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Monday, July 24, 2017

Wisdom from the Word

 
Matthew 12:42-45, “The Queen of the South shall rise up with this generation at the judgment and shall condemn it, because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and behold, something greater than Solomon is here. Now when the unclean spirit goes out of a man, it passes through waterless places, seeking rest, and does not find it. Then it says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came’ and when it comes it finds it unoccupied, swept, and put in order. Then it goes, and takes along with it seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there; and the last state of that man becomes worse than the first. That is the way it will also be with this evil generation.” When we have gone through repentance and a cleansing of the heart, we need to make sure that we fill it with all of God through the study of His Word. If we want to have the fullness of God and not allow Satan and his demons the room to again take up space, we must make sure that we are actively putting more and more of God in our hearts and minds.
 
John 16:13, “But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come.”
 
John 17:17, “Sanctify them in truth; Thy word is truth.”
 
PRAYER – Lord God, our precious Father who gives us redemption and the forgiveness from our sins, You are holy and worthy of our praise. Father, God, You alone have the power to forgive and save us from our sins. Please Father, accept our repentance and help us to continue on this journey and find more peace through the study of Your Word. Your Word is TRUTH and we need the Holy Spirit to teach us all truth and wisdom so that we can be filled with all of You and Your Peace and Love and Joy and leave no room for Satan to enter. Help us today to understand Your Word and fill us Lord. Amen and Amen
 
 
Wisdom – what is it? Do you have it? Do you have the kind that only God reveals?
Wisdom is defined through the New Oxford American Dictionary as:
-          The quality of having experience, knowledge and good judgment; the quality of being wise
-          Wise is – having or showing experience, knowledge and good judgment.
-          To be wise to – is to be alert to – to be aware of –
Let’s take a couple of quizzes and see how wise we are. First we are going to take a US Government quiz. If we are citizens of the United States, then there are some basic things about our government that we should know. Don’t cheat and look at the answers until you have completed the quiz to the best of your ability.
 
 
U.S. Government Quiz
1. How many branches of government are there according to the US Constitution?
2. How many official departments are under the executive branch? Name 5 of them.
3. What does the Secretary of State do?
4. In what article of the Constitution does it state that there must be a separation of church and state?
5. How are your Social Security investments being secured?
6. True or False: All states are required to withhold state income tax from paychecks.
7. How many senators does Mississippi have?
8. How many representatives does Mississippi have?
9. Which state has the most representatives? How many?
10. How many states only have 1 representative? Which one(s)?
11. How many representatives can serve by law in the house?
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Answers to US Government Quiz
1.       Three
2.      Fifteen – Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Education, Energy, Health & Human Services, Homeland Security, Housing & Urban Development, Justice, Labor, State, Interior, Treasury, Transportation, Veterans’ Affairs
3.      Manage foreign affairs
4.      It is not stated in the Constitution.
5.      They are not. What you pay in is being paid out to current recipients.
6.      False
7.      Two
8.      Four
9.      California – 53 (TX – 36, NY – 27, FL – 27)
10. Wyoming, US Virgin Island, Vermont, South Dakota, Puerto Rico, Northern Mariana Islands, North Dakota, Montana, Guam, DC, Delaware, American Somoa, Alaska
11. 435
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Now let’s see how we do with a basic Bible quiz. Again don’t cheat. Try to answer the questions before you look at the answers.
Bible Quiz
1.      Where is Jesus first specifically mentioned in the Bible?
2.      In what story was being sold into slavery a great blessing from God?
3.      Who pouted under a tree after God exercised great forgiveness and grace to an entire city?
4.      How is the Biblical blessings of Abraham related to politics today?
5.      Which king lost his mind and grazed in the field like a cow for seven years?
6.      What Old Testament prophet told, with specific details, of the yet to come 2nd coming of Christ to earth?
7.      What will Jesus do at His next appearing to His children?
8.      Which prophet was told to cut off his hair and beard; weigh the hair; divide it into thirds; burn 1/3; take 1/3 and cut it with a sword and scatter it all around town; and then take the last 1/3 and scatter it in the wind?
9.      What was in the Ark of the Covenant?
10. Why did Pharaoh refuse to let the children of Israel go when Moses told him to do so?
11. Compare Passover to Salvation.
12. Name one of the two men in the Bible who never died.
13. How old is the Earth?
14. What is the only commandment with a promise?
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Bible Quiz Answers
1.      Genesis 3:15
2.      Joseph being sold into slavery by his brothers
3.      Jonah
4.      God promised that whoever blessed him would be blessed and whoever cursed him would be cursed. If we bless Israel today, we will be under the blessings of God but if we curse Israel today, we will be under the curse of God.
5.      King Nebuchadnezzar
6.      Daniel
7.      Take them to glory with Him
8.      Ezekiel
9.      Manna from the wilderness, Aaron’s rod that budded, and the tablets of the Ten commandments
10. Because God hardened his heart
11. During the first Passover, God told the Israelites to paint the doorposts of their homes with blood from a sacrificial animal and when the death angel saw the blood he would pass over. When we are covered under the blood of Christ, Satan cannot take our lives because we are covered by God.
12. Enoch and Elijah
13. Between 5,000 and 7,000 years
14. Honor thy mother and father, that you may have long days upon this earth.
 
