine, he commanded the seven eunuchs who served him—Mehuman, Biztha, Harbona, Bigtha, Abagtha, Zethar and Karkas— 11 to bring before him Queen Vashti, wearing her royal crown, in order to display her beauty to the people and nobles, for she was lovely to look at. 12 But when the attendants delivered the king’s command, Queen Vashti refused to come. Then the king became furious and burned with anger. 13 Since it was customary for the king to consult experts in matters of law and justice, he spoke with the wise men who understood the times 14 and were closest to the king—Karshena, Shethar, Admatha, Tarshish, Meres, Marsena and Memukan, the seven nobles of Persia and Media who had special access to the king and were highest in the kingdom. 15 “According to law, what must be done to Queen Vashti?” he asked. “She has not obeyed the command of King Xerxes that the eunuchs have taken to her.” 16 Then Memukan replied in the presence of the king and the nobles, “Queen Vashti has done wrong, not only against the king but also against all the nobles and the peoples of all the provinces of King Xerxes. 17 For the queen’s conduct will become known to all the women, and so they will despise their husbands and say, ‘King Xerxes commanded Queen Vashti to be brought before him, but she would not come.’ 18 This very day the Persian and Median women of the nobility who have heard about the queen’s conduct will respond to all the king’s nobles in the same way. There will be no end of disrespect and discord. 19 “Therefore, if it pleases the king, let him issue a royal decree and let it be written in the laws of Persia and Media, which cannot be repealed, that Vashti is never again to enter the presence of King Xerxes. Also let the king give her royal position to someone else who is better than she. 20 Then when the king’s edict is proclaimed throughout all his vast realm, all the women will respect their husbands, from the least to the greatest.” 21 The king and his nobles were pleased with this advice, so the king did as Memukan proposed. 22 He sent dispatches to all parts of the kingdom, to each province in its own script and to each people in their own language, proclaiming that every man should be ruler over his own household, using his native tongue.

2 Later when King Xerxes’ fury had subsided, he remembered Vashti and what she had done and what he had decreed about her. 2 Then the king’s personal attendants proposed, “Let a search be made for beautiful young virgins for the king. 3 Let the king appoint commissioners in every province of his realm to bring all these beautiful young women into the harem at the citadel of Susa. Let them be placed under the care of Hegai, the king’s eunuch, who is in charge of the women; and let beauty treatments be given to them. 4 Then let the young woman who pleases the king be queen instead of Vashti.” This advice appealed to the king, and he followed it. 5 Now there was in the citadel of Susa a Jew of the tribe of Benjamin, named Mordecai son of Jair, the son of Shimei, the son of Kish, 6 who had been carried into exile from Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, among those taken captive with Jehoiachin[a] king of Judah. 7 Mordecai had a cousin named Hadassah, whom he had brought up because she had neither father nor mother. This young woman, who was also known as Esther, had a lovely figure and was beautiful. Mordecai had taken her as his own daughter when her father and mother died. 8 When the king’s order and edict had been proclaimed, many young women were brought to the citadel of Susa and put under the care of Hegai. Esther also was taken to the king’s palace and entrusted to Hegai, who had charge of the harem. 9 She pleased him and won his favor. Immediately he provided her with her beauty treatments and special food. He assigned to her seven female attendants selected from the king’s palace and moved her and her attendants into the best place in the harem. 10 Esther had not revealed her nationality and family background, because Mordecai had forbidden her to do so. 11 Every day he walked back and forth near the courtyard of the harem to find out how Esther was and what was happening to her. 12 Before a young woman’s turn came to go in to King Xerxes, she had to complete twelve months of beauty treatments prescribed for the women, six months with oil of myrrh and six with perfumes and cosmetics. 13 And this is how she would go to the king: Anything she wanted was given her to take with her from the harem to the king’s palace. 14 In the evening she would go there and in the morning return to another part of the harem to the care of Shaashgaz, the king’s eunuch who was in charge of the concubines. She would not return to the king unless he was pleased with her and summoned her by name. 15 When the turn came for Esther (the young woman Mordecai had adopted, the daughter of his uncle Abihail) to go to the king, she asked for nothing other than what Hegai, the king’s eunuch who was in charge of the harem, suggested. And Esther won the favor of everyone who saw her. 16 She was taken to King Xerxes in the royal residence in the tenth month, the month of Tebeth, in the seventh year of his reign. 17 Now the king was attracted to Esther more than to any of the other women, and she won his favor and approval more than any of the other virgins. So he set a royal crown on her head and made her queen instead of Vashti. 18 And the king gave a great banquet, Esther’s banquet, for all his nobles and officials. He proclaimed a holiday throughout the provinces and distributed gifts with royal liberality. Mordecai Uncovers a Conspiracy 19 When the virgins were assembled a second time, Mordecai was sitting at the king’s gate. 20 But Esther had kept secret her family background and nationality just as Mordecai had told her to do, for she continued to follow Mordecai’s instructions as she had done when he was bringing her up. 21 During the time Mordecai was sitting at the king’s gate, Bigthana[b] and Teresh, two of the king’s officers who guarded the doorway, became angry and conspired to assassinate King Xerxes. 22 But Mordecai found out about the plot and told Queen Esther, who in turn reported it to the king, giving credit to Mordecai. 23 And when the report was investigated and found to be true, the two officials were impaled on poles. All this was recorded in the book of the annals in the presence of the king.

If you don’t decide to make hay while the sun is shining, the sun might refuse to shine when you decide to make hay.

  • Proverbs1: 20-33
  • Isaiah55: 6-7

20 Out in the open wisdom calls aloud, she raises her voice in the public square; 21 on top of the wall[a] she cries out, at the city gate she makes her speech: 22 “How long will you who are simple love your simple ways? How long will mockers delight in mockery and fools hate knowledge? 23 Repent at my rebuke! Then I will pour out my thoughts to you, I will make known to you my teachings. 24 But since you refuse to listen when I call and no one pays attention when I stretch out my hand, 25 since you disregard all my advice and do not accept my rebuke, 26 I in turn will laugh when disaster strikes you; I will mock when calamity overtakes you— 27 when calamity overtakes you like a storm, when disaster sweeps over you like a whirlwind, when distress and trouble overwhelm you. 28 “Then they will call to me but I will not answer; they will look for me but will not find me, 29 since they hated knowledge and did not choose to fear the Lord. 30 Since they would not accept my advice and spurned my rebuke, 31 they will eat the fruit of their ways and be filled with the fruit of their schemes. 32 For the waywardness of the simple will kill them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them; 33 but whoever listens to me will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm.”

6 Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near. 7 Let the wicked forsake their ways and the unrighteous their thoughts. Let them turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on them, and to our God, for he will freely pardon.

Give me a fish today and I will be full for today, but teach me how to fish I will be full for as long as I can and want to fish.

  • Hebrews5: 11-14

11 We have much to say about this, but it is hard to make it clear to you because you no longer try to understand. 12 In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again. You need milk, not solid food! 13 Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. 14 But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.