1. Test everything by examination by spiritual standards and understanding.  The fire of the Spirit (his convicting, guidance and illumination). the instructions from the apostles and missionaries, and the written revelation of God are the lenses through which we must scrutinize everything. The purpose of testing was to hold on to the good, and to avoid every kind of evil.  The good has its origin in God; evil is a distortion of that good.  Evil is twisting and destructive.  We must not flirt with evil.  - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - I Thessalonians 5:21-22  pg. 75-76. 
  2. You ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.” - James 4:15.  Wisdom is the ability to do God’s will in God’s timing; and though we do not know exactly what the future holds, we can always say, “If the Lord wills…”  Make your plans prayerfully and hold them loosely.  And with every prayer request and every plan and project, give it to Him, saying, “Lord if it be Your will…”  We don’t know what the future holds, but we know who holds the future. - from “Unknown.” - From page 231 of Turning Points with God by David Jeremiah.
  3. To know the will of God is the highest of all wisdom.  Living in the center of God’s will rules out falseness of religion and puts the stamp of true sincerity upon our service to God. - From Page 152 from Billy Graham in Quotes by Franklin Graham with Donna Lee Toney.
  4. One of the things you may ask for in prayer is understanding. If you ask, you will receive it.” Do you and I lack understanding? Does the Bible at times seem a closed book to us? Are certain sayings of Christ or certain doctrines “hard”? If so, we have this promise that, if we ask, we will receive understanding. Jesus has said that he will show us “plainly about [the] Father.” - From commentary on John 16:23 from the Boice Expositional Commentary (27 volumes) by James Montgomery Boice.
  5. Isaiah 55:8-9: “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the LORD. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways And My thoughts than your thoughts.” - Swindoll, Charles R (2012-08-01). Living the Psalms: Encouragement for the Daily Grind (p. 21). Worthy Publishing. Kindle Edition.  To gain true wisdom, we should remember its true source and seek it from God above.  Sources can be found in His Word throughout the Bible.  Other sources can be through prayer and living and serving in obedience to His Word.
  6. But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace. James 3:17-18
    Think  about it... you come to an intersection in life and you have the right-of-way. Maybe it’s even one of those moments when you can say, “I told you so!” Sure, you can be right. But you might end up being dead right, hurting yourself and others.    
    As Christians, one thing we need to remember is that being right isn’t the most important thing. Yes, we believe what we say is true, but our command is to “love your neighbor,” not “prove yourself right to your neighbor.” Speak the truth in love and you’ll avoid being dead right!  SPEAK THE TRUTH PEACEABLY AND YOU’LL FOSTER AN ATMOSPHERE OF UNITY AND LOVE! - From the May 8 devotional reading from PowerPoint Today by Dr. Jack Graham.
  7. A life of wisdom cannot be gained apart from reverence for God.  - From the Holman Old Testament Commentary - Proverbs -- Pg 17.
  8. If you will come, you will find that Jesus is a wonderful teacher. He is wise and kind. He is patient. He will teach what you most need to know. Moreover, if you will come to him and allow him to teach you, you will soon excel in that wisdom which is pleasing to God and, as Psalm 119 promises, you will have “more insight than all [your] teachers” (v. 99). I know many Christians who are like that. They have never taken formal academic degrees. Some do not even speak good English. But they are wise spiritually because they have learned from him who is wisdom itself. - From commentary on John 21:9-14 from the Boice Expositional Commentary (27 volumes) by James Montgomery Boice.
  9. Much confusion would be avoided if we would remember one simple principle- knowledge is based on fact. Somehow, somewhere, sometime a fact has to be established; otherwise, there is nothing to be known.  Human knowledge of a fact and God's knowledge of that same fact. Human knowledge is essentially after- knowledge; the fact has to be established before we can know it. God's knowledge is not so limited. He also has foreknowledge- He can foreknow things, but the things He foreknows are things that do happen. Moreover, the ability of God to look ahead with such precision, to see future facts, and even accurately predict them (as is evident in Bible prophecy), does not mean that He makes them happen. He just knows about them. - From the Commentary on 1 Peter 1:2 in Phillips Commentaries by John Phillips.
  10. James 4:15 - Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that. -  James brings us back to his original thought. We should not announce boastfully our plans for the future. We should acknowledge reverently that we are completely dependent on the will of God for the accomplishment of anything. The Lord can bless our plans, or He can blight them. What matters is that, even in forming our plans, we should seek the Lord's will humbly and involve Him in even the mundane, ordinary affairs of life. Failure to do that makes us presumptuous. Involving God, right from the start, in the decision- making process, is the way of wisdom.  - From commentary from James 4:15 of John Phillips Commentary Series (27 Volumes) published by Kregel.
  11. How You Can Be Renewed and Rebuilt Each DayRomans 12:2 - Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. God is making us who have faith in Christ into the likeness of His Son, Jesus. He’s daily removing the old and the decaying with His Spirit of renewal. Day by day, we’re being built into the image of Jesus Christ.
    God’s not done with us yet. So thank Him that you can be renewed and rebuilt daily when you submit to the work of His Spirit in your life!
    - From the Jamuary 28, 2016 PowerPoint Devotional Reading by Jack Graham.
  12. The third promise is a particularly important one, for it concerns Christ’s continuing revelation of himself to those who have believed on him. He says, “Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him” (v.21).
    This is a step beyond the promise of sure knowledge of who he is, as a careful reading will show. The fact of his historical resurrection and of his gift of the Holy Spirit to us so that we can understand the gospel and believe on him is first in order and is important. But, having come to know who Jesus is and having believed on him, the Christian will then want to know him more fully. In this case, the knowledge will be not so much a knowledge about him, leading to faith, but rather a deep knowledge of him in which the disciple comes to experience the Lord in the fullest and most personal way. How would this be possible if it were not that Christ himself provides it? There would be no way in which we could know him fully as a living person and close friend. He is not here for us thus to know him. We cannot know him unless he reveals himself. But reveal himself is precisely what he does. The verses that come at the end of this section even go on to say that in the future period of the Spirit’s full activity the disciples would come to know Jesus better even than in the days of his physical presence among them.  - From the commentary on John 14:21 “Further Revelation” from the Boice Expositional Commentary Series (27 volumes) by James Montgomery Boice.
  13. Know that wisdom—like an inheritance—is of great value (Eccl. 7:11-14)
    a. Wisdom—like money—is a shelter, a refuge
    b. Wisdom is of more value than money: Knowledge can save a person’s life
    c. Wisdom considers the works of God: No one understands His ways, yet we must yield to God’s will
    d. Wisdom helps us enjoy prosperity & prepare for adversity
        1) Helps us understand & accept God’s will
        2) Helps us accept that we cannot know the future; thus, we must trust God
    - From the reading about Ecclesiastes 7:11-14 in the Preacher’s Outline and Sermon Bible Old and New Testament Commentary Set (44-Volumes) - by Alpha-Omega Ministries, Publisher: Leadership Ministries Worldwide
  14. A person who turns his back on God is a fool.  A wise person will pursue learning and listen to counsel.  - From the Holman Old Testament Commentary - Proverbs -- Pg 17.
  15. Proverbs 18:15: The heart of the prudent aquires knowledge, And the ear of the wise seeks knowledge. (NKJV)
  16. Proverbs 19:8 - He who gets wisdom loves his own soul; He who keeps understanding will find good. (NKJV)
  17. Proverbs 19: 20 - Listen to advice and accept instruction, and in the end you will be wise. (NIV)
  18. Commit yourself to the pursuit of wisdom.  Wisdom is hard to gain even after you have given yourself to it.  It is impossible without commitment to it.  - From the Holman Old Testament Commentary - Proverbs -- Pg 17.
  19. Be willing to struggle to understand things that are difficult to comprehend.  The struggle sharpens your understanding and increases your wisdom.  - From the Holman Old Testament Commentary - Proverbs -- Pg 17.
  20. God wants us to know His will and so clearly reveals that that will on His Word.  A mere knowledge of God's Word is not what will please him.  We need to be controlled by that knowledge. - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - Colossians 1:9 - Pg 281.
  21. Proverbs 4:5: Get wisdom, get understanding  Christianity is a journey of growth and development through the gaining of wisdom on a daily basis.  We must seek wisdom the way a runner seeks the physical ability to go ten more miles by doing a little more each time she runs.  Proverbs tells us, Those who seek me [wisdom] diligently will find me (Proverbs 8:17).  When we begin to seek wisdom, it will become a part of our everyday lives and guide us through each moment.We are reminded countless time in Gods Word that wisdom is worth more than all the riches we could ever dream of, but we must seek it and attentively work at becoming wise in the Lord, for wisdom is not a destination but a journey we must partake in every day.  As we trust God to give us wisdom for today’s decisions, He will lead us a step at a time into what He wants us to be doing in the future. - Theodore Epp.  - From page 252 of Turning Points with God by David Jeremiah.
  22. The knowledge and control of God's will comes through all spiritual wisdom and understanding.  This is more than simple intelligence.  Wisdom refers to the comprehension of truth, while understanding refers to the application of truth.  Being controlled by God's will means believers comprehend the principals of Scripture and then put them into practice. - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - Colossians 1:9 - Pg 281.
  23. The more we know of God's character, his ways, and his expectation, the more we are able to bring our lives in conformity with what pleases him.  - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - Colossians 1:10 - Pg 281.
