Did you know that you are holy and that Heaven has become your abundant source of supply?
You are holy, because the Holy Spirit set you apart from the world and placed you in Christ. Now you are no longer of the world, you are of God, and you have been placed in direct relationship with the Father. The world is no longer your source. God is now your one and only source for all things. This is why the Apostle Paul wrote:
“And my God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in Glory by Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19 NKJV).
Notice that Paul wrote that God will supply every single one of your needs out of His riches in Glory. This means that the resources of Heaven are now available to you. God doesn’t want you to look to any other source in this world to meet your needs. He wants you to look only to Him. This is because He doesn’t want you to have any other gods before Him!
In the Old Testament, we see that God’s people not only looked to God for help, but they also had a backup plan. Right from the early pages of the Book of Genesis we see that they also kept idols in their homes, just in case God didn’t come through. When their prayers didn’t seem to get answered, they would pray to the idol to get their needs met. “How foolish,” God would say, “that you cut down a tree, use half of it for firewood, and the other half you would fashion into a god to meet your needs.” How foolish indeed, yet we often find ourselves looking anxiously around for other sources of help, when God is always present to meet every need we might have.
It is true that God does use people to meet our needs, but we need to realize that those people are not our source. God is our source! He wants us to always look to Him to supply our needs, and let Him choose how He is going to do it. This means that in every situation, God wants us to look to Him first, then believe that He is going to meet the need, just as He has promised.
This not only applies to finances, but to the wisdom we need to deal with certain difficulties that come our way. When we are faced with a difficult challenge, we have one of two choices: we can either look to the world for answers, or we can look to God.
The Apostle James wrote:
“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him” (James 1:5 NKJV).
When we find ourselves in a difficult situation, God doesn’t want us to run to the world for wisdom, He wants us to run to Him. He promised that He will give it to us generously. Yes, God may use people to give us the advice we need, but we need to hear from Him as to what advice we should follow. He certainly doesn’t want us to follow the wisdom of those who are in the world.
This is why the Apostle Paul wrote:
“Let no one deceive himself, if anyone seems to be wise in this age (or, in this world), let him become a fool that he may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness to God” (see 1 Corinthians 3:18 NKJV, words in parentheses mine).
Those who follow the wisdom of this world only deceive themselves. God wants us to reject the wisdom of this world, even though we may look like fools in their eyes. He wants us to get all of our wisdom from Him, so that we might indeed become wise in His eyes.
If you consider the wisdom of this world, it is always based on self-sufficiency with no room for God in the picture. You may have also noticed that it is often based on deception. How often will people lie about their product or service, just to make a sale? This is why God doesn’t want us to rely upon the wisdom of the world. He wants us to walk in righteousness, holiness and the truth. These are the things He wants us to cling to, and we cannot find them in the world. This is why the Apostle Paul wrote:
“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God” (Romans 12:2 NKJV).
The wisdom of God will always lead us in line with the will of God. If our desire is to always obey God’s will, then we will need His wisdom to do it. However, if we follow the wisdom of the world, we will soon find it drawing us away from the will of God. It is not surprising that the advice we get from the world has nothing to do with seeking God for answers. Worldly advisors no interest in trying to please God by what they say and do.
For instance, God says, “Love your enemies, bless those who curse you, and do good to those who hate you. ” But the world says, “Hate your enemies. Do everything you can to get back at them for anything they do against you.” As we can see, the wisdom of God teaches us to love your enemies, but the wisdom of this world often teaches us to hate and despise our enemies.
Have you noticed that love, joy, peace and humility always work in direct harmony with holiness? This is also true concerning the wisdom of God. The wisdom of this world clashes with a holy life. It stands in direct contrast to righteousness and the truth. As godly saints we must always guard ourselves from the answers that the world gives, and get all of our answers from Heaven. That is how to live a life that is pleasing to God.
You are holy, dear saint!
[All Scripture quotations have been taken from The Holy Bible, New King James Version, copyright 1982, Thomas Nelson Inc.]