Sunday, October 30, 2016

I BELIEVE

I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.
I believe that Jesus voluntarily consented to come into this world to be a holy, living example for all people to follow and be as He was in this world.
I believe that Jesus gave Himself to be a perfect sacrifice for the remission of my sins.
I believe that by faith in Jesus Christ and obedience to His commandments we can be delivered from the power of all our sins to live a holy life.
I believe that faith is a gift of God and by this faith we hear the voice of God calling us to be holy as He is holy.
I believe that by faith we receive grace; by grace we repent and obey; by grace we resist temptation and by grace we live holy.
I believe that by faith and grace we receive the gift of salvation and that salvation is deliverance from the power and bondage of all sin.
I believe that by faith and love we will do the works of faith, which is humble obedience.
I believe that Jesus loved us while we were still in bondage to our sins.
I believe that because Jesus first loved us, we are given the privilege of receiving His love into our heart.
I believe the love of God is powerful enough to reconcile us to Jesus and our Heavenly Father.
I believe that when we love Him with all our heart, soul and strength we will keep His commandments.
I believe that when we faithfully keep the commandments of God, He is faithful and just to reward us with eternal life and all the provisions for joy and happiness.
I believe that we, as the children of God, have power over all the power of Satan.
I believe that by faith, grace and obedience we can ask the Father in the name of Jesus for anything we need and He will give it to us.
I believe that we are called to love others as God and His Son Jesus has loved us.
I believe that love is the supreme law and by love for God and for one another, we become the perfected witnesses of the power of God for the glory of God.
I believe that when we repent of all our sins we are forgiven and justified before God, receiving the mind of Christ which is the desire to always please God.
I believe that when we receive the mind of Christ we will walk in the light of truth as it is revealed to us.
I believe that God is faithful to reveal to the new born child of God that there is, present in the heart of every man, a carnal nature (the root of corruption) which resists obedience.
I believe that a humble and obedient child of God will ask God to take away their carnal nature which hinders obedience.
I believe that God will give the Holy Spirit to them who ask, believe and obey.
I believe that through sanctification, the infilling of the Holy Spirit, the child of God can live a consistent holy life and be presented blameless before God at the Judgment.
I believe that the child of God who is full of faith and the Holy Spirit will see the manifestations of the power of God to heal the sick, raise the dead and share these Words of Truth.
I believe that what I believe is the clear teaching of the New Testament, the gospel of Jesus Christ.
I believe that if you believe what I believe you will understand what I have written.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

SOLOMON OR SIMON

James 4:3, “Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.”

What is the Holy Spirit teaching us by these words which James wrote? Many people pray and ask God for things which they do not receive. The Holy Spirit said that the reason they don't get an answer is because they ask amiss. So, how then did they ask amiss? The answer is given to us: They would receive the blessing and consume it upon their own lust. What does that mean? Let me put in modern day language. Have you ever heard someone say, in response to someone being bragged about, that they “eat it up”? In other words, the person being praised really enjoyed getting the praise. They ate it up. They consumed it upon their own lust.

If God sees that you will not give Him the glory and honor and praise for His blessings and answers to your prayers, He will withhold the blessings. He will not give His glory and honor to earthly men.

John 7:16-18
16 Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me.
17 If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.
18 He that speaketh of himself seeketh his own glory: but he that seeketh his glory that sent him, the same is true, and no unrighteousness is in him.

Jesus gave all the glory and honor to His Heavenly Father. He did not come speaking His own words, but rather the words of Him who sent Him. If I preach to you my own ideas, then God will not bless it; but if I preach the words of Him who called me to preach then He will put His blessing on it. And I will give Him all the praise.

Now let us consider some Bible examples.

Solomon's greatest desire was to please God.
Simon's greatest desire was to possess power.
What is your greatest, motivating desire?
Do you seek to have the power of God in your life for your own approval and honor; or, do you seek to humbly serve the Lord and always be obedient and faithful in keeping His commands?

To whom does God give power? Is it to those who seek power; or, to those who worship and honor God with their faithful service.

Satan will tempt the justified and sanctified child of God to desire the manifestation of power in their life for the purpose of gaining people's respect and admiration. This is evil and selfish.

