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God’s Wisdom Will Promote You

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God’s Wisdom Will Promote You

“Exalt her (wisdom), and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her. She shall give to thine head an ornament of grace: a crown of glory shall she deliver to thee” (Proverbs 4:8-9).

Do you desire promotion in your life? If you do, then do as the Bible says: Exalt wisdom and it will promote you. I think this is good news! It means that you don’t have to try to get man’s favour or attention for your promotion for the secret is in your Bible. Wisdom’s promotion is more rewarding than the promotion of men. What’s more, when it comes, it’s undeniable. For example, Joseph was sold by his brothers into Egypt as a slave (Genesis 37). In the course of time, his master’s wife accused him falsely and he was imprisoned. However, wisdom kept promoting Joseph, even while he was in the prison until he became the head of the prisoners (Genesis 39:22-23). For some time, it seemed like that would be the end of his story. One night, the Pharaoh had a dream which none of his magicians could interpret. Someone remembered the wise Hebrew prisoner and recommended him to the Pharaoh. Joseph was brought before the Pharaoh and he interpreted the king’s dream. When Joseph finished speaking, the Pharaoh said, “Can we find such a one as this is, a man in whom the Spirit of God is? …there is none so discreet and wise as thou art…I have set thee over all the land of Egypt” (Genesis 41:38-41). The Egyptian empire was preserved by the wisdom of one young man, Joseph. If wisdom could promote a thirty-year old Hebrew prisoner to Prime Minister of the most powerful empire overnight, what can it not do for you? Sadly, a lot of people haven’t realized that wisdom is a promoter. In your life, exalt wisdom; give it priority and it will exalt you. The wisdom of God is the Word of God, so go for the Word. Give it the deserved attention and importance, and it’ll promote you and bring you to honour and glory.

FURTHER STUDY: DANIEL 2:46-48; PROVERBS 3:13-16

The Wisdom Of God Is In You

“…To the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ; In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge”  (Colossians 2:2-3).

The lack of wisdom is the reason for failure, poverty and struggling in the lives of men and women all over the world. Wisdom, in this sense, is defined as insight into reality; it gives a man the ability to comprehend beyond the physical senses. This wisdom is a requirement for a successful life. The good news is that every child of God has wisdom. No matter what your experience in life has been, the truth is that the wisdom of God is in you. This kind of wisdom is greater than all the wisdom of this world: “But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption” (1 Corinthians 1:30). Christ has become your wisdom, and God expects you to function by that wisdom. One day, the Prophet Elisha wanted to help the sons of the prophets recover a heavy metal (axe-head) from a river (2 Kings 6:4-7). He didn’t have to enter the river nor did he ask for dredging equipments. He simply cut a stick and threw it into the river, and the heavy metal (axe-head) floated to the surface! He knew exactly what to do and it worked, even though it was against every known law of Physics. That’s God’s wisdom at work. Hallelujah! God has deposited ALL the treasures of wisdom in Christ, and “Christ” refers to Jesus and His Church—His Body (Colossians 1:18). You are a member of that Body, so that treasure of wisdom is available to you. When you take advantage of God’s wisdom in you, you’ll discover that there is absolutely nothing that you cannot comprehend or achieve. You’ll have insight into reality and hidden things of life. Take advantage of it; tap into it through meditation and begin to function beyond this world.

FURTHER STUDY:1 CORINTHIANS 2:6-7; COLOSSIANS 1:9

The Excellence Of Wisdom

“Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding. Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her”  (Proverbs 4:7-8).

