Monday, February 6, 2012

Today's Word & Prayer for February 6 2012

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God is not an intellectual curiosity to be figured out, dissected or cataloged. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”  God cannot be simply explained nor His wisdom obtained through the intellectual or scientific disciplines of this world.  God unveils Himself through divine revelation. For the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned (1 Corinthians 2:14).
This is what Jesus was saying when he spoke to Peter in Matthew 16:17: “Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in Heaven.”
Educational attainments are honorable. We certainly need education with all of its many advantages. I encourage everyone to get as much education as possible.  You certainly can do more with a good education than without one.  However, the study of theology, systematic or otherwise, will not transmit divine knowledge or the mysteries of God’s Word.  This is beyond the intellectual ability of mankind.  At best, theology may provide mankind with historical references, anthropological facts and social insights into religious cultures and belief systems.  At worst, theology serves to justify man’s exaggerated sense of himself — his intellectual capacity for obtaining godlike knowledge — focusing his attention on intellectual enlightenment rather than God’s divine revelation (1 Corinthians 2:12-13).This is where I part company from academically laden preachers and pastors whose only qualification for pastoring is academia and/or ecclesiastical appointment. (Romans 10:14-15)
We are challenged today to trust in God’s revelation and not in man’s wisdom.
“Education without divine revelation is like faith without works – it’s dead!” (Bishop O.W. Prince)
 Today’s Word 
18Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you thinks that he is wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise. 19  For the wisdom of this world is folly with God.  For it is written, “He catches the wise in their craftiness,” 20 and again, “The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are futile.” 21 So let no one boast in men… — 1 Corinthians 3:18-21 
Today’s Prayer 
Father, I pray to You today in the name of—*YeHoWsHua HaMashiach – The Anointed One from the Father – Jesus the Messiah.  Father, I am grateful for the privilege to pray to you.  Please forgive me of all of my sins and pardon all of my offenses.  I once trusted in my own knowledge, wisdom and understanding.  I once trusted in the insights of scholars and the validation of education but now I know that all true knowledge comes from Thee.  You are the revealer of all truth for You are the Truth.  No one can know anything about You until You reveal Yourself.  Thank You for revealing Yourself to me through Christ.  While others boast of their human wisdom, I boast in You O God.  I totally depend upon You for all knowledge, wisdom and understanding.  You are the One who gives wisdom generously to all who ask.  Through the Power and unction of the Holy Spirit, I ask that You please give me wisdom today O LORD; Wisdom to surrender to Your will; Wisdom to obey Your Holy and Eternal Commandments; Wisdom to accomplish all that You’ve called and sent me to do; Wisdom to rightly discern Your Word and Preach and Teach Your Kingdom message; Wisdom to Love, Forgive, Heal and Deliver; Wisdom to prosper in whatever I do.  This is my prayer today in the name of the LORD YeHoWsHua* (Jesus) the Christ, Amen. 
The Hebrew spelling of the name of Christ is used in this prayer for educational purposes. Yehowshua is often shorten to Yeshua but out of respect for my Lord I chose to use the spelling of His proper name to demonstrate that His name s above every name and that even the spelling of His name is relative to the spelling of The Father’s name – remembering that there were not any vowels in the Hebrew alphabets. Thus, YHWH (Yahweh) and YeHoWsHua (Yahweh is salvation) are grammatically and uniquely related.
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