Wisdom seekers verses Mockers

Proverbs 9: 1-9: As a substitute teacher I see a variety of students Some want to gain wisdom, some are as it mentions in verse 7 mockers; See the mockers are not interested in learning, I mean could truly careless.  Thankfully, there are very few mockers maybe about one in hundred students.  The days you have a mocker in your class; those are the days, that make you wonder why on earth, do I want to substitute?  You substitute for the days when you actually reach a student. That is where as a substitute, I am fortunate. As a substitute, I see a many students in a single week; sometimes it is well over 100. Sometimes it is the same group. 9 times out of 10, it is the one the teacher has said will be trouble that is the wisdom seeker.  The key is giving them responsibility. Oh and I have learned to take the responsible student – the one the teacher labeled.  Ask them to be the backup for the “trouble maker/slower student” –always in private. What I mean by back up, I ask them to check on the “trouble maker or slower student” and make sure they are keeping up with the class emphasizing that they have to be nice about it.  (Learned that the hard way) This recipe does not work 100%. It works enough to make it worth the few minutes it takes to pull the special helper, the one that is used to helping aside and give them an assignment. The way I see it the troublemaker can go one of two ways. They can become the mocker, or if we start early, they are the wisdom seekers. They will always have to study hard to get good grades. However, if they learn when they are young to be wisdom seekers, then they will continue to be wisdom seekers. This does not mean that they will not make big mistakes, we all do. It just means they will be more likely to learn from their mistakes. Now the mockers, the ones throughout their educational career are mockers, do not give up on them many can still become wisdom seekers. People are not always, what they are until well past high school. Chances are the mocker is naturally smart, being naturally smart they bore easily. But smart and wise are not the same thing.  Not all straight-A students are wise.  Some of the straight-A students are really nasty.  Wisdom seeks true knowledge; wisdom seeks the Lord. Through knowing the Lord, we learn to behave. We learn how to treat people. When we know how to treat people then we gain.  Not necessarily monetarily, but we gain.

1Wisdom has built her house;  she has carved its seven columns. She has prepared a great banquet,  mixed the wines, and set the table. She has sent her servants to invite everyone to come. She calls out from the heights overlooking the city. “Come in with me,” she urges the simple.  To those who lack good judgment, she says, “Come, eat my food,  and drink the wine I have mixed. Leave your simple ways behind, and begin to live;  learn to use good judgment.” 7Anyone who rebukes a mocker will get an insult in return.  Anyone who corrects the wicked will get hurt. 8 So don’t bother correcting mockers;  they will only hate you. But correct the wise,  and they will love you. 9 Instruct the wise, and they will be even wiser. Teach the righteous,  and they will learn even more.

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Peace: 1 Peter 1:7

Recently, I started a study on prayer, and praying effectively. In this book, the author warns you that there will be spiritual battles because the evil one does not want you to experience the blessings of God. He does not want you to feel the peace promised to us through the Holy Spirit.  1 Peter 1:2:   2 according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, by the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to obey Jesus Christ and be sprinkled with His blood: May grace and peace be yours in the fullest measure. The author says just push through. In other words, keep it up build your prayer life. The evil one has hit me with writer’s block, I would read scripture, start to write, but it would not come.   I would go to bed but sleep would elude me. .  Lack of sleep brought on this incredible feeling of hopelessness.  So, I started praying about these things. Here I am writing, Last night was a great night’s sleep.  Does that mean the Battle is over?  No, the Bible warns us about these things.( 1 Peter 1: 7) Some days you wonder why did I become a Christian it does not bring me comfort, I do not gain material possessions. Then I remember that it is not for this world that I live. I am living for eternal life. Not a life on this world, I remember the story of the rich man and the poor man in Luke 16. I realize an eternity in comfort is much more important than the few troubles that I have in this world.  That is why I became a Christian.  Oh by the way, there is peace when we accept this fact. That while we are in this world, there will be struggles; even Non-Christians have struggles. It is the nature of living in this world. Our neighbors with all their stuff seem to not struggles, but I can see it with my eyes that they have struggles. Therefore, what is the purpose of living my life as if Jesus does not exist? There is no purpose, first because I know he is my savior and because I know that living in Christ means eternal life. Without Christ and the Holy Spirit, I would endure these struggles without the benefit of knowing that even though there are struggles God is thousands of times bigger than those struggles, he has it. I also know that the more frequently, I put on the Armor of God, the easier it is to handle all the crap Satan has to discourage me. The more I put on the Armor of God, the more I feel the peace promised by the Holy Spirit. Yes, my home still needs repairs, yes things are not perfect, I still get tired, I still have to wear those stupid orthopedic shoes to be able to walk. Yes, there are times when I wish I could go on a vacation and am unable to go. Yes, there are times when I wish I could win the lottery. Yes, there are times when I wish I could stop homelessness and poverty. Yes, there are times when I wish I could end mental illness. I wish I could just keep things in order.  But I know that as I put God first, these things will be added to me. The more I am faithful, the more I feel PEACE.

