CQ Plus July 21-27 2012

Now or Never

Preface: Paul has many good things to say to the Thessalonians, at least when he begins writing to them in the first letter. What he praises them for is worthy of our attention.

Wisdom means little to some; to others it means a lot. We can have only as much wisdom as God gives us, because He controls it all. We have to be willing to listen and learn from Him. If we want to see the next life, we’ll have to be full of wisdom to withstand all of the false teachings the devil will throw at us. We want to know the truth, and only God can help us do that.

1. Ask of God, who freely gives. “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). We should get down on our knees and pray that we receive wisdom to be Christian soldiers.

2. Study the Word of God. We must read and study to gain wisdom. “For the Lord gives wisdom, and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding” (Prov. 2:6, NIV). Throughout the Scriptures, God instructs us. If we don't study God’s Word as if our very lives depended on it, then we are vulnerable. People who study the Bible for the first time on their own come away surprised at all the wisdom hidden in the pages. Don't listen to what someone else says; study the Word for yourself. God speaks to each one differently.

3. Praise God. “Blessing and glory and wisdom, thanksgiving and honor and power and might, be to our God forever and ever. Amen” (Rev. 7:12, NKJV). We have to give thanks and glory to the One from whom we receive all things. We have to honor the Creator, not boast of how smart we are. “We can do nothing of ourselves.”

As we become older, we hope to become a little wiser. There’s only one person who can really help us get true wisdom for our spiritual battles and that is God. As the time of trouble nears and God withdraws the Holy Spirit from the earth, we will have to know the truth and use all the wisdom God has given us to be able to overcome the devil's false signs and all the new laws the government will pass. We’ll have to stand on our own, with the wisdom and knowledge that God has imparted unto us. We must study and pray now, so we'll be able to stand in the last days. Our very lives depend on it. It is now or never, take on the whole armor of God.