"Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding. Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honor, when thou dost embrace her."Proverbs 4:7-8andThe Wise and Foolish Builder"Therefore whoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. And everyone that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which build his house upon the sand: and the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it."Matthew 7:24-27----I've never met anyone who doesn't wish to be wise ... but I've met very few who actually are.Wisdom is not a lazy man's game:Good intentions aren't enough; pursuit is required.If you want to be wise, it's there for the getting but you must go after it. Avail yourself of what is offered you and get to work:Utilize the solid rock of Christ as your foundation and begin to build off of everything He tells you in His word:-Keep His word open and invest in it; it will make you strong and be a support for you when the storms come ... and they will.-Select wise company and pay attention to the houses that have survived significant blasts and storms; *the builders of these houses are priceless in what they have to contribute in the success of your own.-The mortar of the Spirit will ensure unity and cohesiveness throughout the structure of the house and is essential for keeping it together; keep your products pure and your landscape clean so He has everything He needs to work with.Build like you're anticipating a storm no matter how nice the weather looks today. You'll be glad you did when the clouds begin to gather.A note to seasoned contractors:For those of you who have been faithful in the building of your home over time, don't grow complacent and careless ... It's easy to do.Assess areas of weakness fairly and squarely in your life and restructure where cracks appear or damage has been done ... and keep at it.Thank God for the protection He offers, the wisdom He provides, and the purpose that He gives you in the building ... and help others continually.Don't quit.Don't stop short.One brick at a time, God's strength will be given you and wisdom will be made available to you.Employ your life with more than good intention.Begin now ... this is wisdom.----THREE QUESTIONS:1) Who's doing an exemplary job on their building project ... emphatically serious and devoted to their walk with Christ?2) What are motivating factors in my life that push me to endure and keep building?3) Who needs a brick and some help with building their spiritual structure ... and what can I do to practically involve myself in that individual's growth?
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