  24. It is proper for a Christian to ask God to strengthen him to do God's will.  God will do this.  Sometimes it is immediate, and other times it is gradual, similar to the way a person is strengthened over time physically.  As we yield ourselves to God in trust and obedience, we are strengthened to do his will.  - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - Colossians 1:11 - Pg 282.
  25. Older people can take pride in their lives if they will continue to grow in wisdom all their days.  - From the Holman Old Testament Commentary - Proverbs - Pg 317.
  26. Young people can increase their pleasure in life and decrease its pain if they will choose wisdom over foolishness. - From the Holman Old Testament Commentary - Proverbs - Pg 317.
  27. Work with God as you commit yourself to spiritual growth and a close relationship with Christ. - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - I Thessalonians 1 pg. 12. 
  28. Learn what God thinks by knowing his Word and then resting in his sovereignty as you obey it.  People are to remain the priority of our lives and efforts.  - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - I Thessalonians 2 pg. 29.
  29. True spirituality is never static, we either progress or lose ground.  Our goal should include continual development of the graces of faith and love.- From the Holman New Testament Commentary - 2 Thessalonians  pg. 95.
  30. Spiritual truth comes from God.  People devise myths and deviations from that truth.  We need to study the Scriptures and continually learn the contents of faith.  We lose a "good conscience" when we allow our own "myths" or interpretations to supplant true faith.  - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - 1 Timothy 1 pg. 154-155.
  31. The more we understand grace and God's goodness, the more we are aware of our own sinfulness.   - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - 1 Timothy 1 pg. 154-155.
  32. Only God is truly wise.  Our limited knowledge should keep us humble and searching.  - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - 1 Timothy 2 pg. 163.
  33. What God says is often contrary to our natural inclinations.  But, we must remember that we see through the skewed lens of fallen humanity.  Even the whole issue of forgiveness grates against our desire for revenge.  So, we need not always understand the logic of God's instructions, but we do need to think carefully and then obey.  - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - 1 Timothy 2:14 pg. 171.
  34. When interpreting a verse or paragraph in the Bible, there are three contexts that must be remembered to arrive at the intended truth: - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - 1 Timothy 2 pg. 176.
  35. The Bible is the protocol book for life - for all we do. - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - 1 Timothy 3:14-15 pg. 191.
  36. The words of our Lord teach that in the ultimate sense the truth that comes from God has been embodied in a person. No one would ever imagine this. To us truth is abstract and may be supposed always to remain abstract. We think of truth in terms of equations and figures and propositions. But God says that truth is personal. More than that, it is a person and this person is the Lord Jesus Christ. He himself said unequivocably, “I am the way and the truth and the life” (John 14:6). This is the answer to Plato’s quest. Plato had said, “It may be that some day there will come forth from God a Word who will reveal all mysteries and make everything plain.” That Word has now come. The Lord is that Word. He is the One who has come to reveal all mysteries and make everything plain to those who will come to him. -  From the commentary on John 18:37-38 from the Boice Expositional COmmentary by James Montgomery Boice
  37. God is the embodiment of perfect wisdom, and He endows it to all who truly follow Him and genuinely seek wisdom.  - From the reading about Ecclesiastes 7:11-14 in the Preacher’s Outline and Sermon Bible Old and New Testament Commentary Set (44-Volumes) - by Alpha-Omega Ministries, Publisher: Leadership Ministries Worldwide
  38. It takes a commitment to feed the areas of our spirit that will respond to the will of God.  And it takes equal determination to starve the influences that deter us from living Godly lives. Our lives develop in an environment, but we are the ones who decide what we feed within that environmental mix of personal choices, friends, family, desires and ambitions, media, time investments, and values.  We represent the living God.  Our lives are not a performance but a revelation of our inner spirit which is united with Christ.  If our relationship to God is developing in dependence and intimacy or if it is drifting and estranged, the truth of our relationship to God and his Spirit will be demonstrated through the way we live and the choices we make.  Remember, what you feed, grows.  What you do not will not. - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - 1 Timothy 3 pg. 194.
  39. The Word of God is powerful (Heb 4:12); creates change (Isa. 55:11); is essential for life (Deut. 8:3).  Too often our familiarity with the Bible causes us to forget that these written words contain the very breath of God - his wisdom and intelligence, yearnings, energies, strategies, and humor.  The Bible is a bit of the mind and personality of God laid open for us. - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - 1 Timothy 4:13 pg. 208.
  40. Believers are called to have a training strategy for developing Godliness in their lives.  - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - 1 Timothy 4 pg. 210.
  41. Man-made opinions and "godless myths and old wives tales" can distract us from the truths of the faith if we are not well rooted in Scripture.  - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - 1 Timothy 4 pg. 210.
  42. It is good for every Christian to stay in shape physically, but it is far more important to exercise ourselves towards spiritual maturity.  - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - 1 Timothy 4 pg. 211.
  43. A person's understanding of the finer points of theology should not become the basis for lording it over others or for making money.  Stay away from people who just want to argue. - Life Application Study Bible NIV Version - 1 Timothy 6 Note 6:3-5 - Pg 2195.    
  44. Because of deception and false teaching, we must be disciplined and ready to reject error.  Know the Word of God as your sure defense against error and confusion. - From the NIV Life Application Bible 2 Timothy pg 2198. 
  45. Every believer needs to be a student of Scripture, guarding biblical truth in his or her own life. - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - 2 Timothy 1,  pg. 273. 
  46. Truth produces conviction and courage in those who belive it. - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - Romans 1, 1:16-17,  pg. 29. 
  47. Everything God wants for us can be found in the gospel (Scripture, Bible).   - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - Romans 1, 1:14-15,  pg. 30. 
  48. Nothing is more evident about the heart of God than his desire for fellowship with those created in his image.  God wants humankind to know him!  - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - Romans 1:18,  pg. 48. 
  49. Know that wisdom—like an inheritance—is of great value. (Eccles. 7:11-14).  Solomon now likens wisdom to an inheritance, pointing out not only its immense value but also its superiority:
    ➢ It is a source of wealth—something that is precious and to be used thoughtfully.
    ➢ It is to be greatly desired.
    ➢ It is a gift from God.
    ➢ It is gained through the experience of others. When we receive an inheritance of money or property, it is something that was earned or accumulated through the efforts of those who went before us. This is also true with wisdom. We learn from the past experiences of others—their successes and their failures, their accomplishments and their disappointments, their virtues and their vices.
    ➢ It is something that can be wisely utilized or wastefully squandered, just like money. But unlike money, which can be lost, stolen, or decline in value, wisdom will be enriched and retain its worth unless we foolishly forsake it.
    ➢ God is the embodiment of perfect wisdom, and He endows it to all who truly follow Him and genuinely seek wisdom. 
    - From the reading about Ecclesiastes 7:11-14 in the Preacher’s Outline and Sermon Bible Old and New Testament Commentary Set (44-Volumes) - by Alpha-Omega Ministries, Publisher: Leadership Ministries Worldwide
  50. While the conscience exists universally, and is the primary guide to right and wrong for the believer, the conscience should be in a constant state of "sanctification" and development to maturity.  The Holy Spirit and the Word of God are the primary sources of guidance for the believer (John 16:13-15; 2 Tim. 3:16), and as the believer is trained to discern good and evil (Heb. 5:14) the conscience can play a role in "Gray areas" where the Word and Spirit are not explicit.  Because the moral sensibilities of a believer are to be more precise than those of an unbeliever, the conscience must be in a state of development.   - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - Romans 2:15,  pg. 93-94. 
  51. The gospel explains that there are basically two kinds of people in the world: sensate and spiritual (Romans 8:5, 6).5 The sensate mentality is drawn to entertainment, while the spiritual mentality is drawn to worship. Isaiah condemned Judah’s unreasoning passion for one thrill after another, because a visceral approach to life quenches the Holy Spirit. The gospel says, “Do not get drunk with wine . . . but be filled with the Spirit” (Ephesians 5:18). The power of grace does not lie in spiritual moderation but in deep, repeated gulps of the Spirit. And that kind of excess does not dull our minds; it sharpens our awareness, so that God becomes real to us.  - From location 1115 in the Kindle Book - Isaiah: God Loves Sinners.
  52. Every time you hear the Word of God preached, you come away from that exposure to his truth either a little closer to God or a little further way from God, either more softened toward God or more hardened toward God. But you are never just the same. And if you think you can hold the gospel at arm’s length in critical detachment, that very posture reveals that you are already deadened. - From location 1320 in the Kindle Book - Isaiah: God Loves Sinners.