The sanctified child of God must not allow pride to be the motivation for any part of his service to God and for the Kingdom of God.

Acts 8:4-8
4 Therefore they that were scattered abroad went every where preaching the word.
5 Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ unto them.
6 And the people with one accord gave heed unto those things which Philip spake, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did.
7 For unclean spirits, crying with loud voice, came out of many that were possessed with them: and many taken with palsies, and that were lame, were healed.
8 And there was great joy in that city.

Philip was a minister of God who was full of the Holy Ghost. He came into Samaria preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ. The Lord put His approval upon his ministry and worked many miracles using Philip. God used Philip because Philip was useful for the glory of God. Philip was holy, humble, full of faith and consecrated to do the work of preaching the gospel. Philip was not seeking his own glory or honor. He exalted Jesus Christ in every way.

But, there was another man called Simon:

Acts 8:9-23
9 But there was a certain man, called Simon, which beforetime in the same city used sorcery, and bewitched the people of Samaria, giving out that himself was some great one:
10 To whom they all gave heed, from the least to the greatest, saying, This man is the great power of God.
11 And to him they had regard, because that of long time he had bewitched them with sorceries.
12 But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.
13 Then Simon himself believed also: and when he was baptized, he continued with Philip, and wondered, beholding the miracles and signs which were done.
14 Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John:
15 Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost:
16 (For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.)
17 Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost.
18 And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles' hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money,
19 Saying, Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost.
20 But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money.
21 Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter: for thy heart is not right in the sight of God.
22 Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee.
23 For I perceive that thou art in the gall of bitterness, and in the bond of iniquity.

Simon appeared to have repented and accepted the message of Jesus Christ. Philip would not have carelessly baptized a sinner. God's ministers do not knowingly baptize sinners. Philip accepted Simon as a disciple of Jesus Christ, until the motives and attitudes of Simon's heart were revealed by his own request for power. Are you asking God for power; or, is your earnest prayer to live a holy and humble life for the single purpose of glorifying Jesus Christ? If the motive of your heart is evil, you will receive a curse, not a blessing.

Consider the example of Solomon:

1 Kings 3:1-5
1 And Solomon made affinity with Pharaoh king of Egypt, and took Pharaoh's daughter, and brought her into the city of David, until he had made an end of building his own house, and the house of the Lord, and the wall of Jerusalem round about.
2 Only the people sacrificed in high places, because there was no house built unto the name of the Lord, until those days.
3 And Solomon loved the Lord, walking in the statutes of David his father: only he sacrificed and burnt incense in high places.
4 And the king went to Gibeon to sacrifice there; for that was the great high place: a thousand burnt offerings did Solomon offer upon that altar.
5 In Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night: and God said, Ask what I shall give thee.

Resist the temptation to judge Solomon for his errors. We do not know all the things that God knew and saw in Solomon. The Holy Bible tells us at this point in time, “Solomon loved the Lord.” For this reason God intended to give Solomon a blessing. “Ask what I shall give thee.”

1 Kings 3:6-10
6 And Solomon said, Thou hast shewed unto thy servant David my father great mercy, according as he walked before thee in truth, and in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart with thee; and thou hast kept for him this great kindness, that thou hast given him a son to sit on his throne, as it is this day.
7 And now, O Lord my God, thou hast made thy servant king instead of David my father: and I am but a little child: I know not how to go out or come in.
8 And thy servant is in the midst of thy people which thou hast chosen, a great people, that cannot be numbered nor counted for multitude.
9 Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people?
10 And the speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing.

Solomon did not ask for power to rule over the whole world. He did not ask for riches and honor. He asked God to give him an understanding heart and the gift of discernment. This pleased the Lord.

1 Kings 3:11-14
11 And God said unto him, Because thou hast asked this thing, and hast not asked for thyself long life; neither hast asked riches for thyself, nor hast asked the life of thine enemies; but hast asked for thyself understanding to discern judgment;
12 Behold, I have done according to thy words: lo, I have given thee a wise and an understanding heart; so that there was none like thee before thee, neither after thee shall any arise like unto thee.
13 And I have also given thee that which thou hast not asked, both riches, and honour: so that there shall not be any among the kings like unto thee all thy days.
14 And if thou wilt walk in my ways, to keep my statutes and my commandments, as thy father David did walk, then I will lengthen thy days.

