But they could not stand up against the wisdom the Spirit gave him as he spoke. Acts 6:10
Stephen had been going around speaking the gospel message. The leaders of the city were upset, because his speaking was changing the people and their ways of living. They had set up false witnesses to be able to accuse Stephen and get him removed. As much as they tried to argue with Stephen on what he said, they could not stand up against him. Stephen was speaking with a wisdom that came from God.
Everywhere a person goes, there are people who like to argue about something. People do not agree on everything. Two people can watch the same football game and argue about the way a play was made. People argue about how a politician should make decisions and rule his section of the government. People argue about which movie is the best and which movie is the worst.
The arguments that most people use are of not great value. Often the arguments are not presented in full logic of understanding. They are made in the heat of the moment and not with true wisdom.
People will not only argue about all the things above, they will also argue about getting into heaven, Jesus, salvation, and how to live for God. Everyone seems to have a different point of view.
One way to drive a point home correctly, is in using the wisdom of God. Being filled with God’s Spirit and being led by His Holy Spirit will allow a believer to speak with a solid base. There will be no weak statements or loopholes in the statements. God’s wisdom is way above the best wisdom of man. When a person uses His wisdom, the world cannot argue.
As a believer in Jesus, you need to be using God’s wisdom when speaking to people about Jesus or speaking to people about living for God. Do not use vain and empty words and arguments. Know when to keep quiet and when to speak.
God can and will give you the words to speak, if you allow Him to have control of your life. As you do this, the world will not be able to stand up to you. They may holler and scream, but in the end they will lose the battle.
Who’s wisdom are you using to speak? Your own or God’s?
I pray today that you will be filled with God’s Spirit; that you will speak with God’s wisdom; that you will speak the words of God; and that you will be a witness of Jesus to this world.
“What are you arguing with them about?” he asked. Mark 9:16
A man had brought his demon possessed son to the disciples to have the spirit removed. The disciples were unable to remove the demon and so the teachers of the law were arguing with them about it. Each group had their own idea of how to cast the demon out. Jesus asked what they were arguing about.
Arguments are a common thing to see, no matter where a person looks. There are arguments as to how a play was made, or not made in a sport. Arguments about who should be the next politician, about how a politician is doing, about what is the best movie, or who the best actor is. Arguments about what rights should or should not be allowed. Arguments about what is freedom. And the list goes on forever.
Arguments even occur within the church. Many dispute what the best doctrine is, or how to be saved, or when to be baptized, or the place of tongues in the church.
The disciples and the teachers of the law were arguing about the best way to get the demon spirit removed from the boy. Yet, the best way was completely overlooked. The best way is by faith, by belief in Jesus and in God.
People love to make things more complicated than what they really are. They cannot see the simplicity of the gospel message and that God loves them and wants to save them at all costs.
Individuals will even argue with God about the best way to meet a need or about a path that one must walk. There is a lack of belief in God.
There may be times you have been in an argument with another believer or even God Himself. You did not agree with what was going on and felt you knew better.
Get yourself into God’s Word and see what God has to say about the situation. Seek God in prayer to help you understand what is going on and the best path to take.
Seek to find common ground with others, rather than just argue for your point of view.
God is a God of love and unity, not division. The only thing God wants you to be divided against is sin. Don’t waste time arguing on points that really do not matter. Believe in God and trust Him.
I pray today that you will know what God wants; that you will not waste words arguing with others; that you will speak the words of God; and that you will have a belief and trust in God.
Starting a quarrel is like breaching a dam; so drop the matter before a dispute breaks out. Proverbs 17:14
Many people love to argue about their view with someone else who disagrees with them. Each person feels that they are right and that the other person must agree with them completely or he is a fool.
Take a look at how many news talk shows there are. Each one has different views on what should have happened or what should happen in the political realm of the news. Watch a sports game and the same thing occurs. The announcers of the game will argue points as to what should have been done or how the call should have been made. There are many other ways that people disagree and fight for their way.
Occasionally these disagreements will end in peace, but often they end up in a heated dispute. Words get said that are hurtful or wrong. Friendships are broken. And all of this because each person wanted his own way in what was being talked about.
Solomon likens it to breaching a dam. Breaching is breaking a hole in the wall of the dam. If a little hole is breached in a dam, the water will start pouring through. It will be extremely difficult to stop it, and it will quickly break the entire wall down, flooding and destroying the area. It is extreme foolishness to breach that wall.
In the same way continuing a quarrel or argument just to get your way, is destructive. Once you start, it will be extremely difficult to stop it.
So you need to stop and drop the matter as quickly as possible. Remember that Jesus did not argue or dispute with the soldiers or Pharisees as He was being placed on the cross. He allowed Himself to be wronged.
You do not always have to be right. And not everyone has to always agree with you. This is true whether you are right or wrong. Allow God to deal with the person if he is wrong. Love will cover the disagreement.
So stop and drop it today while there is time.
I pray today that you will love others as God loves them; that you will not keep a quarrel going; that God will strengthen you to hold your tongue and keep quiet; and that you will be an example of Jesus to this world.