The Word of God is the wisdom of God. So when the Bible says we should get wisdom, it’s not referring to mental knowledge; rather, it’s telling us to go for the Word of God. Wisdom, the Bible says, is the principal thing. In other words, it’s what you need to be successful in life (James 1:5 TLB). Wisdom comes from God through His Word. Wisdom is a force. When the wisdom of God is given to you, it becomes the power that influences your choices in life. It becomes the guiding force of your life. The words that you receive from God will propel you in the right direction in life. With those words, you’ll be able to navigate through life. As you receive God’s Word and speak it forth, everything that’s consistent with God’s destiny for your life will be made available to you. It’ll draw the people you’re supposed to meet to you, take you to the places you’re supposed to go and give you all the things you require to function in the will of God. The Bible says, “The LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding” (Proverbs 2:6). Always remember that you cannot be more successful than the level of wisdom that you have in your spirit. The level of your success in life is dependent on the extent to which you function in the wisdom of God. Wisdom is imparted into a man’s life through the Word of God, and it is increased in the same way. Go for wisdom today!

FURTHER STUDY: 1 CORINTHIANS 1:30; COLOSSIANS 1:9-10

The Principal Thing

“Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding” (Proverbs 4:7).

God is the embodiment of wisdom. He has imparted His nature to us so we also have wisdom. The Bible says in Psalm 111:10 that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Some people think this means being afraid of God. That’s not what it’s talking about. ‘Fear’ here means a reverential acknowledgement of God’s supremacy. The Bible says it is only a fool that will say there is no God (Psalm 14:1). The acknowledgement of God, the acceptance of God, the followership of God, the response to God is the beginning of wisdom. There will be times when it seems difficult to follow God because what He wants is always contrary to the desires of your flesh. Remember, Jesus told the rich young ruler, “Go sell all you have, give the money to the poor and come follow me.” The man’s flesh revolted against the words of Jesus and the Bible says he went away sad, and there was no mention of him ever again in the Bible. He didn’t do what Jesus said and he never came back. He missed a great destiny because he didn’t have the wisdom to follow the words of the Master. Except you have the fear of God and acknowledge who He is, it will be difficult, impossible in fact, to respond to Him, just as this rich young man discovered. There’s a wisdom that dwells in us that supersedes the wisdom of the world. We have been made wise unto God and unto victorious living. We have received Christ and He has been made unto us Wisdom (1 Corinthians 1:30) Therefore, we have the wisdom of God—the revelation knowledge of God and the ability to apply it in our lives.

FURTHER STUDY: JAMES 3:17; EPHESIANS 1:17-20

Speak Wisdom

“Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought: But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery…” (1 Corinthians 2:6-7).

The wisdom of God is the Word of God. Notice that the scripture doesn’t say that we “speak with wisdom,” but that we “speak (or talk) wisdom among those who are mature.” This is why the people of the world and spiritual babes don’t understand the wisdom of God that we speak. God said to Abraham, “Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee” (Genesis 17:5). The man knew those words were the wisdom of God for it was medically impossible for him to have any child. Immediately, he aligned his confession with the wisdom of God and organized a grand “re-naming ceremony.” From that time on, he introduced himself to everyone by his new name, “Abraham” which means “father of many.” I’m sure everyone must have thought the old man was going senile because his wife was barren and old. However, Abraham maintained his confession of God’s wisdom and sure enough, Isaac was born. When you begin to speak the wisdom of God, there are those who will mock at you, but don’t let it deter you. The wisdom of God will always be at variance with the things the physical senses can perceive, but be sure that the wisdom of God never fails. As you meditate on God’s Word, continue to declare the things He has said concerning you, irrespective of the situation. It doesn’t matter that the doctors have told you that your disease is incurable. The real question is, “What does the wisdom of God say?” What you do is this: go into your room, lock your door and begin to say to yourself, “the wisdom of God says that by His stripes I was healed, so if I was healed then I’m still healed! I cannot be sick!” Keep declaring the wisdom of God and it will prevail.

FURTHER STUDY: 1 CORINTHIANS 2:13; ROMANS 3:4

Seek Wisdom, Not Riches

“Riches and honour are with me (wisdom), enduring wealth and righteousness (uprightness in every area and relation, and right standing with God)” (Proverbs 8:18 AMP).

