Making Known The Manifold Wisdom Of God To The Powers In the Heavenly Places
by Sharon McClean
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Pro. 3:13—Happy is the man who finds WISDOM, and the man who gains UNDERSTANDING; James 1:5—If any of you LACKS WISDOM, let him ASK of GOD, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and IT WILL BE GIVEN to HIM. (6) But let him ASK in FAITH, with NO DOUBTING, for he WHO DOUBTS is LIKE A WAVE of THE SEA driven and TOSSED by THE WIND
Eph. 3:10—To the INTENT that NOW THE MANIFOLD WISDOM of GOD might be MADE KNOWN BY THE CHURCH to the PRINCIPALITIES and POWERS in the HEAVENLY PLACES.
(John 5:30—I can of My self DO NOTHING, AS I HEAR I JUDGE; and MY JUDGMENT is RIGHTEOUS, (Ps. 94:15—But JUDGMENT will return to RIGHTEOUNESS, and all the UPRIGHT in heart will follow it.) Ps. 96:10—Say among THE NATIONS, THE LORD REIGNS; THE WORLD ALSO IS FIRMLY ESTABLISHED, it SHALL NOT be MOVED; He shall JUDGE the peoples RIGHTEOUSLY. (13) For He is coming, for He is coming to JUDGE THE EARTH. He shall JUDGE the world with RIGHTEOUSNESS, and the peoples with HIS TRUTH.) (Ps. 93:1—The LORD REIGNS, He is clothed with MAJESTY; The Lord is clothed, He has girded Himself with STRENGTH. SURELY THE WORLD IS ESTABLISHED, SO THAT IT CANNOT BE MOVED. (2) YOUR THRONE is ESTABLISHED from of OLD; YOU ARE FROM EVERLASTING.)
(Returning to John 5:30—As I hear I JUDGE, because I DO NOT SEEK MY OWN WILL but THE WILL of THE FATHER WHO SENT ME. (31) If I bear WITNESS of MYSELF, My witness is NOT TRUE. (32) There is another who bears witness of Me, and I know that the WITNESS which he WITNESSES of ME IS TRUE. (33) You have sent to John, and he has borne WITNESS to THE TRUTH. (1 Peter 1:20—He indeed was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was MANIFEST in these last times for you (21) who through Him believe in God, WHO RAISED HIM FROM THE DEAD and GAVE HIM GLORY, so that YOUR FAITH and HOPE ARE IN GOD. (22) since you have purified your souls in OBEYING THE TRUTH through THE SPIRIT in SINCERE LOVE of THE BRETHREN, love one another fervently with a PURE HEART, (23) having been BORN AGAIN, not of CORRUPTIBLE SEED but INCORRUPTIBLE, through THE WORD of GOD which LIVES and ABIDES FOREVER, (24) because “all FLESH is GRASS, and all the glory of man as THE FLOWER of THE GRASS, the grass withers, and its flower falls away, (25) But THE WORD OF THE LORD ENDURES FOREVER.
Is. 40:6—The voice said, “CRY OUT!” And he said, “What shall I cry?” ALL FLESH is GRASS, and all its loveliness is like THE FLOWER of the field. (7) The grass withers, the flower fades, because the breath of the Lord blows upon it; surely the people ARE GRASS. (8) The grass withers, the flower fades, But THE WORD OF OUR GOD STANDS FOREVER. (9) O ZION, you who bring GOOD TIDINGS, get up into the high mountain; O JERUSALEM, you who bring GOOD TIDINGS, lift up your voice with strength, lift it up, be not afraid; say to the cities of Judah, “BEHOLD YOUR GOD!”
(Returning to John 5: 34--Yet I DO NOT RECEIVE TESTIMONY from MAN but I say these things that YOU MAY BE SAVED. (36) But I have a GREATER WITNESS than JOHN’S for THE WORKS which the FATHER HAS GIVEN ME TO FINISH—the VERY WORKS THAT I DO—BEAR WITNESS of ME, THAT THE FATHER HAS SENT ME.)