The manifestation of God's power in a sanctified life is established upon holiness, a life free from sin. It is established upon the attitude and actions of a humble heart. It is shown through the servant of God who gives God all the glory and honor and desires none for his own glory.

We must be as our Lord Jesus Christ who always did those things that pleased His Heavenly Father. He turned temptation into victory by always looking to His Father to help Him.

Jesus Christ was tempted in all points such as we are tempted. He suffered all these temptations and did not commit sin. He is our example. We must not allow ourselves to fall into Satan's temptations to be motivated by the fleshly and carnal desire to have POWER, PROTECTION, and PRIDE.

Matthew 4:1-4
1 Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.
2 And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred.
3 And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. [Temptation for POWER]
4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

Satan tempted Jesus to show His POWER. Power is not given to the child of God to show. It is given to glorify God and to help meet the needs of others. The child of God must serve the Lord because it is his duty; not to bring attention to himself, but to exalt the righteousness of God and His Son Jesus Christ.

Matthew 4:5-7
5 Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple,
6 And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: [Temptation for PROTECTION] and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.
7 Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.

Satan tempted Jesus to show His special relationship with God by intentionally endangering himself to make God PROTECT him from injury. It is foolish pride to intentionally act carelessly in expectation of God's protection. You should never have the attitude or act upon the thought of making God do anything. You must be obedient in your humble service to God and leave the rewards to Him. We must be like Job who spoke wisely: Job 13:15-16, “Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him. He also shall be my salvation: for an hypocrite shall not come before him.”

Matthew 4:8-11
8 Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory [Temptation for PRIDE] of them;
9 And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.
10 Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.
11 Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.

PRIDE is when you receive to your own reputation the glory which belongs only to God. You brought nothing into this world; and, you will take nothing out of the world when you depart. Every good thing you have is a direct or indirect gift from God.

1 Corinthians 4:7, “For who maketh thee to differ from another? and what hast thou that thou didst not receive? now if thou didst receive it, why dost thou glory, as if thou hadst not received it?”

Considering your attitudes and motivation, who can you identify with, Solomon or Simon?
Are you asking God to manifest His power in your life for your glory or for His glory?
Please accept this counsel: Don't ask for power!!! Ask for wisdom and discernment. Ask for grace to always do those things that please Jesus. Live holy and humble and let God decide how He will bless you.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Divine Healing of Cara Elizabeth

Sister Francis Sterling has been sharing copies of the testimony of Cara Elizabeth's divine healing.  I thought perhaps some may have missed it when it was posted previously.  So here it is again for the encouragement of your faith; because, our God and our Lord Jesus Christ have not changed.  It is still the will of God to heal His children.  

Posted on the Blog: Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Divine Healing of Cara Elizabeth!
THE DAY GOD GAVE MY UNBORN BABY LEGS
By Melissa Osgood

On January 14th 2004, my life was changed forever. At this time, being over 40 weeks pregnant, I was to report to the hospital to have my labor induced. I arrived there at about 7:00 pm. When I got there, they proceeded with the normal type of exams, to make sure that the baby was ready. Then, they decided to perform a sonogram to make sure the baby was rightly positioned. The doctor came in and started to measure the size of the baby’s head and its length to ensure that the baby was fully developed and ready to be delivered. This is when the problems began to arise.

When the doctor tried to measure the baby’s length from the head to the leg, he couldn’t find the leg on one side and only up to the knee on the other side. Even though the doctor was careful not to say anything to cause me any alarm, his quickly growing tension was obvious. He repeatedly scanned with the sonogram wand, pressing as hard as he could, hoping to find what wasn’t there. After about 30-45 minutes, he gave up in frustration, quickly put the scanner down and called the nurse. As he was wiping off the imaging gel, he threw the towels down and whispered to the nurse that he couldn’t find the baby’s femur and rushed out of the room.

Sis. Trinity was with me, as she is studying midwifery. She had been keeping close tabs on me for about 4 months or so. She has been to school for midwifery and knows a lot about it. She also saw the sonogram monitor and she didn’t see the legs either. The nurse finished cleaning me up and left the room for about 45 minutes. All the while they made no attempt to explain to me what was going on. Sis. Trinity and I related to one another how crazy they seemed to be acting and how serious the situation must be.

