We Have Nothing to Add to God’s Wisdom
- Date: September 23, 2019
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.” (1 Corinthians 9:25)
- From There Is Yet One Man
I really want us to really stop and go, "Okay, let's take a real survey of our pursuit of God." We've talked about what Paul says concerning mastery in Corinthians a number of times, but we know that if we're going to be a master in some area then we must be temperate in the others. How much time did you spend in mastering the kingdom today? Or are we temperate in our prayer, temperate in our service in the kingdom, temperate even now in our thinking toward the return of the Lord. Did it enter your mind to just take a little bit of time and meditate on the imminent return of the Lord?
All of the pieces are in place in the world today, aren't they? You look at China, you look at the king of the south, you look at Persia, you look at Iran, you look at the king of the north and all the Muslim factions there in the southern areas of what used to be Russia. We look at all of this working in the west. When we were in New York not to long ago, we drove by-it almost makes you ill-but we drove by the United Nations building. I don't get it. Who are those guys, thinking they're going to tell our Congress what we're supposed to do? Who is the United Nations? They started out as pretend. They've never had any power and now power continues to be handed to them by the nations. This sounds familiar scripturally; doesn't it? Many of us in our prophesy haven't given a lot of thought to the United Nations becoming maybe a power of the world, the policemen of the world, the governing body of the world. Even so come quickly, Lord Jesus!
Look where we're living! Where's the preparation of our hearts, then, in that imminent return of the Lord? Are you becoming a master in the kingdom, a master wielding the sword of the spirit? Are you a master with that shield of faith? Are you a master at making sure this adornment is in place of the full armor of God? If we're going to master the armor of God, we must be temperate in everything else. How would you judge yourself today? Now, here's the bad news: God doesn't grade on the curve. It's pass or fail. It's perfect or nothing. We're so used to moving in the non-absolute that we lose sight of how holy and righteous our God is.
I was sharing this in a recent deacons' meeting a little bit, and I think some of us fail to remember. We don't have a clue-many of us have been walking with God for a long time-and we still do not have a clue of how holy God is! Not even a clue, not close. We cannot come close using even perfect finite reasoning to comprehend the infinite. I was sharing with the men and it had to do with a counseling situation. I said, "You know, the problem that the parents are having in discerning and making some of these decisions is this: the moment that we find ourselves in a spiritual war, as much as we don't want to think it, our worldly wisdom starts kicking in. 'How can we do this? How can we preserve them? How can we take the softest hit? How can we...?'" It causes all of this confusion, because where there's double mindedness, there's every evil work. That happens because we're not adorned in the armor of God. There's only one way that we can get the absolute holiness of God and the absolute righteousness of God applied properly, and that's to allow absolutely no amalgamation of the world's wisdom and the wisdom of God. The only safe way to do that is to follow this little map that He gave us. I'll say we've heard it hundreds of times, "Read and do it!" There doesn't need to be any time placed into this of trying to analyze. "My nature is to step back and to analyze everything and really begin to look at all of the consequences. That's the way I approach things." You cannot approach the Word of God that way. The moment you're faced with a situation that the Word of God speaks to you, do it now. God doesn't need you to sit back and analyze His Word and analyze this situation and, "What will be the best application at this time?"