  53. The anointing of Jesus with wisdom proves that the fullness of the Spirit is not just an emotional blowout. Richard Lovelace reminds us: In our quest for the fullness of the Spirit, we have sometimes forgotten that a Spirit-filled intelligence is one of the powerful weapons for pulling down satanic strongholds.4 We think of Jesus as a very nice but, when it comes to real life, incompetent person. We think too much of ourselves, our worship patronizes him, and our lives set him aside. But the truth is, all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are hidden in Christ (Colossians 2:3). His insight penetrates through appearances (Isaiah 11:3).  The Apostle John saw him as having eyes “like a flame of fire” (Revelation 1:14). How many clever human leaders and judges have been deceived or misled, to the injury of many? But nobody is fooling the Anointed One. Along with his brilliance, he has a passion for justice. His rule will correct the massive wrongs we are forced to accept. But he will not step on the little people in pursuing his project. He will defend the meek and slay the wicked (Isaiah 11:4). When our own leaders trumpet their ideals, we have to be cautious. But the Messiah deserves our enthusiasm. Righteousness shall be the belt of his waist, and faithfulness the belt of his loins. (v. 5) Isaiah means that Jesus is righteous and faithful just by being true to himself. He never needs to fear himself or correct himself. Unlike every other human leader, Jesus Christ is clothed not with the trappings of human ego but with righteousness and faithfulness. We can trust him without being guarded. If we do hold back, we’re saying that we are more to be trusted than he is. - From location 1992 in the Kindle Book - Isaiah: God Loves Sinners.
  54. Sometimes people would justify their lack of intellectual engagement by asserting that they prefer having a “simple faith.” But here I think we must distinguish between a childlike faith and a childish faith. A childlike faith is a whole-souled trust in God as one’s loving Heavenly Father, and Jesus commends such a faith to us. But a childish faith is an immature, unreflective faith, and such a faith is not commended to us. On the contrary, Paul says, “Do not be children in your thinking; be babes in evil, but in thinking be mature” (1 Cor. 14:20, RSV). If a “simple” faith means an unreflective, ignorant faith, then we should want none of it. - From the Kindle book - Hard Questions, Real Answers by William Lane Craig, location 349.
  55. Christian faith is not an apathetic faith, a brain-dead faith, but a living, inquiring faith. As Anselm put it, ours is a faith that seeks understanding. - From the Kindle book - Hard Questions, Real Answers by William Lane Craig, location 357.
  56. If Christian laymen do not become intellectually engaged, then we are in serious danger of losing our youth. In high school and college, Christian teenagers are intellectually assaulted by every manner of non-Christian philosophy conjoined with an overwhelming relativism. As I speak in churches around the country, I constantly meet parents whose children have lost their faith because there was no one in the church to answer their questions.  - From the Kindle book - Hard Questions, Real Answers by William Lane Craig, location 359.
  57. Third, remember the frailty of our limited intellects and knowledge. Socrates said that he was the wisest man in Athens because he knew that he knew nothing. The apostle Paul, when confronted with Greek Gnostics, who touted the importance of knowledge, took a similar line. “Knowledge,” he wrote, “puffs up, but love builds up. The man who thinks he knows something does not yet know as he ought to know. But the man who loves God is known by God” (1 Cor. 8:1b-3). According to Paul, if you think you’re so smart that you’ve got it all figured out about God, then in fact you don’t know anything. You’re just an inflated intellectual blowhard. By contrast, the person who loves God is the one who truly has come to know Him.  - From the Kindle book - Hard Questions, Real Answers by William Lane Craig, location 567.
  58. We as Christians need to realize the feebleness and finitude of our human knowledge. I can honestly testify that the more I learn, the more desperately ignorant I feel. Further study only serves to open up to one’s consciousness all the endless vistas of knowledge, even in one’s own field, about which one knows absolutely nothing.  - From the Kindle book - Hard Questions, Real Answers by William Lane Craig, location 575.
  59. Wisdom considers the works of God: No one can understand His ways, yet we must yield to God’s will (Eccles 7: 13).  Wisdom helps us accept God’s providential decisions and direction. Remember what Solomon said previously: it is pointless to strive with One who is stronger than we are (6:10). Arguing with God is a sheer waste of our time and efforts. The more we dispute with God, the less we will understand. Wisdom helps us accept and acknowledge that God knows what is best. We cannot straighten out all the immoral, lawless, and violent behavior on earth nor all the terrible consequences of such sinful behavior. We cannot straighten out all the natural disasters on earth—all that God has either allowed or ordained. We cannot straighten out what God has made crooked. And as stated, we cannot change what God has ordained. Wisdom reminds us that God is working all things together for our good (Ro. 8:28). When we cannot grasp what He is doing or why, we can rest in the knowledge that we can trust His heart. - From the reading about Ecclesiastes 7:13 in the Preacher’s Outline and Sermon Bible Old and New Testament Commentary Set (44-Volumes) - by Alpha-Omega Ministries, Publisher: Leadership Ministries Worldwide
  60. Hereby we see that living by grace involves two relational realities: humility and faith. We do not produce either. Neither one is a work. Humility admits we cannot do the work (of being holy, loving, perfect). Faith relies upon the work of another, the Lord Jesus Christ. These two attributes become real in our lives through a growing relationship with the Lord. The more we get to know the Lord Jesus Christ, to that degree humility and faith will become realities in our lives.  - From the DBD 2/4 message in the MacSword Program.
  61. The Lord give thee understanding in all things. Observe, It is God who gives understanding. The most intelligent man needs more and more of this gift. If he who gave the revelation in the word does not give the understanding in the heart, we are nothing. Together with our prayers for others, that the Lord would give them understanding in all things, we must exhort and stir them up to consider what we say, for consideration is the way to understand, remember, and practise, what we hear or read.   - From the Matthew Henry Commentary in the MacSword software program. 2 Timothy 1:V
  62. To handle the word of truth correctly, we must study what the Word of God saya so we can understand what it means.  - From the Life Application Study Bible (NIV) 2 Timothy 2:14-16 Note 2:14-16.
  63. Because God will examine what kind of workers we have been for him, we should build our lives on his Word and build his Word into our lives - it alone tells us how to live for him and serve him.  Believers who ignore the Bible will certainly be ashamed at the judgement.  Consistent and diligent study of God's Word is vital; otherwise we will be lulled into neglecting God and our true purpose for living.  - From the Life Application Study Bible (NIV) 2 Timothy 2:15 Note 2:15. 
  64. Analyze every opinion or idea by God's Word, the Bible.  - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - 2 Timothy 2  Applications - pg. 292.
  65. New believers need to grow in their knowledge of the Word, because ignorance can make them vulnerable to deception. - From the Life Application Study Bible (NIV) 2 Timothy 3:6,7 Note 3:6, 7.
  66. "Always learning, but never able to acknowledge the truth."  2 Timothy 3:7.  This verse is not opposing study and learning; it is a warning about ineffective learning.  It is possible to be a perpetual student and never graduate to putting theory into practice.  But honest seekers and true students look for answers.  Remember this as you study God's Word.  Seek to find God's truth and will for your life.  - From the Life Application Study Bible (NIV) 2 Timothy 3:7 Note 3:7, page 2202.
  67. We are surrounded by false teachings.  But we must not allow our society to distort or crowd out God's eternal truth.  Spend time every day reflecting on the foundation of your Christian faith found in God's Word, the great truths that build up your life. - From the Life Application Study Bible (NIV) 2 Timothy 3:14 Note 3:14, page 2203.
  68. The Bible is not a collection of stories, fables, myths, or merely human ideas about God.  It is not a human book.  Through the Holy Spirit, God revealed his person and plan to certain believers who wrote down his message for his people (2 Peter 1:20, 21).  They wrote what God wanted them to write.  Scripture is completely trustworthy because God was in control of its writing.  The words are entirely authoritative for our faith and lives.  The Bible is "God-breathed."  Read it, and use its teachings to guide your conduct.  - From the Life Application Study Bible (NIV) 2 Timothy 3:16 Note 3:16, page 2203.
  69. The whole Bible is God's inspired Word.  Because it is inspired and trustworthy, we should read it and apply it to our lives.  The Bible is our standard for testing everything else that claims to be true.  It is our safeguard against false teaching and our source of guidance for how we should live.  It is our only source of knowledge about how we can be saved.  God wants to show you what is true and equip you to live for him.  How much time do you spend in God's Word?  Read it regularly to discover God's truth and to become confident in your life and faith.  Develop a plan for reading the whole Bible, not just familiar passages.  - From the Life Application Study Bible (NIV) 2 Timothy 3:16-17 Note 3:16-17, page 2203.
  70. In our zeal for the truth of Scripture, we must never forget its purpose - to equip us to do good.  We should not Study God's Word simply to increase our knowledge or to prepare us to win arguments.  We should study the Bible so that we will know how to do Christ's work in the world.  Our knowledge of God's Word is not useful unless it strengthens our faith and leads us to do good.  - From the Life Application Study Bible (NIV) 2 Timothy 3:17 Note 3:17, page 2203.
  71. We neglect the Scriptures at our own peril.  Through them we gain the ability to serve God and others.  The Scriptures not only point the way; through the mysterious union of God's Word and faith. they give us the ability to serve.  - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - 2 Timothy 3:17.  pg. 307. 
  72. God requires spiritual knowledge and godly conduct from those who claim his salvation.  The Bible remains the supreme authority for life.  It has the power to convict and transform and the authority to correct and discipline. - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - 2 Timothy 3  Principals - pg. 308.
  73. Christians must continue to study the Scriptures, prayerfully seeking its discipline and guidance.  - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - 2 Timothy 3  Principals - pg. 308.
  74. Why has God ordained that life be filled with so many mysteries? Why are there, by God’s decree, so many things beyond our understanding?
    (1) That we might, as Solomon recommended, enjoy life. God does not intend for us to be burdened by the mysteries and complexities of life; therefore, He has not given us understanding of them. We, then, should not allow them to steal our enjoyment of the good things in life.
