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GUARDED TONGUES
Put away perversity from your mouth, keep corrupt talk from your lips. -PROVERBS 4 : 24

IN WORD Words are powerful. They can wound the spirit of another, often leaving permenant scars. They can sow seeds of corruption in innocent or wavering minds. They can soil good reputations and the can foil good plans. They can carry a profound blessing; but they can carry a powerful curse.
Peter learned about the power of words one day "you are the Christ, the son of a living God," he told Jesus ( Matthew 16 : 16). Those were potent words. The church would be built on that declaration. But moments later, Peter contradicted the will of God with a thoughtless rebuke of the Lord. His words were a stumbling block, a product of the kingdom of darkness. They were corrupt in a way not many of us consider; they did not reflect God's reality.
Is Proverbs telling us simply to avoid vulgarities in our speech? Probably not. There are many forms of corruption and perversity in addition to coarse vulgarities: gossip, deception, mindless chatter, rumors, negativity, bitterness, insults, and more. All of these contradict the revealed truth of God. They run against the current of His will. In a very real sense, they slander and misrepresent the reality and beauty of His Kingdom and His character.

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RICH TOWARD GOD

I'll say to myself, "you have plenty of good things laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry."
LUKE 12 : 19

IN WORD When we sit in God's presence and seek His mind, His Spirit will convince us of the treasure we have in His name. Ephesians 1, one of the great chapters on what it means to be
"In Christ," tells us that we have "every spiritual blessing in Christ"
( v. 3)--redemption, *forgiveness, knowledge, hope, the Holy Spirit, security, and an incorruptible inheritance. God has lavished such imperishable gifts on us. They cannot be taken away, they are immediately accessible, and they could not possibly be any greater. We are indeed highly favored.
Yet the problem from our present perspective is this: We don't know how to access these precious gifts.
We see our physical needs as much more urgent and our heavenly riches as much more distant. We're happy about the salvation we've been given, but it won't help us take that much needed vacation today. We're excited about the prospect of heaven, but it won't pay the mortgage this month. We're thrilled to be seated with Jesus by God's throne, but that doesn't secure the position we need to advance our career. Or does it?
It all depends on how we see our mortgages and careers. Are they tools for godly living? Or are they a means to secure our heaven now? Do we leverage the goods of this world for eternal purposes? Or do we spend them on our momentary satisfaction? Where are we really investing? Does our full portfolio major on spiritual realities? Have we learned that current investments can have everlasting returns? If so, our income and expenses are really very spiritual. They build God's Kingdom.

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AN INTELLECTUAL ASSAULT

There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan that can succeed against the Lord
PROVERBS. 21 : 30

IN WORD Intellectual pride has been dressed up and presented charmingly throughout all generations. From the philosophies of ancient Greece to the sophistry of modern academics, men and women have speculated about who God ought to be. There is a fine line between making honest, intellectual inquiry and raising human reasoning to be infallible, and we have crossed it often. We tag our intellectual eras with names like "the age of reason," The enlightenment," and other such misnomers. All the while, we forget how limited are our senses and how unreliable are our thoughts.
The assumption underlying much religious philosophy is that revalation is a myth, and if we are to know anything at all, it must be from our own investigation. That approach resigns the human race to a long, twisted path to truth that may lead us there on some occasions but will lead us far away on others. In short, it gives up on the knowable God. The sophisticates of our age seem to think they are an intellectual match for God, challenging---even Rejecting---His wisdom at nearly every point. Biblical morality? Outdated and irrelevant. The nature of God? Unbalanced and far too harsh. The identity of the church? A gross overestimation. These are the biases that have been thoroughly integrated into our culture, influencing our media and dominating our universities.

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Human salvation demands the divine disclosure of truths surpassing reason.
--Thomas Aquinas

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The intimidation of unbelief

The fool says in his heart , "There is no God" Psalm 14 : 1

IN WORD It's easy to be intimidated by a secular culture. Many of our most highly educated elites are skeptics. They look with condescension at those who maintain faith in divine revelations. Their skepticism has permeated our society, and many of the people we run into daily have swallowed their unbelief. Their hyper rationalism inhibits the sharing of our supernatural faith.
We are often accused of being ignorant of all of mankind's amazing scientific; philosophical, and ideological discoveries. But have you considered the atheist and agnostic's self limitations? They have embraced a broader ignorance than have the people of faith. They have said, in effect, that anything beyond our observation is unknowable. They accept only the knowledge that unreliable senses, variable consciences, and finite little brains can learn. That's a pretty narrow view of reality.
We know our limitations. That's why we depend on a revelation from above. We don't accept it naively, and we use our brains to interpret it and apply it. But we must be humble enough to realize we didn't come up with it. God's word is an act of God. We would not have known Him in any coherent detail unless He revealed Himself. And what a revelation ! It makes marvelous sense to those who embrace it by faith.

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Worship...is not part of The Christian life; it is the Christian life.
-- Gerald Vann

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GOD'S WISDOM
....Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.
1 Corinthians 1: 24

IN WORD Contemplating the incarnation can teach us much about the wisdom of God. In the plan of the ages, the plan that cultivated a nation and sent a Messiah into its culture, God demonstrated His patience, His thoroughness, His righteousness, His mercy,and His love. He did not opt for expediency. He was Not rash. His anger was pure and His holiness relentless. There were no depths to which He would not go for His love. There were no limits to His grace. There were no enemies that could thwart His intentions or sway His heart. He let us know what He is like.
The biblical purpose of God's wisdom is never simply to display it. Though it is beautiful and awe inspiring, it is not just a show for His glory. It is to be emulated. We are to become wise Like Him, drinking our fill of His plan and knowing intimately His ways. If He is patient, we are to be patient. If
His anger is pure, our anger is to be pure. If His holiness is relentless, so must ours be. In His righteousness, His mercy, His love, His peace and calm, His passions and purposes, and His thorough approach to separating and conforming a people to Himself, we are to find our calling. The wisdom of God is not just for our admiration; it is for us. We are to internalize it.
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