Trusting in Worldly Wisdom Can Lead to Spiritual Death
- Date: March 15, 2019
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “Receive my instruction, and not silver; and knowledge rather than choice gold. For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it.” (Proverbs 8:10-11)
- From Wise To Do Evil
As Father is bringing His people here into the crucible, He said, "Here's how I see you. You may be seeing yourself as those that are the children of the ark, of the covenant. But I want to tell you something. We've come past all of that. You're going to have to have your own personal encounter with Me. And let Me share with you where you are as a people right now. You're a sottish people. You have no understanding, and you're only wise to do evil." (Jeremiah 4:22)
That's a powerful statement, isn't it? "Your wisdom is only to do evil." Can I say it this way, so you can understand evil? "Your wisdom is about how to get your own way." Does that register a little more? "Here's where you guys are wise, in how to manipulate things to get it your way. You're only wise in how to make yourself a god. Your wisdom, all the time and energy you spend, is in promoting the image of who you are and not embracing the reality. And to do good; you have no knowledge at all what it means to do good."
Now, thank God, we're probably not in that severe of a situation. But to do good is to acknowledge that there is none good but God (Matthew 19:17). And anything that we do of worth, it's Him living and moving and having His being in us (Acts 17:28). Anything that's good is He that works in me to will and to do His own good pleasure (Philippians 2:13). I have nothing to offer that's good. And once we come to that realization, now we can begin to seek and hunger for the wisdom of God, the will of God. We're realizing it's going to cost something. It's not going to be what we think it is. But we finally come down to that place of being "the foolish" that 1 Corinthians speaks of.
And the world hates us because we go out there every day and say to the world, "You're not what you think you are. Your ways don't work. Your wisdom is from a man who's a liar and the father of lies, and there is no truth in him" (John 8:44). Because of that they're going to hate us, the Scripture says, because they first hated Him (John 15:18). So He said, "Here's what I want you to do. I want you to gain the wisdom that I have for you as a gift."
Proverbs 8, verse 11, "For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it." God's wisdom is greater than rubies. Okay? You've got a financial problem. We can solve it two ways. Here is a ruby. Here's the Word. Will the ruby solve the financial problem? Uh-huh, it will. Will the Word solve the financial problem? Yes, and it will probably fix the cause! This Word is greater than rubies! The wisdom of God is greater than rubies, than anything that can be obtained, the Scripture says. We say, "Yes." But what if you had a need and a dollar could solve it, would I say, "Okay, brother, here's a dollar, here you go." or "I have a Scripture for you."
Isn't that where we live? What do you normally do? What would you say, historically, is the course you take? A bank loan will solve it. A credit card will solve it. There are two wisdoms; they both work. Which have we become dependent upon? We hear this, and go, "Oh yes, amen! Wisdom is better than a dollar, and all things that may be desired are not to be compared to it." But then what do we actually do? This world has its own wisdom. It's got its own system, and it works. The system works. Earthly, sensual, and demonic wisdom works. It'll make you rich, and it'll make you powerful. It'll make you independent, and it will send you to hell. It will make you a fool in the eyes of God. How free are we? You see, the wisdom of Lot, he made the right choice, from the world's perspective. He went down into the land, and he possessed it. There was wealth to be gained and fame. He sat at the gates, and he passed judgments. He was wise. All that he had learned at Abraham's side promoted him in the world, and it almost killed him! And the environment that he moved in so proficiently vexed his righteous spirit. To think that you're moving proficiently in that system and not being vexed isn't a wise position to take.