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Beware of Pride and Presumption

Scripture reading for January 9th: Matthew 7, Psalm 7, Prov. 7

Key Scriptures:  Matthew 7:21-23  “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of My Father who is in heaven.  On that day many will say to Me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your Name, and cast  out demons in Your Name, and do many mighty works in Your Name?’  And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you workers of lawlessness.'”

Jesus taught His disciples that confession of faith was not enough in and of itself to guarantee entrance into the kingdom of heaven.  Even works done in the Name of Jesus would not qualify a person for entrance.  Confession and good works must be accompanied by complete submission to God and yielding to His will in every area of life.  Faith confessions must be demonstrated by humble obedience to God’s will and word.

Faith’s confession:  Jesus, I confess that You are Lord of my life.  I pray that Your kingdom would come and Your will would be done in my life on earth as in heaven.  Deliver me from pride and presumption, and fill me with Your Holy Spirit that I may truly know You better each day.

Proverbs 7:1-3 “My son, keep My words and treasure up My commandments with you; keep My commandments and live; keep My teaching as the apple of your eye; bind them on your fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart.”  

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Perfect knowledge?

Scripture reading for May 31st: Job 35-37

“I get my knowledge from afar; I will ascribe justice to my Maker.  Be assured that my words are not false; one perfect in knowledge is with you.” Job 36:3-4

Have you ever been around a person who thinks he knows everything?  For every question, he has an answer and he even has information you did not ask for.  Elihu was such a person.  He boasted of his great wisdom and but was not much different from the other three friends.  He talked down to Job and subtly accused Job of not knowing God, yet he claimed to know God perfectly.  (Job 36:4)

Elihu stated that God commanded sinners to repent and that if they listened, they would spend the rest of their days in prosperity.  (Job 36:11)  This argument had already been hashed around and Job had reminded them that this was not always the case.  Sometimes the wicked prosper and nothing seems to touch them here on earth.  (Job 21:7-14)  We cannot always presume that our life on earth has to be a certain way based on our behavior. God may allow other things to work out His purposes, but they will all be for our good if we love him.  (Romans 8:28)

Elihu stated that our sin had no effect on God.  (Job 35:6)  Sin does have an effect on God.  It provokes His anger and all sin is against God first.  Without His Law we would not know sin, good or evil.  God’s revelation of His Law and the consequences of sin show God’s concern.  Job was before the Law was given but God never changes and His character was the same then as now!

Elihu also warned Job not to turn to evil and accused him of preferring evil to affliction.  (Job 36:21)  When we think that we are perfect in knowledge, we can easily become judgmental and critical of others.  Knowledge puffs us up, but love builds us up!  (1st Corinthians 8:1b)

As I ponder these dissertations by Job’s friends, I am reminded of my own need to be more quiet and listen longer before I speak. (James 1:19-20)  No one is perfect in knowledge and understanding but the Lord!  He is our helper and guide!  In all our ways we must acknowledge Him, and He will direct our paths!  (Proverbs 3:5-7)

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One perfect in knowledge?

Scripture reading for June 1st: Job 35-37

“I get my knowledge from afar; I will ascribe justice to my Maker.  Be assured that my words are not false; one perfect in knowledge is with you. Job 36:3-4

Have you ever been around a person who thinks he knows everything?  For every question, he has an answer and he even has information you did not ask for.    Elihu boasted of his great wisdom and did give some good information.  But Elihu was not much different from Job’s other three friends and he claimed to know God perfectly.  (Job 36:4)

Elihu stated that God commanded sinners to repent and that if they listened, they would spend the rest of their days in prosperity.  (Job 36:11)  This argument had already been hashed around by Job and he concluded that this was not always the case.  Sometimes the wicked prosper and nothing seems to touch them here on earth.  (Job 21:7-14)  We cannot always presume that our life on earth has to be a certain way based on our behavior. God may allow other things to work out His purposes in our life, but they will all be for our good if we love him.  (Romans 8:28)

Elihu also stated that our sin has no effect on God.  (Job 35:6)  Sin provokes His anger and all sin is against God.  God’s revelation of His Law and the consequences of sin show God’s concern.  Of course, Job was before the Law but God never changes and His character is the same then as now!

Elihu accused Job of preferring evil to affliction.  (Job 36:21)  This also was presumptuous on Elihu’s part.  When we think that we are perfect in knowledge, we can easily become judgmental and critical of others.  Knowledge puffs us up, but love builds us up!  (1st Corinthians 8:1b)  We must not judge others by what we see or think we know.  There is often much more than meets our eye!

God alone has perfect knowledge!   He has given His followers the Holy Spirit as a helper to bring small portions of His perfect knowledge to us as we have need.   He can give us understanding in all situations and show us when to speak and when to remain silent.  As we walk with the Holy Spirit, we can ask Him for knowledge and wisdom to effectively minister to those who are hurting.

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