The scriptures record the Lord’s passionate plea to His children, in the eighth chapter of Proverbs, to seek wisdom rather than riches. In summary, Proverbs 8:18, means, “I can give you everything you desire and much more!” (Paraphrase mine). The Lord is not impressed by how much money you have in the bank, the number of cars you possess, the size of your mansion or the quality of your clothing. He’s more concerned about the salvation of your soul; He wants your heart to seek passionately after Him and not after earthly gain. I’m yet to meet anybody who wouldn’t like to prosper in life. The desire to prosper and be successful is an intrinsic quality of man. This is why many people spend most of their lives chasing after riches, wealth or fame, just to satisfy this urge to succeed. Contrary to that of the world which is void of righteousness, riches that comes from the Lord is with honour and righteousness. No wonder the Bible says, “A little that a righteous man hath is better than the riches of many wicked” (Psalm 37:16). That’s not all, for there’s more to the Lord’s riches! The riches of the Lord produce enduring wealth. In other words, you’ll live in perpetual and permanent prosperity. I’ve seen people who, at a certain time in their lives, had everything going for them but later lost everything. The reason is that their wealth wasn’t based on God’s Word: “Labour not to be rich: cease from thine own wisdom. Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not? for riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven” (Proverbs 23:4-5). You have to put your trust in God to walk in the prosperity that will last you a life time.

FURTHER STUDY: JOSHUA 1:8; PSALM 52:7-8

No Ordinary Wisdom!

“But of him (God) are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption”  (1 Corinthians 1:30).

As a Christian, you have been anointed by the Holy Spirit of God, and that anointing continually guides and leads you. You no longer function with ordinary wisdom which is of man but according to an excellent wisdom which is of God. You were anointed with this excellent wisdom when you received Christ into your heart. A lot of Christians have never been taught how to take advantage of their rights and privileges in Christ. Many haven’t understood the true meaning of Christianity. They’ve never understood that Christianity is a supernatural life, it’s a life out of this world. There are Christians who make king-sized errors; they rarely make mistakes but when they do it’s a big one. When a Christian makes terrible mistakes in life, it’s not difficult to know that he’s not functioning in that excellent wisdom which God has made available to him. When you function with the wisdom of God, you will walk your way out of afflictions and difficulties. God has given us His wisdom so we don’t have to suffer and go through the same things those in the world go through. The more you learn God’s Word, the more you dig into that wisdom and the more you’re able to avail yourself of the privileges and advantages of that wisdom. Christ has been made unto you wisdom and that means He has become your wisdom. I don’t lack wisdom because Christ has become my wisdom. I always know the right thing to do, and in any situation I come up against, I know I’m going to come out victorious. To live in consistent victories, you need to learn to function in the wisdom of God in your family, on the job, in your finances, in your dealings with people, in fact, in everything you do.

FURTHER STUDY: PROVERBS 3:13; 1CORINTHIANS 2:6-10

 

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Belief and faith , The One True God

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Belief and faith

(THE ONE TRUE GOD)

There is the distinction between beliefs in a set of preposition and a faith which enables us to put our trust in them. Believing in the implicitly in the existence of God, the prospect of eternal damnation and the objective reality of purgatory, does not in any way connote faith.

In every history or civilization known to man, there have been some sorts of religion, beliefs and faith within that era. The Igbo’s prayed to Amadioha, Yoruba believed in Oludumare. The Greece’s believed in the gods of Olympus, the Roman’s made sacrifices to Mars the god of war, the Egyptians prayed to the hawk head god, made sacrifices to Anubis the keeper of the underworld and he that grants passage to the afterlife. The Lumeria made libation in honor of Tiki the ancestor of men, the Indians worshipped the Shiva the three faced god or the trinity god. The Vikings waged war in the name of the one eye god, Odin. Over millenniums and all civilization there have and will always be beings the human race puts faith on. What all these religions have in common was the polytheistic nature of all their gods.