(John 10:37—If I do not DO THE WORKS of MY FATHER, DO NOT BELIEVE ME; (38) but if I DO, though you DO NOT BELIEVE ME, believe THE WORKS that YOU MAY KNOW and believe that the FATHER IS IN ME and I IN HIM. (Acts 4:10—Let it be known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of JESUS CHRIST of NAZERATH, who you crucified, whom GOD RAISED FROM THE DEAD, by HIM this man stands here before you WHOLE. (11) THIS is THE STONE which was REJECTED BY you BUILDERS, which has become THE CHIEF CORNERSTONE. (12) Nor is there SALVATION in any other NAME under heaven among men by which WE MUST BE SAVED.) (1 Peter 2 6—Therefore it is also contained in the Scripture, “BEHOLD, I LAY IN ZION a CHIEF CORNERSTONE, elect, precious, and he who believes in HIM will by no means be put to shame. (7) Therefore to you who BELIEVE, He is precious; but to those who are DISOBEDIENT, THE STONE which THE BUILDERS REJECTED has become THE CHIEF CORNERSTONE.
(1 John 4:9—In THIS the LOVE of GOD was manifested toward us, that GOD has SENT His ONLY BEGOTTEN SON INTO THE WORLD, that we MIGHT LIVE through HIM. (13) By THIS we know that we ABIDE in HIM and HE in US, because He has GIVEN US OF HIS SPIRIT. (14) And we have seen (In the word.) and testify that THE FATHER HAS SENT THE SON AS SAVIOR OF THE WORLD. (15) Whoever confesses that Jesus is THE SON OF GOD, GOD ABIDES IN HIM, and HE IN GOD.)
(Returning to Col.2:10—and you are COMPLETE in HIM, who is THE HEAD of ALL PRINCIPALITY and POWER. (Eph. 6:12—For we do not wrestle against FLESH and BLOOD, but AGAINST PRINCIPALITIES, against POWERS, against the RULERS of the DARKNESS of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.) Returning to Col .2:11--In Him you were also circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, by the putting off of the body of the sins of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, (12) BURIED with HIM through FAITH in THE WORKING of GOD, who RAISED HIM FROM THE DEAD. (Acts 13:32—And we declare to you GLAD TIDINGS—that PROMISE which was made to THE FATHERS. (Rom. 4:13—For the PROMISE that he would be THE HEIR OF THE WORLD was NOT to Abraham or to his seed through the law, but through THE RIGHTEOUSNESS of FAITH.) Returning to Acts.13:33—God has fulfilled THIS for US their children, in that HE HAS RAISED UP JESUS. As it is also written in the second Ps: You are My Son, today I have BEGOTTEN You. (The second Ps. goes on to read: “You are My Son today I have begotten You, ask of Me and I will give You the nations for Your inheritance and the ends of the earth for Your possession.”)
Returning to Col. 2:13—And you being dead in your TRESPASSES and the uncircumcision of your flesh, HE HAS MADE ALIVE TOGETHER WITH HIM, having FORGIVEN you all TRESPASSES, (14) having WIPED OUT the handwriting of REQUIREMENTS that was against us. And He has taken it out of the way, HAVING NAILED IT TO THE CROSS. (15) HAVING DISARMED PRINCIPALITIES and POWERS, He made a public spectacle of them, TRIUMPHING over them in it. 2 Corin. 5:19—that is, that GOD was IN Christ RECONCILING the WORLD to HIMSELF, NOT IMPUTING their TRESPASSES to THEM, and has COMMITTED to us THE WORD OF RECONCILIATION. (20) Therefore we are AMBASSODORS for CHRIST, as though God were pleading through us; we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be RECONCILED to GOD. (21) For He made HIM who KNEW NO SIN to BE SIN for US, that WE might become THE RIGHTEOUSNESS of GOD in HIM.
Chapter 6:1—We then, as workers TOGETHER WITH HIM also plead with you NOT TO RECEIVE the GRACE of GOD in VAIN. (2) For He says: “In AN ACCEPTABLE TIME I HAVE HEARD YOU and IN THE DAY of SALVATION I HAVE HELPED YOU. Behold, NOW is the ACCEPTED TIME: behold, NOW is the day of SALVATION. (Isaiah 49:8—Thus says the Lord: “IN AN ACCEPTABLE TIME I have heard You, and in THE DAY OF SALVATION I have helped You: I will Preserve You and GIVE YOU AS A COVENANT TO THE PEOPLE, to RESTORE THE EARTH.)