When will the Son of Man REturn

Luke 17:26-37: When will the son of man return? Is a question that scholars have debated for a long time.  Jesus tells us that is not for us to know. Verse 20-21: 20 One day the Pharisees asked Jesus, “When will the Kingdom of God come?” Jesus replied, “The Kingdom of God can’t be detected by visible signs. 21 You won’t be able to say, ‘Here it is!’ or ‘It’s over there!’ For the Kingdom of God is already among you.” Meaning Jesus lives in us.  While on earth, Jesus said I am the Kingdom of God. However, for this day and age, it means that Jesus lives in you.  Therefore the Kingdom of God is within you. However, to the question that is implied here, when will Christ return for the believers? It is not for us to know.  The one thing that you need to know is that you must be constantly Vigilant. You must expect him to return at any time. There will not be a warning. Some scholars say oh it will be this day- rest assured if someone is loudly proclaiming and trying to convince you that Jesus will return on a specific date, then they are an Anti-Christ. It also says that many will be deceived. Matthew 24:11 warns that many will come in Jesus name and will deceive many, even some of the elect. One warning sign is they will tell you that the Law does not matter. This is a HUGE warning!  Jesus warns that this will happen- people will try to deceive you into thinking that because of Grace you can do whatever you want and it is not sin. Rest assured this is a LIE. Luke 16:16-17:  16 “Until John the Baptist, the law of Moses and the messages of the prophets were your guides. But now the Good News of the Kingdom of God is preached, and everyone is eager to get in. 17 But that doesn’t mean that the law has lost its force. It is easier for heaven and earth to disappear than for the smallest point of God’s law to be overturned. When will Jesus return- the only answer we have is soon.  Remember God’s time is not ours, his time is eternal, while ours is finite, linear. God’s time spans the universe ours is confined to a small speck in the universe. God promise to Abram took a couple hundred years.

26 “When the Son of Man returns, it will be like it was in Noah’s day. 27 In those days, the people enjoyed banquets and parties and weddings right up to the time Noah entered his boat and the flood came and destroyed them all. 28 “And the world will be as it was in the days of Lot. People went about their daily business—eating and drinking, buying and selling, farming and building— 29 until the morning Lot left Sodom. Then fire and burning sulfur rained down from heaven and destroyed them all. 30 Yes, it will be ‘business as usual’ right up to the day when the Son of Man is revealed. 31 On that day a person out on the deck of a roof must not go down into the house to pack. A person out in the field must not return home. 32 Remember what happened to Lot’s wife! 33 If you cling to your life, you will lose it, and if you let your life go, you will save it. 34 That night two people will be asleep in one bed; one will be taken, the other left. 35 Two women will be grinding flour together at the mill; one will be taken, the other left.” 37 “Where will this happen, Lord?” the disciples asked. Jesus replied, “Just as the gathering of vultures shows there is a carcass nearby, so these signs indicate that the end is near.”

 

Forgive

Recently I had an epiphany, a realization. My family has always been confused by a trait I have.  I get angry because something was done, something wasn’t done, etc.  I scold them and then I act as if nothing is wrong. It is because there is not anything wrong.  They cannot go back to the past. It is the past. It does not do me any good to dwell on it. So I said what I had to say, and left it at that. My son is having a hard time excepting the application that it is forgiveness. Perhaps it is because I was always correcting him for the same indiscretions. He did not learn from the past. Many teenagers do not learn from the past. Unfortunately, as adults, we don’t always learn from the past; it is human nature. The point is most people forgive small transgressions very easily.  Chances are if you get a bit upset with someone and do not behave very well, it is quickly forgotten, unless you make a habit out of it. That type of forgetfulness is forgiveness.  We should be very quick to forgive. It is not good for us to hold onto anger. It will damage our soul.  As I was reading in Job today, I read this concept. Job 5: 17-18: 17 “But consider the joy of those corrected by God!  Do not despise the discipline of the Almighty when you sin. 18 For though he wounds, he also bandages. He strikes, but his hands also heal.  It is the healing part that my silences misses.  You see, I forget to reach out and let my family know that despite this little problem; I still love them. I forget to say okay you did… or didn’t do… but I forgive you I still love you. With God it is evident that he still loves us. It is evident because He sent His son to die for our sins so that we can have Salvation.