In recent time religion, belief and faith has taken a new look. The look of the, one true God. The monotheistic nature, of the religion of the descendants of Abraham. The Jewish, Islam, and the Christian religion.

Everyday more people come out to challenge the existence of god. Science seems to have disposed of the creator God and biblical scholars have proved that Jesus had never claimed to be divine. With all these going on it would seem that god as an aberration, is something the human race had outgrown.

We know as children our ideas about god are formed and as we grow up we lose those childish innocence and we start to ask questions pertaining to the nature of god. I remember in one of my philosophy class, our lecturer asked us, who created you? The class chorused God, He asked again. Who created god? And we said no one, that god is the uncreated creator. He went on to ask us, then how did the uncreated creator come into existence? And no one had an answer to that. The class went quiet, he told us to go home and think about it. It’s been over nine years since that faithful day; I still don’t have an answer to that question. And it won’t be too much of a stretch if I say no one knew the answer to that question. And that had been an exam question. F9 would have been the order of the day. The reason had been that we were taught that, nothing can exist in a vacuum. So if God created us and all the beauties of the earth, then how did God come into be? This is where your faith comes into play. Believing in the unseen and having enough faith to not give up.

People with no peculiar religious background may find that their notion of God was formed at infancy. Since those days, we have put away childish things and have discarded the god of our first year. People in questions of faith believe that god had to be the simply projection of human needs and desires.

Faith deals with believing and trusting in the unseen, instead of waiting for God to descend from on high to prove his existence, you should deliberately create a sense of him for yourself.

There is no rational to define the existence of god, in a sense of reality no one is expected to experience god as an objective fact that could be discovered by the ordinary rational process.

Faith in things not seen, hope, and love are then three of the requisite manifestations of faith. It is faith in this sense, as the core of that comprehensive stance toward God to which God calls us.

One thing that over and over comes to the fore, when faith in God is spoken of, is the obedience required by faith. Apart from the actions of obedience there is no well-formed faith in God this in addition to the fact that the stance of faith itself marks an obedient response to God. “By faith Abraham obeyed the call.” (Heb. 11:8) In other passages what comes to the fore is that an expectant hope in God’s promises and actions is required for well-formed faith. “Faith gives substance to our hopes.” (Heb. 11:1) Frequently also there is emphasis on the faithfulness (fidelity, endurance) required of the one who fully trusts in God. And often what is in view when faith in God is spoken of is the belief required by well formed faith in particular, the acceptance of the words of God and of those who speak on his behalf. ( John 2:22: “And they believed the Scripture and the word which Jesus had spoken.”) Then, too, faith in God finds its manifestation in worship of God, in praise of him, in address (prayer) to him, and so on.

It may be added that some of the belief required for genuine, well formed faith is not only required by such faith but is required if there is to be faith in God at all, even malformed and underdeveloped faith. One cannot, for example, trust God if one does not even believe that God exists. No doubt it was this point that the writer of Hebrews had in mind when he said, almost by the way, that “whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.

Since it is Christian faith that we especially have in mind, it seems appropriate to proceed by looking at how the sacred documents of Christianity — the writings of the New and Old Testament —understand faith rather than by exploring the ordinary use of the word “faith” and then defining the derivative phrase “Christian faith.” Various writers of the New Testament record Jesus as having urged his hearers to take up the stance of faith. Likewise, those and other New Testament writers urge their own readers to take up this same stance of faith. Indeed, they urge their readers to take up this stance toward Jesus himself. It is clear that when the writers urged this stance on their readers, and when Jesus urged it on his hearers; they and he saw themselves as doing so on behalf of God. God himself calls us to the stance of faith. Let us then look at what the New Testament writers called their readers to, and what Jesus called his hearers to, when they and he, speaking on behalf of God, called them to faith. Sometimes when the New Testament writers represent God as requiring faith of us, they are thinking of faith as one among other things that God requires of us. Faith is then one among other “virtues.” Paul, in 1 Corinthians 13, urges faith along with hope and love on his hearer.