Hab. 2:9—Woe to him who covets evil gain for his house, that HE MAY SET his NEST ON HIGH, that HE MAY BE DELIVERED FROM the POWER OF DISASTER! (10) You gave shameful counsel to your house, CUTTING OFF MANY PEOPLES, and sinned against your soul. (11) For the stone will cry out from the wall and the beam from the timbers will answer it. (14) For the EARTH will BE FILLED with THE KNOWLEDGE of THE GLORY OF THE LORD, as the waters cover the sea. (Amos 9:6—For surely I will command and will SIFT the house of Israel among all nations, as GRAIN is SIFTED in a SIEVE; (10) ALL the SINNERS of MY PEOPLE shall DIE by THE SWORD, who say, ‘THE CALAMITY SHALL NOT OVERTAKE US nor CONFRONT US.)
Job 36:2—Bear with me a little, and I will show that there are yet WORDS to SPEAK on GOD’S BEHALF. (3) I will fetch MY KNOWLEDGE from afar, and will ASCRIBE RIGHTEOUSNESS to my MAKER. (Is. 46:12—Listen to Me, you stubborn-hearted, who are FAR from RIGHTEOUSNESS; (13) I bring MY RIGHTEOUSNESS NEAR, it shall NOT be far off; MY SALVATION shall NOT linger. And I WILL place SALVATION in ZION, for ISRAEL My GLORY.) (Returning to Job 36:4--For truly MY WORDS shall NOT be FALSE: one that is PERFECT in KNOWLEDGE is WITH YOU. (Pro. 9:10—The FEAR of the Lord is the beginning of WISDOM, (Pro.14:27—The FEAR of the Lord is a FOUNTAIN of LIFE, to avoid the snares of DEATH.) and the KNOWLEDGE of THE HOLY ONE is UNDERSTANDING. (Is. 49:7—Thus says the Lord, THE HOLY ONE OF ISRAEL: And He has CHOSEN You. (8) Thus says the Lord: “In an ACCEPTABLE TIME I have heard You, and in the day of SALVATION I have helped You; I will preserve You and GIVE YOU as A COVENANT to the people, TO RESTORE the EARTH, to cause them to INHERIT the desolate HERITAGES.
(Acts 3:19—Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the PRESENCE of the LORD, (20) “and THAT HE MAY SEND JESUS CHRIST, who WAS PREACHED TO YOU BEFORE, (21) whom heaven must receive until the TIMES OF RESTORATION of ALL THINGS, which GOD HAS SPOKEN by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began.) (Heb. 9:28—To those who eagerly wait for Him HE WILL APPEAR A SECOND TIME, apart from SIN, for SALVATION. Ps. 2:6—Yet I have set My king on my HOLY HILL of ZION. (7) I will declare THE DECREE: The Lord has said to Me, YOU ARE MY SON, today I have BEGOTTEN YOU. (8) ASK of ME, and I WILL GIVE YOU THE NATIONS for YOUR INHERITANCE, and THE ENDS of THE EARTH for YOUR POSSESSION.) John 3:16—For God so LOVED THE WORLD that HE GAVE HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON, that whoever believes in HIM should not perish but have everlasting life. (17) For GOD DID NOT SEND HIS SON INTO THE WORLD to CONDEMN THE WORLD, but that the world THROUGH HIM might be saved. (18) He who BELIEVES in HIM is NOT CONDEMNED; but he who does NOT BELIEVE is CONDEMNED already, BECAUSE HE HAS NOT BELIEVED in the name of THE ONLY BEGOTTEN SON of GOD. (19) And THIS is THE CONDEMNATION that THE LIGHT has come into the world, and men LOVED DARKNESS rather than LIGHT, because their DEEDS were EVIL. Amos 5:20—Is not the day of the Lord DARKNESS, and NOT LIGHT? Is it not very DARK, with NO brightness in it? (21) I hate, I despise your feast days, and I do not savor your SACRED ASSMEBLIES. (23) Take away from Me the noise of your songs, for I will not hear the melody of your stringed instruments. (24) But let JUSTICE run down like water, and RIGHTEOUSNESS like a MIGHTY STREAM.
