Steps to Wisdom

Wisdom Is The Principal ThingWe have been engaged in a study on the topic of Wisdom for the past couple of Tuesday nights and I though I would recap just a few things that we have discussed. Scripture says that “wisdom is the principal thing” (Prov. 4:7). That would simply mean “the chief thing; the first in place, time, order or rank.” Wisdom is certainly something to be desired.

The Bible also gives us a little insight into the value of wisdom. It is valued above rubies (Prov 8:11) and above gold (Prov. 16:16). In Job chapter 28 we read that its value exceeds that of onyx, sapphire, crystal,  jewels of fine gold, coral, pearls, rubies, and topaz. The wise man who penned Proverbs covered it all when he said, “For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it” (Prov. 8:11).  Did you catch that? “All things that may be desired.” That pretty well covers it. What things do you desire? Wisdom is more precious than those. It is truly “the principal thing.”

So what are some steps to attain this wisdom? In Job 28:12, the question is asked; “But where shall wisdom be found?” That’s a good question for us to ask as well and it deserves a Bible answer. I will list a few steps for your consideration:

Seek for Her
Prov. 2:4
If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures;

The Word of God
Ps. 19:7
The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.

With Wise Men
Prov. 13:20
He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.

With the Elderly
Job 12:12
With the ancient is wisdom; and in length of days understanding.

Godly Counsel
Prov. 12:15
The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise.
See also: Prov. 13:10, Prov. 15:31, Prov. 19:20

Listen
Prov. 2
1 My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee;
2 So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding;
3 Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding;

Pray for It
James 1:5
If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. (“Liberally” – Bountifully. He’s not stingy with it.)

Once we see and comprehend the value of wisdom, we will surely pray and seek to attain it. May God grant us all more of His wisdom today. Please join us in Tuesday evening Bible Study at 7:30 and let’s seek for it together!

 

Bible Study Prep

Bible-Study-Open-Bible-NotebookWe began a study on “Wisdom” this past Tuesday evening and we plan to continue it this coming Tuesday. In preparation for the study, we would ask those that can and will to take some time in your personal devotional time to look up the words “wisdom” or “wise” in your concordance. Please write down at least five Scriptures with one or both of these words.

We want to get the most benefit from this study as possible and this will aide in that endeavor. You may want to take time to review the handout that was given to you on Tuesday night as well. If you did not receive one, please call, text, or email and we will be glad to email it to you.

Reviewing the Scriptures concerning the “value of wisdom” (Prov. 8:11, 16:16, Job 28:12-19) and also the “wisdom that is from above” (James 3:17-18) would prove beneficial. A close look at the correlating scriptures and definitions that were given for James 3:17-18 would be very helpful.

I hope you are enjoying this study as much as I am. We are looking forward to continuing this series with you on Tuesday, but we also want to extend a very special invitation to each of you to join us for Sunday Word and Worship at 2:00 P.M.

Thank you for reading and for your dedication to the study of God’s Word!

Thank You Old Man!

Elderly Man#3“Wisdom is rarely on tap. Most often it comes by the eyedropper or thimbleful in an aside or a remark just as easily missed.”

I’m not sure who said it, but the above statement is so true! I found wisdom in a remark by an elderly gentleman in a Kmart checkout line. I, much younger and newly married, was on a honey-do errand. He had ran several of those no doubt.

That day I was purchasing a vacuum cleaner. It wasn’t JUST that it was a vacuum cleaner, but the 29th vacuum cleaner that we had purchased as a newly married couple (well, maybe a bit of hyperbole there). You see I was raised with a Kirby vacuum cleaner that could suck that shag carpet off the floor! All you need is one vacuum cleaner for life (so I thought). The gentleman said to me in a passing remark and, as I recall, unaware of my present distress; “choose your battles.”

I have applied that in many situations since (though maybe not enough) and it has saved me grief. So, to the unknown gentleman that was a Godsend to me, thank you! I had no doubt heard that wise saying before, but it resonated with me on that particular day and has many times since.

Certainly it is true what Job said; “With the ancient is wisdom; and in length of days understanding” (Job 12:12).

One more thing….
If my dear wife calls and wants me to stop on the way home today and pick up a vacuum cleaner (it will be our 113th), I will without hesitation get the vacuum cleaner. It’s just a vacuum cleaner!

 

Tuesday Bible Study

WisdomWe will begin a new series this Tuesday evening and we want you to join us. We will be looking at what the Bible has to say about wisdom, and it has plenty to say about it. To begin with, it says that “wisdom is the principal (chief) thing” (Prov. 4:7).

This is going to be an enjoyable study and we want to invite you to be a part of it. Bring your Bible, pen, and paper and let’s enjoy the Word of God together!

