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Topic: Learning for Life (08/23/04)

TITLE: WISE (Wisdom, Integrity, Scripture, Endurance)
By Robert Totman
08/29/04

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Now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation! We are creatures of eternal life when we become born again; prior to that point we are living a lie, under a veil of deceit.

Learning for life begins when we are opened to grace and truth, Jesus Christ. Once grace and truth are poured upon our wakened spirits we are able to extract wisdom from the deceptions that we have been dragged through by our own evil desires. This wisdom is to be passionately courted, as a young man hungers for the bride of his dreams; “for she is a tree of life to those who embrace her and those who lay hold of her will be blessed” (Proverbs 3:18). The fruit of wisdom is humility.

To walk hand in hand with humility is to receive grace, be trained in uprightness and to love integrity. A noble and good heart fuels the fire in performing God’s will. Steps in integrity produce freedom, joy and create a foundation for the fulfillment of our God given purposes. The fruit of integrity is hope.

Remaining in the presence of living hope, Jesus Christ, produces a call for knowing Him better through the Living Word of God, Holy Scripture. Scripture ushers into lives that are lived in the supernatural, full of power for good, strong in its purpose of sanctity. Surely, when Adam and Eve ate from the tree of knowledge they consumed the very Word of God. Partaking in His Word made them like God; it was the solid food that enabled them to distinguish good from evil (Genesis 3:22, Hebrews 5:14). Discernment in applying Scripture to our lives creates godliness and is essential for implementation of His master plan. The fruit of Scripture is knowledge.

After consciously receiving all of these gifts we must gratefully endure daily trials seeking refinement. Our trials in life come so that we can perceive, before God, how committed to Him we really are. By them we also discover our own level of gratitude; which when seen in truth should be utterly immeasurable, creating a burning need to give back to God all that we have (Romans 12:1). Enduring each trial produces godly character, thereby bringing forth praise, glory and honor to God. Failure to persevere through hardship sheds light on our weaknesses and should manufacture genuine repentance. If we don’t endure the subsequent trials marked out for us we have received heavenly endowments in vein, we crucify the Son of God all over again and the question Jesus tearfully exclaimed in Luke 23:31 pertains directly to us, “For if men do these things when the tree is green, what will happen when it is dry?” The words of the Holy Spirit, through St. Paul, apply to all of us, “…I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me- the task of testifying to the gospel of God’s grace” (Acts 20:24). We must use our current gifts to prepare ourselves for that dry day which is promised to come (Daniel 7:25). The fruit of endurance is Christ likeness.

Everything we have gone through prior to this day has culminated into the gift that is our present. All of our experiences only qualify us to begin a new day, to learn for life all over again. Each day we must diligently seek to have the veil of deceit completely lifted, to be further sanctified, so that we can grow closer to the way, the truth, and the life, Jesus Christ.
To live in complete truth is to live a life so full of joy that almost everyone who witnesses our presence wonders, “What in the world happened to him (or her)?” The fruit of living a WISE life is to be measured a good and faithful servant by The Word (John 1:14, and John 12:48).

“Then the sovereignty, power and greatness of the kingdoms under the whole heaven will be handed over to the saints, the people of the Most High. His kingdom will be an everlasting kingdom, and all rulers will worship and obey him” (Daniel 7:27).

Robert S. Totman


Member Comments
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Al Boyce08/30/04
I like the way you weave all the components of worship life together. Reminds me of the three-legged stool (piety, study and action) we are to stand on. Without one leg you are in a balancing act!
darlene hight08/30/04
Well thought out entry!
Robert Totman08/30/04
Whoops! Correction - in the 4th paragraph it should read, "...Scripture ushers us into..."
Thank you for the kind words. God has honored me through your kindness.
L.M. Lee08/31/04
I always like acrostics...they give a deeper life to words and words are so cool!

...especially when you know Jesus is the WORD!
Lucian Thompson08/31/04
Very well done…yes, indeed!
Roberta Kittrell09/03/04
Excellent! Well written
and well thought out!
Bobbi K.
Deborah Porter 09/07/04
Robert, this was such a good first entry in the Challenge. Well done. I particularly liked this sentence, "Steps in integrity produce freedom, joy and create a foundation for the fulfillment of our God given purposes." I had to go back and re-read that a few times because it was such a wonderful truth. As a critique, the only place I stumbled a little as I read was this sentence, "Scripture ushers into lives that are lived in the supernatural, full of power for good, strong in its purpose of sanctity." I would have changed the comma between the "good" and "strong", and replaced it with "and". It just tripped me a little as I read. Also, I think it's "in vain", not "in vein". I'd also possibly try to break up that particularly large paragraph a bit - some good points get a bit swamped in the midst of it all. But apart from those little things, this was a very uplifting piece and I really do encourage you to keep rising to the challenge. It's one of the best ways to develop as a writer. With love always, Deb