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I Corinthians 3:19 ” For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight.”

As human beings we think we are so smart!  We’ve put people on the moon, developed cutting edge technology, and taken us from the horse and buggy era to modern transportation in a short span of time.  But compared to God’s wisdom…we have nothing, for it was by God’s wisdom that He made the heavens and spread out the earth upon the waters,  He made the great lights – the sun to govern the day and the moon and stars to govern the night. (Psalm 136: 5-9)… and I don’t think human wisdom will ever come close to duplicating that!  So when the world in all its infinite “wisdom” looks at the Gospel Message…they scoff and laugh at the absurdity…”For the Message of the Cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” (I Corinthians 1:18)  Yes, as human beings we think we are so incredibility smart…but are we?

II Chronicles 20:17 ” You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions, stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will give you, O Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the Lord will be with you.”

Very rarely will God take us completely out of the trial or battle we’re in…but why?  Wouldn’t a loving Heavenly Father want to deliver His children from all the ugliness – the disease, sickness, and death – of the world?   Yet so often we will find ourselves in the thick of a trial or battle and wonder why is God allowing this?  There’s a couple of reasons God has positioned us there.   I Samuel 12:16 says, “Now then, stand still and see this great thing the Lord is about to do before your eyes.”  In many places in the Bible, including this verse, God promises He will fight the battle for us. (Exodus 14:14, Deuteronomy 1:30, Nehemiah 4:20, I Samuel 17:47)  But He doesn’t want us to watch from the sidelines…He will take us into the middle of the battle, to stand still, and watch.  For it’s only from this unique vantage point that we’ll be able to experience and then understand what He’s doing.

Revelation 21:3-4 ” And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘Now the dwelling of God is with men, and He will live with them. They will be His people, and God Himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.’ “

Isaiah speaks of this time when heaven will come down to earth.  “I will rejoice over Jerusalem and take delight in My people; the sound of weeping and of crying will be heard in it no more.” (Isaiah 65:19) and in describing the people’s reaction he wrote, there will be everlasting joy and gladness for sorrow and sighing will flee. (Isaiah 35:10)   It will be a time when  the old and former way of the world will be abolished and God will set up His kingdom among His people…it will also  be a time when Jesus Christ puts all His enemies under His feet, the last enemy to be destroyed being death. (I Corinthians 15:25-26)

Jeremiah 29:7 ” Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you will prosper.”

Everyone wants to live a successful, satisfied, and secure life…but what if yours is anything but.  Maybe you’re unhappy in your workplace with a overbearing Boss and back-stabbing co-workers?  Have you ever considered praying for them?  I Timothy 2:1-2 tells us to pray for all of those in authority over us that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.  Your intercessory prayers can change the atmosphere at work, and they can change people’s attitudes…yours included.  Are you unhappy in your marriage or with family relationships?  Would you be willing to start praying on behalf of those who are causing you pain right now?  For again, your prayers can change situations, family dynamics, and bring peace into those difficult relationships.  Because anytime we start praying for someone, our perspective changes about them…for we take on God’s view, not ours.

Acts 8:4 ” Those who had been scattered preached the Word wherever they went.”

The early Church was forced to disperse after the stoning of Stephen, “for on that day a great persecution broke out against the Church at Jerusalem.” (Acts 8:1)  Because they no longer had the support and encouragement of the Body of Believers around them they could of given up, gone into hiding, and denied their faith…but they didn’t.  For it tells us in this verse that wherever they went they declared the Word of the Lord to those around them.  They refused to allow persecution to silence them, and instead became Itinerant Evangelists sharing the Good News of Jesus.

Proverbs 12:1 ” Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates correction is stupid.”

The Writer of this proverb was pretty blunt…if you’re opposed to God’s correction in your life, you’re dumb!  We know that God disciplines those He loves (Proverbs 3:12), but until we can realize it’s for our benefit not detriment…we’ll continue to rebel against  His correction.  Proverbs 9:9 says, ” Instruct a wise man and he will be wiser still; teach a righteous man and he will add to his learning.”   Greater wisdom and understanding can only be found in the “education” of God’s discipline.

Mark 6:7 ” Calling the Twelve to Him, He sent them out two by two…”

In another Chapter of the Gospels, Jesus appointed seventy-two others and sent them out two by two ahead of Him to every town and place He was about to go. (Luke 10:1)  But why did Jesus send them out in pairs?  There are several places in the Old Testament that speak to the need for at least two witnesses with mutually confirming stories in order for a man to be put to death. (Deuteronomy 17:6 & Deuteronomy 19:5)  So the first reason was accountability and responsibility.  The second reason was protection.  In Billy Graham’s autobiography, “Just As I Am”, he talks about the Modesto Manifesto, or the Billy Graham Rule…and I quote, ” We all knew of evangelists who had fallen into immorality while separated from their families by travel.  We pledged among ourselves to avoid any situation that would have even the appearance of compromise or suspicion.  From that day on, I didn’t travel, meet, or eat alone with a woman other than my wife.  We determined that the Apostle Paul’s mandate to the young Pastor Timothy would be ours as well.” (II Timothy 1:22)    Dr. Graham determined to always have a chaperone with him, not just for propriety but for his moral protection… and history goes on to show us a world changing ministry that was at all times above reproach.