Proverbs 9 9-9-21

Seven pillars: Wisdom, knowledge, instruction, understanding, insight, prudence, and discretion. These don’t come naturally.

1 Wisdom has built her house; she has set up its seven pillars.

We don’t come by wisdom naturally. It is offered to us by the Holy Spirit. Here’s what the Spirit said in chapter 1, “Repent at my rebuke! Then I will pour out my thoughts to you and make my heart and teachings known to you.” Wisdom requires that we turn to the Lord and ask for it,

indeed, if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding,
and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure,
then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.
Proverbs 2:3-5

How do we get wisdom? God gives it to us, “For the LORD gives wisdom; out of His mouth come knowledge and understanding” (v.6). It’s not something that comes naturally to us because we naturally want to do things in our own power and according to our own intellect. That’s the problem with mankind: We don’t want the Lord’s help; we want to do it ourselves. One of our Proverbs members sent me this yesterday:

I choose whether I will trust the flesh or I will trust the Spirit.

Romans 8:6
New American Standard Bible
For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace,

Good News Translation
To be controlled by human nature results in death; to be controlled by the Spirit results in life and peace.

I have just recently been appreciating what it means to have the mind set on the flesh. “Sarkos” is the Greek word for flesh and it is not just bad or negative thoughts, intentions, or actions. Even my good intentions or striving in myself to do good can be in my flesh. Any natural ability or function apart from God or trusting in ourselves or our abilities could also be considered setting our mind on the flesh. It happens almost automatically unless we make a decision to continuously turn to and rely on the Holy Spirit within us as grace to live and abide in Him receiving our life supply through His life and power within us. There’s no need to get discouraged or upset when we realize we are off, just turn to Him and reset and go on with our minds set on the Spirit. Praise the Lord for His life in us and as sons of God, we are led by the Spirit of God. We can choose to set our mind on the Spirit today.

It’s not a matter of God “catching us” functioning in the flesh, but of Him helping us break the habit. It’s a lifelong fight that doesn’t end until we leave these bodies. It is at that time that we strip off the corruptible and put on the incorruptible; we remove the mortal and put on immortality, and “death [which is embedded in these bodies] is swallowed up by life.” We find these promises taught in 2 Corinthians 5:1-5 and 1 Corinthians 15:35-54.

If we truly want to think like God, then we need the mind of Christ. The only way to get it is to give our minds over to Him and allow Him to guide our thoughts, which guide our actions, which are determined by our obedience. It really is simple: Jesus comes to us each day saying, “Do you trust me?” We answer, “Yes, Lord!” And then we follow Him.

Trust and obey for there’s no other way
to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey

Abba, it really does come down to us trusting You in everything. I categorically give myself over to You. Now, help me with the specifics. Work in me and through me, Lord. I am Yours; do with me as You will. Amen.

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