 

The idea of god formed in one generation by one set of human beings could be meaningless in another. The poetry, art are all imagination of man. Had the notion of god not had its flexibility, it would not have survived to become one of the greatest human ideas. One when conception of god has ceased to have meaning or relevance, it been quietly discarded and replaced by a new theology. Realistically speaking there is no objective view of god; each generation has created the image of God that works for them.

According to Aquinas it is possible for us to have scientific knowledge of the existence and immateriality, unity, simplicity, and perfection of God. As Aquinas sees it, scientia is knowledge that is inferred from what is seen to be true:

Any science is possessed by virtue of principles known immediately and therefore seen. Whatever, then, is an object of science is in some sense seen.

Now Aquinas believes that human beings (even in our earthly condition here below) can have knowledge, scientific knowledge, of God’s existence, as well as knowledge that he has such attributes as simplicity, eternity, immateriality, immutability and the like. In Summa Theologiae Aquinas sets out his famous “Five Ways,” or five proofs of God’s existence: in Summa Contra Gentiles he sets out the proof from motion in much greater detail; and in each case he follows these alleged demonstrations with alleged demonstrations that God possesses the attributes just mentioned. So natural knowledge of, God is possible. But the vast majorities of those who believe in God, he thinks, do not have knowledge of God’s existence but must instead take it on faith. Only a few of us have the time, inclination, and ability to follow the theistic proofs; the rest of us take this truth on faith. And even though God’s existence is demonstrable, even though we are capable of knowing it, nevertheless it is appropriately proposed to human beings as an object of faith. The reason, in brief, is that our welfare demands that we believe the proposition in question, but knowledge of it is exceedingly hard to come by.

For the rational truth about God would have appeared to only a few, and even so after a long time and mixed with many errors; whereas on knowing this depends our whole welfare, which is in God.

From all this it is clear that, if it were necessary to use a strict demonstration as the only way to reach a knowledge of the things we must know about God, very few could ever construct such a demonstration and even these could do it only after a long time. From this it is evident that the provision of the way of faith, which gives all easy access to salvation at any time, is beneficial to man.

So most, of those who believe in God do so, on faith. Fundamentally, for Aquinas, to accept a proposition on faith is to accept it on God’s authority; faith is a matter of “believing God”. For that which is above reason we believe only because God has revealed it”. Now what about those who believe in God on faith even though they do not know that God exists?.

He does discuss a closely related question, however: the question whether those who believe (take on faith) what is “above reason” are irrational or foolish, or in his terms, “believe with undue levity”:

[Those who place their faith in this truth, however, “for which the human reason offers no experimental evidence,” do not believe foolishly, as though “following artificial fables” (II Peter 1:16). For these “secrets of divine Wisdom” (Job 11:6) the divine Wisdom itself, which knows all things to the full, has deigned to reveal to men. It reveals its own presence, as well as the truth of its teaching and inspiration, by fitting arguments; and in order to confirm those truths that exceed natural knowledge, it gives visible manifestation to works that surpass the ability of all nature. Thus, there are the wonderful cures of illnesses, there is the raising of the dead, and the wonderful immutation in the heavenly bodies; and what is more wonderful, there is the inspiration given to human minds, so that simple and untutored persons, filled with the gift of the Holy Spirit, come to possess instantaneously the highest wisdom and the readiest eloquence. In the midst of the tyranny of the persecutors, an innumerable throng of people, both simple and most learned, flocked to the Christian faith. In this faith there are truths preached that surpass every human intellect; the pleasures of the flesh are curbed; it is taught that the things of the world should be spurned. Now, for the minds of mortal men to assent to these things is the greatest of miracles, just as it is a manifest work of divine inspiration that, spurning visible things, men should seek only what is invisible. Now, that this has happened neither without preparation nor by chance, but as a result of the disposition of God, is clear from the fact that through many pronouncements of the ancient prophets God had foretold that He would do this. The books of these prophets are held in veneration among us Christians, since they give witness to our faith.

