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Jars of clay

2 Corinthians 4:7  But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us.

We’re here and then we’re gone.  So short are these lives we live on earth, but we seem to think we’ve got forever.  We think that we can solve all of the world’s problems, if only given enough time.  But none of us has that kind of time.  It was designed that way.  We’re here, and then we’re gone.

We weren’t made to live in these bodies forever, they’re our temporary homes.  We give witness to the death of Christ through the death of our own bodies, but our spirits live on and bear witness to His resurrection with our own resurrection.  We depart these jars of clay and trade them in for the real vessels our souls belong in.

To some, death is a terrifying, sad thought.  But to those of us who belong to Christ, it’s only the beginning.  Our knowledge, our strength, our capacity to love, all of these things are limited here on earth, in these bodies.  What God has in store far surpasses anything we know here.  This is just a warm up for the main event!

Don’t be a fool

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Psalm 14:1a The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” 

Have you ever been called a fool for believing in God or for following Christ? It’s pretty common in this age for the default setting to be atheism, whether one would wear that label or just practice it with their actions. But the truth is, it’s the one who rejects all of the evidence of God’s existence that’s really the foolish one.

“The heavens declare the glory of God,” says the Psalmist. Even the Apostle Paul points out that the self-revelation of God as to His existence is overwhelming. For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them.  For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.”

Did you catch that? The person who denies the existence of God is “without excuse.” It’s not the one who believes what’s been made known who’s a fool. It’s the one who sees the truth and still denies it that acts unwise.

God makes himself known in many ways. Most importantly, He came to live among mankind as a human himself. Anything God ever wanted us to know about himself, He revealed in the person of Jesus. He was and is God in the flesh. To accept Him is to have life and freedom. To reject Him is to lack life and freedom. Be wise. Don’t be a fool.

Watch your mouth

James 3:8-10 “But no one can tame the tongue. It is restless and evil, full of deadly poison. Sometimes it praises our Lord and Father, and sometimes it curses those who have been made in the image of God. And so blessing and cursing come pouring out of the same mouth. Surely, my brothers and sisters, this is not right!”

The tongue and the power it holds. The power to praise the Most High, and in the same breath, the power to breakdown those He has made. A power we have no control over. Restless, evil, poisoning the world around us. Letting loose haunting words, words that roll off others tongues, deep into us. Words that lash from our tongues, colliding into others. Explosive words, words that set the world on fire.

This untamable tongue of ours. Whatever can we do? The answer is, absolutely nothing. Nothing man could ever do would ever change the nature of our tongues. Nothing we could ever do could control it for it is truly uncontrollable. But that’s ok. At the end of the day it all comes down to the heart.

Jesus said in Mark 7:15-16 “It’s not what goes into your body that defiles you; you are defiled by what comes from your heart.” Our tongue is fueled by our heart. Our heart by it’s very nature doesn’t seek after God, but rather seeks out it’s own sinful desires. So that’s it! It’s as simple as a change of heart! Once again, we would be setting ourselves up for failure if we thought there was anything we could ever do to change our hearts. But that also is ok. What it really all comes down to is the Gospel.

A life submitted to Christ is a life setup for the miraculous. For all these things that are impossible for man, are more than possible for God. When we accept God’s precious gift of salvation, we invite Christ into our hearts, and He begins to change us from the inside out.

This is why it’s so important that everyday we submit our hearts to Jesus Christ. In Philippians 4:7 it says “His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” Jesus is the antidote for the poison that has infected all of mankind, but only when you let him. So the question is, what will your tongue be used for today? Submitted to Christ and used as God’s blessing or submitted to yourself, untamed, out of control, and spewing curses. The choice is yours. Submit yourself, guard your heart, watch your mouth.

Get wisdom from the Spirit

Ephesians 5:17-18 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit

Wisdom comes with experience. We have to have lived a while and walked in certain circumstances to really gain wisdom. It doesn’t come free and it doesn’t come from an easy life lived in luxury.

Likewise, we can’t gain wisdom through means like getting drunk. While that may seem like a statement that goes without saying, it should be pointed out that lots of people think they’re pretty smart when they drink too much. It’s not the way to go to get anywhere that matters.

