Good evening! Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ Romans 1v7
Today we are testing ourselves with God's definition of "because"
1 Corinthians 1v30 It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God-that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption.
For those that think God gave them a brain to use for their own wisdom and their own works this scripture should bring you to the cross and help you realize all things come from Him that makes us live a true life here. When we think we are strong without Him He will make you weak so you can become strong in Him. (Corinthians 1v28 He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things-and the things that are not-to nullify the things that are.) When we start thinking without Him or start boasting about our work and service that is when we hinder His power in us because we will be doing it instead of Him.( Isaiah 5v15 So man will be brought low and mankind humbled, the eyes of the arrogant humbled.) When we stop and think of what we were without Him, choosing our own path, thinking on our own, and planning our own future. Some of us that have been called to be a witness, as far as the world thinks were not wise or very influential. When we think of what we were, it becomes clear the difference in our thinking, our righteousness and our holiness. It becomes clear it is because of Him and His power given to us that we humbly receive all things out of love expressing itself through faith. If we are not thinking differently and experiencing new desires to live by then it is still our thinking and our doing, we have hit a stumbling block instead of a stepping stone. He has not given us new opportunities to open more doors or He has not closed any that we do not need because we are relying on ourselves in our way of thinking. If a man thinks he is strong in mind and in his own deeds God will use the weak things of the world to shame the strong and He will use the foolish things of the world to shame the wise. A man can not know the things of God with out the Spirit of God. We can not speak the way He speaks or think the way He thinks with out the Holy Spirit. (1 Corthinas 2v14 The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.) God did give us an incredible mind, not for our wisdom but for His, that is what it was created for, that is when we truly begin to think in the utmost highest level of wisdom BECAUSE we have been given the mind of Christ. Read 1 Corinthians 2 and 3 and Isaiah 5. I love everyone with the love Christ gives me for you!