Finally, the nurse came back into the room and told me to get up and get dressed. She said that they weren’t going to induce the labor as the doctor had referred me to the high risk O.B. physician. The high risk doctor was to perform an ultra sound scan which is much clearer than a sonogram. I got up and dressed, horrified, knowing my baby’s legs were not there. Sis. Trinity hadn’t seen them as well as the doctor.

It was a Wednesday night, so on the way home I asked Sis. Trinity to stop by the church to get my mother. I wasn’t saved at this time, but I knew she could pray. When we got to the church, Sis. Trinity went in and got Mom, while I stayed in the car. My Mom came out, very upset, as she could see by Trinity’s tear-stained face that something was seriously wrong. Mom asked me what was going on, so I told her what happened, how the doctor was unable to find the baby’s legs. They simply weren’t there. Mom asked me if I wanted Bro. Storts to anoint and pray for me and the baby. I told her that I did. So she and Trinity went back inside and told the saints what was going on.

Then, she and Bro. Storts, along with some of the other saints, came out to the car. Bro. Storts anointed me and prayed, asking God to put legs on my baby and to use this to deal with my heart. Different saints came by the car to let me know they were praying for me and that they loved me. One of the saints that stuck out in my mind particularly was Sis. Krista Allison. She had been through some similar situations. She came up to me and said, “Don’t tie God’s hands! Don’t tie God’s hands! He can do this if you don’t tie His hands!” She then told me that she was going to call some of the saints in Oklahoma because they would be up all night praying anyway.

I went home thinking about what she had told me. I knew that I did have God’s hands tied. He wanted to show me His goodness, but my sins were preventing Him. I went home for a while and talked some things over with my mother. Then, I decided to go back to Bro. Storts’ house to have him pray with me for salvation, as I was very much ready to get saved.

After I prayed for my salvation, Bro. and Sis. Storts asked me some questions, like, if I knew God was a creator, and if I believed God would heal my baby and put legs on it, and if God chose not to heal my baby how it would affect me. I felt that God wouldn’t put more on me than I could bear. I knew He would heal my baby. He created the whole world. Legs would be nothing for Him to create. They were talking to me about some other things, but I can’t recall what they were. Something else had taken my attention, something wonderful, something that I hadn’t felt the whole 40 plus weeks! The baby was kicking me in my ribs over and over!

I held on to that, knowing that God had put legs on my baby. I went home and slept ever so peacefully. I got up early the next morning and went to the high risk OB for the ultra-sound. Bro. and Sis. Storts met me up there in the waiting room. They waited and prayed for me while I had the ultra-sound. The doctor told me that he would induce labor at 7:00 a.m. the 16th of January, as the baby was fully developed and looked very healthy. I came out and told the Storts’ what the doctor had said and we rejoiced, thanking God for His blessing right in the waiting room. The next day at 7:00 a.m. I went to the hospital with Sis. Trinity and at 3:55 p.m. I gave birth to a completely healthy, fully developed, 6 pound 4 ounce baby girl named Cara Elizabeth.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

ARE YOU HAPPY?

The children of God are a happy people. We have God as our Father who loves us and has provided for all things which we need. It is not so with sinners. They have some pleasure for a season, but their pleasure does not produce true and real happiness.

King Solomon said in Proverbs 13:15 ...the way of transgressors is hard. Their sins bring hardship, contention, strife, division and all manner of covetousness and evil.

Jesus said in John 13:17 If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.

What things was Jesus talking about that will make us happy? He was speaking of knowing the truth and the righteous judgments of God. If we know these things and do them, we will be happy. It is a bad reflection upon our experience of salvation if we are not a happy people.

Job 5:17
Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty:

Obedience to good principles will always make us happy. It is good to have a clear conscience void of offense toward all whom we associate. Obedient children make happy parents and happy parents like to do good things for their obedient children. But those who disobey and rebel against God, not keeping His commandments and laws, bring destruction upon themselves.

Psalms 144:15
"Happy is that people, that is in such a case: yea, happy is that people, whose God is the Lord."

