This morning my brothers and sisters in The Lord hear the voice of the Lord as He ministers to us.
Turn with me in your Bibles to Book of Proverbs 14:6-9
6 A scorner seeketh wisdom, and findeth it not: but knowledge is easy unto him that understandeth.
7 Go from the presence of a foolish man, when thou perceivest not in him the lips of knowledge.
8 The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way: but the folly of fools is deceit.
9 Fools make a mock at sin: but among the righteous there is favour.
Verse 6 – Proverbs encourages us to seek God’s wisdom, which only the teachable can gain. We must come to God with a humble heart and a child-like attitude if we desire to know the secrets of His Kingdom. “Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein” (Mark 10:15). “Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you…” (James 4:8). This means that we are to be “child-like,” (not “childish”) in our approach to God. We are to come to God trusting Him with a child-like trust. Defiant scorners can neither know God’s ways nor find answers to their questions. Applying the Word of God to our adverse circumstances is what is needed if we are to have the victory.
Verses 7-8 – We are admonished to depart from the foolish and self-confident man, since he will not listen to words of wisdom. It is important to seek godly counsel regarding our problems because the only way we can overcome them is to apply what the Bible says about them. A prudent man understands which is the right way to go, and can give wise advice. Knowledge should not be sought from rebellious, self-confident men; they only have worldly answers. Their advice is deceptive, because it does not contain the truth. Applying the Word of God to our adverse circumstances is what is needed if we are to have the victory.
Verse 9 – A fool mocks at sin; but ultimately sin will mock the fool. He considers standards of right and wrong to be outdated, and he jokes about them. He seeks temporary relief from his problems, but permanent answers are found only through Jesus Christ. Sin prevents him from finding eternal life and true answers to his problems. Men will reap what they sow in eternity, if not in this life. When we repent of our sins and turn from our wicked ways, our faith in Jesus Christ will deliver us from the destruction we deserve. Just take a page out the life of David and Psalm 51.
Those who follow Christ find God’s favour, which cannot be bought through religious rituals. What is God’s favour? God’s favour is experienced when we find His peace in the midst of our storms; His provision for all our needs; His strength when we are weary; His healing when we are sick; His protection when we are threatened; His love when we are lonely. It is something money cannot buy. Many times in my life when I prayed for the money to meet a need, God gave me favour instead, so that I was given more time to take care of the bill or even had it cancelled. We are most blessed as His children to have access to His favour. He knows us and take care of us in His own way and time. The hymn writer declares that our times are in His hands.Hallelujah
Let us pray
Dear heavenly Father, thank you for Your favour in my life. I do not ever want to take it for granted. You have provided abundantly and I am thankful for all of my blessings. Lord, I desire to keep a “child-like” attitude so that I can learn more about You and Your kingdom. Thank you for love and strength for each new day. I know that You will make a way for me to walk in victory this day. I do appreciate Your goodness and grace toward me and those that I am praying for. Bless my friends, family and all of my loved ones. I ask this in the Name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
Your servant and brother,
+ Sir Godfrey Gregg
Archbishop and Presiding Prelate
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