 

Faith which does not speak out frankly, which deserts its own standpoint for the standpoint of unbelief. What use to unbelief is a faith which obviously knows different? And how shocking for unbelief is a faith which only pretends to take up with unbelief a common position. . . . This dilemma betrays the inner contradiction in every form of a “Christian” natural theology. It must really represent and affirm the standpoint of faith. Its true objective to which it really wants to lead unbelief is the knowability of the real God through Himself in his revelation. But as a “natural” theology, its initial aim is to disguise this and therefore to pretend to share in the life-endeavour of natural man. It therefore thinks that it should appear to engage in the dialectic of unbelief in the expectation that here at least a preliminary decision in regard to faith can and must be reached. Therefore, as a natural theology it speaks and acts improperly. . . . We cannot experiment with unbelief, even if we think we know and possess all sorts of interesting and very promising possibilities and recipes for it. We must treat unbelief seriously. Only one thing can be treated more seriously than unbelief; and that is faith itself or rather, the real God in whom faith believes. But faith itself—or rather, the real God in whom faith believes —must be taken so seriously that there is no place at all for even an apparent transposition to the standpoint of unbelief, for the pedagogic and playful self-lowering into the sphere of its possibilities.

We must try to penetrate a bit deeper into these objections to natural theology. That somehow it is improper or un-Christian or dishonest or impious to try to prove God’s existence; but how exactly? Dilemmas have horns; what are the horns of this one? The following, I think. In presenting a piece of natural theology, either the believer must adopt what Barth calls “the standpoint of unbelief or he must pretend to his unbelieving interlocutor to do so. If he does the former, he deserts his Christian standpoint; but if he does the latter, he is dishonest, in bad faith, professing to believe what in fact he does not believe. But what is the standpoint of unbelief and what is it to adopt it? And how could one fall into this standpoint just by working at natural theology, just by making a serious attempt to prove the existence of God?

‘’ Atheist say no one can prove the existence of God; and they are right. In the same light no one can disprove that God exists; I see God in everything; the sea waves, volcanic eruption, the life miracles we experience. I feel his presence everywhere… to me, I know that he exist. I belief and I have faith. The question now, Do you belief in GOD?

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Perfect God By Success Chichi

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Perfect God By Success Chichi

Europe based Nigerian Worship leader, Success Chichi is out with a brand new single titled “Perfect God”.

According to the singer, the inspiration behind the song came from the word of God in the book of Genesis 6:18, when God made a covenant with Noah and perfected the same at the appointed time. This shows that every promise of God no matter how delayed will surely come to perfection when the time comes.

Success is from the eastern part of Nigeria and is married. The song was produced, mixed, and mastered by Ejay.

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Aka Jehovah By FredRock | @iamfredrock

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Aka Jehovah By FredRock | @iamfredrock

Fast rising and award-winning gospel minister “FredRock”  is back with a banging new song and video titled “Aka Jehovah”
According to the singer, the song “Aka Jehovah” is an igbo language that translates as “The Hand Of God” and it’s simply a song of appreciation for what God is doing in his life, which cannot be ascribed to any human except God.

The Cross River State-born singer, songwriter, and music director has done a couple of songs with some notable gospel ministers like; Samsong, Solomon Lange, Moses Bliss, Prospa Ochimana, and many more. And has ministered alongside international Pst music ministers like Ron Kenoly, Marta Munizzi etc.

The now Lagos-based minister is already enjoying huge acceptance amongst, churches DJs.

Don’t be told, get this song via the links, and surely the testimonies that accompany the hand of God will surely follow you.

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