Papa Joe’s Solid Ground

God’s Wisdom Or Mans Wisdom?

“This people honors Me with their lips, But their heart is far away from Me. ‘But in vain do they worship Me, Teaching as doctrines the precepts of men.’” Matt. 15:8-9

As always God’s words are valid and timeless.; “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” Hebrews 13:8 How many times have we heard these words by so many, (some in the body of Christ.), “That was then this is now!” “The culture then was different then it is today!” The Jews contended that their traditions were to be kept and chose to live under the law not recognizing Jesus as the prophetic Lamb of God that was to take away the sins of the world. This would make a little more sense for that was then, living under the law” and this is now, living under grace, because of what they once were instructed to do had now changed under the new covenant.

The problem is that according to the word, which they had almost seven hundred years in advance through the prophet Isaiah that they chose to ignore and still do today as orthodox Jews. They were looking for the second coming and missed the Messiah. “The truth was in the word and they missed it seeking counsel elsewhere!”

“Surely our griefs He Himself bore, And our sorrows He carried; Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken, Smitten of God, and afflicted. But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, And by His scourging we are healed. All of us like sheep have gone astray, Each of us has turned to his own way; But the Lord has caused the iniquity of us all To fall on Him” Isaiah 53:4-6

That was then this is now analogy just doesn’t hold true in light of God’s word. Everything changed as Jesus Christ fulfilled the prophecy of the word and freed-ed us from the law when He died on the cross for us. All of this was declared in His word connecting the dots between the old testament with the new testament. Men His death changed everything for us, but His word never changed. Change comes about with us, not the word of God which is consistent. In fact changing God’s word to meet our standards puts us at great risk.; “You shall not add to the word which I am commanding you, nor take away from it, that you may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you” Deuteronomy 4:2

There are those that will and have attempted to change the word of God. These people are called apostates or heretics which are men/women that intentionally add, delete or in simple terms teach things that are contrary to the word of God. Warning”, depart from these people immediately for they twist the word of God to cause confusion and promote their own agenda here on earth! We don’t serve a God of confusion so when we as believers search for the truth we allow the scripture to confirm scripture leaning on the Holy Spirits discernment. No man can interpret scripture through his natural eyes.;

“But know this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation” 2 Peter 1:20 …

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the Lord and turn away from evil.” Prov. 3:5-7

As we grow in our walk with Jesus it is so important to maintain a teachable spirit just as Nicodemus did in the gospel of John Chapter 3. God left us His word to give us a template of His plans for us. Who we are and who He created us to be… Who He is and what He expects out of us. He than equips us through the word and allows the Holy Spirit to dwell in us which enables us to carry out His great plan. The question is will we join Him today and start leading a life that will honor Him and allow Him to bless us abundantly as we become doers of His word, James 1:22?

In my walk I have heard from many men including my own father, “I can’t change, why can’t people accept me the way I am?” Jesus is the One Who commands us to change. He tells us we are aliens in this world, 1 Chronicles 29:15, Phil 3:20. We are in the world but not of it. In Eph. 5:1 He says we are to imitate Him. Now if that doesn’t call for change what does? He wants to take our heart of stone and turn it into a heart of flesh to be molded and shaped by Him the Potter. We were born into inequity but He has come to free us.

Men don’t be left behind in the pleasures of this dark world. “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me. John 14:6 Proclaim the gospel today and don’t fall into the lies and worldly wisdom of men wise in their own eyes. God knows Our Heart! Don’t doubt the word of God obey it, apply it, be confident in it. Honor the Lord with your commitment to Him by spreading the Good News!

Seek the Adventure, Strength and Honor, Papa Joe!