BLOGS - Wisdom series will continue in February
No.35 - BREATH TO BREATH: INTIMACY
from Timeless Treasures: Digging for Gold Daily by Rusty A lang..
True love relationship always involves intimacy and intimacy involves emotions. As we experience human intimacy it prepares us for intimacy with God and intimacy with God transforms human relationships as we long for the stillness and quietness that true intimacy fosters. Psalm 139:17: ‘How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How vast is the sum of them!’
To have an intimate relationship with God, we need not only plough wide but deep. Psalm 42:7: ‘Deep calls to deep at the sound of Your waterfalls; all Your breakers and all Your waves have washed over me’.
Intimacy with God is a relationship undisturbed by reality. We become so close with Jesus; he is so near that we can sense his breath and we discover that the love he gives is the only affection that can satisfy. This is the longing for private messages whispered into our ears; the intimacy of faith.
There is also the intimacy of worship; thinking accurately about him as he is revealed in scripture. Sound doctrine, not liturgy or ritual is the test of whether our worship is acceptable.
Revelation 15:3-4: ‘Great and marvelous are Your works, O Lord God, the Almighty; righteous and true are Your ways, King of the nations. Who will not fear, O Lord, and glorify Your name? For You alone are holy; for all the nations will come and worship before You, for Your righteous acts have been revealed.’
Then Jesus himself taught us to seek intimacy with God through private prayer. Prayer is where the worshiper pours out his heart to God. ‘When you pray, go into your inner room, and when you have shut the door, pray to your Father who is in secret ‘(Matthew 6:6).
Public prayer will never make up for closet communion with the Lord. It helps us to put more emphasis on devotion rather than commotion; being rather than doing.
Finally, the intimacy of obedience and suffering often go hand in hand. Jesus said, ‘You are my friends, if you do what I command you ‘ (John 15:14) and ‘ that I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death’ (Philippians 3:10).
These are not advanced skills for second-level Christians but elementary issues of Christian life.
Posted 21-1-19 by Rusty A Lang
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SERIES ON WISDOM
comliled by Marlene Anne Morphew Ministries/Rusty A Lang from her book
HOUR OF THE OWL : Living Life with Wisdom.
Part 4 – Wisdom series - NUTS AND BOLTS OF WISDOM cont. from Part 3. The uniqueness of wisdom literature is that it moves from the rational law of nature or common sense to illuminating supernatural insight or godly wisdom. This keeps a tension between man (human) and the divine (God).
For example, there is tension in the background of much of Isaiah wisdom literature. During the time of Isaiah, the prophet, the authority were the king’s priests, representing the people. At the same time prophets who represented God were often imprisoned. The priests carried out the law in strict legal terms, resulting in legalism. In this way the priests held the authority. At that time the scribes were interpreters of authority. Here we see the tension between man and God’s wisdom. If you read chapter 3:18-23 where Isaiah prophesies what will happen to the people you begin to be more aware of the tension this would cause between priests and prophets.
Does this tension exist today between pastors and prophets? Unfortunately, in some regions, yes. But perhaps this information will help you understand why.
Part 5 Wisdom Series – So WHAT IS WISDOM? To recap, the basic aim of God’s wisdom is practical application. It supplies the information and guidance by the Holy Spirit to make right choices. It is not only having knowledge but allowing that knowledge to transform us from the inside out so we know how and when to use it.
Wisdom rests in the heart of the one who has understanding. For God’s wisdom is knowledge that leads to understanding. Said another way, wisdom is the proper application of knowledge. Proverbs 2:2, 6, 4:5) states wisdom is the ability to use the knowledge we have..
Knowledge is born out of learning and exercising common sense. Examining the consequences of actions and choices will lead us towards understanding and God’s wisdom. Learning often comes from experience and wisdom from the mistakes we make while learning.
In this sense, wisdom then is the result of:
+ experience and knowledge together with
+ practical insight and judgement.
YET WE DO NOT SHAPE OUR THEOLOGY BY EXPERIENCE BUT BY THE WORD OF GOD FOR NO TRUE TRANSFORMATION WILL HAPPEN WITHOUT THE PRESENCE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.
Part 6 – Wisdom series - APPLYING WISDOM –
Word from the Lord – Before speaking a direction or idea, pause and ask me. Then the fullness of my plan will come to you at once.
Wisdom and might must operate together. But to get wisdom and might it will cost us our pride and independence. It requires being completely dependent on the Holy Spirit of God.
Applying wisdom is bound up with doing God’s will (Deuteronomy 4:6). For to forsake his Word is to lose one’s wisdom (Jeremiah 8:8-9)
Here ends excerpts from chapter one HOUR OF THE OWL: LIVING LIFE WITH WISDOM.
(Marlene Anne Morphew Ministries/Rusty A. Lang)
Word - A new breed of believer is surfacing. The elders are going to mentor the younger. The “grey hairs” of wisdom will come forth and the young ones need to look towards the elders to sit and listen.
Part Two - OVERVIEW OF SERIES ON WISDOM - The world’s wisdom says we control our own destiny. God’s wisdom provides the true knowledge that he is sovereign and we are not in control of our own destiny.
Theologians consider Job, Psalms, proverbs, Ecclesiastes and Song of Solomon wisdom literature. My view holds that the whole Word of God is steeped with God’s wisdom as Jesus is the Word (John 1:1-4). However for the purpose of my book Hour of the Owl: Living Life with Wisdom I focus on the books preferred by Theologians.
Job overturns the conservative wise men who hold to the doctrine of reward and punishment for wise and foolish behaviour taught in Proverbs. The connection between the bulk of Proverbs and the Song of Solomon is the author, Solomon. Psalms stands alone as David as he is seen as the author of the first hymn book in Israel. Psalms reveal our relationship with God while Proverbs help us to understand ourselves. Job focuses on our relationship with others, Song of Songs emphasises the marriage relationship and Ecclesiastes show us a full view of life on earth.
They all culminate and reveal wisdom is found in the fear of the Lord (Ecclesiastes 12:13).
Part 3 – NUTS AND BOLTS OF WISDOM - Once we accept Jesus is wisdom to all believers then we see that wisdom is demonstrated in what we say, do and how we live. Wisdom is in the decisions we make and in our relationship with others. It is when and how we use knowledge seasoned with understanding. It is the ability to make right choices.
God’s wisdom is infinite. It is the perfect comprehension of all that is and might be (Romans 11:33-36). God is the source of true wisdom as of power. His wisdom comes to his people through the fear of the Lord (Job 28:28; Psalm 111:10).
In man God’s wisdom is a practical attribute. This includes technical skill (Exodus 28:3), military night and ability (Isaiah 10:13) and shrewdness for personal ends (1 Kings 2:6).
There are two main forms of wisdom. One is the practical aspect. This could be considered the conventional lower level as seen in Psalms, Proverbs and Song of Solomon. The other is the speculative or higher spiritual level as seen in Job and Ecclesiastes.
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