Wisdom through Friendship with Jesus

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The greatest miracle: to belong to Jesus’ inner circle. Because of it, believers learn the secrets of the Father from the Son.

Thirty-five years ago, I asked the Lord if only He led to heaven. He poured out His life for me and I asked such a question?

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John 15:15

No longer do I call you slaves, for the slave does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you.

James 1:5-6

 But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But he must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind.

James 3:13-16

Who among you is wise and understanding? Let him show by his good behavior his deeds in the gentleness of wisdom. But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your heart, do not be arrogant and so lie against the truth. This wisdom is not that which comes down from above, but is earthly, natural, demonic. For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every evil thing.

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I pored over the Bible, but hadn’t finished it, and I asked from the heart. The world presents an image of the Lord zapping everyone with lightening bolts who upsets Him. If so, everybody is cinders. We fail God every day. But no bolt tore through me. Not even a hint of disapproval.

I left the morning’s prayer with no simple answer, but a few days afterward, while doing something unrelated, God touched me with the awareness that only Jesus leads to heaven. I knew it to my core, and I have not wavered in that belief. Moments like that cause me to feel divinely loved. The Lord bothered to answer a foolish question.

Later, I read (John 14:6) “None come to the Father but by Me.” It only reaffirmed what I knew.

Wisdom isn’t only knowing. We must live moral lives as James 3 instructs us. But if you want wisdom for selfish ends: fame, fortune, or revenge, you move outside the realm of God. He even calls it demonic. So expect demonic results.

Wisdom comes from many sources; the Bible, books, prayer, friends, counselors, the example by those we respect. And failure. Doing it wrong the first time gives you wisdom for the second time (or third or fourth). God wastes nothing. 

Dear Lord, thank You because I am your friend. Please let me appreciate every path to wisdom.

 

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