(returning to Job 36:5--Behold, GOD is MIGHTY, and despiseth NOT ANY: He is MIGHTY in STRENGTH and WISDOM. (This verse was taken from the (KJV) version; all others are taken from the NKJV.) (7) He does NOT withdraw His eyes from the RIGHTEOUS; but they are on the throne with kings, for HE HAS SEATED THEM FOREVER, (Pro. 10:30—The RIGHTEOUS will never be REMOVED, but the wicked will not INHABIT the EARTH.) and they are EXALTED. (10) He also OPENS their EAR to INSTRUCTION, and COMMANDS that they turn from INIQUITY. (11) If they OBEY and SERVE Him, they shall spend their days in prosperity, and their years in pleasures, (Rom. 1:3—CONCERNING HIS SON JESUS CHIRST our Lord, who was born of the seed of David according to the flesh, (4) and DECLARED TO BE THE SON OF GOD WITH POWER, according TO THE SPIRIT OF HOLINESS, by THE RESURRECTION FROM THE DEAD, (5) through whom we have received GRACE and APOSTLESHIP for OBEDIENCE to THE FAITH among ALL NATIONS for HIS NAME, (6) among whom you also are THE CALLED of Jesus Christ.
Retuning to Job 36:12--But if THEY DO NOT OBEY, they shall PERISH by THE SWORD, and they shall die WITHOUT KNOWLEDGE. (16) Indeed He would have brought you out of dire distress, into a BROAD PLACE where there is NO RESTRAINT; and what is SET ON YOUR TABLE WOULD BE FULL OF RICHNESS. (17) But you are filled with THE JUDGMENT due THE WICKED; judgment and justice take hold of you. (18) Because there is WRATH, (1 Thess. 5:9—For God did NOT appoint us to WRATH, but to OBTAIN SALVATION through our Lord Jesus Christ.) (2 Thess.2:13—God from the beginning chose you for SALVATION through the sanctification of the SPIRIT and belief in the TRUTH, (Ps 43:3—Oh, send out YOUR LIGHT and YOUR TRUTH! Let them lead me; Let them bring me to YOUR HOLY HILL and to YOUR TABERNACLE.) (Returning to 2 Thess. 2:14--to which He called you by OUR GOSPEL for the OBTAINING of THE GLORY of our Lord Jesus Christ.)
(Returning to Job 36:18--beware lest HE TAKE YOU AWAY WITH ONE BLOW; for a LARGE RANSOM would not HELP YOU AVIOD IT. (19) Will your riches, or all the mighty forces, keep you from distress? (20) DO NOT DESIRE THE NIGHT, WHEN PEOPLE ARE CUT OF IN THEIR PLACE. (1 Thess. 5:4—But you, brethren are not in DARKNESS so that this DAY should overtake you as a THIEF. (Rev. 3:2—Be WATCHFUL, and STRENGTHEN the things WHICH REMAIN, that ARE READY TO DIE, for I have NOT found YOUR WORKS PERFECT before God. (3) Remember therefore how you have received and heard: hold fast, and REPENT. Therefore if you WILL NOT WATCH, I WILL COME UPON YOU AS A THIEF, and you will NOT know what hour I will come upon you. (Returning to 1 Thess. 5:5—You are all SONS of LIGHT and sons of THE DAY. We are not of THE NIGHT nor of DARKNESS, (Amos 5:20—Is not the day of the Lord DARKNESS, and NOT LIGHT? Is it not very DARK, with NO brightness IN it. (23) Take away from Me the noise of your songs, For I will not hear the melody of your stringed instruments. (24) But let JUSTICE run down like water, and RIGHTEOUSNESS like a MIGHTY STREAM.
Is. 56:1—Thus says the Lord: Keep JUSTICE and do RIGHTEOUSNESS, for MY SALVATION IS ABOUT TO COME, and MY RIGHTEOUSNESS to be REVEALED. Is. 42:1—Behold! My Servant whom I UPHOLD, My Elect One in whom my soul delights! I have put MY SPIRIT UPON HIM; Is. 61:1—The SPIRIT of THE LORD IS UPON ME, because the Lord has ANOINTED ME to preach GOOD TIDINGS to the poor; He has sent Me TO HEAL the BROKENHEARTED, to proclaim LIBERTY to the CAPTIVES, and the opening of THE PRISON to those who are bound: (2) To PROCLAIM the ACCEPTABLE YEAR of THE LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn, (3) TO CONSOLE THOSE WHO MOURN IN ZION, to give them BEAUTY for ASHES, the OIL of JOY for mourning, the GARMENT of PRAISE for the SPIRIT OF HEAVINESS; that they may be called TREES OF RIGHTEOUSNESS, the PLANTING of THE LORD, that HE MAY BE GLORIFIED.)
