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THE DEVIL'S TOOL
                                                      
One day I was looking over some messages on some
internet message boards. They were on many different Bible subjects.
I saw so many beliefs That I wondered if they were all reading the
same Bible.

I read the words of people who are very smart, they have
great minds. I stand in awe of their mental ability.  When I read their
conclusions I wonder many times
how they can be so far from truth.

I didn’t understand for awhile then it came to me through
the Bible.
One of Satan’s great tools is to convince man to use his own
fleshly wisdom to understand God.

Luke 10:21 In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank thee,
O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that
thou hast hid these things
from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes:
even
so, Father; for so it seemed good in thy sight.
22 All things are delivered to me of my Father: and
no man knoweth
who the Son is, but the Father; and who the Father is, but the Son,
and
he to whom the Son will reveal him.
23 And he turned him unto his disciples, and said privately, Blessed
are the eyes which see
the things that ye see:

Corinthians I 2:11 For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the
spirit of man which is in him? even so
the things of God knoweth no
man
, but the Spirit of God.
12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit
which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to
us of God.
13 Which things also we speak,
not in the words which man's wisdom
teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth;
comparing spiritual
things with spiritual.
14 But
the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for
they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because
they are spiritually discerned.

I am so glad that God didn’t plan it so only the very intelligent
could understand the things of God.  But
He plainly shows the meek
and humble who are in love with Jesus.
Aren't you glad God doesn’t
favor the rich, intelligent, and talented of this world to find Him?  
Whosoever has a hungry heart can find Him.

Then I searched how does  man find God’s truths. The Bible
answer is
God must reveal them to a person.

Matthew 16:16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the
Christ, the Son of the living God.
17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon
Barjona: for
flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my
Father which is in heaven.

Psalm 50:23 Whoso offereth praise glorifieth me: and
to him that
ordereth his conversation aright will I show
the salvation of God.

Psalm 85:9 Surely his salvation
is nigh them that fear him; that glory
may dwell in our land.

Psalm 149:4 For the LORD taketh pleasure in his people: he will
beautify
the meek with salvation.

Corinthians I 1:19 For it is written,
I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,
and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.
20 Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of
this world?
hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?
21 For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not
God
, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that
believe.

Corinthians II 1:12 For our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our
conscience, that
in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly
wisdom, but by the grace of God,
we have had our conversation in the
world, and more abundantly to you-ward.

Ephesians 3:16 That he would grant you, according to the riches of his
glory, to be strengthened
with might by his Spirit in the inner man;
17
That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted
and grounded in love,
18
May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and
length, and depth, and height;
19
And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye
might be filled with all the fulness of God.

Corinthians I 2:1 And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with
excellency of speech or of wisdom,
declaring unto you the testimony of
God.
Corinthians I 2:2 For I determined not to know any thing among you,
save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.
Corinthians I 2:3 And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in
much trembling.
Corinthians I 2:4 And my speech and my preaching was
not with
enticing words of man's wisdom,
but in demonstration of the Spirit and
of power:
Corinthians I 2:5 That your faith should
not stand in the wisdom of
men,
but in the power of God.
Corinthians I 2:6 Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are
perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this
world, that come to nought:
Corinthians I 2:7 But we speak
the wisdom of God in a mystery, even
the
hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our
glory:
Corinthians I 2:8 Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had
they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.

Maybe this helps to explain why there is so much
confusion out in the world over understanding the Bible.
It sure does
give us common folks hope.
by H. Witmyer
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