    (2) That we might be able to discern what God would and would not have us do. When God expects us to tackle an issue, He gives us wisdom concerning it. When He elevates a matter above our understanding, He expects us to leave it to Him.
    (3) That our faith might be increased. We must trust God—His power, providence, and faithfulness—to deal with those things that we cannot control. We must trust that the promises He has made to us in His Word will indeed come to pass.
    (4) That we might diligently and continually seek Him. All of the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are hidden in Him (Col. 2:3). In order for us to seek the One who has all the answers, He gives us questions.
    (5) That we might recognize our need for Him.
    (6) That heaven will become sweeter to us as we look forward to that place and time when we will have complete knowledge.
    (7) That in the end, He alone will be glorified. All of earth’s problems will ultimately be solved by Him. All of life’s questions will ultimately be answered by Him. All of man’s wrongs will ultimately be righted by Him. All that sin cost and lost will be redeemed by Him. And throughout all eternity, all glory and honor will belong to Him.

    “O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out! For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor?” (Ro. 11:33-34).
    “Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men” (1 Co. 1:25).
    - From the reading about Ecclesiastes 8:17 in the Preacher’s Outline and Sermon Bible Old and New Testament Commentary Set (44-Volumes) - by Alpha-Omega Ministries, Publisher: Leadership Ministries Worldwide
  75. The goal of getting to Heaven is worthy of greater advanced planning than we would give to any other journey—yet some people spend far more time preparing for a trip to Disney World.  - From location 817 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn
  76. All truth, whether spiritual or scientific, resides in the nature of God.  As such, truth commands either change or sacrifice; it removes excuses and opinions, allowing only for obedience or defiance or defiance.  Confrontation with truth can produce a great deal of discomfort, especially for those unwilling to submit to its authority.  This is why people have always tended to gather "yes" men about themselves, those who say we like to hear.  - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - 2 Timothy 4:3-4 - pg. 320.
  77. God's truth, in addition to pointing out error and sin, leads to reality, grace and freedom.  Truth becomes a burden only when we try to reach the beauty of its perfection without the enabling strength of our Creator.  Truth, as delivered by God through his ministers and people, becomes the power for living in the fullness for which God created us.  But human beings fear exposure, and so we pretend we can hide from the truth.  In reality, we only deceive ourselves and lead others astray.  - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - 2 Timothy 4:3-4 - pg. 320.
  78. Christians must not take their cues for living or thinking from the attitudes of society - religious or otherwise.  Instead, God's Word must be central to the life of every believer; it must dictate all yearnings and actions, thoughts and dreams. - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - 2 Timothy 4:5 - pg. 320.
  79. Paul, even in the last days of his life, still wanted to study and learn.  Filling his mind with the Word of God was important to him, even at the end of his life.  Paul's desires were simple at the close of his life.  He wanted to be in the presence of friends, to stay warm and to refresh himself by the Scriptures.  - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - 2 Timothy 4:13 - pg. 324.
  80. True wisdom is turning to Christ. Only He is powerful enough to break the chains of sin and set us free from the snare of death. Wisdom is walking in the Spirit. Only through the presence and power of the Spirit can we overcome sin in our daily lives. Wisdom is guarding ourselves from the influence of those who live according to their sinful, rebellious nature. Through the wisdom of God Himself (as revealed in His Holy Word), we have the power to be victorious in a world populated by wicked and sinful human beings. - From "Thought 1 from the reading about Ecclesiastes 7:27-29 in the Preacher’s Outline and Sermon Bible Old and New Testament Commentary Set (44-Volumes) - by Alpha-Omega Ministries, Publisher: Leadership Ministries Worldwide
  81. As long as we live, we must still learn.  Let us thank the Divine goodness in having given us so many writings of wise and pious men in all ages; and let us seek that by reading them our profiting may appear to all.  - From 2 Timothy 4:9-13 of the Matthew Henry CC of the MacSword Software program
  82. Every happening, great and small, is a parable whereby God speaks to us, and the art of life is to get the message - Malcolm Muggeridge.  - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - Philemon, Introduction   pg. 398.  
  83. Liberty to be Transformed - "But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord. (2 Corinthians 3:18)"  As we humbly seek the Lord in His word, we behold His glory therein. The wonderful consequence is that we "are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory." From one area after another, from one degree to another, we are being changed into the likeness of the glorious Savior we are beholding. This process is carried on as only the Holy Spirit could do it: "just as by the Spirit of the Lord."
  84. "Dear Heavenly Father, I long to be more like Your Son. Forgive me for neglect of Your word. Please draw me consistently to the Scriptures, that I might humbly behold the glory of Jesus. Thank You for the work of Your Spirit, who is able to transform me into a growing Christlikeness, Amen."  - From the DBD 5/13 message in the MacSword Program.
  85. Christ commanded us to "love the LORD you God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind" (Matt. 22:37). - From the book: The New Evidence That Demands A Verdict by Josh McDowell, page xxxii.
  86. Wisdom is the ability to see life from God’s perspective and then to know the best course of action to take.” - From "Thought 1 from the reading about Ecclesiastes 8:1 in the Preacher’s Outline and Sermon Bible Old and New Testament Commentary Set (44-Volumes) - by Alpha-Omega Ministries, Publisher: Leadership Ministries Worldwide
  87. God's message diagnoses the needs of our hearts and points us to a solution. - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 4,  at location 1784.
  88. Because God's message is alive, active, sharp, and discerning, those who listen to God's message can enter his rest. - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 4,  at location 1796.
  89. Ultimately God, speaking through the Holy Spirit, is the author of all Scripture. Because he is the author, he speaks to us through the content of Scripture.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 4,  at location 1977.
  90. To write Scripture, God worked through human beings. David may have spoken the words, but the authority of God lay behind them.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 4,  at location 1979.
  91. Today God is still speaking to us through Scripture. We must turn to Scripture with a conviction that it contains a message from God to be obeyed and followed. Through Scripture God will offer comfort, provide insight, produce warnings, and present promises. Our experience with Scripture will show us that the word of God is living and active.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 4,  at location 2013.
  92. Readers of Hebrews may fail to benefit from Jesus' compassion and strength (5:11–14) by being slow to learn the importance of following Jesus. - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 4,  at location 2139.
  93. Spiritual immaturity hinders effectiveness in serving Jesus.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 5,  at location 2357.
  94. No one should remain a child forever. Paul explained in 1 Corinthians 13:11 that “when I became a man, I put childish ways behind me.” These believers needed to move out of spiritual infancy.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 5,  at location 2385.
  95. The training they needed involved a steady application of spiritual discipline. Spiritual maturity would not develop primarily from a sudden burst of insight. It would come from dogged usage of spiritual resources.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 5,  at location 2403.
  96. God has given believers faculties to make spiritual judgments and to develop understanding. God gives Christians training in understanding (Heb. 12:11) so that it can produce a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it (Heb. 12:11).  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 5,  at location 2405.
  97. Christians are able to distinguish between good and evil. The terms good and evil may have both a moral sense and a theological sense. Christians are those who can spot moral evil and avoid it. They can see moral good and attach themselves to it. Christians also can distinguish between true and false doctrine. They will turn aside from the false and faithfully follow the true. Living the Christian life demands the spiritual skills of stamina seen physically in a long-distance runner. Unswerving, relentless applications of Christian truth and practice will equip us for a lifetime of usefulness which will continue into eternity.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 5,  at location 2408.
  98. Jesus offers compassionate understanding to bungling believers. Jesus learned the value of obedience by enduring suffering. Jesus received a divine call to represent us before God. Christians who do not grow toward God slip backward into sin and ignorance.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 5,  at location 2433.
  99. Believers who have known Christ for a time have the responsibility to pass on Christian truths to others. The writer of Hebrews was concerned that his readers not only were not teaching others but even needed to learn the basic truths again for themselves.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 6,  at location 2538.
  100. Believers must move beyond immature practices which lead to spiritual defeat.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 6, vv. 1-8 at location 2682.
  101. (3.) He articles with them that they shall grow more and more acquainted with their God ( 11): They shall all know me from the least to the greatest, insomuch that there shall not be so much need of one neighbour teaching another the knowledge of God. Here observe, [1.] In the want of better instruction, one neighbour should be teaching another to know the Lord, as they have ability and opportunity for it. [2.] This private instruction shall not be so necessary under the New Testament as it was under the Old. The old dispensation was shadowy, dark, ritual, and less understood; their priests preached but seldom, and but a few at a time, and the Spirit of God was more sparingly given out. But under the new dispensation there shall be such abundance of public qualified preachers of the gospel, and dispensers of ordinances statedly in the solemn assemblies, and so great a flocking to them, as doves to their windows, and such a plentiful effusion of the Spirit of God to make the ministration of the gospel effectual, that there shall be a mighty increase and spreading of Christian knowledge in persons of all sorts, of each sex, and of all ages. O that this promise might be fulfilled in our days, that the hand of God may be with his ministers, that a great number may believe and be turned to the Lord! - From the Matthew Henry Commentary as provided in The Sword Software program for the Mac  - in the Book of Hebrews, Chapter 8, v. 6-13.