(Returning to Is. 42:1--He will bring forth JUSTICE to THE GENTILES. (3) A bruised reed He will not break, and smoking flax He will not quench; He will bring forth JUSTICE for TRUTH. (4) He will not FAIL nor be DISCOURAGED, till HE HAS ESTABLISHED JUSTICE in THE EARTH; and the COASTLANDS shall wait for His law.(Is. 60:8—WHO are these who FLY LIKE A CLOUD, and like DOVES to their roosts? (9) Surely the COASTLANDS shall wait for Me:) Returning to Is 42:6-- I, the Lord, have called you in RIGHTEOUSNESS, and will hold Your hand; I WILL KEEP YOU and GIVE YOU AS A COVENANT to the people, as A LIGHT to THE GENTILES, (7) to open blind eyes, to bring out prisoners from the prison, those who sit in DARKNESS from the prison house. (8) I am the Lord, that is My name; and My glory I will not give to another, nor My praise to graven images. (9) Behold, the former things have come to pass, and NEW THINGS I DECLARE; before they SPRING FORTH I TELL YOU OF THEM. Is. 45:8—Rain down, you heavens, from above, and let the skies pour down RIGHTEOUSNESS; let the earth open, let them bring forth SALVATION, and let RIGHTEOUSNESS SPRING UP together. I, the Lord have created it.
2 Corin. 3:7—But if the ministry of DEATH, written and engraved on STONES, was glorious, (8) how will the MINISTRY of THE SPIRIT not be MORE GLORIOUS? (Rom.8—There is therefore now NO CONDEMNATION to those who are IN Christ Jesus, who DO NOT walk according to the flesh, but ACCORDING to THE SPIRIT. (2) For THE LAW of THE SPIRIT of LIFE IN CHRIST JESUS HAS MADE ME FREE from the law of SIN and DEATH.) (Rom.8:13—For if you live according to the flesh YOU WILL DIE; but IF BY THE SPIRIT you PUT TO DEATH THE DEEDS OF THE BODY, you WILL LIVE. (14) For as many as are LED BY THE SPIRIT of GOD, these ARE THE SONS OF GOD.
Returning to 2 Corin. 3:9--For if THE MINISTRY of CONDEMNATION had GLORY, the MINISTRY of RIGHTEOUSNESS exceeds much more in glory. Is. 42:21—The Lord is WELL PLEASED for HIS RIGHTEOUNESS SAKE: He will MAGNIFY the LAW and make it HONORABLE. (22) But this is a PEOPLE ROBBED and PLUNDERED; ALL of them are snared in holes, and they are hidden in PRISON HOUSES; They are for PREY, and NO ONE DELIVERES; for PLUNDER, and NO ONE SAYS, RESTORE! (Acts:3:20—And that He may send Jesus Christ, who was PREACHED to YOU BEFORE, (21) whom heaven must receive until the times of RESTORATION of all things.) (Micah 7:18—Who is a God like You, PARDONING INIQUITY and passing over the TRANSGRESSION of the REMNANT of HIS HERITAGE? He DOES NOT RETAIN HIS ANGER FOREVER, because HE DELIGHTS in MERCY. (19) He will AGAIN have COMPASSION on US, and will SUBDUE our INIQUITIES. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea. (20) You will give TRUTH to JACOB (Ps 24:6—This is JACOB, the generation of those who SEEK HIM, who SEEK YOUR FACE.) and MERCY to ABRAHAM, which YOU HAVE SWORN TO OUR FATHERS from days of old.
Hosea 11:7—MY PEOPLE are bent on BACKSLIDING from ME, though they call to the MOST HIGH, NONE AT ALL EXALT HIM. (Ps. 118:28—You are MY GOD, and I will praise You; You are my God, I WILL EXALT YOU. (29) Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for HE IS GOOD! FOR HIS MERCY ENDURES FOREVER.) (Ps. 99:1—The Lord REIGNS’ let the people’s tremble! He dwells between the cherubim; Let the earth be moved: (2) The Lord is GREAT IN ZION, and He is high above all the peoples. (3) Let them praise Your GREAT and AWESOME NAME—HE is HOLY. (5) EXALT the Lord our God, and worship at His footstool; FOR HE IS HOLY.) Matt. 23:12—And whoever EXALTS himself will be ABASED, and he who HUMBLES himself will be EXALTED. (1 Peter 5:6—Therefore HUMBLE yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that HE may EXALT you in DUE TIME, (Ps. 25:9—The HUMBLE He guides in JUSTICE, and the HUMBLE He TEACHES HIS WAY. (10) ALL the PATHS of the Lord are MERCY and TRUTH, to such as keep HIS COVENANT and HIS TESTIMONIES. (13) He himself shall dwell in PROSPERITY, and HIS DESCENDANTS SHALL INHERIT THE EARTH.)