 
Sooooooo, how did you do? Do you feel ‘not very wise’ right now? That is a great starting point for all of us.  We need to understand that we need to seek wisdom. It is ours for the taking but we have to study our Bible, not just read it, as in a verse a day or once a week to be ready for a Sunday School lesson. We have to really study every single day.
 
Homan Illustrated Bible Dictionary defines wisdom through three basic ideas:
1.      Wisdom is considered by some to be simply the act of learning how to succeed in life – success and happiness come from living a life in accordance with orderliness as Proverbs 22:17 through 24:22 describes. Let’s look at some selections from this passage and from Joshua.
a.      Proverbs 22:17-21, “Incline your ear and hear the words of the wise, and apply your mind to my knowledge; for it will be pleasant if you keep them within you, that they may be ready on your lips. So that your trust may be in the Lord, I have taught you today, even you. Have I not written to you excellent things of counsels and knowledge, to make you know the certainty of the words of truth that you may correctly answer to him who sent you?” We must not only hear wisdom from the Word but we must apply it and have it on our lips so that we are prepared to handle anything that comes our way in accordance with the truth of the WORD.
b.      Proverbs 24:13-14, “My son eat honey, for it is good, yes, the honey from the comb is sweet to your taste; know that wisdom is thus to your soul; if you find it, then there will be a future, and your hope will not be cut off.” 
c.       Joshua 1:8, “This book of law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success.” When we meditate – not look at – not read a verse a day – not just listen to a sermon every Sunday – really MEDITATE on the Word both day and night, THEN He will make our way prosperous. We have to act first. We have to determine to put God’s Word first and to STUDY it if we want to find wisdom that will lead to true peace in our everyday lives.
 
2.      Wisdom is considered by some to be a philosophical study of the essence of life as given through Job and Ecclesiastes. We can sit and spout off a lot of philosophy about wisdom and the essence of human life but I believe God wants us to get real and know that we can have wisdom in our everyday lives that really does bring us power and peace.
 
3.      Though the other definitions might include this, it seems that the real essence of wisdom is spiritual, for life is more than just living by a set of rules and being rewarded in some physical manner. WISDOM COMES FROM GOD!!!
a.      Proverbs 2:6, “For the Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding.”
b.      Proverbs 1:7, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.”
 
