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Three Types of Wisdom

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Virtual Realities

Since wisdom requires effort, and it is a human’s natural inclination to recline, acquiring wisdom is not for the lazy. Gathering sense becomes the habit for the naturally inquisitive. It hides well, usually in plain sight and is mostly obscured by false reason. It is readily assessable but must be sought out to unlock its benefits. Virtual Wisdom is like a light placed upon a darkened path. It illuminates and exposes the options for best results in any endeavor. Virtual Wisdom does not have to be esoteric. This wisdom could be already known to others but unknown to some in gathering whatever it takes to succeed. It expands through geometrical progression until it reaches the masses through human interaction. Nowadays, the answer to any question is readily available at your fingertips or on a nearby bookshelf. Ironically, Virtual Wisdom is not yet wisdom but mere knowledge of a right path, but it is filed as wisdom because an effort is needed to gain it. Exhibit 1a: Like going to school to learn a profession or trade.

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Intellectual Wisdom:

Knowledge needs a conversion to be wisdom. Intellectual Wisdom gained through Virtual Wisdom is the student of a great teacher named experience. This empirical knowledge can be drawn upon and applied to resolve various obstacles. Also, the observance of the actions of  others could preach volumes to your soul and inspire you to action.

Learning from the success or failure of others is a greater teacher than experience but carries less credibility. To succeed by observing others is an incredible feat.

When inspired by others to tread upon the unfamiliar, courage is needed. Courage and faith are the intangibles that are seen clearly as a result of Intellectual Wisdom. Success is bred through the repetition of Courage and Faith, to win in life and to accomplish your goal is the Hallmark of Intellectual Wisdom. Untouched vistas exist beyond the realm of the one who uses the triple alliance (repetition, faith, and courage). These open the world to vast insight upon plateaus that the world has yet to see. Exhibit 1b: Like going to school to learn a profession or trade and then getting a job in your area with an appropriate income.

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Life’s unexpected turns could bring and could jeopardize your hard work. It takes common sense to guard against these

Common Sense Wisdom

The homespun wisdom that requires no book knowledge just plain common sense is best.  It guards against self-sabotage and aberrant behaviors.  The spiritual engineering project called life built over time needs great care.  Carelessness, youthful exuberance and bad behavior can undo much good that it took a lifetime to build.  My mother used to say never quit a job until you have another source of income.  A steady stream to pay your bills.  She reminded me to make up my bed before I left for school.  You never knew when visitors might come.  These two things speak to the maintenance and preparedness that life’s unexpected turns could bring and could jeopardize your hard work.  It takes common sense to guard against these. Exhibit 1c: Like going to school to learn a profession or trade and then getting a job in your area with an appropriate income and keeping it providing for your family with respect in your community and inspiring all through your gifts.

 

 

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EXCUSES: Tools of the Weak

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Excuses are tools of the weak and incompetent.
Excuses build foundations of nothingness.
Gird up the loins of your mind.
And put on your holy yoke,
with this done your presence terrorizes the enemy.
If you have to suffer, suffer for righteousness’ sake.
DON’T USE EXCUSES!
If holiness got you between a rock and a hard place, surely your anointing will bring you out.
Praise the Lord and keep your faith.
Guard your anointing and seek to be at peace with all people,
most of all never use excuses.
Excuses are sinking sand, build on a sure foundation by trusting God. (2/23/16)

Faith

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Have FAITH in GodFAITH:

Confidence that God will do what He has promised.

Doctrine (pages 193-198)

 

 

 

Scripture: Hebrews 11:1

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” KJV (NKJV)

“Now faith is the reality of what is hoped for, the proof of what is not seen.” HCSB

“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” NIV

 

PRINCIPLEBut without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him” (Hebrews 11:6).

 


 

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Cross Photo by Cassandra Williams

SERIOUS WORDS that DEFINE FAITH

(not to be taken lightly).

Substance (fabrication)                    Evidence (doubt)

Reality (fiction)                                  Proof (unsure)

Confidence (unstable)                       Assurance (fear)

 

 


 

Heroes of Faith

Hebrews 11:4 – Abel, Enoch – 11:5; Noah – 11:7; Abraham – 11:8; Jacob – 11:9; Sarah – 11:11; Isaac – 11:20; Joseph – 11:22; Moses – 11:23; Rahab – 11:31; Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthae, David and Samuel 11:32.  

 


 

Promise/Covenant   “Faith and Promises (Contracts) go hand in hand”

Promise Keepers: “That which is gone out of thy lips thou shalt keep and perform; even a freewill offering, according as thou hast vowed unto the Lord thy God, which thou hast promised with thy mouth” Deut 23:23.

 

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Confidence (with fidelity) rests on a promise.

You will be confident, because there is hope.

You will look carefully about and lie down in safety” (Job 11:18).

“Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be” (Romans 4:18).

“Trusting God means looking beyond what we can see to what God sees.”

(see Humility,  Feb. 2015)


Application

Q: “How would I conduct my life if I really believed God is who He says He is and if I really believed God is who he says is and if I really believed the Bible is His word?” (page 194)

A:

 

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Study Guide for Charles Stanley, Handbook for Christian Living Doctrine: FAITH (page 193) in the textbook.
Study Guide for Charles Stanley, Handbook for Christian Living Doctrine: FAITH (page 193) in the textbook.

…”The testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy…”

(Revelation 19:10c).

Trust in Him!