  102. A wise person knows the best course of action to take:
    ➢ Wisdom is perceptive. God has given us very specific principles in His Holy Word that tell us how to walk day by day. As we read it, we can sense the Holy Spirit revealing wisdom to us.
    ➢ Wisdom is
    practical. It is not something we merely possess in our heads but something we practice in our lives. Wisdom is applying God’s principles in our lives on a daily basis. It is up to us to delve into God’s Word, to discern what He is saying, and to learn the principle He has laid out for us. This requires that we be open and sensitive to His leading in all things.
    ➢ Wisdom is
    personal. God is not aloof, out in space someplace, far away from us. He is very near at all times. He knows us, and He has a personal plan for every individual. For each situation we face and every decision we must make, God has an ideal course of action for us. If we need wisdom to determine the right course of action, God’s wisdom is available to us.
    “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him” (Js. 1:5). 
    - From "Thought 1 from the reading about Ecclesiastes 8:1 in the Preacher’s Outline and Sermon Bible Old and New Testament Commentary Set (44-Volumes) - by Alpha-Omega Ministries, Publisher: Leadership Ministries Worldwide
  103. Jesus called professing disciples to continue in His word. "Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, 'If you abide [remain, continue] in My word, you are My disciples indeed'." It is impossible to truly live as a follower of Jesus without continuing in His word. The Christian life is lived by grace. The Bible is "the word of His grace." We cannot follow Jesus by grace apart from hearing regularly of His grace. A natural bent of humanity (including, the flesh of true believers) is toward human works and law performance. This is one reason why the Lord wants us to hear of His effective grace day by day. - From the DBD for 12/4 as provided in The Sword Software program for the Mac.
  104. James 1:5 If any of you lacks wisdom,  let him ask God,  who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.  6 But  let him ask in faith,  with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like  a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.  - From the ESV version of the Glo Bible
  105. James 1:5 - By wisdom, James is talking not only about knowledge, but the ability to make wise decisions in difficult circumstances.  Whenever we need wisdom, we can pray to God, and he will generously supply what we need.  Christians don't have to grope around in the dark, hoping to stumble upon answers.  We can ask for God;s wisdom to guide our choices.  - From Note 1:5 in James 1 of the NIV version of the Life Application Bible, page 2245.
  106. James 1:5 - Wisdom means practical discernment.  It begins with respect for God, leads to right living, and results in increased ability to tell right from wrong.  God is willing to give us wisdom, but we will be unable to receive it if our goals are self-centered instead of God-centered.  To learn God's will, we need to read his Word and ask him to show us how to obey it.  Then we must do what he tells us.  - From Note 1:5 in James 1 of the NIV version of the Life Application Bible, page 2245.
  107.  Prayer is a duty recommended also to suffering Christians; and here the apostle shows, (1.) What we ought more especially to pray for--wisdom: If any lack wisdom, let him ask of God. We should not pray so much for the removal of an affliction as for wisdom to make a right use of it. And who is there that does not want wisdom under any great trials or exercises to guide him in his judging of things, in the government of his own spirit and temper, and in the management of his affairs? To be wise in trying times is a special gift of God, and to him we must seek for it. (2.) In what way this is to be obtained--upon our petitioning or asking for it. Let the foolish become beggars at the throne of grace, and they are in a fair way to be wise. It is not said, "Let such ask of man," no, not of any man, but, "Let him ask of God," who made him, and gave him his understanding and reasonable powers at first, of him in whom are all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. Let us confess our want of wisdom to God and daily ask it of him. (3.) We have the greatest encouragement to do this: he giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not. Yea, it is expressly promised that it shall be given, 5. Here is something in answer to every discouraging turn of the mind, when we go to God, under a sense of our own weakness and folly, to ask for wisdom. He to whom we are sent, we are sure, has it to give: and he is of a giving disposition, inclined to bestow this upon those who ask. Nor is there any fear of his favours being limited to some in this case, so as to exclude others, or any humble petitioning soul; for he gives to all men. If you should say you want a great deal of wisdom, a small portion will not serve your turn, the apostle affirms, he gives liberally; and lest you should be afraid of going to him unseasonably, or being put to shame for your folly, it is added, he upbraideth not. Ask when you will, and as often as you will, you will meet with no upbraidings. And if, after all, any should say, "This may be the case with some, but I fear I shall not succeed so well in my seeking for wisdom as some others may," let such consider how particular and express the promise is: It shall be given him. Justly then must fools perish in their foolishness, if wisdom may be had for asking, and they will not pray to God for it. But, (4.) There is one thing necessary to be observed in our asking, namely, that we do it with a believing, steady mind: Let him ask in faith, nothing wavering, 6. The promise above is very sure, taking this proviso along with us; wisdom shall be given to those who ask it of God, provided they believe that God is able to make the simple wise, and is faithful to make good his word to those who apply to him. This was the condition Christ insisted on, in treating with those who came to him for healing: Believest thou that I am able to do this? There must be no wavering, no staggering at the promise of God through unbelief, or through a sense of any disadvantages that lie on our own part.  - From the Matthew Henry Commentary in The Sword Software Program for the Mac, James I:2 - Necessity of Fith and Patience; Evil of Indecision. II. 4.
  108. A mind that has but one single and prevailing regard to its spiritual and eternal interest, and that keeps steady in its purposes for God, will grow wise by afflictions, will continue fervent in its devotions, and will be superior to all trials and oppositions.  - From the Matthew Henry Commentary in The Sword Software Program for the Mac, James I:2 - Necessity of Fith and Patience; Evil of Indecision. II. 5.
  109. In asking for divine and heavenly wisdom we are never likely to prevail if we have not a heart to prize it above rubies, and the greatest things in this world.   - From the Matthew Henry Commentary in The Sword Software Program for the Mac, James I:2 - Necessity of Fith and Patience; Evil of Indecision. II. 5.
  110. God’s Holy Word teaches: God is the source of wisdom. True wisdom begins with God. Therefore, the person who seeks understanding and wisdom must seek God, search His Word, and desire to know His perspective on all things. Once a person has God’s perspective, then the individual can learn the truth as he or she analyzes and interprets the meaning of life and the world. - From "Thought 1 from the reading about Ecclesiastes 8:1 in the Preacher’s Outline and Sermon Bible Old and New Testament Commentary Set (44-Volumes) - by Alpha-Omega Ministries, Publisher: Leadership Ministries Worldwide
  111. The LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth [cometh] knowledge and understanding. Trust in the LORD with all thy heart; and lean not to thy own understanding.--If any of you lacketh wisdom, let him ask of God, who giveth to all [men] liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given to him.--The foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.--God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise--That no flesh should glory in his presence. The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding to the simple.--Thy word have I hid in my heart, that I might not sin against thee.  PROV  2:6 . Pr  3:5 .-- Jas  1:5 -- 1  Co  1:25 , 27 , 29 . Ps  119:130 .-- Ps  119:11 . Lu  4:22 -- Jn  7:46 -- 1  Co  1:30  - From the February 19th morning reading book "Daily Light KJV" by Jonathan Andrew Bagster
  112. "Seek not to understand that you may believe but seek to believe that you may understand." - With these words Augustine reminds us of the supreme importance of faith in the Christian approach to life. In his view, Christian thinkers start from faith before understanding. They seek to understand--but only after believing! They then explain what they believe. This is a particularly prized formula for Christians who "walk by faith and not by sight" and who practice "faith seeking understanding." - From the Introduction from the book "Daily Meditations with Saint Augustine." by John E. Rotelle.
  113. James 1:5 - In v.5 , however, James speaks of the period of testing before perseverance has completed its work. During such testing, if anyone "lacks wisdom," he may have it by asking. The type of Greek conditional sentence found here assumes that people facing trials do lack wisdom. What they need is not the speculative or theoretical wisdom of a philosophical system. It is the kind of wisdom that plays such a large part in the Book of Proverbs ( 1:2-4 ; 2:10-15 ; 4:5-9 ). It is the God-given understanding that enables a person to avoid the paths of wickedness and to live a life of righteousness. In this context wisdom is understanding the nature and purpose of trials and knowing how to meet them victoriously. Such wisdom is available to the one who will "ask God" for it, not once only, but repeatedly (Gr., present tense). The promise is that "it will be given to him." There is nothing in God that keeps him from giving. It is his practice to give "generously" and "without finding fault." He does not scold his children for asking nor berate them for their deficiency. - From the "Expositor's Bible Commentary, James 1, verse 5.
  114. Wisdom is a moral commitment which allows believers to endure life's trials with action which pleases God.  Wise people are not merely experts on the stock market or victors in games of "trivial Pursuit."  They are people who have made a commitment to follow God and are living in the light of that commitment.  Those who have wisom must ask God for it.  Those who receive wisdom from God are able to see life with this understanding and can anticipate God's blessings as a life experience.   - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - James 1, B. Wisdom (v.5), on page 271 at location 6512.
  115. Wisdom, as Proverbs 4:7 indicates, “is the principal thing…with all thy getting get understanding.” If you need help with that, just ask God (James 1:5).
