Wisdom from the Word
Wisdom from the Word
"Christianity is abiding by biblical standards of personal holiness and in turn seeking to bring holiness into the society in which we live."--Charles Colson, Loving God
John 10:1-21 In these verses about Jesus "as the Good Shepherd", and we as sheep, there is focus on abiding, and the relationship that Jesus has with us. See Sheep/Shepherd.
John 15:1-17 Abiding is the key fundamental for believers! Purpose, steps to abiding, and 10 benefits of abiding. See Jesus.
John 15 God is the gardener, Jesus is the vine, and we disciples are the branches. Two things that make us branches significant: 1) Fruit- a) Shows people you are a disciple of Jesus- vs. 8. b) Amount- vs. 2,5,8. He wants a "bumper crop" c) Attributes- fruit that will las tattitude/ character 2) Abiding on the vine- a) why? Glorifies God b) what? Live with humility c) How? Live with humility- vs. 7,9. Connecting, Colossians 3:16 Let the word of Christ indwell you.
2 John 2-9 John's spiritual children were: Vs. 4- living in the truth. Vs.6- they were walking in the truth, and Vs.9- they were abiding in the truth.
Genesis 11:26,29 Abram (Abraham) was the son of Terah, a descendent of Shem. Abram married his half-sister Sarai. There were 9 generations from Shem to Abraham.
Genesis 11:27 Lot was Abraham's nephew (son of Haran, Abraham's brother)
Genesis 17 Believe in God's Power. Vs. 1-8, 15-19 Walk in holiness. We are responsible. Vs. 9-14, 23-27 Abraham's life.
Genesis 18,19 From Abraham's concern, we learn to pray (18:16-33). From God's character we are challenged to a holy fear (19:1-13, 24-29). From Lot's consequences we are warned to leave any involvement we might have with the "world" (19:12-26, 30-38)
Genesis 22 Story of Abraham's faith being tested by God regarding his loved son Isaac. Analogous to God and His Son, Jesus. God examines are faith and makes sure it is real. Obedience can't be conditional. The Lord will provide: Jehovah Jireh.
Proverbs 11:28 Whoever trust in his riches will fall, but the righteous will thrive like a green leaf.
Proverbs 14:4 Where there are no oxen, the manger is empty, but from the strength of an ox comes an abundant harvest.
Proverbs 20:13 Do not love sleep or you will grow poor; stay awake and you will have food to spare.
Proverbs 20:15 Gold there is, and rubies in abundance, but lips that speak knowledge are a rare jewel.
Proverbs 28:19 He who works his land will have abundant food, but he who chases fantasies will have his fill of poverty.
Proverbs 28:27 He who gives to the poor will lack nothing, but he who closes his eyes to them receives many curses.
Abundance is an "ample or overflowing quantity". Abundance in our lives is certainly a "double-edged" sword. For example, in the worldly sense, with their abundance of goods, the wealthy can bless the poor. Bill and Melinda Gates have been wonderful philanthropists in our generation. America has helped out poorer countries ever since I can remember. However, on the other hand, abundance can lead to "inward looking, self-seeking" and conceit. Satan uses it to tempt us to be more greedy. Living in America is living in a land of abundance. We are the "land of the free". There is not only an abundance of food, but also technology, money, education, power, and most importantly freedom. Somehow, Americans still find ways to misuse this abundance. Tainted with pride, abundance can become a problem. When we build a house, or anything else, out of the abundance that God has given us, we have to have it bigger, wider, newer, and the "updated" version. We take the abundance of food, and we spoil it. Think about how much food