Innocent Awareness

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1 Corinthians 14:20In regard to evil, be infants, but in your thinking be adults. (NIV 1978)

My Musings – Infants are innocent. Adults are aware.

My Advice – Evaluate situations and circumstances like an adult and be aware of the evil that they might entail. Keep your innocence. Do not get involved in the evil.

Too Intellectual

1 Corinthians 8:1Knowledge 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. (NIV 1978)

My Musing – Sometimes, the more we know, the more arrogant we become. Then our head gets in the way of our heart and drives a wedge between us and God. We must not allow ourselves to become too intellectual for God.

My Advice – Don’t let your education go to your head. Let your heart, and your love of God, be your primary guide, not the knowledge of the world.

God’s Foolishness

1 Corinthians 1:25For the foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom. (NIV 1978)

My Musings – This is the age of science and knowledge. But if it contradicts God’s Word, then it is foolishness.

My Advice – Don’t become too impressed with the wisdom of philosopher’s, educators and scientists. Their greatest wisdom is foolishness to God.

On Giving Advice

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Exodus 18:19Listen now to me and I will give you some advice, and may God be with you.  (NIV 1984)

My Musings – More often than not, my blogs conclude with some advice.  Most (not all) are reflections from “A Dad’s Devotions,” a daily devotional that I wrote for my son when he graduated from college, and that I have been sharing on this site.   Apart from my son, who did not necessarily seek it, and those who come to me seeking it, perhaps it is a bit presumptuous of me to otherwise offer it.   Although I do try to make sure it is well-grounded in in the Word. Some you may think wise, and some foolish. Much of it comes from my life experiences or mistakes I’ve made along the way when I either did not seek advice when it was offered, of follow it when it was given.

My Advice – Here I go again. Now [my blog followers] were of more noble character than [those who google], for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if [the Brew’s musings and advice] was true. (A personalized paraphrase of Acts 17:11).  Don’t just take my word for it, take the Word for it.

As always, I welcome your comments and my daily musings.  God bless.

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Hidden from the “Wise”

Matthew 11:25At that time Jesus said, “I praise You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because You have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children.” (NIV 1978)

My Musings – God chooses to reveal Himself through faith and trust rather than by wisdom and learning. He has much more to do with the heart than he does with the mind.

My Advice – Be careful that you do not put too much faith into your education and in the “wisdom” of the world. In matters of faith, it is safer to remember the things that you put your trust in when you were a child than the things you learn from scholars and scientists.

Learns Spiritual Wisdom

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James 1:5If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all. (NIV 1978)

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My Musings – All too often we seem to compartmentalize our lives into spiritual matters versus non-spiritual matters or significant issues versus insignificant issues. We seek His will on the spiritual matters but worry and fret over non-spiritual matters. We try to solve the minor issues on our own but go to God on the major ones. We then compound the error of this incorrect orientation by applying worldly wisdom to solving the non-spiritual matters and minor issues while applying heavenly wisdom (at least we hope so) to solving those that are spiritual matters or significant. Instead, we should “seek first His kingdom and His righteousness” applying heavenly wisdom as we seek His will on all matters, spiritual and non-spiritual, major and minor.

My Advice – Unfortunately, all too often we find that it is easier (or so we think) to rely on our own understanding rather than God’s. We buy into Satan’s deception (began in Eden) believing that the ways of the world are “desirable for gaining wisdom.” When we lean on our own understanding, which is worldly, thinking that we are so wise and learned, spiritual wisdom is hidden from us. We are blinded by our own devises. But when we, in child-like faith and trust, seek answers from above they are revealed to us. Thus, what we believe to be so hard, gaining spiritual wisdom and discernment is actually “child’s play”. It really does not take an Einstein. The truth is that God wants us to make right choices and wise decisions. That being the case, why would He make it hard for us to do so? He does not. In fact, James tells us that “[i]f any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all. (James 1:5).” We actually make it hard for ourselves when we lean on our own understanding and do not acknowledge that His ways are best.

Coming Soon – An updated version of my Bible study “Got Spiritual Milk?” will soon be available in the Store link on my home page. What you see above is a short excerpt the chapter dealing with the seventh of twelve “steps” discussed in the study.

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