  116. (Proverbs 2:5-6) - But the mind that is prayerfully engaged in searching for divine truth will always discover the two great principles of godliness: the fear . . . and . . . the knowledge of God. 6. This search will never end in disappointment. For the LORD gives wisdom, and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. Nobody will search in vain (Job  32:8; Isaiah  48:17; 54:13; James  1:5 , 17). Apostasy from the faith has never been linked with prayerful and diligent study of God's Word. - Proverbs, The Crossway Classic Commentaries, Charles Bridges
  117. Wisdom changes the hardness of a man’s face. It softens its hard appearance or its sternness. While people are masters at disguising their true feelings, others show every emotion on their faces. Some expressions reveal hearts that are heavy, full of concern, bearing crushing burdens. Other faces are hardened from years of trouble and sorrow. Consider how wisdom affects this:
    ➢ Wisdom that truly seeks God through prayer and the study of His Word enables a person to recognize God’s purposes, to know that God’s grace is sufficient for the trials and afflictions endured.
    ➢ Wisdom recognizes that God is sovereign, that He is in control.➢ Wisdom discerns the direction God is leading a person to follow, the decisions God would have him or her make.
    ➢ Wisdom seeks the answers to life’s questions and the solutions to life’s dilemmas. But wisdom also trusts God when He chooses not to reveal the answer or His purpose for certain situations.
    ➢ Wisdom views God’s blessings in addition to life’s burdens. It expands a person’s vision to see the good in life as well as the evil, to comprehend and accept that God gives as well as takes away (Jb. 1:21).
    - From "Thought 1 from the reading about Ecclesiastes 8:2 in the Preacher’s Outline and Sermon Bible Old and New Testament Commentary Set (44-Volumes) - by Alpha-Omega Ministries, Publisher: Leadership Ministries Worldwide
  118. (Proverbs 2:9)  - Only the Lord's wisdom can guide our feet into every good path. In this way we will be equipped to do good deeds (2  Timothy  3:15 - 17). The gracious wisdom that saves the soul sanctifies the heart and life (Titus  2:11 - 12). - Proverbs, The Crossway Classic Commentaries, Charles Bridges.
  119. (Proverbs 2:10) - We have seen the good that wisdom brings us (verse  5). Now observe the evil that it preserves us from. Note where wisdom lives, in the heart. Only here has it any light, life, or power. Clear knowledge floating in the head is deep ignorance. If it only glitters in the understanding, it is dry, speculative, and barren. But should it enter your heart, light shines out, and all the affections are engaged. How pleasant it is to your soul. Religion is then no longer a lifeless idea. It is handled, tasted, enjoyed. - Proverbs, The Crossway Classic Commentaries, Charles Bridges.
  120. (Proverbs 2:11) - The heart molded by the Gospel is the only protection from attacks that imperceptibly, yet fatally, cut us off from God. - Proverbs, The Crossway Classic Commentaries, Charles Bridges.
  121. (Proverbs 2:20-21) - 20. Wisdom guides us to the paths of the righteous. Clothed with this divine armor, you will have the courage Joseph had and will be able to turn your face away from the lure of sin (Genesis  39:9 - 10). 21. In this way you will be able to live in the land as its original inheritor (Psalm  37:9 , 11 , 22 , 29 , 34; Matthew  5:5). You will have the best inheritance on earth and an infinitely better inheritance in heaven. - Proverbs, The Crossway Classic Commentaries, Charles Bridges.
  122. (Proverbs 2:22) - Take care, young people. Do not imagine, even for one minute, that God will turn a blind eye on your sinful desires or that he will excuse them as the foibles of youth. Such ropes of sin will bind you for eternity if they are not broken by the power of God's grace. Shun the company of evil people as you would avoid the plague. Keep your distance from them as you would from the pit of destruction. Fill your mind with heavenly wisdom. Cultivate the taste for purer pleasures. - Proverbs, The Crossway Classic Commentaries, Charles Bridges.
  123. Proverbs 3:6 - The next thing to note is that our trust should be constant: in all your ways acknowledge him. Take one step at a time, and make sure that each step is under God's direction. Always make your plans in total dependence on God. It is nothing short of self-idolatry to imagine that we can carry out even the ordinary matters of daily life without God's counsel. God loves to be consulted. Therefore, take all your difficulties to him. Before you consult your friends, consult God. In all your ways. This includes the small things as well as the big things. In all your concerns, temporal or eternal, let God be supreme. Have we not all found the unimaginable peace of taking to God things that seem too small or personal to be entrusted to the most confidential ear? In this way Abraham acknowledged God. Wherever he pitched his tent for himself, he always built an altar for God (Genesis  12:7; 13:18).  He will make your paths straight. If we go to the Lord every morning in true humility, knowing that we do not know how to order our day, light will come down to us. We are not looking for new revelations or visible signs. Study the Word with prayer, and note how God's Spirit sheds light on it. Make sure that your will is ready to move in the direction God indicates. No step well prayed over will bring ultimate regret.  - Proverbs, The Crossway Classic Commentaries, Charles Bridges.
  124. Proverbs 3:17 - Those in the world have no conception about the real nature of wisdom's pleasant ways. To them, religion is associated with cold, heartless forms and irritating restraints, where there is much to do but little to enjoy. But they only see half the picture. They see what religion takes away, but they do not see what it gives. They cannot comprehend that while it denies sinful pleasures, it overflows with spiritual pleasures.  - Proverbs, The Crossway Classic Commentaries, Charles Bridges.
  125. Proverbs 3:35 - "The wise will inherit honor, but fools get  disgrace." The wise inherit honor, but fools he holds up to shame. This is the last contrast made to restrain our envy of the prosperity of the wicked (verse  31). Self-knowledge, the principle of lowliness, is the essence of wisdom. Fools will discover the vanity of this world's glory when it is too late to make a wise choice. Shame is their present fruit. Honor even now sits uneasily on the wise. How solemn and complete will be the great separation in eternity.  - Proverbs, The Crossway Classic Commentaries, Charles Bridges.
  126. Proverbs 4:11 - The way of wisdom will definitely lead to a happy life because it is lived in God's presence. This will happen if godly discipline has been exercised, if the Bible has been laid down as the rule of life, if habits of prayer, love for serving God, and fellowship with his people have been encouraged. The path, though sometimes rough and lonely, is a straight path and a path of freedom.  - Proverbs, The Crossway Classic Commentaries, Charles Bridges.
  127. Proverbs 4:20 -  My son, be attentive to my words; incline your ear to my sayings.  - The desire for wisdom, the first step along the path, is encouraged. The means of obtaining, and the privilege when obtained, are pointed out. So keep your eye on the treasure of wisdom all the time. - Proverbs, The Crossway Classic Commentaries, Charles Bridges.
  128. Proverbs 4:21 -  Let them not escape from your sight; keep them within your heart.  - A neglected Bible is the melancholy proof of a heart that is alienated from God. For how can we have a spark of love for him if that Book that is full of his revealed glory is despised? A superficial acquaintance with it is no good. If your ears were bored to the doors of the sanctuary, if the Word were never let out of your sight, your religion would still just be an idea and not principles, unless you keep them within your heart. - Proverbs, The Crossway Classic Commentaries, Charles Bridges.
  129. Proverbs 6:20-22 - 20 My son, keep your father's commandment, and forsake not your mother's teaching. 21 Bind them on your heart always; tie them around your neck. 22 When you walk, they  will lead you; when you lie down, they will  watch over you; and when you awake, they will talk with you.  - 20 The validity of parental authority is again enforced (see 1:8 - 9; 4:1). God never intended young people to be independent of their parents. Instruction from every quarter is valuable. But from parents, always supposing them to be godly parents, it is the ordinance of God. They will bring you God's Word, not their own.  21Therefore, bind them [your father's commands} upon your heart forever, as your rule, and fasten them around your neck, so that they may adorn you.   22Let the law be your friend at all times and in all circumstances. It is to be a guide by day and a solace when you sleep. It will be a friend when you awake. Take care that nothing hinders your early conversations with this faithful counselor before the world comes in. This is the best way to keep the world out. "Happy is the mind to which the Word is an undivided companion" (Bernard). - Proverbs, The Crossway Classic Commentaries, Charles Bridges. 
  130. Matthew 23:  Righteousness begins in the inner person.  Feed your mind, heart, and will with the truth of God's Word.  It is the best deterrent to the sin of hypocrisy.  - From the Holman New Testament Commentary "Matthew" by Max Anders and Stuart K. Weber, page 384.
  131. James 1:5 - If I lack wisdom, I should ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given to me.
  132. Ephesians 5:15-17 - I will watch carefully how I walk, not as the unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.  I will not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. 
  133. We’re told, “Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it. . . .” Chew it, swallow it, regurgitate it, and chew it some more so you can get all the flavor out. And when should we be doing this? “. . . day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful” (Joshua 1:8, emphasis mine). - From location 1323 in the Kindle Book "Fresh Air" by Chris Hodges.
  134. If we want the Bible to be revealed, then we need to commit to meditating on it. - From location 1327 in the Kindle Book "Fresh Air" by Chris Hodges.
  135. A fourth promise of salvation is that of God’s personal presence and guidance (v. 21). This is an obvious reference to the Spirit of God speaking to the hearts of believers, guiding and leading them as they go about their daily affairs. In the Messiah’s kingdom believers will be able to hear the voice of God’s Spirit more clearly. When the wicked are taken out of the way, nothing will hinder the clear sounds of the Holy Spirit’s voice. But even in this corrupt world today, those who study God’s Word and walk in constant communion with Him can hear the voice of God’s Spirit.
