The Word of God is Your Wisdom
- Date: February 18, 2019
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “Keep therefore and do them; for this is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the nations, which shall hear all these statutes, and say, Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.” (Deuteronomy 4:6)
- From Wise To Do Evil
To Israel, as they're getting ready to go in and possess the land, he said in Deuteronomy 4, Verses 1-2 , "This is your wisdom: keep my commandments; do them. Do not add to, do not diminish, that you may keep the commandments of the Lord your God that I command you." He goes on in Verse 6, "Keep therefore and do them; for this is your wisdom…"
Now, that agrees exactly with what Jesus says in His teaching in the Sermon on the Mount, isn't it? Keep and do-keep and do-His commandments. The compromise in this hour is this spirit of tolerance telling you and me, "Well, you know, you shouldn't be intolerant of other religions. You know, like Islam. It's a peaceful religion, and it acknowledges Jesus. It's friendly toward Jesus." And since Mormonism seems to be the topic of the hour, "You know, Mormons are Christians. They're just the Latter Day Saints." I don't want to get off on all of the perversion there.
Let's go back to verse 2 here. It's just so irritating to see the dullness of the church today. Let's see, "Do not add to or diminish from." "Oh, here's a book that came from golden plates." Good old Moroni showed up. Give me a break! I mean, you only need one verse! You just need one verse, and it debunks the whole thing! And you'll have boatloads of Christians stand up trying to defend, through a spirit of tolerance, their "Christian" roots. Their roots are found in the Garden of Eden: in self governance, independence, denial of the supremacy and exclusivity of Jehovah. "The Lord our God is one."
So he said, "You will surely become this great and wise and understanding people." Hmm! That's interesting. So here we are, descendents of a great and wise and understanding people. So we should have common sense, if they're our instructors. That great cloud of witnesses that have gone on before us, they're the ones that give us this common sense. They're the ones that give us this wisdom that says so clearly-beloved, listen to me-if you are a friend of the world, you're an "…enemy of God" (James 4:4). When it talks about the world, it's just talking about their philosophical perspective. It's talking about the wisdom that governs their decisions, their kingdom, and James says clearly that wisdom is earthly, sensual, and demonic. (James 3:15)
I told someone just this last week-because, I mean, I know what the flesh does under pressure and how emotions get involved and the tendencies that come upon us. This person was under great pressure at this particular time. I just shared with this person what I've shared with you many times. I said, "Listen, here's the thing you need to do right now. I know you're confused. I know that there's all of this emotional upheaval, whatever it is. Just do this. If you don't have a clear scriptural understanding of what to do, then do the exact opposite of how you feel." Whatever you feel like doing, don't do it. See, there's a wisdom that is earthly, sensual, feeling oriented, experience oriented. "I'm hurt." My tendency is to retaliate. "I'm hurt." My tendency is to retreat. "I'm hurt." Stand! And having done all, stand, praise God!
That's a general principle, but it'll keep you safe a lot of times when your head is scrambled. Worldly wisdom acts on emotions. It acts on human justice. "This is what seems right." "This is only fair." "I have my rights." Then the Word of God rises up and says, "Turn the other cheek." "Pray for them." Man, that doesn't come naturally, does it? There's a wisdom that's from above. It's peaceable! When we are moving in divine wisdom we're at peace. Circumstances absolutely are not influencing us. We're at peace. We're at rest, because we know that what God has promised He's going to perform it, that if God is for us, nobody can be against us.