Returning to 1 Peter 5:7--casting ALL YOUR CARE upon HIM, for He cares for you. (8) Be sober, be vigilant because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. (9) RESIST him, steadfast in the FAITH, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by YOUR BROTHERHOOD IN THE WORLD.) (Ps. 18:46—The Lord LIVES! Blessed by my ROCK! Let the God of my salvation be EXALTED. (47) It is God who avenges me, and subdues the peoples under me; (48) He delivers me from my enemies. You also rise up above those who rise up against me; You have delivered me from the violent man. (49) Therefore I will give thanks to You, O Lord, among THE GENTILES, and sing praises to Your name. (50) Great DELIVERANCE He gives to His king, and SHOWS MERCY to HIS ANOINTED. To DAVID and his DESCENDANTS FOREVERMORE. ( Ps. 21:1—The king shall have joy in YOUR STRENGTH, O Lord; and in YOUR SALVATION how greatly shall he REJOICE! (2) You have given him HIS HEART’S DESIRE, and have not withheld the request of HIS LIPS. (Jere. 17:13—“Those who DEPART from ME, shall be written in the earth, BECAUSE they have FORSAKEN the Lord, THE FOUNTAIN OF LIVING WATERS. (16) As for me, I have NOT hurried away from being a SHEPHERD who FOLLOWS YOU, Nor have I DESIRED THE WOEFUL DAY; You know what came OUT OF MY LIPS it was right there before You. (17) Do not be A TERROR to me; You are MY HOPE in the DAY of DOOM.)
Returning to Ps. 21:3--For You meet him with THE BLESSINGS of GOODNESS; You set a crown of pure gold upon his head. (4) HE ASKED LIFE FROM YOU, and YOU GAVE IT TO HIM—length of days forever and ever. (5) HIS GLORY is GREAT in YOUR SALVATION; Honor and majesty You have placed upon him. (6) For you have made him MOST BLESSED FOREVER. (13) Be EXALTED, O Lord, in YOUR OWN STRENGTH! We will sing and praise YOUR POWER.)
(Hosea 7:11—EPHRAIM (fruitful) also is like a SILLY DOVE, without SENSE—They call to EGYPT, they go to ASSYRIA. (Is. 10:5—Woe to ASSYRIA, the rod of My anger and the staff in whose hand is My indignation. (7) Yet he does not mean so, nor does his heart think so; BUT IT IS IN HIS HEART TO DESTROY and CUT OFF NOT A FEW NATIONS.) (Is. 9:11—As for EPHRAIM, their glory shall FLY AWAY LIKE A BIRD—NO BIRTH, NO PREGNANCY, and NO CONCEPTION! Micah 7:2—The FAITHFUL man has PERISHED from the EARTH, and there is NO ONE UPRIGHT among men. They all lie in wait for blood; EVERY MAN HUNTS his brother with A NET. (I’ll fly away O glory?)
(Pro. 2:21—For the UPRIGHT will dwell in the land, and the BLAMELESS will REMAIN IN IT; (22) But the wicked will be cut off from the earth, and the UNFAITHFUL will be UPROOTED from IT.) Is. 31:4—For thus the LORD HAS SPOKEN to me: As a LION ROARS, and a young lion over his prey WHEN A MULTITUDE of SHEPHERDS is SUMMONED AGAINST HIM, He will not be afraid of their voice nor be disturbed by their noise, So the Lord of hosts will come down TO FIGHT FOR MOUNT ZION and FOR ITS HILL. (5) LIKE BIRDS FLYING ABOUT, so WILL THE LORD OF HOSTS DEFEND JERUSALEM. DEFENDING, He will also DELIVER IT; PASSING OVER, He will PRESERVE IT. (Ps. 124:7—Our soul has ESCAPED as A BIRD from the SNARE of THE FOWLERS; The SNARE is broken, and WE HAVE ESCAPED. (8) OUR HELP is in the name of the Lord, WHO MADE HEAVEN and EARTH. Ps. 91:3—Surely He shall deliver you from THE SNARE of THE FOWLER and from the PERILOUS PESTILENCE, (4) He shall cover you WITH HIS FEATHERS, and UNDER HIS WINGS you shall take REFUGE; HIS TRUTH shall be YOUR SHIELD and BUCKLER, (5) You shall not be afraid of the TERROR by NIGHT, nor of the arrow that flies by day, (6) Nor of the pestilence that walks in DARKNESS, nor of THE DESTRUCTION that lays waste at NOONDAY.
