Wisely Unwise

It is a paradox when the wisest man that ever lived – King Solomon, advises us not lean on our own understanding. Surely the purpose of wisdom and knowledge acquisition is to have a foundation, a base of our thoughts and actions?

If we are are to acquire wisdom, what good does it do if we cannot rely on it?

Instead, Solomon says ‘trust in the Lord with all your heart’. This reveals the dichotomy of wisdom versus faith. Reasoning and believing are binary options we must choose from.

In the days of Christ’s earthly ministry (A Greater than Solomon), He came to a startling conclusion. He thanked the Father that the truth of the age was hidden from the wise and prudent and revealed to the ‘babes’ and simpletons.

How could it be? The Pharisees were the intellectual giants of Jewish theology. Each of them had invested many years of learning, discipline and argument to attain to the scholastic levels required to be a teacher of the law. The scribes and the priests too who were custodians and devoted students of the prophetic scrolls were wise and prudent. Yet they failed to see that Jesus was the Messiah.

They were leaning to their understanding and missed the object of their learning: the desire of all ages – Christ. What they sought was simply revealed to those who could accept it in its simplicity.

Which brings us to revelation. No one can ‘learn’ God except it is revealed to him. The knowledge of God cannot be attained by intellectual deduction. If it was, the Pharisees and scribes would be chosen for the twelve disciples. Infact, Jesus would have been crowned the High Priest, instead of suffering a cursed death for our sins.

It was revelation that opened Peter’s eyes to the identity of Christ. He rightly identified Him as the Son of God.

To the greatest thinkers of the age, Christ was an impostor, a Beelzebub, the Prince of devils masquerading as a holy man.

These learned folk admittedly were a minority of the Israelite population at the time. Forty years later, in 70 A.D, when Jerusalem was destroyed, the flower of Jewish learning was destroyed as well. The intellectual elite perished in their numbers. Why? The were blinded by their superiority complex and had missed their day of visitation.

The Christian folk, largely ‘ignorant and unlearned’ escaped the destruction. They had been warned by revelation. They were instructed to watch for the signs. Once the signs were manifested they were to run for dear life. They did.

Revelation comes only to the trusting not the knowing. Those who hearts are wide open will receive the knowledge that comes from above. Those who are proud and knowing will not know, while those begin from the point of unknowing will become all knowing. From knowing in part of earth, then they will know even as they are known.

Trust in the Lord, lean not to the understating garnered by years of manmade gospel.

In the great, bloodless contest with reasoning and revelation, leaning to revelation is the only option for those who want to stand after the storm’s judgement wrath is passed.

Just Ask The Rock

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While Israel sojourned in the dreary wilderness
They lacked water as they marched through dry land
They asked and received – God of the faithful band
Filled the thirsty throats from a flinty Rock
This Rock was ever present through the journey
Ever merciful, ever bountiful and always on cue
Paul tells us this ambulatory Rock was Christ
Smitten in type in the wilderness, He gushed to bless
A Fountain that saved millions of souls in distress
There He was struck that we be not dumbstruck
There He was smitten that we may never be beaten
He has since been crucified and then glorified
Speaking is the only way of accessing the Fount now
Say your need and make requests on any matter
Be not silent in the weary mode of a wary doubter
Speak to The Rock and He will bring forth His water

Mouth It

In the beginning was the Word
And what God spoke became
Today He asks us to do same
To feed on the Word of His mouth
And become like Him-the Word
To be like Him is to speak
And call things that are not
By mention to bring them forth
Confession is the true compass
That makes the heart faith’s port
Where salvation’s ship will berth
Be not afraid to say the promises
For speaking brings a creative birth
Where reality is formless and void
When in doubt, speak the Word out

 

Importance Of Revelation – Cain & Abel

 

Two religious men were called of God to offer a sacrifice. They both did so earnestly. One sacrifice was accepted and the other was rejected.

Abel offered an animal for his sacrifice. Cain, the ultimate vegetarian, offered fruits and vegetables.

Abel’s altar was messy and bloody. Cain’s altar was beautiful and succulent. God chose the ‘dirty’ altar over the ‘clean’ one.

How did Abel know that blood was the essence of the sacrifice? How did he know that without blood, there would be no remission of sins? He knew this by faith – a revelation.

Cain had no revelation. He worshipped God by his mental deduction – which was wrong.

Sincerity and religiosity without a true understanding of the Word is like a well without water or a cloud without rain.

The Need For Gratitude

When you rise to a stretching morning
And all you see is a daunting dawning
Remember some have sunk to deep sleep
Know that of gratitude you have sore need

When you encounter perils on life’s way
And you are swarmed by bills to pay
Remember He who does the ravens feed
Think that of gratitude you have sore need

When still weak and ill after the pill
And you see the sands of youth ebbing
Remember the Physician you are serving
Plead that of gratitude you have sore need

When they say opportunities come only once
And you have fluffed your lines like a dunce
Think-the denying disciple became Apostles’ example
Smile-for of gratitude you have sore need

If a flotilla of past sins heaving and bobbing
Buffets your mind with waves of doubt
To dam this tide of damnation did the Saviour bleed
Remember that of gratitude you have sore need

And if inspiration fails the despairing muse
Or he wonders if his words are of any use
Perhaps it is only for one and one yet unborn
For the gift of a reader-of gratitude he has sore need

Check Time

The Gospel that Paul preached and believed
Did not come to him by theological study
But revelation was the illumination he received
Though divinely directed he sought human landmarks
Was he on the same apostolic spiritual path?
For defying the apostolic order was a real bother
To Jerusalem he went to compare notes
Lest he had preached or believed in vain
His doctrines were same with the others
Because similar inspirations would not conflict
Here’s a lesson that would always be a blessing
Always check with the Word before you
Go overboard and outside of the Lord
Check that your experience fits the Word
Within boundaries set by apostles and prophets

 

New Testament Anathema

The writings of Paul may not be politically correct
However modern critics would be foolish to neglect
The apostle’s sagely words and spiritual authority
Or his leading role in building Gentile Christianity
People fret and fume outside this fellowship of mystery
Foaming and falling into epileptic fits of doctrinal error
Not heeding apostle’s warning-foretasting the Lord’s terror
Fit only for those who fail to build on foundation laid prior
To this day-they go on and wrestle against the revealed Word
Deceived by Satanic voices and rewarded by material vices
Placing building blocks on grounds apostles never trod
Only way to avoid a breach is to preach what Paul preached
When tempted to decouple from Christ the CornerStone
Think of Galatians chapter one verse eight and stay hitched