Amen!!! God's people are a happy people. They have a joy that the world and the prince of this world cannot take away. When you say no to temptation and you gain the victory in your test and trial, you will be happy that you have won that victory. The Lord will bless you for your victory and His blessing will increase your happiness.

Psalms 146:5-9
5 Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the Lord his God:
6 Which made heaven, and earth, the sea, and all that therein is: which keepeth truth for ever:
7 Which executeth judgment for the oppressed: which giveth food to the hungry. The Lord looseth the prisoners:
8 The Lord openeth the eyes of the blind: the Lord raiseth them that are bowed down: the Lord loveth the righteous:
9 The Lord preserveth the strangers; he relieveth the fatherless and widow: but the way of the wicked he turneth upside down.

I know that my God is a mighty God. He is able to do all that He has promised. He is able to help me and bless me above what I can imagine. He answers when I call and sometimes before I call. He is there to protect me before I even know that I am in danger.

Proverbs 3:12-18
12 For whom the Lord loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.
13 Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding.
14 For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold.
15 She is more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her.
16 Length of days is in her right hand; and in her left hand riches and honour.
17 Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.
18 She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy is every one that retaineth her.

If a father loves his child, he will correct him when he does wrong. Correction will produce happiness and a peaceful environment. If a parent does not correct his errant child, the Bible says that the parent hates the child. Self-love will cause people to refrain from correction in the hope that they will gain the favor of the errant person. The errant person will come to hate you when they know that you knew to correct them and you did not help them correct their errors.

Proverbs 16:20
He that handleth a matter wisely shall find good: and whoso trusteth in the Lord, happy is he.

God gives us knowledge and wisdom. When we use knowledge wisely, it will produce happiness. All of God's ways make for peace and happiness.

Proverbs 29:18
Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.

Do you have a vision of God doing good things in your life? If not, is it because you know that you have disobeyed God and are not worthy of His blessings. If so, you should repent and turn from all your sins. Do that which is lawful and good and God will bless you and you will be happy.

Romans 14:22,
Hast thou faith? have it to thyself before God. Happy is he that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth.

Above all things we need to have confidence in our own integrity and obedience. If our heart condemns us, how can we be happy?  But if our heart is clean and pure before God, then we will be happy with the Lord.

1 Peter 3:12-17
12 For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.
13 And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good?
14 But and if ye suffer for righteousness' sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled;
15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:
16 Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ.
17 For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing.

Yes, because of grace, we can have happiness in our heart even when we are persecuted. No man can rob us of our joy and happiness if we know that we are doing the will of God.

Self Control vs. Incontinence

Incontinence is the very opposite of self-control. Incontinence is either the voluntary or involuntary failure to control the appetites or functions of the body including the restraint of sexual appetite.

Incontinent NT:193 GREEK akrates (ak-rat'-ace); from NT:1 (as a negative particle) and NT:2904; powerless, i.e. without self-control: KJV - incontinent.

Webster Dictionary Definition of “incontinent”: quality or state of being incontinent: as afailure to restrain sexual appetite unchastity b :  inability of the body to control the evacuative functions of urination or defecation
Just as there is a right ditch and a left ditch on every road there is also a compromise and a fanaticism on every spiritual issue. I want you to note that self-control is not the same as abstinence.

For example: incontinent is when you give in to eating the whole cake. Abstinence is when you eat no cake. Self-control and temperance is when you can eat one reasonable sized piece of cake and you are satisfied. Abstinence is not the remedy for incontinence. Self-control is the correct remedy.

2 Timothy 3:1-7
1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,
7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

A person who cannot fast because they cannot control their desire to eat is incontinent. A person who cannot control their spirit is incontinent. A person who is affected by an involuntary incontinence needs to be divinely healed of that weak condition. Slow down, control your thinking and meditate on what I am sharing with you.

1 Corinthians 7:8-9
8 I say therefore to the unmarried and widows, It is good for them if they abide even as I.
9 But if they cannot contain, let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn.

CONTAIN: NT:1467 GREEK egkrateuomai (eng-krat-yoo'-om-ahee); middle voice from NT:1468; to exercise self-restraint (in diet and chastity):
KJV - can ([-not]) contain, be temperate.

