Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Sharper Than Any Two Edged Sword

I want to tell you again, I think it would benefit any Christian from about the age of 13 and up to go through the Bible Study we are doing. It is called, "The Walk of Repentance" by Steve Gallagher.

This week's title was The Way of Wisdom. It gave many verses on carnal knowledge versus God's knowledge. I often hear people say (myself included), "You just have to use your head," or just use "common sense." That is what the world teaches. How often are God's ways a paradox to worldly "sense?" Our own thoughts and ways are not very trustworthy according to God's Word. Worldly knowledge tends to puff us up. We want to share all we know whenever anyone talks about some area of life that we have some knowledge of. Why do we share? Usually it is to make ourselves look knowledgeable and to look good in the eyes of those around us. It edifies ourselves. Love edifies others. Trying to make them feel special and to revel in their thoughts and knowledge without having to let them know we know as much if not more. How often am I guilty of this. Someone mentions something about making bread and they buy whole wheat flour. Is it really my job to let them know that whole wheat flour in my eyes is not good because it is not freshly ground? NO!!!! There could be lots of reasons for them to use store bought whole wheat flour. If they ask me what I use, then I could share and if they wanted to know, I could tell them why. I don't have to let everyone know just how much "I know!!" In reality, I don't know much. I need to encourage that person in the step they have taken. The worlds wisdom tends to lead to jealousy, selfish ambition, disorder and every evil thing (James 3:16).

It also talked about pursuing knowledge. Do you buy new books about being a godly wife, or a better mother, etc? Do we keep looking for the magic pill in those books? Do we go to all the seminars and read all the "godly" blogs and give out all those godly answers we learn? Do we hear of newer books and newer seminars and we think this might have the answer. Do we try to blog or talk to others portraying this knowledge we have gleaned from the above? The real question is do we live it. This is what the Bible study said. "With Biblical knowledge comes responsibility. We are responsible to respond to what we have been taught. It is dangerous to hear the Word of God if we don't live out what we have heard. The reason for that is that the more knowledge about Christ we have , the more like Christ we should become. If we refuse to
live what we learn, we quickly go into deluded thinking about our own spirituality. In this age of knowledge, we tend to gauge our Christianity not on what we live - but on what we know! What makes this frightening is that our lives and behavior will be judged against how much knowledge of the truth we have received! When we stand before God, our knowledge will be what God uses to gauge our lives! "

Luke 12:47-48 And that servant, which knew his lord's will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes. But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.

Do you think it is important to be careful about what you "learn?" It has sure made me think hard.

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