Bible study starts at 7:30 P.M. Doors will open at 7:00 P.M. for those who can come early to pray. We can hardly wait to see you!

Which Way Are You Running?

Running (Shoes)I will run the way of thy commandments….
(Psalm 119:32)

The instructions found in the Bible are more than merely suggestions, but they are indeed the commandments of the Lord. Many can identify with ten, but the other Scriptures are not to be wasted pages and ink. They too are mandates for us to follow. When followed, our life will have meaning and purpose that otherwise we would not know.

The Word of God gives us direction. It is a lamp to our feet and a light to our pathway (Ps. 119:105). In uncertain times, we can find certainty in the pages of God’s Word. How many times we have been confused about what to do and then go to the house of the Lord and find clear answers and direction form God’s Word. It truly does light the path we are to follow.

So my question for us in this simple, yet important devotional blog post today is this, which way are you running? The psalmist said, “I will run the way of thy commandments.” Are you running the way He has instructed you in His Word or are you running away from the commandments of the Lord?

The word “run” shows haste, passion, swiftness. It does not speak of hesitancy or reluctance, but one who is ready and willing to obey God’s Word. That’s the way I desire to be. When I read the Bible or hear the Word preached, I don’t want to resist it, but submit myself to it and obey it.

Please read and consider prayerfully the following passages in your personal devotional prayer time today:

  • Psalms 1:1-6
  • Psalms 19:7-11
  • Psalms 119:30-36

Thanks for reading and may your day be blessed!

Love One Another

Black & White

“Boy asks for short haircut just like his best friend so their teacher wouldn’t be able to tell them apart.”

I recently seen this and had to share. Oh how the church world could use a little more of this attitude! Where we don’t see color, but we see souls. We see human beings that Jesus loved so much He gave His life for them (remember John 3:16 – the Scripture that says “God so loved the WORLD”).

Sadly, I’ve seen prejudice from different cultures and nationalities, but it should not be found in the church. Let us be a place that accepts, loves, and includes people of all nationalities and cultures. We sang the song as children, but I’m not sure we all got the message. The song had a line in it that said, “red and yellow black and white all are precious in His sight.” You remember that? I thought you may. What about the Scripture that says, “And hath made of ONE BLOOD ALL NATIONS of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth” (Acts 17:26). Here’s another one for you, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are ALL ONE in Christ Jesus” (Gal. 3:28).

There’s plenty more from the sacred text that should remove prejudice from our hearts, but I especially like this one, “After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands” (Rev. 7:9). If you are uncomfortable with it here friend, you may not like heaven and as a matter of fact, you may miss out on it. Weighty words I know, but obviously Christ loves us all and we ought to love one another.

I know I got a little “preachy” on you today, but I think it’s something we need to think about and if it disturbs us at all, pray about. Thanks for reading!

Bring A Friend

Bring a Friend #2Tuesday evening Bible Study is a great place to bring a friend and also to make new friends. There’s something special about enjoying the Word of God with people you care about. If you have a co-worker, neighbor, family member, or anyone you care about and you’ve never invited them to share a Tuesday Bible Study with you, why not today?

If you are new to this blog and unfamiliar with anyone who may attend this Bible Study, don’t allow that to stop you from being a part of a very special evening. You will find a friendly group of folks who will make you feel very welcome and comfortable while we enjoy the Word of the Lord together. It’s a good place to be refreshed and encouraged after a busy day. Please come and be among friends this evening. We will begin at 7:30, but the doors will open at 7:00 for those who can come early to pray. We look forward to being with you!

Home Bible Study

Home Bible Studies #2If you are sincerely interested in knowing more about the Bible, we would be glad to give you a Bible Study in the comfort of your own home. This would only take approximately one hour of your time and we believe it will be an enlightening and enjoyable time in the study of God’s Word. We will use the King James Version of the Bible as we study together. Please take a moment and request a study by emailing info@apostolicsofabingdon.org or by calling 1-276-821-8342. We can’t wait to hear from you!

There may be some reading this blog post that would be interested in hosting a Home Bible Study for your friends, family, or neighbors in your community. If that be the case, please contact us and we will arrange a time to come a conduct a Home Bible Study with those you care so much about. Let’s take this glorious Gospel to others!

Church Culture

Church Culture #2

We are continuing our series on “Church Culture” this Sunday afternoon and we hope that you are making plans to join us. This is an important discussion in setting direction for our church so it is important for anyone interested in its direction to attend.

Sunday worship service begins at 2:00 P.M. with doors opening at 1:30 for those who can come early for pre-service prayer. We look forward to seeing you!