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He shall cover thee with His feathers, and under His wings shalt thou find refuge: His truth is a shield and buckler
Psalms 91:4

Be it ours,when we cannot see the face of God, to trust under the shadow of His wings. C.H. Spugeon

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Success/Wisdom

Success is a product of wisdom.
Who I am? I am a person created by God, with a purpose, with a personal agenda, and my life is lived out as part of a plan larger than myself, all adjudicated and influenced by God.

  It is when I refuse to acknowledge and accept the purposes of God for my life that I become disenchanted with my progress and efforts. Contentment is part and parcel of acceptance.
Success is far less about winning, owning, achieving or power and more about attaining a perspective that recognizes potential and purpose in all of life's endeavours. This perspective is a result of understanding God's judicial principles serving as a precedent guiding and directing life's choices and decisions. This recognition of a larger and more fulfilling perspective is known as wisdom, knowing when to accept limitations and barriers and when to push forward. This is known as prudence, having the wisdom to see what has virtue and in that, what is valuable, suitable and profitable.
Proverbs 15:21,22,24
Folly is joy to him who is destitute of discernment,

But a man of understanding walks uprightly.
Without counsel, plans go awry,
But in the multitude of counselors they are established. ...
Th(is) way of life winds upward for the wise, ...


The problems are solved, not through the contribution of new knowledge, but rather, through the arrangement of things long familiar. Those things inherent in our make-up, known but not acknowledged, are implanted in our being to lead us to the answers for all the questions we may have. This is not a slight against the intelligence and resourcefulness of a man, but a response to the bewitchment of evil and the guilt of wayward, willful, rebellious and obstinate refusal to do what is good, irrespective of what will be deemed successful and this judgement of success based on a premise that reward is only attained in this life. Our measure of success will be judged on the requirements of a just and holy God. Micah 6:8, He has shown you, O man, what is good;
and what does the Lord require of you
but to do justly,
to love mercy,
and to walk humbly with your God?

Of course there first and foremost must be awarenesss of the flaw in our philosophy.Philisophical problems are not empirical problems and as such there must be an understanding of the language and an insight into that language which communicates the necessity of change. The deep convictions of error are premised with the assumption that we are in error. Without an acceptance that this is valid and true, seeking any recourse to resolve error is redundant. Much like the statement just made.
Psalm 15 provides a picture of a man who will be judged a success;

He who walks uprightly,

and works righteousness,
and speaks the truth in his heart;
He who does not backbite with his tongue,
nor does evil to his neighbor,
nor does he take up a reproach against his friend;
In whose eyes a vile person is despised,
but he honors those who fear the Lord;
He who swears to his own hurt and does not change;
He who does not put out his money at usury,
nor does he take a bribe against the innocent.
He who does these things shall never be moved.

Success is accepting in humility my inabilities and allowing God to fashion me according to His creative purpose.

Only be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go. This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.
Blessed is the man

who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,
nor stands in the path of sinners,
nor sits in the seat of the scornful;
But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
and in His law he meditates day and night.
He shall be like a tree
planted by the rivers of water,
that brings forth its fruit in its season,
whose leaf also shall not wither;
and whatever he does shall prosper.

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