 
Malachi 2:5-6, “My covenant with him was one of life and peace, and I gave them to him as an object of reverence; so he revered Me, and stood in awe of My name. True instruction was in his mouth, and unrighteousness was not found on his lips; he walked with Me in peace and uprightness, and he turned many back from iniquity.”    Peace came in knowing truth of the Word and submission to a Holy God. Revering and standing in awe is only possible when you KNOW His truth and you fully understand who God is which begins with knowledge of the Word. 
Proverbs 3:13-18, “How blessed is the man who finds wisdom, and the man who gains understanding. For its profit is better than the profit of silver, and its gain than fine gold. She(wisdom)  is more precious than jewels; and nothing you desire compares with her. Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor. Her ways are pleasant ways, and all her paths are peace.  She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her, and happy are all who hold her fast.”   When we walk in wisdom, we walk in pleasant ways and we walk a path of peace. It is worth our time to study and to learn and to seek the wisdom of God. Let’s remember that knowledge and wisdom are different. Knowledge is the first step to wisdom but is not the only thing we need. Knowledge comes from reading the Bible. We study the words and we get the facts of the passage we are reading. Wisdom only comes when we stop and pray and ask the Holy Spirit to lead us into the truth of what is written. For example, it would be like reading the story of the tortoise and the hare and saying well that was interesting how the tortoise beat the hare. That would be ‘to know of’ the story. But wisdom comes from understanding the moral of the story that slow and steady work always brings success. Let’s take the word KNOW and realize the difference in ‘to know of’ something or someone and ‘to KNOW’ someone or something. The Hebrew word for knowledge is da’ath which is defined as “knowing by experience, relationship or emotion.” The Greek word for knowledge is gnosis which is defined as a deeper and better Christian knowledge both theoretical and experimental. I can say that I know Barack Obama, Johnny Cash, Lady Gaga, Adolph Hitler, Celine Dion, Faith Hill, or Clint Eastwood but what I would really be saying is that I know of them – I know their names, I know their position, I know a few things about them. However, I can say that I KNOW Gary Fortenberry. I know the thoughts behind his eyes. I know what foods he will and will not eat. I know when his blood pressure is high without him saying a word. I know when he is worried and when he is mad even if his outward emotions appear the same. I know where he likes to travel and where he does not. I know what makes him uncomfortable and what brings him peace. I KNOW him because I have spent more than 35 years experiencing life with him. I don’t want to know of God – I want to KNOW Him. It takes time – everyday – devoted time.
 
      

 

 
Colossians 1:9-14, “For this reason also, since the day we heard of it, we have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you may walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing good fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might for the attaining of all steadfastness and patience; joyously giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. For He delivered us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” Start with prayer and ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of HIS will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding so that you can walk in a manner worthy of the Lord. Your being able to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord totally depends upon your knowledge that is given to you through the Holy Spirit as you study the Word of God.
 
Proverbs 2:1-22, “My son, if you will receive my sayings, and treasure my commandments within you, make your ear attentive to wisdom, incline your heart to understanding; for if you cry for discernment, lift your voice for understanding; if you seek her as sliver, and search for her as for hidden treasures; then you will discern the fear of the Lord, and discover the knowledge of God. For the Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding. He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk in integrity, guarding the paths of justice, and He preserves the way of His godly ones. Then you will discern righteousness and justice and equity and every good course. For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul; discretion will guard you, understanding will watch over you, to deliver you from the way of evil, from the man who speaks perverse things; from those who leave the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness; who delight in doing evil, and rejoice in the perversity of evil; whose paths are crooked and who are devious in their ways; to deliver you from the strange woman, form the adulteress who flatters with her words; that leaves the companion of her youth, and forgets the covenant of her God; for the house sinks down to death, and her tracks lead to the dead; none who go to her return again, nor do they reach the paths of life. So you will walk in the way of good men, and keep to the paths of the righteous. For the upright will live in the land, and the blameless will remain in it; but the wicked will be cut off from the land, and the treacherous will be uprooted from it.” 
 
As we learned from the definitions of wisdom and knowledge it is about experience and relationship. Experiences take time and gaining wisdom is a journey. It is not one time reading a book and understanding all it has to teach. It is walking in the way of the Word and gaining more knowledge and understanding as you travel down the road. You may read the same passage several times and draw deeper meaning each time that you read it. As you mature in your faith, you will better understand the depth of knowledge offered in the WORD.
Let’s use the example of drinking water again here. I first learn that I need to drink water every day so that my body is not dehydrated. If I want to study further, I can learn that all water/liquids are not the same. Chemically cleaned water and bottled water still have chemical residue in the water which is not good for your body. Plastic bottled water that is left in hot vehicles releases toxins from the plastic into the water which is harmful to the body. That increases my knowledge about water and which water I should drink. You can further study to understand how water works on the cellular level in your body and just by drinking enough purified water you can heal your body of many things including many migraine headaches. I am now becoming wiser in the need that my body had for water and the correct amounts and kinds of water to drink so that I get the most benefit for my body.
The way we learn is through small bites at a time. We start with foundational knowledge and building blocks. To get off the foundation, you have to keep going back for more information and as you learn to use the knowledge that you already have, then the next step of knowledge makes more sense.
 