My heart is not proud, LORD, my eyes are not haughty; I do not concern myself with great matters or things too wonderful for me. Psalm 131:1
People everywhere have opinions on just about everything. This is seen a lot when watching the news or sports. Opinions are given as to how things should have been done differently or how it was done very well.
At times the discussion about these opinions can get into a heated debate. One person holds one view, while the other holds the opposite. Each start calling the other names and cutting each other down. There is no love in the middle. Both are filled with self-pride, thinking that he knows best.
The sad part about these debates is that neither person is really an expert in the knowledge being offered. Neither see the big picture of the situation and therefore cannot offer a great solution or opinion to it.
Alongside of news and sports, the other area that many heated debates come up is in discussion of religion or God. Debating about what the Bible says about a particular situation or how God would react to something is often grounds for arguments.
There are also times when an individual is debating, not with others, but with God. People try to concern themselves with what God is doing and the way He is doing it.
David said that he does not concern himself with things too great for him. There are things that occur in the world that are beyond our abilities to control or beyond our wisdom to fully understand. God allows things to happen for His own reason and does not always reveal that reason to men. Debating why God allows something to happen does not always bring out the love of Jesus in a person. It usually brings separation and discord.
In your own life there will be things that occur that are way beyond your wisdom and full understanding. At those times you need to let it go and trust God. Trust that God knows what He is doing or allowing. You don’t know everything and do not fully see the big picture as God does.
What do you concern yourself with?
Is your concern or should it be God’s concern?
I pray today that God will help you see what you can do and cannot do; that you will know what is your concern and what is God’s; that you will trust God in things too great for you; and that you will not let self pride create division in your life.
“Opponents must be gently instructed, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will.” 2 Timothy 2:25-26
Paul knew that there would be people in the church who are not really serving God. They would fight against true believers in various ways. He warned Timothy not to get into arguments with them. Now he states that one must gently instruct them in order to get them to repent and turn to God correctly.
Arguments and disagreements occur in the church all the time. Sometimes they are about non-spiritual things, such as the color of the carpet. Other times they are about the interpretation of the Bible, what is sin and what is not, or the order of the end times.
These arguments have, at times, caused great division, and splits, in the church. When it comes to doctrinal or Biblical interpretation, usually one side is correct, at least partially or for the most part.
Often the side that is correct bashes the other side. They will condemn the person and being ungodly. There is no love in this at all.
In these verses you are told to gently instruct the person. Use kind, caring, loving words to point out the truth. People who are in the wrong are being blinded by the devil’s schemes. The world has veiled their eyes so that they cannot see the truth. Yanking that veil off will only scare them and make them hold tighter to the falsehood.
Jesus was gentle with non-believers and those who saw things in a different way because of the blinding of the world. He calmly pointed them towards the truth. At that point many repented and turned to Him.
As you speak gently with a person at odds with you, you have a greater chance of them seeing the truth.
Seek God in how to speak to a person so that they will turn to Jesus. God is the only one who can break them from the trap they are in. Don’t get into an arguing match and lose everything.
I pray today that God will reveal to you what you need to take a solid stand on; that God’s Spirit will guide you in teaching others His truth; that God will use you to release others from the traps of the devil; and that many will come to Jesus through you.
“But if our unrighteousness brings out God’s righteousness more clearly, what shall we say? That God is unjust in bringing his wrath on us? (I am using a human argument.)” Romans 3:5
Paul had just finished talking about everyone being the same and that circumcision has to be of the heart, not just physical. Now he talks about the value of being a Jew, while some Jews are unfaithful to God. God’s faithfulness will prove men to be liars. The more unrighteous people are, the more righteous God can be seen to be.
The world likes to run with this point about God’s righteousness. They want to blame God for the way they are. It must be His fault that they are living in sin, because it makes Him look better in the end.
People like to blame others for the way they are or for the actions they did. They blame the alcohol, parents, school, bullies, friends, enemies, the government, and any other thing that can shift the blame from themselves.
Many want to say God is not a just God for the way He demands perfection. Why would a loving God get angry with men? Why does a loving God allow pain in the lives of men?
Since God is such a loving and righteous God, He has made a way for sinful man to get right with Him. The more sinful a man was, the more His loving kindness, mercy and righteousness shows.
In the gospels is the story of Mary Magdalene who washed Jesus’ feet with her hair. She had seen the value in the forgiveness she had been given by Jesus because of your great sins. The Pharisees did not see that, since they were not “great” sinners.
God laid down the rules and you must follow them. If you choose not to follow them they will bring out God’s wrath upon you. Every person has broken at least one of those rules. This will bring out God’s wrath against you.
Accepting the forgiveness Jesus provides will remove God’s wrath against you. This shows God’s righteousness, love, and mercy upon you. It shows how great these are.
Do not purpose to live in sin, but purpose to live in Jesus. Put on His righteousness and do not get angry with God’s rules for your life.
I pray today that you will see the love God has for you; that you will accept the forgiveness of Jesus; that you will not judge against God for His rules; that you will turn from all sin; and that you will live a life of righteousness for God.