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Practical Wisdom

September 25th, 2019

Wisdom Is Found From God’s Perspective.

”You are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from above.”  1 Corinthians 1:30 NKJV.

My thoughts and comments today are about, “practical wisdom.”

Life can be confusing, if you don’t get it straight and keep it straight. Sometimes life seems as though someone has maliciously changed the price tags. In popular culture, it seems that we are encouraged to prize things momentarily and minimize matters of eternal value and consequence. Beware of valuing things of limited or little worth. And be even more beware of devaluing matters of enduring importance and eternal consequence.

Jesus warned, ”Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 Store your treasures in Heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal.” Matthew 6:19-20 NLT. That is what practical wisdom looks like. Wisdom empowers you to do the right things at the right time for the right reason. A fulfilling life requires wisdom.

Across the years, I have been helped by this simple description. Wisdom results from seeing yourself and others from God’s perspective. Doing that changes anything and everything. Here is the practical truth, ”If you then are risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sits on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.” Colossians 3:1-2 KJV. To be well lived, your life must value, and seek, and gather, and hold fast to practical wisdom.

This was Solomon’s counsel. “Wisdom is the principal thing; Therefore, get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding. Exalt her, and she will promote you. Wisdom will bring you honor, when you embrace her.” Proverbs 4:7-8 NKJV. Practical wisdom should be, and can be, modeled in your daily life.

God’s Word provides you a definition of practical wisdom. “Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show it by his good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom . . wisdom that comes from above is first of all pure, then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.” Read James 3:13-17 NIV.

Imagine how differently you would view and live your life if you took the Apostle James’ words to heart and translated them daily into your priorities and practice. True wisdom is practical. Practical wisdom is this: doing the right thing, at the right time, for the right reasons, for the glory of God and the edification  of others. Wisdom lives with a concern for doing the right thing for the broadest benefit to others.

Isaiah prophesied of Jesus, “The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord.” Isaiah 11:2 NKJV. God does not leave you on your own in the pursuit of Godly wisdom. “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should pray to God who will give it to him; because God gives generously and graciously to all.” James 1:5 TEV. Generously and graciously to all. Such an amazing promise.

God is the Source of all true wisdom.

Jesus is the Embodiment of wisdom.

The Holy Spirit is the Resource for wisdom.

For wisdom, you need God’s help which is exactly what He promises to provide. Jesus connected wisdom with truth, and linked truth with the One who is the Spirit of truth: “When the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you into all truth. John 16:13 NLT. Living wisely is living in Christ. Paul was clear, “You are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God – and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption.” 1 Corinthians 1:30 NKJV. Read Ephesians 1:7-9 NIV.

Today, I pray for you to live wisely, open and honest before God and man.

EDL Communications 2019

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