Joel 1:15—Alas for the day of the Lord is at hand: It shall come as DESTRUCTION from the Almighty. Ps. 90:3—You turn man to DESTRUCTION, and say, RETURN, O children of men. Jere. 3:14—RETURN, O backsliding children, says the Lord; for I AM MARRIED to YOU. I will take you, one from a city and two from a family, and I WILL BRING YOU TO ZION. (15) And I will give you SHEPHERDS ACCORDING to MY HEART, who will feed you with KNOWLEDGE and UNDERSTANDING. Is. 10:21—THE REMNANT will RETURN, the REMNANT of JACOB, to the Mighty God. (22) For though your people, O Israel, be as the sand of the sea, yet A REMNANT of THEM will RETURN; THE DESTRUCTION DECREED SHALL OVERFLOW WITH RIGHTEOUSNESS.
Pro. 3:13—HAPPY is the man who finds WISDOM, and the man who gains UNDERSTANDING. (14) For her proceeds are better than the profits of silver, and her gain than fine gold. (15) She is more precious than rubies, and all the things you may desire cannot compare with her. (16) LENGTH of DAYS is in her RIGHT HAND, in her left hand RICHES and HONOR. (17) Her ways are ways of PLEASANTNESS, and ALL her PATHS are PEACE, (18) she IS A TREE OF LIFE to those WHO TAKE HOLD OF HER, and HAPPY are all who RETAIN HER. (21) Keep SOUND WISDOM and DISCRETION; (22) So they WILL BE LIFE to your SOUL and GRACE to YOUR NECK.
(Pro. 2:1—My son, if you receive my words, and treasure my commands within you, (2) so that you INCLINE your ear to WISDOM, and APPLY your heart to UNDERSTANDING; (3) Yes, if you cry out for DISCERNEMENT, (1 Kings 3:9—Therefore give to Your servant (Solomon) an UNDERSTANDING heart to JUDGE Your people, that I MAY DISCERN BETWEEN GOOD and EVIL, for who is able to JUDGE this great people of Yours?) ( Deut. 30: 15—See, I have set before you today LIFE and GOOD, DEATH and EVIL.(18) I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you LIFE and DEATH, BLESSING and CURSING; therefore choose LIFE that BOTH you and your descendants may live.) (James 3:8—But no man can TAME the TONGUE, it is an UNRULY EVIL, full of deadly poison. (9) With it we BLESS our GOD and Father, and with it WE CURSE MEN, who have been made in the similitude of God. (10) Out of the same mouth proceed BLESSING and CURSING. My brethren, these things OUGHT NOT to be SO. (11) Does a spring send forth FRESH water and BITTER from the SAME opening?) 1 Peter 3:9—NOT returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary BLESSING, knowing that you were called to this, that you may INHERIT A BLESSING.
Returning to Pro. 2:2—So that you incline your ear to WISDOM, (Pro. 4:5—Get WISDOM! Get UNDERSTANDING! Do not forget, nor turn away from the words of my mouth. (6) Do not forsake her, and she will PRESERVE you; love her, and she will keep you. (7) WISDOM is the principal thing; therefore get WISDOM, and in all your getting, get UNDERSTANDING (8) EXALT her, and she will promote you; she will bring you honor, when you embrace her, (9) She will place on your head an ORNAMENT of GRACE; a CROWN of GLORY she will DELIVER to YOU. (10) HEAR, my son, and receive my sayings, and THE YEARS OF YOUR LIFE WILL BE MANY. (11) I have taught you in the way of WISDOM; I have LED you in RIGHT PATHS, (Ps. 23:3—He LEADS me in the PATHS of RIGHTEOUSNESS for His NAME’S sake.) (12) When you walk, your steps will NOT be hindered, and when you run, you will NOT stumble. (13) Take firm hold of INSTRUCTION, and do NOT let GO; KEEP HER, FOR SHE IS YOUR LIFE.) (Ps. 37:27—Depart from EVIL, and do GOOD; and DWELL FOREVERMORE. (28) For the LORD LOVES JUSTICE, and does NOT forsake His saints; they are PRESERVED FOREVER, but the descendants of the wicked shall be CUT OFF. (29) The RIGHTEOUS shall INHERIT THE LAND, and DWELL IN IT FOREVER. (30) The mouth of the RIGHTEOUS speaks WISDOM, and his tongue talks of JUSTICE. (31) The law of his God is in his heart; none of his steps shall slide. (32) The wicked watches the RIGHTEOUS, and seeks to SLAY him. (33) The Lord will not leave him in his hand, nor CONDEMN him when he is JUDGED. (34) WAIT on THE LORD, and KEEP HIS WAY, and HE SHALL EXALT YOU TO INHERIT THE LAND; when the wicked are CUT OFF, you shall see it.