BURN: NT:4448 GREEK puroo (poo-ro'-o); from NT:4442; to kindle, i.e. (passively) to be ignited, glow (literally), be refined (by implication), or (figuratively) to be inflamed (with anger, grief, lust):
KJV - burn, fiery, be on fire, try.
1 Corinthians 9:24-27
24 Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.
25 And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.
26 I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air:
27 But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.

Paul exercised self-control over his fleshly body and its desires on a daily basis. He brought his body into submission to the interest of his spiritual will.

1 Corinthians 7:2-5
2 Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband.
3 Let the husband render unto the wife due benevolence: and likewise also the wife unto the husband.
4 The wife hath not power of her own body, but the husband: and likewise also the husband hath not power of his own body, but the wife.
5 Defraud ye not one the other, except it be with consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again, that Satan tempt you not for your incontinency.

To defraud someone is to hold back from another person something that is rightfully theirs.
Fasting is a form of temperance. However, when a married couple chooses to fast, it must be with the consent of the other person, if the fast involves a lengthy abstinence from the sexual relationship.

Titus 1:7-9
7 For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not selfwilled, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre;
8 But a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate;
9 Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.

Temperance is equal to self-control. Self-control is an important virtue which is a vital part of our Christian testimony. If you are void of temperance and self-control then you are not saved. If you struggle with temperance and self-control, then you need to be sanctified and filled with the Holy Spirit so that you do not need to be at war with your inward man.

Titus 2:1-2
1 But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine:
2 That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience.

Proverbs 23:1-8
1 When thou sittest to eat with a ruler, consider diligently what is before thee:
2 And put a knife to thy throat, if thou be a man given to appetite.
3 Be not desirous of his dainties: for they are deceitful meat.
4 Labour not to be rich: cease from thine own wisdom.
5 Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not? for riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven.
6 Eat thou not the bread of him that hath an evil eye, neither desire thou his dainty meats:
7 For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee.
8 The morsel which thou hast eaten shalt thou vomit up, and lose thy sweet words.

Don't be fooled by deceitful riches, bribes or flattery. Don't think your enemy means well when he speaks friendly to you. He is what he is in his heart, not what his words say. A person who is given to indulgence for food can become so interested and pleased with the taste of food that he does not consider the spiritual danger and warfare he is in. His pleasure in satisfying his sense of taste can lead him into a snare for his soul. This is incontinence.

Consider the error of Esau.

Hebrews 12:15-17
15 Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled;
16 Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright.
17 For ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears.

Don't be like Esau in pleasing and satisfying the flesh at the expense of losing your inheritance. The promises of God are the inheritance of the saints. We can lose our inheritance, divine healing, faith and gifts of the Spirit because we have given in to the flesh and become spiritually incontinent.

If you can not fast because of some physical infirmity, then you need to call for the elders of the church and have them anoint you with oil and pray the prayer of faith so that you can be healed. Divine healing is still part of the gospel of Jesus Christ and His promise to the children of God.



Saturday, October 15, 2016

THE WORDS OF TRUTH

UNDERSTANDING GOD'S MESSAGE

The English language, as it is so with all languages, is the communication of thoughts and feelings through a system of arbitrary signals, such as voice sounds, gestures, or written symbols. By the use of words we can understand a message that is sent from one person to another. However, understanding is dependent upon the correct definition that reflects the full truth of what the message means. If the meaning of the words used is not clearly understood, then the message will be distorted. If one cannot understand the language of the message then there can be no communication between the two parties. It is imperative that we study the definition of words so that we can understand the message.
2 Timothy 2:14-19
14 Of these things put them in remembrance, charging them before the Lord that they strive not about words to no profit, but to the subverting of the hearers.
15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
16 But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.
17 And their word will eat as doth a canker: of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus;
18 Who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is past already; and overthrow the faith of some.
19 Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.

The following alphabetized list of words are provided with their Webster Dictionary definition followed by applicable scriptures.  It is important that every Christian understand the meaning and usage of these words. 

CONTRITE
Broken down in spirit with grief and penitence for sin, humbly and thoroughly penitent.
The word penitent means “One who repents of sin.”
Psalms 34:18,The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.”
Isaiah 57:15, “For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.”
Before a person can be born again, justified and acceptable before God and Jesus Christ, he must first know the heart condition of sincere, humble contrition which leads to repentance.

