Are you a wise woman or a foolish woman?

 

Are you a wise woman or a foolish woman? - The Bible has a great deal to say about wisdom and the flip side, foolishness. In this series we'll look at what it means to be wise and, by comparison, what it means to be foolish. And how we sometimes end up on the wrong side without even realizing it.I recently taught a lesson during our summer ladies’ Bible study. The posters promoting the series of lessons were very eye catching, but it was the tagline that caught my attention, “A woman of God can never be like a woman of the world.” My lesson was on wisdom versus foolishness which has everything to do with being a woman of God rather than a woman of the world.

The Bible has a great deal to say about wisdom and the flip side, foolishness. In this series we’ll look at what it means to be wise and, by comparison, what it means to be foolish and how to recognize the difference.

 

Are You a Wise or a Foolish Woman?

 

I’m speaking, primarily, to the ladies today, but these truths are for all of us: young and old, men, women, and children.

 

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As believers we live in 2 worlds or as Jesus called them, kingdoms. He said, “My kingdom is not of this world … (Jn. 18.36).

We belong to another kingdom, yet we still live in this earthly kingdom that we often refer to as “the world,” meaning the world’s system, where we’re exposed to the world’s way of doing things and the world’s values.

BUT interestingly …

 

When it comes to being wise or foolish … even the world says you should be wise!

 

Has anyone ever said to you, “Wise up!”

You’re never going to get a husband if you don’t sleep with him!

You’re not even going to keep a boyfriend!

You’re 30 years old. You can’t keep holding out for “Mr. Right”!

 

Wise up!

You need to look out for #1.

 

Wise up!

All that church wants is your money!

 

Wise up!

This is 2016, not the first century!

 

Wise up!

Everybody’s doing it!

 

Wise up!

Science has proven the Bible is wrong!

 

Wise up!

Are you a bigot? No one chooses to be gay!

 

Wise up!

 

They’ll tell you when they think you’re a fool, too!

 

You’re a fool, if you forgive your husband!

Submission? Are you crazy? … Only a fool would be some kind of a doormat!

 

You’re a fool if you wait for marriage to have sex!

You’re a fool if you stay home and raise your kids!

You’re a fool for believing the best of others!

You’re a fool for not doing whatever it takes to get ahead!

Wise up!

 

Even the world says you should be wise, but it’s not the same kind of wisdom! You see, the kingdom of God & “the kingdom of this world” are opposite worlds.

The Prophet Isaiah warned us about those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness (Is. 5.20).  Continue reading

“Do you know your spiritual gifts?” July 9

 

 spiritual gifts of the Holy Spirit.

All believers receive spiritual gifts at the time of salvation. Do you know your spiritual gifts and are you using them for God’s glory?

 

Do you know your spiritual gifts?

 

Today’s Readings:
2 Chronicles 13 & 14
Psalm 81.1-5
Proverbs 20.22-23
Acts 15.22-41

 

Acts 15.22-41:

Different Gifts & Strengths

In verses 37-41 Paul and Barnabas have a disagreement over whether or not to take John Mark with them on their second missionary journey—so much so that they split up and go two separate ways.

God gifts us all differently and sometimes we will disagree on things even in areas of ministry. I imagine Paul as being very practical. John Mark had deserted them on the previous journey and he wanted someone he knew would be dependable.

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Barnabas, on the other hand, was an encourager. In fact, Barnabas was not his actual name. His name was Joses, but he was such an encourager that the apostles nicknamed him Barnabas which means “Son of Encouragement” (Acts 4.36). God used their differences to further spread the gospel as two missionary teams went out with their different styles and callings.

All believers receive a spiritual gift or, perhaps, we might call it a gifting as it is often a blend of spiritual gifts in varying amounts (1 Pet. 4.10, 1 Cor. 12). We receive it at the time of our conversion. This spiritual gifting is unique to us and different from our natural talents, although they sometimes work together. Spiritual gifts are not given to make us look good or to use for our own spiritual gain, but for the benefit of the body of Christ (1 Cor. 12.7).  Continue reading