 
Let’s look at another example of building knowledge to get to wisdom. Think about learning to read.   When you are a preschooler and you learn to draw scribbles, your parents probably praised your work and said it looked like a cat or a dog and you used your imagination as best as you could to try to see an animal. Then they began to tell you that if you drew a circle and a short line beside it that it was an “a” and that it said /a/ as in cat. Then they told you that if you made the stick longer it was a “d” and that it said /d/ as in dog. Then they turned it around and told you that it was a “b” and it said /b/ as in bird. It took you a while to figure out how to make each of those lines and understand they each had a name and a sound and some of them had more than one sound. But you finally mastered learning all the letters and then they told you if you put some of those letters together, you would have a word. From learning words, you began putting sentences together and then were able to read paragraphs. When you learned to read you didn’t start with an applied physics text book with words that would make no sense but when you used stepping blocks you got to the point where you could at least look up those unknown words and begin to understand them. As you learned to read and read, “the stove is hot” and then you applied that knowledge to experience and discovered that when you touch a burner that is turned on, it really is hot. Knowledge plus experience gave you wisdom and you didn’t touch the burner again.
 
That is how it is with gaining wisdom in God and therefore having peace because you understand the Word. You have to start with basic knowledge of God and creation and the historical accounts of Abraham and Noah and Jacob and Joseph and David and Jesus. Then you begin to understand that all the accounts go together to tell one story and then you learn that every time you read a “story” there is the actual historical account and then there is the “Living Word” which speaks to you in your time of need and gives you the instruction that you need for the day. If we stop at knowing the basic “stories” of the Bible, it would be the same as a preschooler only learning the letters and their sounds. What good did that do anyone? A person who only knew their letters and sounds would not be able to function in this world. A person who only knows Bible “stories” cannot function in this world because you will be deceived at every turn by the Father of lies who knows how to manipulate and twist the stories in the Bible. You have to keep learning and studying and experiencing the “Living Word of God”. When you have more knowledge and experience, it is harder to be deceived; when it is harder to be deceived, there is more peace in your life.
 
Before we finish with wisdom bringing peace, let’s address what do we do when we have the wrong knowledge and are trying to build upon lies and half-truths which are the same as lies. Let’s consider that you grew up near a beautiful serene lake. The water from late spring to early autumn was always warm near the edges and cooler toward the middle. The water was so clear that you could see fish swimming to the edge as they were feeding. You loved to go wade out in the water and feel the mud between your toes and swim peacefully in the lake for hours. Sometimes after a hard rain, the water would be muddy but it was still fun to go wading out into the water. This knowledge and experience told you that the lake was safe and secure and brought you feelings of peacefulness even when you simply thought about it. Later in life, you went on vacation to a cabin and on the far end of the property there was a beautiful lake. However, there were warning signs that said do not go into the lake because it is dangerous. But you refer to your past knowledge and experience with a lake and decide that the lake is beautiful and that to wade out into the water will bring you back to that peaceful time of childhood. So you depend upon the knowledge that you have and you wade out into the lake but as soon as you get ankle deep you have a strange sensation on your skin. However, you ignore it and continue wading but the sensation grows and begins to be painful.   Your memory is still telling you it is safe but your nerves in your skin are confirming the danger signs. You have to make a decision immediately! Do you believe your knowledge and experience from the past or do you realize that someone gave you false information or not the complete truth about lakes and change your knowledge and actions? You see, some lakes near volcanoes or near hot springs can have dangerous amounts of sulfur or acids in them. If you had never read about all types of lakes you would have been basing your knowledge on incomplete information.
 
