Google+ 05/02/13 Wise Choices, Not Twisted Ones!

Proverbs 2:10-12


For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will fill you with joy.
Wise choices will watch over you.  Understanding will keep you safe.

Wisdom will save you from evil people, from those whose words are twisted. 


If we really stop and pray about why we are saved by grace, and not by works, we will discover what God and Jesus have known all along.  Yes, God sent His only Son to earth to die for all of us, that our sin might be washed away.  There were many opportunities for the human side of Jesus to make bad choices.  We are so fortunate to have been shown most of those in Holy Scripture.  None of us are immune from making bad choices.  I have certainly made my share of these "twisted" choices in my life.  Our Scripture today tells us the only way to avoid catastrophic results of unwise choices in our life.  God's wisdom must enter our heart and His knowledge must fill us with joy.  To quote one of my good friends from New Jersey, "Really?"  Yes, really!!!  As Christians, we talk a lot about prayer, but do we really do it as often as we say we do?  I think not and I will tell you why I think that.  It takes time in our busy days to truly commune with God and listen to His voice.  We must make this an intentional activity.  It must be our earthly priority.  We are all involved in far too many time-wasting activities that keep us from our true purpose of glorifying and praising God with all our heart, soul, body, and mind.  How are we supposed to engulf ourselves in God's wisdom and knowledge if we don't give Him time to talk to us?  The Holy Spirit can only speak to us if we stop and take time for the conversation.  While there are many ways to talk to God, certainly two of the most effective activities are praying and studying.  If you have not noticed, there are plenty of people in our lives whose words are "twisted."  We find these people in our families, at work, at school, and yes, at church.  Jesus knelt down in the Garden of Gethsemane and asked God to take the cup away from Him.  Jesus was on the verge of making an unwise decision.  If He had listened to the disciples, He would have fallen asleep or escaped from public view to hide Himself from the world.  The divine side of Him helped Him choose wisely and follow God's will.  What do we do, since we have no divine side?  We take advantage of what Jesus left us when He ascended to heaven.  You see, God knew we would make all the wrong decisions without His presence here on earth.  As a result, as the earthly presence of Jesus was ascending to heaven, the Holy Spirit was desending upon us, if we chose to accept it.  If we don't accept it, we will lack God's wisdom and knowledge and our words will become "twisted."  In the last year, I have been a witness to many people, churches, and organizations making important decisions that simply were not Godly.  As a result, I have watched many be consumed by "evil" people, whose words are "twisted."  Before you get concerned about the use of the word "evil," please understand that the Bible defines "evil" as the lack of God's presence.  We act in an "evil" way when we do not carry the Holy Spirit with us, and let it guide and protect us.  None of us set out on our morning's journey, proclaiming allegiance to Satan and vowing to do his will!  What we fail to see and understand is that without the presence, wisdom, and knowledge of God in our lives, Satan has free reign.  Without us calling on the name of Jesus, Satan has all the power over us.  So, attention all "fence-sitters" out there who want to please everyone and offend no one.  You are inviting Satan into your life everyday, and by trying not to offend anyone with God's truth, you end up offending everyone!  There is a popular, current Christian song that proclaims, "If God is for us, who can stand against us."  Turn it around.  If God is not for us, everyone can stand against us.  To all within the sound of my voice (in this case, writing of words!), especially church members and clergy, I encourage you to commit to spending time with God experiencing His wisdom and knowledge.  Then, act on what He tells you by making "Wise Choices, not Twisted Ones!"