DISOBEDIENCE
Neglect or refusal to obey. Omitting to do what is commanded; or, doing what is prohibited.
This definition includes the possession of knowledge of a command or prohibition.
Ephesians 2:2-3
2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
Hebrews 2:2-3
2 For if the word spoken by angels was stedfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompence of reward;
3 How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him;

GRACE
This is the divine favor and power of God, unmerited by man. A free gift from God to man for his regeneration or sanctification. It is the divine influence of God upon the heart of man and its outward reflection in the virtuous conduct of a man.
John 1:15-17
15 John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me.
16 And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace.
17 For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.
Romans 5:1-2
1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
Romans 5:19-21
19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
20 Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:
21 That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.
Galatians 5:1-7
1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.
2 Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing.
3 For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law.
4 Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.
5 For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith.
6 For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth anything, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.
7 Ye did run well; who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth?
2 Peter 3:17-18
17 Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness.
18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.

HOLY
Set apart to the service or worship of God. Spiritually whole, sound, or perfect; of unimpaired innocence or proved virtue; free from sinful affections; pure in heart; godly; pious; acceptable to God.
Jude 20-25
20 But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,
21 Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.
22 And of some have compassion, making a difference:
23 And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.
24 Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,
25 To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.
Revelation 18:20, “20 Rejoice over her, thou heaven, and ye holy apostles and prophets; for God hath avenged you on her.”
2 Peter 1:20-21
20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.
21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.
1 Peter 1:13-16
13 Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;
14 As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance:
15 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;
16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.

INIQUITY
Absence of, or deviation from, just dealing; want of uprightness; gross injustice; wickedness
Iniquity is synonymous with sin.
Isaiah 59:1-2
1 Behold, the Lord's hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear:
2 But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.
Romans 4:7-8
7 Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered.
8 Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.
Hebrews 10:16-22
16 This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them;
17 And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.
18 Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin.
19 Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus,
20 By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;
21 And having an high priest over the house of God;
22 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.

JUSTIFICATION
The act, state or process of being justified by God.
God is the justifier, the one who vindicates or absolves the person from the guilt, penalty and power of sin. We, who have repented with godly sorrow, are the justified. To justify is to accept and receive as just or righteous those who respond to Christ in wholehearted faith, or to make them righteous by infusing grace into them.
Romans 1:16-19
16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.
18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;
19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.
Romans 2:13, “For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.”
Romans 3:21-26
21 But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets;
22 Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:
23 For all have sinned [at some time in the past], and come short of the glory of God;
24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:
25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;
26 To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.
1 John 1:6-10
6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:
7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
8 If we say that we have no sin [at some time in the past], we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
10 If we say that we have not sinned [at some time in the past], we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
Hebrews 12:23
23 To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,

OBEDIENCE
The act or fact of obeying, or state of being obedient; compliance with that which is required by authority; subjection to righteous restraint.
The obedience which meets God approval is a voluntary willingness to submit to the righteous principles of God.
1 Samuel 15:22-23
22 And Samuel said, Hath the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.
23 For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the Lord, he hath also rejected thee from being king.
Romans 6:16-18
16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?
17 But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.
18 Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.

REPENTANCE
To repent is to amend or resolve to amend one's life as a result of contrition for one's sins. This is the act of repenting or the state of being penitent, specifically the contrition for sins with amendment of life. God is not obligated by any righteous principle to forgive except a person first repent of his sins.
Matthew 3:1-2
1 In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea,
2 And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
Matthew 4:17, “From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”
Acts 2:37-39
37 Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?
38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.
Acts 3:19, “Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out.”
Revelation 2:5, “Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.”

