Let God in His Wisdom Promote You
- Date: February 22, 2019
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “For my people is foolish, they have not known me; they are sottish children, and they have none understanding: they are wise to do evil, but to do good they have no knowledge.” (Jeremiah 4:22)
- From Wise To Do Evil
If we're going to be masters of the kingdom, we must be temperate in everything else. And the problem is we're wise toward evil, as the prophet Jeremiah said. We're masters, many of us, of the world's methods and temperate in the things of the kingdom of God. "Now, don't get carried away! I mean, you know you're going to have to have a job, and you're going to have to take care of yourself. So don't get carried away in how many hours you're spending in prayer and how much you're serving in the kingdom. Don't get carried away in all the time you're putting into the body of Christ. You know we've got to have time for the world."
Now we wouldn't quite promote it that way, but we think it. I won't look for a show of hands, so don't raise your hands. Just raise them inside. How many of us in our carnal, fleshly selfness, think those things? I'm trying to look at all these ways we describe independence. "Man, I can't be putting all my time into …"-see, we wouldn't say this-"I can't be putting all my time into the kingdom. I can't be putting all my time into the body of Christ. I can't be putting all of my time into spiritual things. I mean, we're in the world. So I've got to prepare, and I've got to get my double doctorates. And I've got to spend a few more hours on the job so I'll be recognized instead of this other guy, because, you know, we're both up for promotion. So I need to put in a few more hours. I need to have my reports-be a little more diligent. I need to impress the Executive VP."
God said His wisdom would promote us. God said if you sought the kingdom of God first, that He would provide for you, food and raiment. That's the wisdom of God. Do we find ourselves thinking this other way? Do we find ourselves acting out this other? The answer to that is yes we do, all of us. Part of what we're wanting to do in this study is-don't justify that. See it for the enemy it is; see it for the danger it is. Return to the simplicity of the wisdom of God that says not only don't involve yourself but oppose that spirit in those among us and in your family, so that they're not getting caught up in it.
"Well, I mean, how can we succeed if we do it that way?" You mean in the wisdom of God? Let me think. No, I guess you won't. You'll always be a peon. Oh, wait a minute. Abraham said, "You go ahead and choose." "Choose whatever one you want. Choose the best, and I'll take what's left over"-that which the world doesn't want, that which the flesh doesn't want, that which self will doesn't want, that whose eyes that are fixed upon Sodom don't want-"I'll take that and God." Did it work for Abraham? Abundantly! (see Genesis 13:14-17)
Remember Joseph? God gives him a promise! Everybody opposes him. They try to kill him. Can't kill him. "We'll exile him. Put him in the pit." He refuses to go with the world's wisdom. He's betrayed. He's despised. He's lied against. He's imprisoned. Oh, then he's on the throne. Where did that come from? The wisdom of God!