I can ask Jesus for MYSELF not just others

Joshua: 1:6-9, Matthew 7:7-8, Jeremiah 29: 11-14a: Trust in the Lord.  There are so many things trying to attack us these days.  I am speaking about the things of the world, the forces of darkness. In these verses, God promises to be with us. Jesus repeats the promise.  He repeats the promise so that we may know the promises of the Old Testament, the ones where God promises His chosen people that He will guide them, He will go before them, He will hear them; are still relevant. When we accept Jesus as the Messiah, the Lord, and Savior, we become the Lord’s chosen.  This means all the promises of the Old Testament are for us as well as the promises of the New Testament, because they are the same. God doesn’t change. He does not say okay this is a Tuesday so I will do this or this is a Saturday so I won’t do this. No, it does not matter, because God’s time is different from our time. His time is eternal where ours is finite. Which is why if we read a promise in the Old Testament, we can claim it for our loved ones, our friends, or OURSELVES.  I can claim it for me? Isn’t that selfish? No, we have to claim for ourselves, we have to so that we can be there for others. How ridiculous it would be to pray God make  everyone else strong but leave me be! No, we claim it for ourselves so that we can help others as Jesus commanded us to do.

“Be strong and courageous, for you are the one who will lead these people to possess all the land I swore to their ancestors I would give them. Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the instructions Moses gave you. Do not deviate from them, turning either to the right or to the left. Then you will be successful in everything you do. Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then, will you prosper and succeed in all you do. This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Matthew:

“Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.

Jeremiah:

11 For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. 12 In those days when you pray, I will listen. 13 If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me. 14 I will be found by you,” says the Lord.

Hebrews 12: to get drunk or not?

Hebrews 12: 1-13: This passage speaks of discipline, it tells us it is painful, and that God, our heavenly father will correct us just as an earthly father would. As I read this passage, my first thought is God can do no evil. James 1: 13: Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempts he any man.  Discipline is not pleasant, for either party.  Think about it was it ever fun to discipline your children?  If you think it is or was, then you need some help. Please go speak with your pastor.  When God corrects us it is not through serious illness, it is not through the removal of a family member. It is not the loss of our job, or our home.  The evil one is responsible for these things. Well actually to be technical, it goes back to Adam and Eve the original sin when Satan gained a foothold in the world. However, our own sin allows Satan into our world. Discipline is usually the Holy Spirit convicting us of our unholy, or ungodliness.  It is the old behaviors before Salvation the ones we have not let go that keeps us separate from God. When we behave poorly, committing sins that are clearly against God, such as getting drunk, God does not say we cannot have a drink, he just says don’t make a habit of getting drunk.  If you think about it, it is good advice because trouble happens when we get drunk or do something, which impairs our judgment. The Holy Spirit swoops in and is that voice in our ear- the one elementary teachers use with students- “that was a poor choice, how could you have handled this situation differently.  If you had done that instead of what you did, would your friend be mad at you right now?”  That is the type of discipline we are speaking of in this passage. Here are some bible passages concerning drinking: Galatians 5:21, Psalms 104:14-15, Proverbs 20:1, and Matthew 11: 19.  They all clearly state drink is okay however excess is bad and leads to no good.

1Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith, Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne. Think of all the hostility he endured from sinful people; then you won’t become weary and give up. After all, you have not yet given your lives in your struggle against sin. And have you forgotten the encouraging words God spoke to you as his children?  He said, “My child, don’t make light of the Lord’s discipline, and don’t give up when he corrects you. For the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes each one he accepts as his child.” As you endure this divine discipline, remember that God is treating you as his own children. Who ever heard of a child who is never disciplined by its father? If God doesn’t discipline you as he does all of his children, it means that you are illegitimate and are not really his children at all. Since we respected our earthly fathers who disciplined us, shouldn’t we submit even more to the discipline of the Father of our spirits, and live forever? 10 For our earthly fathers disciplined us for a few years, doing the best they knew how. But God’s discipline is always good for us, so that we might share in his holiness. 11 No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening—it’s painful! But afterward there will be a peaceful harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way. 12 So take a new grip with your tired hands and strengthen your weak knees. 13 Mark out a straight path for your feet so that those who are weak and lame will not fall but become strong.

 

 

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