1 Tim. 2:1—Therefore I EXHORT first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for ALL MEN, (2) for kings and ALL WHO ARE IN AUTHORITY, that we may lead A QUIET and PEACEABLE LIFE in all godliness and reverence. (3) for this is GOOD and ACCEPTABLE in the sight of GOD our SAVIOR, (4) WHO DESIRES ALL MEN TO BE SAVED AND to COME TO THE KNOWLEDGE of THE TRUTH. (5) For there is ONE GOD and ONE MEDIATOR between GOD and MEN, the MAN CHRIST JESUS, (6) who GAVE HIMSELF A RANSOM FOR ALL TO BE TESTIFIED to IN DUE TIME. (7) For which I (Paul) was appointed a preacher and an apostle—I AM SPEAKING the TRUTH in CHRIST and NOT LYING—a TEACHER of THE GENTILES in FAITH and TRUTH. (8) Therefore I DESIRE that MEN PRAY EVERYWHERE, LIFTING UP HOLY HANDS, WITHOUT WRATH and DOUBTING; 1 Thess. 5:9—For God DID NOT appoint us TO WRATH, but to OBTAIN SALVATION through our Lord JESUS CHRIST.
Heb. 9:28—So CHRIST was offered ONCE to bear the sins of many. TO THOSE WHO EAGERLY WAIT FOR HIM HE WILL APPEAR A SECOND TIME, APART FROM SIN, FOR SALVATION.
2 Tim. 3:16—ALL SCRIPTURE is given by INSPIRATION of GOD, and is PROFITABLE for DOCTRINE. (2 John verse 9—Whoever TRANSGRESSES and does not abide in THE DOCTRINE of CHRIST does NOT have GOD. He who ABIDES in the DOCTRINE of CHRIST has BOTH the FATHER and the SON.) for REPROOF, for CORRECTION, for INSTRUCTION in RIGHTEOUSNESS, (17) that the man of GOD may be COMPLETE, THOROUGHLY EQUIPPED FOR EVERY GOOD WORK. Eph.4:11—And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, (12) for THE EQUIPPING of THE BODY of CHRIST, (14) that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every WIND of DOCTRINE, (15) but speaking THE TRUTH in LOVE, may GROW UP in ALL THINGS into HIM WHO IS THE HEAD---CHRIST---Col.2:2—that their hearts may be encouraged, being KNIT TOGETHER in LOVE, and attaining to ALL RICHES of THE FULL ASSURANCE of UNDERSTANDING, to THE KNOWLEDGE of the MYSTERY of God, BOTH of the FATHER and of CHRIST, (3) IN WHOM ARE HIDDEN ALL THE TREASURES of WISDOM and KNOWLEDGE.
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I believe that few people (including me!) really understand the depths of the authority we are given in Christ to "make known the manifold wisdom of God to the powers in heavenly places." There is SO much power in our tongues. And even those of us who have seen a hint of it cannot really imagine what we are capable of through Christ. He said Himself that we would do the things He did... and greater. But how many of us actually do them? Because Jesus certainly put those "powers in heavenly places" IN their place when He was on that cross. And how much of our not practicing the power handed over to us has to do with simple unbelief that we are truly given power when we are given the Holy Spirit? Okay, I'll get off my soapbox now. :)
The Scriptures are plain enough in detailing God's blessings to us, if we will seek the Lord and His wisdom. He gives because of His love for us. Won't we then, in loving response, also seek Him? What more can God say to us; what better reason, to seek the manifold wisdom of God? Thank you Sharon, for your diligent work in articulating in the most plain and simple way, God's love and desire for us, and the many reasons we need to SEEK HIM!. Dennis