The way we should really look to get understanding is through seeking God’s will. If we allow Him to fill us with the Holy Spirit and to work in our lives, we are much better off than if we allow other things to fill us. The true path to enlightenment is through submission to God.

Use your time wisely

Ephesians 5:15-16 Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. 

There’s a lot of talk in the Bible about wisdom, a lot of direction on how to walk as someone who is wise. It’s pretty clear that God is for us being wise, but not just in our own understanding. He wants us to pursue His ways and His wisdom.

With only so many hours in the day, our schedules can fill up pretty quickly. If we’re not careful, they’ll be full of things that aren’t all that important. The entertainment we cram into our day, the selfish ambitions we seek after, those are all time wasters when we could be moving into the will of God.

He’s doing what He’s doing, with or without us, but the wise person knows to jump on the wave and go with God’s flow. It’s a foolish person who intentionally rejects the will of God to go after some temporary thing to be had on this earth.

Be careful how you use your time. God’s given you 24 hours in a day to live out the life He’s called you to. He’s given you an instruction book, a Helper, and a family to aid you in doing it all. Make the right choice: be who you were created to be.

In the knowledge of Him

Ephesians 1:17-18 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints,

We’d all like to know God a little better; wouldn’t we? Who can say that they’d prefer to be in the dark about who the Father is and what He has in store? No, most of us would like to hear from Him and know what He has to say to us. We expect it even, because God does speak.

We can only truly know Him as He reveals himself to us. He makes himself known as we grow closer to Him, helping us to better understand His character, His nature, His love, and His Fatherhood over us. The more intimately we become acquainted with the Lord, the more He allows us to know Him. Kind of like in our human relationships.

The difference, of course, is that the Father knows perfectly well what exactly to reveal to us at any given time. What we’re not ready for, we don’t know yet. The knowledge we’ve been entrusted with testifies to our growing relationships with Him.

Contrary to popular opinion, God wants to be known. He wants to show us who He is, He wants us to grow closer to Him. He wants His children to be enlightened. Seek Him and you will find Him.

Rebel Or Rely

Your wisdom or God’s, the choice is yours.

1 Corinthians 1:18-21,25 The message of the cross is foolish to those who are headed for destruction! But we who are being saved know it is the very power of God. 19 As the Scriptures say, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise and discard the intelligence of the intelligent.”

20 So where does this leave the philosophers, the scholars, and the world’s brilliant debaters? God has made the wisdom of this world look foolish. 21 Since God in his wisdom saw to it that the world would never know him through human wisdom, he has used our foolish preaching to save those who believe.

25 This foolish plan of God is wiser than the wisest of human plans, and God’s weakness is stronger than the greatest of human strength.

Who in the world wouldn’t want to be wise? I would definitely like to have more wisdom since I have been so unwise at so many different times in my life. We probably all have those kinds of moments in our past and would agree that an extra dose of wisdom would have been helpful.

The wisdom of man is nothing compared to the wisdom of God, take the example that Paul gives us, by man’s wisdom the cross looks like a strange way to save the world. Who would ever think that the maker of heaven and earth would come down to our world in such a lowly, humble way, to be a part of such a plan?

How could intelligent men be so wrong about Jesus that they put him to such a torturous death? The problem is that “There is a path before each person that seems right,” everybody that was a part of the crucifixion story thought that they were doing the right thing. Nobody planned on being that wrong about Jesus, they just didn’t have God’s wisdom. (Proverbs 14:12, 16:25)

Psalm 111:10 Fear of the Lord is the foundation of true wisdom. All who obey his commandments will grow in wisdom. Praise him forever!

This passage of scripture in Psalm 11:10 tells us that if we give honor or reverence to God then we have a good foundation for real, Godly wisdom. It seems to me that if decide to use our own wisdom then we are actually in rebellion against God.

I have a choice: I can rebel or I can rely, I can depend on him for guidance or I can do what I think is good and rebel, I need to constantly be reminded that God’s ways are higher than my ways and his thoughts are higher than my thoughts. (Isaiah 55:9)