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The Wisdom of God ( 1 Corinthians 1:17-25):

  17For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel—not with the wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ be made void. 18For to those who are perishing, the preaching of the cross is foolishness; but to us who are being saved, it is the power of God. 19For it is written, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and I will nullify the understanding of those who understand.” 20Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this age?  Did not God make foolish the wisdom of this world? 21For since in the wisdom of God the world through its own wisdom did not know God, it pleased God to save those who believe through the foolishness of preaching. 22For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom; 23But we proclaim Christ crucified. To the Jews it is a cause of offense, and to the Greeks it is foolishness; 24But to those who are called—both Jews and Greeks—Christ is God’s power and God’s wisdom 25Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

Pro-Moral Leaders Bring Joy! (Proverbs 29:2-3):

2When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; but when the wicked rule, the people mourn. 3Whoever loves wisdom rejoices his father, but a companion of harlots wastes his wealth.

 

 

The Wisdom of This World is Foolishness with God
(1 Corinthians 3:18-20):

  18Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you thinks himself to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, so that he may be wise in God’s sight. 19For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God for it is written, “He entraps the wise in their own craftiness.” 20And again, “The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain.”

 

 

Ask God for Wisdom (James 1:5-7):

  5However, if anyone lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, Who gives to everyone freely and does not reproach the one who asks; and it shall be given to him. 6But let him ask in faith, not doubting at all because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven by the wind and tossed to and fro. 7Do not let that man expect that he will receive anything from the Lord.

 

No Need to Study Counterfeit (False) Religions!:

[God warns us to avoid seeking after other gods who in fact are not of the Father.]

Deuteronomy 6:14 “You shall not go after other gods, of the gods of the people who are around about you,”

[Seek marriage and fellowship with people of faith in God and serving Him!]

“Nor shall you make marriages with them. You shall not give your daughter to his son, nor shall you take his daughter to your son. For they will turn away your sons from following Me so that they may serve other gods. Then the anger of the LORD be kindled against you and will destroy you suddenly.” (Deuteronomy 7:3-4)

“Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and lawlessness have in common? And what fellowship does light have with darkness?” (2 Corinthians 6:14)

[Do not agree to follow false (pagan) ways of those not obeying the Creator God.]

“If your brother, the son of your mother, or your son, or your daughter, or the wife of your bosom, or your friend, who is like your own soul, lures you secretly, saying, ‘Let us go and serve other gods’-which you have not known, you, nor your fathers, That is of the gods of the people who are round about you, near you or far off from you, from the one end of the earth even to the other end of the earth-You shall not consent unto him, nor hearken to him. Nor shall your eye pity him, nor shalt you spare, nor shalt thou conceal him.” (Deuteronomy 13:6-8)

[Following false gods will lead you astray from the way of truth and salvation!]

“And yet they would not listen unto their judges, but they went lusting after other gods, and bowed themselves to them. They turned quickly out of the way which their fathers walked in, for they had obeyed the commandments of the LORD; these however did not do so.” (Judges 2:17)

[Keep God’s words and do not inquire about other gods. They are not worth studying about!]

Be careful to observe and obey all these words which I command you, so it may go well with you, and with your children after you forever when you do that which is good and right in the sight of the LORD your God. When the LORD your God shall cut off the nations from before you, where you go to possess them, and you take their place and dwell in their land, Take heed to yourself that you do not become ensnared by following them, after they are destroyed from before you, and that you do not ask about their gods, saying, ‘How did these nations serve their gods that I may also do likewise?’ You shall not do so to the LORD your God, for every abomination to the LORD, which He hates, they have done to their gods; even their sons and their daughters they have burned in the fire to their gods. Whatsoever thing that I command you, be careful to do it. You shall not add to it, nor take away from it.” (Deuteronomy 12:28-32)

[Do not be terrified at heavenly signs, nor learn to follow heathen practices.]

“Thus says the LORD, ‘Do not learn the way of the heathen, and do not be terrified at the signs of heavens; for the nations are terrified at them. For the customs of the people are vain; for one cuts a tree out of the forest, with the axe, the work of the hands of the workman. They adorn it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, so that it will not move.” (Jeremiah 10:2-4)

[Created images are a lie and there is no breath in them, they are vanity!]

“Every man is stupid for lack of knowledge; every refiner is put to shame by the graven image; for his molten image is a lie, and there is no breath in them. They are vanity, the work of delusion; in the time of their judgement they shall perish.” (Jeremiah 10:14-15)

[All scripture, both Old and New Testament, is God-breathed (inspired).]

All scripture is God-breathed and is profitable for doctrine, for conviction, for correction, for instruction in righteousness;” (2 Timothy 3:16)

[Jesus Christ the Nazarean is the only name by which we may be saved!]

“Be it known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that in the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarean, Whom you crucified, but Whom God has raised from the dead, by Him this man stands before you whole. This is the Stone that was set at naught by you, the builders, which has become the Head of the corner. And there is no salvation in any other, for neither is there another name under heaven which has been given among men, by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:10-12)

[Those who accept Jesus and obey the word of truth shall be saved!]

“And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved. Men, Israelites, listen to these words: Jesus the Nazarene, a man set forth to by of God, as demonstrated by works of power and wonders and signs, which God performed by Him in your midst, as you yourselves also know; Him, having been delivered up by the predetermined plan and foreknowledge of God, you have seized by lawless hands and have crucified and killed. But God hath raised Him up, having loosed the throes of death, because it was not possible for Him to be held by it.” (Acts 2:21-24)

[Keeping God’s commandments allows us to ask and receive whatever we may ask.]

“And whatever we may ask we receive from Him because we keep His commandments and practice those things that are pleasing in His sight. And this is His commandment: that we believe on the name of His Son Jesus Christ, and that we love one another, exactly as He gave commandment to us. And the one who keeps His commandments is dwelling in Him, and He in him; and by this we know that He is dwelling in us: by the Spirit which He has given to us.” (1 John 3:22-24)

[Only the Father can draw sinners to Jesus. Pray that the Father will draw them!]

For this reason, Jesus answered them and said, ”Do not be complaining among one another. No one can come to Me unless the Father, Who sent Me, draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day.” (John 6:43-44)

[No need to show this to unbelievers:]

"Do not give that which is holy to the dogs, nor cast your pearls before the swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn around and tear you to pieces." (Matthew 7:6)

(Scriptures quoted from OOB)

 


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