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The Bible’s truth is an endangered heritage, caught between the atheistic secularism of our reigning religion, liberalism, and the onrushing assault of Islam.  The United States today is in the position so often recorded in the Old Testament books of the prophets: a stiff-necked people abandons God and worships its own man-made gods of wealth and power, always suffering devastation by foreign foes as a consequence.

Writer Gary Kelly submitted the following thoughts from the introduction to his book “Lessons of the Holy Spirit: A Guide for Entering the Kingdom of God; And Discover Why It Pleased God to Hide His Kingdom from the Wise.”

By Gary Kelly

But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise.
There is a worldly wisdom of men, and there is the wisdom of God. Scripture says those wise in this world consider believing or having faith in the Cross of Christ as foolishness. God in His wisdom has purposely chosen this foolishness to confound those who consider themselves wise in this world.

These two aspects of wisdom are defined in Scripture. We are keenly aware of worldly human or intellectual wisdom, yet Scripture refers to this wisdom as that of flesh and blood. Scriptures tells us there is also a spiritual wisdom. One must discern within the Scriptures whether worldly wisdom or spiritual wisdom is being addressed, for they are not the same. Spiritual or heavenly wisdom is higher than man’s worldly wisdom. Spiritual wisdom is eternal, worldly wisdom is temporary.
When man and woman first sinned, God said they now knew good and evil. This is intellectual ego and is the primary stumblingblock whereby one must overcome in acknowledging the Creator as an all-loving, all-knowing God, and come to terms that we are not.

“For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent. Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this world? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe. For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom: But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumbling block, and unto the Greeks foolishness; But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God. Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men. For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God has chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, has God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to naught things that are: That no flesh should glory in his presence. But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: That, according as it is written, He that glories, let him glory in the Lord.”  (1 Corinthians 1:18-31)

“Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, says the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, and returns not, but waters the earth, and makes it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So shall my word be that goes forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.”  ( Isaiah 55:6-11)
Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in Thy sight
“At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because You have hid these things from the wise and prudent, and have revealed them unto babes. Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in Thy sight. All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knows the Son, but the Father; neither knows any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him. Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”  ( Matthew 11:25-30)

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