So, how does this apply to our knowledge of God? If you base your knowledge on what someone has told you, for one thing, you can never be sure if they are telling the absolute truth, even if they are a well-respected person. Also, if they are only reading one verse of scripture and teaching an entire lesson on one verse, then you are not gaining the whole counsel of the Word. I will give you two examples from my personal experience. First, I was raised from the time I was conceived in a Southern Baptist Church and I was taught well Southern Baptist Theology. One of the things I was taught very well was the fact that “Christians” did NOT dance!!!!! This was drilled into your thought process and you were taught to believe that dancing was most evil. However, when I became an adult and God finally taught me that I should be studying the Word I discovered 2 Samuel 6 where the story is told of David dancing as the Ark of the Covenant was brought into Jerusalem and God didn’t strike David down for dancing in joy before Him. Then I read through the Psalms where multiple times David writes about praising the Lord and letting go of our emotions and dancing before Him in the purest joy and praise. I had to change the knowledge that had been taught me all my life and know that it is OK to raise your hands and dance around and worship the Lord who gives us joy and happiness. It is even OK for us to “shout for joy”!!! We should be excited about our God who loves us and willingly gives us mercy and grace. 
 
The second example that I will give you is how easily it is to misinterpret the scripture or to mislead someone through one single verse or a couple of verses. When I teach parenting classes, I use Deuteronomy 21:18-21 as an example of reading just one small selection of Scripture. It reads, “If any man has a stubborn and rebellious son who will not obey his father or his mother, and when they chastise him, he will not even listen to them, then his father and mother shall seize him, and bring him out to the elders of his city at the gateway of his home town. And they shall say to the elders of his city, ‘This son of ours is stubborn and rebellious, he will not obey us, he is a glutton and a drunkard,’ Then all the men of his city shall stone him to death; so you shall remove the evil from your midst, and all Israel shall hear of it and fear.” We have a lot of rebellious children today and a lot of children who do not obey when they are reprimanded. So according to this word, let’s take them to the elders and have them stoned to death. A little harsh isn’t it?!?! You have to go much deeper in this section of scriptures and see that this is intended for an extreme behavioral problem with a child. The belief behind it is that anarchy in the home breeds anarchy in society. But if we take the whole counsel of the Word and go to Proverbs 13:24, “He who spares his rod hates his son, but he who loves him disciplines him diligently.” This passage tells us that if we love our children we will discipline them, even spanking them, to make them a better person but it does not tell us to stone them to death. So we need to make sure that we study the whole counsel of the Word in order to understand the truth of all passages. 
 
So understanding all of this, beware of where your knowledge and experience lead you and make sure that you have studied the Word and the whole counsel of the Word before you set your beliefs.
Hebrews 5: 11-14, “Concerning him we have much to say, and it is hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing. For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you have need again for someone to teach you the elementary principles of the oracles of God, and you have come to need milk and not solid food. For everyone who partakes only of milk is not accustomed to the word of righteousness, for his is a babe. But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil.”
 
Elementary knowledge and building blocks are necessary to gain knowledge that leads to wisdom, BUT we cannot stay there. We have to keep going back to study more and to apply it to more experiences so that we can truly gain wisdom and become mature Christians who are able to discern good and evil in this world that is so very deceptive.
 
Proverbs 8:22-36, “The Lord possessed me(wisdom) at the beginning of His way, before His works of old. From everlasting I was established, from the beginning, from the earliest times of the earth. When there were no depths I was brought forth, when there were no springs abounding with water. Before the mountains were settled, before the hills I was brought forth; while He had not yet made the earth and the fields, nor the first dust of the world. When He established the heavens, I was there, when He inscribed a circle on the face of the deep, when He made firm the skies above, when the springs of the deep became fixed, when He set for the sea its boundary, so that the water should not transgress His command, when He marked out the foundations of the earth; then I was beside Him, as a master workman; and I was daily His delight, rejoicing always before Him, rejoicing in the world, His earth, and having my delight in the sons of men. Now, therefore, O sons, listen to me, for blessed are they who keep my ways. Heed instruction and be wise, and do not neglect it. Blessed is the man who listens to me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at my doorposts. For he who finds me finds life, and obtains favor from the LORD. But he who sins against me injures himself; all those who hate me love death.”
We must sit daily at the gates of wisdom and heed instruction in order to find life. The gateway to wisdom is found in the Bible, in the whole counsel of the Word.
 