SANCTIFICATION
The act of sanctifying or state of being sanctified; the act or process of God's grace for which the affections of men are purified, or alienated from sin, and exalted to a supreme love to God and righteousness. The sinner is in need of regeneration and justification to be approved of God. It is the will of God that the new convert also be sanctified by the indwelling grace of the Holy Spirit. Regeneration and Sanctification are separate, distinct, instantaneous works of grace. In justification we receive the mind of Christ to love and obey the commandments of God. In sanctification we receive the indwelling Holy Spirit to preserve and keep us from falling from grace. A sinner is an unholy and unclean vessel. The Holy Spirit will not enter an unclean heart. Therefore, a sinner cannot receive the Holy Spirit. He must first be cleansed and taught to ask for the blessing of sanctification.
John 14:16-17
16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;
17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.
Acts 1:8, “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.”
Acts 8:14-17
14 Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John:
15 Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost:
16 (For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.)
17 Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost.
John 17:15-17
15 I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.
16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
1 Thessalonians 5:18-24
18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
19 Quench not the Spirit.
20 Despise not prophesyings.
21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.
22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.
23 And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
24 Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.

SIN
To depart voluntarily from the path of duty viewed as the will or law of God; to violate the divine law in any particular, by actual transgression or by the neglect or non-observance of its injunctions. The sin which separates a person from God is always a willful, voluntary and intentional act of disobedience. Sin and iniquity have the same meaning and interpretation.
Romans 6:22-23
22 But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.
23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Romans 6:11-16
11 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.
12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.
13 Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.
14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.
15 What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.
16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?
John 8:34, “Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.”
1 Corinthians 15:34, “Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame.”
1 Timothy 5:19-20
19 Against an elder receive not an accusation, but before two or three witnesses.
20 Them that sin rebuke before all, that others also may fear.
Hebrews 10:26-27
26 For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,
27 But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.
James 1:14-16
14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.
15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.
16 Do not err, my beloved brethren.
1 John 3:4-9
4 Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.
5 And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.
6 Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him.
7 Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.
8 He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.
9 Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.
1 John 5:16-18
16 If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for it.
17 All unrighteousness is sin: and there is a sin not unto death.
18 We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not.

TRANSGRESSION
An act of transgressing; trespass; sin; a violation of a command, a law or one's duty; to go beyond a set limit, to pass over limits, boundaries.
If a transgression is committed willfully and intentionally, then that transgression is charged or imputed as sin to the offender. If a transgression is done without knowledge and understanding, the offender must be corrected but not condemned.
Matthew 18:15-17
15 Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother.
16 But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.
17 And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican.
Matthew 6:14-15
14 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:
15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
2 Corinthians 5:19-20
19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.
20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God.
Ephesians 2:1-2
1 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;
2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
Colossians 2:13, “And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;”

UNITY
The state of being one; oneness; singleness; being united into one body. The carnal nature of man will at some point in time cause an unrighteous division in the body. Sanctification, which is the infilling of the Holy Spirit, is the cure for the carnal nature. A sanctified person is able, by the grace of God, to fulfill his place in the body without causing hurt to the other members of he body. Sanctification is therefore an essential prerequisite for marriage. It is also necessary for the sweet fellowship of the saints.
1 Corinthains 1:10, “Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.”
Romans 16:17, “Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.”
Romans 12:4-5
4 For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office:
5 So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.
1 Corinthians 10:17, “For we being many are one bread, and one body: for we are all partakers of that one bread.”
1 Corinthians 12:12-14
12 For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.
13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.
14 For the body is not one member, but many.
Ephesians 4:1-6
1 I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,
2 With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;
3 Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
4 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;
5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism,
6 One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.
Colossians 3:15
15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.

WISDOM
The quality of being wise; ability to judge soundly and deal sagaciously (i.e. quick or keen in sense perception) with facts, as they relate to life and conduct. Wisdom is knowledge with the capacity to make good and righteous use of it; perception of the best ends and the best means.
James 3:13-18
13 Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.
14 But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth.
15 This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.
16 For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.
17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.
18 And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.
James 1:5, “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.”
1 Corinthians 3:18-20
18 Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise.
19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.
20 And again, The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain.
Psalms 37:30-31
30 The mouth of the righteous speaketh wisdom, and his tongue talketh of judgment.
31 The law of his God is in his heart; none of his steps shall slide.
Psalms 111:10, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever.”
Proverbs 1:1-7
1 The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel;
2 To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding;
3 To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and equity;
4 To give subtilty to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion.
5 A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels:
6 To understand a proverb, and the interpretation; the words of the wise, and their dark sayings.
7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.