January 25, 2017, The Spirit of Truth, John 16:13

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When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own, but will speak whatever he hears, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.  John 16:13 (NRSV)

I read a saying the other day that said, “Feed your faith and your fear will starve.”  That’s an encouragement for me.  It is easy to get mired down in fear and in the concerns of this world.  It takes intention, prayer and surrender to God’s perfect will to find peace and rest in Him.

It is better to find solace in the inspired word of God and seek the Holy Spirit in the stillness than to stay mired in worry.

The Holy Spirit is everywhere, but especially in the quiet, away from the noise of our troubled minds and busy schedules.  God has our times and lives in His hands.

 

January 23, 2017- The Pursuit of Wisdom, James 3:17

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But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without a trace of partiality or hypocrisy. James 3:17 (NRSV)

The interesting thing about the pursuit of knowledge (opposed to the pursuit of wisdom) is that pursuit of knowledge often places an undue emphasis on being correct.  Pursuing the correct technique or procedure or even the correct theology can become so paramount that the heart and purpose of the endeavor is lost.

Life becomes a hollow endeavor when our dealings with ourselves and others are cold, calculating, unforgiving and lacking mercy and love.  When we are more worried about appearing squeaky clean at all times, or whether or not we are in all the right activities with all the right people at all the right times, than we are about whether or not we know and spread the joy of the love of God, then maybe we are doing it wrong.

Is it more wise to put emphasis on being correct, or to seek gentleness, forgiveness and peace?

There is a subtle difference between knowledge- as in knowing facts, and wisdom, which is the art of applying knowledge to live life more fully.

God grants wisdom to all who ask for it.  (James 1:15)  It is always a good time to ask.