    “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you” (Jn. 14:26).
    “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will show you things to come” (Jn. 16:13).
    “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God” (Ro. 8:14). 
    - From the reading about Isaiah 30:21 in the Preacher’s Outline and Sermon Bible Old and New Testament Commentary Set (44-Volumes) - by Alpha-Omega Ministries, Publisher: Leadership Ministries Worldwide
  136. The psalmist tells us that blessed are those who “delight in the law of the LORD, meditating on it day and night” (Psalm 1:2, NLT). They don’t “join in with mockers” who scorn God and his Word (verse 1). He goes on to say that people who respect God’s Word are like trees firmly planted by a stream of water, whose leaves never wither. Whatever they set their hands to will prosper. - From location 1341 in the Kindle Book "Fresh Air" by Chris Hodges.
  137. When you’re in doubt or uncertain, when you’re confused or frustrated, turn to Scripture. “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16). When you give the Bible the authority it deserves, then it will speak into your life with clarity and certainty. You will go from reading words on the page—logos—to having ongoing “aha!” moments, or rhema. - From location 1344 in the Kindle Book "Fresh Air" by Chris Hodges.
  138. We must make our relationship with the Bible part of our everyday lives. We are to be in the Word every day, not out of duty or to feel better about ourselves, but because doing so gives us room to meditate, which is the pathway to revelation and faith. The Bible is not a once-a-week, Sunday kind of book. It’s not even a morning devotional book, but instead it’s like food, something you and I need every day. Something to be devoured and digested, chewed on and chewed some more. - From location 1348 in the Kindle Book "Fresh Air" by Chris Hodges.
  139. Accept the Bible’s authority, make it an ongoing part of your everyday life, and then put it into practice. Live it, do it, practice it. When God’s Word says to love, put it into practice. When it says to give, give. James tells us, “Don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves” (James 1:22, NLT). - From location 1367 in the Kindle Book "Fresh Air" by Chris Hodges.
  140. Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out! “Who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor?” “Who has ever given to God, that God should repay him?” For from him and through him and to him are all things. - From location 5030 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  141. The godly man "meditates" (hagah) in the law of God day and night.  The one who meditates continually reflects God's word in life. H. Ringgren writes that study and practice blend into one: "The zealous study of the law which results in being filled with the will of Yahweh and the doing of his commandments" (TDOT, 3: 323).
  142. Meditation is not the setting apart of a special time for personal devotions, whether morning or evening, but it is the reflection on the Word of God in the course of daily activities (Josh 1: 8). Regardless of the time of day or the context, the godly respond to life in accordance with God's word. Even where the word is not explicit, the godly person has trained his heart to speak and act with wisdom (Prov 1: 1- 7). According to Proverbs 3: 1- 6, the wise man receives instruction (torah), writes it on his heart, and wholeheartedly trusts in the Lord with all his heart in all his daily activities. The psalmist exclaims how he loves the law of God because its commandments make him wiser than his enemies and lead him to greater insight and understanding than that of his teachers and elders (119: 97- 100).  - From the Expositor's Bible Commentary by Frank Gaebelein of the Olive Tree Bible Study App.
  143. The psalmist further encourages the young people to gain wisdom by learning from the experience of the past: "Taste and see that the LORD is good; /blessed is the man who takes refuge in him. /Fear the LORD, you his saints, /for those who fear him lack nothing" (34: 8- 9; see Ps 34).  - From the Expositor's Bible Commentary by Frank Gaebelein of the Olive Tree Bible Study App.
  144. The godly person (hasid; saddiq) is dependent on divine guidance (32: 8; 119: 24, 34), on God's love (hesed), and on divine favor (119: 29), while humbly walking in reliance on the Lord (119: 26- 27). He despises the attitude of self- reliance as much as he does the way of those who stubbornly refuse to follow God. But he does recognize his weakness, as he prays, "Oh, that my ways were steadfast /in obeying your decrees!" (119: 5; cf. v. 9). The wise man is constantly vigilant lest he be tempted and succumb to evil (119: 11). Further, he lives in awe of the revelation of God, never assuming that he fully grasps the Word of God, but praying instead, "Open my eyes that I may see /wonderful things in your law" (119: 18). This attitude is well- expressed by Ellul as authenticity of faith, attentive listening to God's Word, the informing of everyday life by the Christian spirit, and boldness become once more the true face of revelation.  - From the Expositor's Bible Commentary by Frank Gaebelein of the Olive Tree Bible Study App in Psalm 1:6.
  145. Life in hope of the kingdom of God intensifies the desire to do what is right in the present (119: 134- 63). (Johag persuasively relates "good" to covenantal loyalty in which the righteous person does what is good in the eyes of the Lord; that is, he is faithful [pp. 14- 23].) The "fear of the LORD" is the beginning of wisdom in the sense that the wise man desires to order his life in the present in anticipation of the order Yahweh will establish. Wise living is living with "order" (von Rad, OTT, 1: 433). The man of hope experiences freedom from fear and great peace because his hope lies in Yahweh: "Great peace have they who love your law, /and nothing can make them stumble. /I wait for your salvation, O LORD, /and I follow your commands" (119: 165- 66).  - From the Expositor's Bible Commentary by Frank Gaebelein of the Olive Tree Bible Study App in Psalm 1:6.
  146. The wise response includes both a spirit willing to receive God's revelation about the anointed and his kingdom and a joyous spirit of submission to the Lord (v. 11). The Lord expects his creatures and especially the leaders of the nations to make a wise response to the impending day of his wrath.  - From the Expositor's Bible Commentary by Frank Gaebelein of the Olive Tree Bible Study App in Psalm 2:10.
  147. If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not, and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth [or doubtethl is like a wave of the sea, driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.   - From location 264 in the Kindle book "Complete Works of E. M. Bounds on Prayer, The: Experience the Wonders of God through Prayer" by E. M. Bounds.
  148. Holy desire is much helped by devout contemplation. Meditation on our spiritual need, and on God's readiness and ability to correct it, aids desire to grow. Serious thought engaged in before praying, increases desire, makes it more insistent, and tends to save us from the menace of private prayer-wandering thought.  - From location 382 in the Kindle book "Complete Works of E. M. Bounds on Prayer, The: Experience the Wonders of God through Prayer" by E. M. Bounds.
  149. Psalm 119:33-37 - 33 Teach me, O Lord, the way of your statutes; and I will keep it to the end. 34 Give me understanding, that I may keep your law and observe it with my whole heart. 35 Lead me in the path of your commandments, for I delight in it. 36 Incline my heart to your testimonies, and not to selfish gain! 37 Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things; and give me life in your ways.    Note 33- 37 This strophe contains a series of petitions united by the use of the Hiphil imperative: "Teach me.... Give me.... Direct me.... Turn my heart.... Turn my eyes.... Fulfill.... Take away" (vv. 33- 39). In these petitions a tone of humility and dependence comes through. It is, after all, the LORD who must interpret his own revelation ("teach," v. 33; see v. 26; cf. 25: 4, 9; 27: 11; 86: 11; Isa 48: 17; "give me understanding," v. 34; see v. 27). It is also the Lord who can provide the spiritual direction and motivation to direct man's steps (v. 36; cf. Prov 4: 11- 19) and incline his "heart" (cf. 141: 4) to do his will. It is also the Lord who keeps man from evil, by dimming the luster of this world ("Turn my eyes away from worthless things [shaw ']," v. 37, i. e., "valueless" [Allen, p. 128]) and by keeping him from greed ("selfish gain," v. 36; cf. Isa 33: 15).
  150. The purpose of God's positive direction and protection from evil (cf. 32: 8) is to encourage the psalmist to keep the law. Keeping the law was not a matter of external conformity in the OT but required "a heart" of absolute devotion to God (cf. Deut 5: 29). By God's help he will "keep" (n- s- r v. 33; cf. v. 2) his "decrees" (huqqim) and receive God's reward (NIV, "to the end"; see Notes) and "obey" (s- m- r) his "law" (torah) with all his "heart" (v. 34). His "delight" of radical loyalty from the heart is a work of grace, as he can only take pleasure in the law of the Lord having been renewed in his mind (v. 35; cf. 112: 1; Rom 12: 2). To this end the psalmist prays that the Lord may "preserve" him (v. 37; cf. vv. 25, 40) as he walks in the way of God. - From Matthew Henry's Commentary on the Whole Bible in commentary on Psalm 119:33-37.
  151. "Teach me thy statutes. Thou feedest the young ravens that cry, with food proper for them; and wilt thou not feed me with spiritual food, the bread of life, which my soul needs and craves, and cannot subsist without?  - From Matthew Henry's Commentary on the Whole Bible in commentary on Psalm 119:64.