John 1:1-5, 14-18, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being by Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it….
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us and we beheld His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth. John bore witness of Him, and cried out, saying, ‘This was He of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me has a higher rank than I, for He existed before me. ‘’ For of His fullness we have all received, and grace upon grace. For the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ. No man has seen God at any time; the only begotten God, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has explained Him.”
How do we understand all the Bible has to offer? We start with Jesus who was the Word that became flesh and dwelt among us to explain God to us. Start by reading the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Learn from the teachings of Jesus to gain the knowledge to begin your journey toward wisdom which will lead you into peace.
 
Colossians 2:1-3, “For I want you to know how great a struggle I have on your behalf, and for those who are at Laodicea, and for all those who have not personally seen my face, that their hearts may be encouraged, having been knit together in love, and attaining to all the wealth that comes from the full assurance of understanding, resulting in a true knowledge of God’s mystery, that is, Christ Himself, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.”
Our treasure that we are to search for is found in Christ Jesus Himself. Search for knowledge there and apply His teachings and then you will gain experience and wisdom will follow and strengthen you.
But BEWARE – for as you study, the craftiness of Satan will enter in and try to mislead you and take you to areas where the Bible is referenced and then distorted. Heed the instruction and wisdom for the following passages.
 
 
Luke 11:49-52, “For this reason also, the wisdom of God said, ‘I will send to them prophets and apostles, and some of them they will kill and some they will persecute, in order that the blood of all the prophets , shed since the foundation of the world, may be charged against this generation, from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah, who perished between the altar and the house of God; yes, I tell you, it shall be charged against this generation.’ Woe to you lawyers! For you have taken away the keys of knowledge; you did not enter in yourselves, and those who were entering in you hindered.”
 
Matthew 24:24, “For false Christs and false prophets will arise and will show great signs and wonders, so as to mislead, if possible, event he elect.”
Mark adds this in chapter 13:21-23, “And then if anyone says to you, ‘Behold, here is the Christ’; or ‘behold, He is there’; do not believe him; for false Christs and false prophets will arise, and show signs and wonders, in order, if possible, to lead the elect astray. But take heed; behold I have told you everything in advance.”
 
John 16:33, “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may has peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.”
 
God says that MANY false prophets and teachers will come and try to mislead the elect and the chosen ones. But He reminds us that if we are studying His Word and listening to His teachings, then we will not be deceived. So how do we determine if teachings are true or false? First, you have to know the WORD and be able to go back to the references made and determine if it was written as it was stated by the teacher. Don’t let the teaching start in the middle of a sentence. Go back to what was said in the reference prior to the given verse and read further beyond what was said in the verse. Then cross reference the material to see what else the Bible says about that subject. Second, speak to others who you have come to trust, and weigh their thoughts against the item taught and what you have read in Scripture. Praying through this the Holy Spirit will bring you to the divine wisdom of the Scripture. You DO NOT have to have a theology degree so understand the Scriptures. The Holy Spirit is our teacher who brings all knowledge and understanding to us. Next, consider the teaching, in light of the following passage.
 
James 3:13-18, “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 exists, there is disorder and every evil thing. But the wisdom from above is first PURE, then PEACABLE, GENTLE, REASONABLE, FULL OF MERCY and GOOD FRUITS, UNWAVERING, WITHOUT HYPOCRISY. And the seed whose fruit is righteousness is SOWN IN PEACE by those who make peace.”

It is my prayer that the Holy Spirit will guide you through this lesson and set the Word in your mind and heart so that you can recall it when you are faced with life events and that you will keep going back to the Word daily to gain more and more knowledge. Then as you apply the Word and heed the instruction you will gain experience which will lead to wisdom and wisdom will lead to the peace of God.