|Posted by Lorraine Serra on February 21, 2012 at 1:00 PM|
Practicing what you preach…. That is a sign of wisdom in both the natural and spiritual sense.
In the natural realm, wisdom is defined as the application of knowledge. If you know something, use it and share it.
Model for others the knowledge you have acquired by demonstration. Apply it.
For example, if you went to college and got your BS in science or math or psychology, chances are you have knowledge that you can wisely apply in everyday life as well as in your work to be effective.
If you have knowledge of how to make a roux, while others have no idea what that even means, then wisdom would be demonstrated when you utilize that knowledge to affect the consistency of your sauce or soup.
In rearing up children, it is definitely wise to practice what you preach, and apply what you know because, without a doubt, children learn what they observe.
Are we true to our confession of loving God? Do we “walk the talk”? Do others know it by our words and actions?
Wisdom is applying the knowledge we have about God’s love and power to permeate our lives and produce divine results. The biggest result: peace. We are never on our own to accomplish it, but rely on the Lord to discipline us and gift us.
Since Jesus is the wisdom of God to us, becoming more Jesus-conscious at all times, moves us ahead to the desired divine results.
It is interesting to me, and I am certain it is no coincidence at all, that no sooner did I decide to focus on this subject of godly wisdom, that I was suddenly aware of wisdom discussions all around me.
I turned on the TV early one morning, wisdom was the subject the preacher was teaching. Last week, our pastor was preaching on
1 Corinthians 1:18-25 where Paul states that the cross of Christ seems like folly to the world, because the wisdom of man will never line up with the wisdom of God.
Man’s logic and judgment will always be flawed. That is why we have faith in the power of God, not in the wisdom of man.
I began to read a classic book called, “Success Is Not an Accident” and wisdom is all over it!
Over this past week, as I have meditated on the scriptures I shared in last week’s assignment, I know that my heart has been changed, or perhaps I should say, awakened to an issue that needs to be addressed.
Just so you know, I am practicing what I am "preaching", praise God!
For myself, God has dealt with me as I pursued His wisdom to apply the teaching in Phil 4:6-7: Do not allow anxiety to overtake you, but bring everything to God’s capable hand, rest in Him and trust Him and you will receive the peace He promises.
The verse in James 3:17 knocks my socks off with the need for discipline and more "Jesus consciousness", if I may call it that:
“But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. “
I have determined, with God's help, to measure my interactions by these standards. Whew!!
I discovered that one of the barriers to peace for me has been not so much a lack of trust, but a harried schedule of non-stop multi-tasking that wears me out!! Can anyone relate?
For most women, especially mothers who also work outside the home, and absolutely for homeschool moms, and I'm certain for many men as well, multi-tasking is a very necessary part of life!! Or, is it?
Here is the revelation of Wisdom from Jesus for which I have been carving out a new pattern of discipline to eliminate so much multi-tasking. Believe me, I’ve only just begun. But, it is making sense and I am sure that my blood pressure has been lowered considerably!!
Slow down and focus on the task at hand. Talk to the Lord while I am washing the dishes instead of thinking about how I should run to the laundry room to move the clothes to the dryer while calling that sick friend who needs encouragement, while jotting down a note to make that dental appointment, at the same time planning dinner in my mind, straightening up for my music students and reminding my son that he has homework to do……well, you get the point!
Oh, and how will I ever squeeze in one hour to exercise let alone work on my Bible study? Oh, how I hate to feel like my study time is another thing on my “to do list”.
Everyone's life looks a little different, but there is a fundamental mindset in our culture that we have so much to do. We are walking around exhausted, and I'm not so sure that exhaustion is the fruit of wisdom, nor is it the reward of peace.
Do you agree?
Wisdom has spoken to me about this area of my life. Prayerfully prioritize, then let go, trust Me, and I will order your steps today for My purposes and My glory. You cannot, and you do not, need to do everything. You shall, however, put Me first and reap the rewards I have promised.
Guess what? Stuff happens that needs to happen. In fact, I have found that my best time of praise and worship, as well as insight, comes to me when I am out power walking with the Lord. I hate to miss my walk! ( I don't consider walking and talking with my Friend multi-tasking! )
I have also decided I need a portable tape machine of some kind to record the prayers and words of wisdom that come out of His Spirit speaking to mine! Glory! Glory! Glory! I was literally weeping the other day.
Oh, how He loves you and me.
Let me encourage you, dear one. Take some time to exert that discipline He is speaking to you about. Go over last week’sassignment.
Your response and the instruction you receive will be just for you. It will be a perfect fit because Your Lord Jesus knows you so well.
There are so many scriptures in the Holy Word of God, living and active, ready to empower you.
Give Him access. What we sow, we will reap. Sow seeds of Wisdom, and watch Jesus nurture a powerful and transformed spirit within you.
More on this soon. I am praying for you!
Father, I am rejoicing that You are such an intimate Savior and Friend. A friend loves at all times, and encourages and advises. Your love is best of all, and Your Wisdom is a most powerful gift. Thank you for always being willing to supply generously all that I need to best serve You. Amen.
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