Being Wise in the World is Not a Gift of God
- Date: September 30, 2019
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.” (Ephesians 6:10)
- From There Is Yet One Man
"Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might" (Ephesians 6:10). Can you step back and truly say that every victory you've experienced, everything that has you where you are today, was purely done by God and not by your own strength? "Be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might." There's nothing about you in that. "Take heed when you think you [stand]." Let's say it this way, "Take heed when you think you stand in the house you built, through the thing that the arm of your flesh has developed." Where you are today, can you say it's purely the hand of God, the work of God? "What I have God has given me. Where I am God has placed me. What I'm doing God has called me to."
"Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might." That verse is one that I don't think we always apply properly. I think we still seem to think that some of what we put in matters. I think we believe the wisdom this world is working in, that we've become proficient in, "It is just a gift of God." I want to tell you something: worldly wisdom is not a gift of God! Do I need to say it again? Being wise in this world, being able to outsmart those competitors, that is not a gift of God! It is enmity with God. "Well, how are we supposed to work?" I'm not talking about every day functions. I'm not talking about doing the work that you've been handed down to do in whatever it is that you're involved in.
There was a TV program I watched called The Men Who Made America. I don't know if any of you have watched it. It's very interesting. It's a show about lust, power and greed. They promote it and laud it because that's what made America. Now, our past president has tried to counteract that, but these guys did such a good job that it doesn't die easily! We are so prosperous that it is hard to kill this thing … for now. But the point I'm making is just the wisdom of the world. It just shows you what's out there and if we can become proficient in this.
As I watched it I thought, "Man, look at this wisdom of the world." You see those who are more subtle, and you see those who are more overt and then you see those who are, for lack of a better term, worldly naive. In other words, assuming there might be some good in man. "People can't be this big of crooks!" Yes, they can. They're of their father the devil. The winner is usually the guy with the most money! That's always the case, unless God's in the factor.
Now, the point I am making about this is the deceitfulness of men, the wickedness of men, the wisdom that people sit there and admire and go, "Wow, look at why these men are so successful! It's the wisdom of this world!" Yes, the one that goes about to kill, steal, and destroy. People admire that. They may not come out openly and talk about how they admire the rich and the powerful. All the rich and powerful people, they are not always so visible today.
We're not part of that. When we are excited about having experienced some success in those arenas, that's not what should bring joy to our hearts. I was so blessed when I heard one of our young ones recently letting the Holy Spirit use them. I thought, "That's what this is all about! Reaching the next generation and not letting them get caught up in the cares of this world and all of the lies and deceits and the vanities around us. Sitting down and letting them watch us walk out what this one had just prophesied and us making sure that we hold to it and hold them to that. 'To the words of your mouth that God spoke out of you, that's what we're going to hold you to, praise God!'" It's exciting to be a part of building the kingdom of God!