  152. Psalm 119:73 Your hands have made and fashioned me;  give me understanding that I may learn your commandments. - Here, 1. David adores God as the God of nature and the author of his being: Thy hands have made me and fashioned me, Job 10: 8. Every man is as truly the work of God's hands as the first man was, Ps. 139: 15, 16. "Thy hands have not only made me, and given me a being, otherwise I should never have been, but fashioned me, and given me this being, this noble and excellent being, endued with these powers and faculties;" and we must own that we are fearfully and wonderfully made. 2. He addresses himself to God as the God of grace, and begs he will be the author of his new and better being. God made us to serve him and enjoy him; but by sin we have made ourselves unable for his service and indisposed for the enjoyment of him; and we must have a new and divine nature, otherwise we had the human nature in vain; therefore David prays, "Lord, since thou hast made me by thy power for thy glory, make me anew by thy grace, that I may answer the ends of my creation and live to some purpose: Give me understanding, that I may learn thy commandments." The way in which God recovers and secures his interest in men is by giving them an understanding; for by that door he enters into the soul and gains possession of it.  - From Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary Psalm 119:73 
  153. Instruction - The theme of "Instruction" is common in the wisdom literature, which goes beyond the parent- child relationship to point to the marks of the wise person. The beginning of knowledge is the fear of the Lord, while fools despise wisdom and instruction (Prov. 1: 7; 15: 33). The goal of instruction (1: 2) is that people might learn righteousness, justice, and equity (1: 3). Instruction makes a wise person still wiser (9: 9; cf. 19: 20; 4: 1; 8: 33). It is better than silver and gold (8: 10). He who heeds instruction is on the path to life (10: 17; 4: 13), while poverty and disgrace come to him who ignores it (13: 18), since by doing so he really despises himself (15: 32). It is the parents responsibility to instruct their children, but the education one receives from ones father comes from undergoing discipline voluntarily (1: 8; 13: 1; 19: 27; 23: 12); only a fool rejects his fathers instruction (15: 5). Children are urged to buy wisdom, instruction, and understanding (23: 23), while the lazy man who has neglected his property is depicted as a warning example to others (24: 32). Thus the picture is of a God who corrects and chastises His children, but who does so as a Father. - From the definition of "Instruction" in the "International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, 2nd Edition.
  154. Psalms 119: 97- 104  - What we love, we love to think of. All true wisdom is from God. A good man carries his Bible with him, if not in his hands, yet in his head and in his heart. By meditation on God's testimonies we understand more than our teachers, when we understand our own hearts. The written word is a more sure guide to heaven, than all the fathers, the teachers, and ancients of the church. We cannot, with any comfort or boldness, attend God in holy duties, while under guilt, or in any by- way. It was Divine grace in his heart, that enabled the psalmist to receive these instructions. The soul has its tastes as well as the body. Our relish for the word of God will be greatest, when that for the world and the flesh is least. The way of sin is a wrong way; and the more understanding we get by the precepts of God, the more rooted will be our hatred of sin; and the more ready we are in the Scriptures, the better furnished we are with answers to temptation. - From the section on Psalm 119:97-104 of the book Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary. 
  155. Psalms 119:25 -  I am your servant; give me discernment that I may understand your statutes. - We are to confess ourselves fools, and then our Lord will make us wise, as well as give us knowledge. The best understanding is that which enables us to render perfect obedience and to exhibit intelligent faith, and it is this which David desires,-- "understanding, that I may know thy testimonies." - From the section on Psalm 119:25 of the book The Parallel Commentary on Psalms by Mark Water. 
  156. Since it is the Holy Spirit who gives us the ability rightly to understand Scripture, we need to realize that the proper thing to do, particularly when we are unable to understand some passage or some doctrine of Scripture, is to pray for God's help. Often what we need is not more data but more insight into the data we already have available. This insight is given only by the Holy Spirit (cf. 1 Cor. 2:14; Eph. 1:17- 19). - From the Book "Systematic Theology" by Wayne Grubem.
  157. It is most profitable for us to study God's words as written in the Bible. It is God's written Word that he commands us to study. The man is "blessed" who "meditates" on God's law "day and night" (Ps. 1: 1- 2). God's words to Joshua are also applicable to us: "This book of the law shall not depart out of your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night that you may be careful to do all that is written in it; for then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall have good success" (Josh. 1: 8). It is the Word of God in the form of written Scripture that is "God- breathed" and "useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness" (2 Tim. 3: 16 niv). - From Chapter 2 of the Olive Tree Bible Reader app of the book "Systematic Theology" by Wayne Grudem,
  158. You are the stability of our times, a wealth of salvation, wisdom, and knowledge; the fear of the Lord is the key to this treasure. (Isaiah 33:6) - Boa, Kenneth; Boa, Karen (2010-03-01). Simple Prayers: A Daybook of Conversations with God (Kindle Locations 4645-4646). Trinity House Publishers, Inc.. Kindle Edition. 
  159. Don't just acquire wisdom, but use it.  "Unfortunately, we can get wisdom without keeping understanding if we think that simply by hearing, agreeing with, or teaching the Word we’re actually obeying it. To “keep understanding” means you not only agree with it but act upon it. James would make this distinction even more clear by saying that it is the doer, not the hearer, who will be blessed (1:23–25)." - From Proverbs 19:8 from Courson's Application Commentary by Jon Courson.
  160. Read your Bible, dear brother. Don’t give up, precious sister.  But I’m reading through Leviticus right now, and I don’t understand a thing, you might be thinking. That’s okay. Keep reading because you’re feeding your inner man, and in due season, you will understand even the Book of Leviticus to a much greater degree than you do now.  With drought ravaging the land, Jehoram, king of Israel, called for Elisha the prophet. "Here’s what you are to do,” said Elisha. “Dig ditches here in the dry sand.” The people did, and the next day, the ditches were filled with water (2 Kings 3). So, too, water being a type of the Word (Psalm 119:9; John 15:3; Ephesians 5:26), we’re to keep digging ditches—even if it’s dry. And eventually, the refreshing springs of Scripture will flow into our hearts. 
  161. Bible teachers and parents, it’s not how much you know that matters. It’s how well you know what you know. How do people get to know things well? By hearing them over and over again. That is why we are to affirm constantly and remind continually.- From Titus 3:8 comments from Courson's Application Commentary by Jon Courson.
  162. Joshua 1:8:“Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it.  Then you will be prosperous and successful.”  
  163. Observe the attractiveness of wisdom. It is both pleasing and profitable. But worldly people do not understand how anything linked to religion can be pleasurable. For such people, religion spoils all their pleasure. But heart- religion always conveys vital happiness. The fruit comes from the tree of life and is sweeter than honey and the honeycomb.
  164. But even the words of wisdom are powerless unless they are applied to us personally. Each person should separate himself from other people and be alone with God, under the clear, searching light of his Word. Let us not forget that the great purpose of this revelation is that we may be sure about eternal things. The Gospels themselves were written for this reason (Luke 1:1- 4). Our confidence in the sure foundations of the Christian faith should not be shaken. This does not mean that we still need to know more in order to have faith. For we should always be humble enough to depend on God about what we do not know. Paley has given us a golden maxim of Christian philosophy in which he defines true and firm understanding to consist "in not suffering what we do know to be disturbed and shaken by what we do not know." We should never delay to have faith just because we have not solved all the 10, 000 objections of a proud unbeliever. We know whom we have believed (2 Timothy 1:12), and we should continually support our weaker brethren. - Excerpts on Proverbs 22:17-21from Crossway Classic Commentary - Proverbs by Charles Bridges.
  165. Be students of the Word. Grow in the knowledge of the Lord. Become solid in theology—but as you do, make sure that love has the priority. Make sure your love for God is preeminent. The Word will confirm God’s leading and correct your misunderstanding. But it must not be a substitute for walking with Him day by day, or for talking with Him about every situation. It must never take the place of your walking with Him in intimacy and dependency lest it become as the fruit of the tree of knowledge.   - From 1 Corinthians 8:3 from Courson's Application Commentary by Jon Courson.
  166. Proverbs 24:3-6 - By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established;  by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches.  A wise man is full of strength, and a man of knowledge enhances his might,  for by wise guidance you can wage your war, and in abundance of counselors there is victory. - Growth in spiritual, as distinct from speculative, knowledge will always be accompanied by growth in grace.  Another advantage of wisdom is that a wise man is strong. He has great power. Every view confirms Lord Bacon's far- famed aphorism that "knowledge is power." The discovery of the mechanical forces and the power of steam has increased the strength of machinery over 100 times. Intellectual knowledge, wisely applied, has immense moral ascendancy. It restrains the king from entering into foolish wars. The man of spiritual knowledge is a giant in strength. Conscious ignorance is the first principle of knowledge. "I am but a little child," said the wisest of men. This humility of wisdom was the foundation of establishing his kingdom. For the people who know their God will be strong. - From commentary on Proverbs 24:3-6 from Crossway Classic Commentary - Proverbs by Charles Bridges.
  167. We have seen that one becomes wise through fear of the Lord, through conversion, through the Word, and through prayer. True wisdom is within reach.
  168. But what about meekness/gentleness, apart from which there is no wisdom? This too is within reach. In fact, it is one of the fruits of the Spirit listed in Galatians 5:22, 23. We also know it is possible because Jesus blessed it:"Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth" (Matthew 5:5). And most of all we know it is possible because as Christians we are "in Jesus," who urged us to "Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle [meek, mild] and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light" (Matthew 11:29, 30). He promises that if we consciously yoke ourselves to him, we will learn meekness and humility and will find rest for our souls. - From commentary about James 3:17-18 from Preaching the Word Commentary by Crossway Publishers.
  169. If you are ignorant of God’s Word, you will always be ignorant of God’s will.  - From Page 152 from Billy Graham in Quotes by Franklin Graham with Donna Lee Toney.