How to Live Wisley Essay

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How to Live Wisely Life does not have to take you by surprise. The Bible clearly shows... “How to Live Wisely” By Dr. Robert A. Cook © All rights reserved. No portion of this book may be reproduced in any form whatsoever without permission of Walk With The King, Inc. Remember the war years? If you were a soldier who saw combat on enemy ground you learned the value of concentrated alertness. Watch out for the mines ... the traps ... the barbed wire ... the snipers ... The Apostle Paul applies this warning to spiritual warfare. He says: See that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise (Eph. 5:15). The word “circumspectly” means to look around, to be alive, to be awake. Yes, you can know the score. You don’t have to be naive in order to be spiritual. Wisdom you can have: “The fear of the Lord (that combination of awe, respect and obedience) is the beginning of wisdom” -and you can have it. Any time you bow your knees and your heart to God, you’ll end up being wiser. James affirms this fact: “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally ... and it shall be given him” (Jas. 1:5). How will we recognize this kind of wisdom? Again, James tells us: “The wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy” (Jas. 3:17). We are enjoined to be people who are in possession of this wisdom of God. The question now is: What is involved in living wisely? In Ephesians 5:16-21 we find an answer to our question. It is couched in several verb forms, most of them being participles - words ending in “ing.” (The exception in this series is the word “filled,” which is part of the grouping but not a participle.) To live wisely we are told in these verses to be: Wise in the use of time-”redeeming the time” (v. 16) Wise in

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