Cross Pointe Church

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1800 Satellite Boulevard
Duluth, GA 30097

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Sunday 9:15 AM

Sunday 11:00 AM

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678-812-4500

Wisdom

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“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.”  Proverbs 9:10

One of the most common questions church leaders are asked is, “What is God’s will for my life?”  When people ask this question, they are usually referring to circumstances that are not directly addressed in Scripture—circumstances specific to their lives. 

Many believers live with anxiety and fear of making the wrong decision.  Most of us have wished (at one time or another) that God would just spell all the details out in front of us.  Wouldn’t that be easier?  Maybe so, but then we might miss the whole point—to know God and trust Him, to grow in wisdom and knowledge.

In those times when the details are not clear, there is great comfort to be found in the book of Proverbs.  Written primarily by King Solomon, this book is filled with the words wisdom, prudence, knowledge, instruction, and insight.  But what we also find in Proverbs is a correlation between the fear (respect) of the Lord and wisdom.  And without wisdom, it is impossible to discern God’s voice and direction.

Our wisdom in daily life is dependent on our relationship with Christ.  When we walk in fear of Him, we walk in wisdom.  Our relationship with God affects our relationships with other people.  And in order to have wisdom in the world, we must be in right relationship with God.  The fear of the Lord is the beginning of all of this.

God made an amazing offer to King Solomon in 1 Kings 3:5 when He said, “Ask Me for whatever you want Me to give you.”  Do you know what Solomon requested?  “Give Your servant a discerning heart to govern Your people and to distinguish between right and wrong” (1 Kings 3:9).  Solomon asked for wisdom. 

He could have asked for the answers to life’s deepest mysteries.  But he asked for wisdom.  He could have asked for an easy, successful life.  But he asked for wisdom.  His request itself is evidence that He feared the Lord.  He had a deep desire to please God, and to rule God’s people according to His will.  Solomon understood the treasure of godly wisdom.  Do you?   

Prayer: Father, I know that godly wisdom is a gift from You.  Please help me to live each day in respect for You, because I know that this is the beginning of wisdom.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

in Faith

Little Faith

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“If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?” Matthew 6:30

At the root of worry is the sin of unbelief.  This is why Jesus called the crowd in Galilee, “O you of little faith!”  In this passage, He challenges us to stop, look around, and consider how God cares for His creation.  Trees grow, flowers bloom, birds build nests and lay and hatch eggs… bears hibernate and snakes shed their skin… animals of prey are created with the ability to camouflage into their environment as protection from predators… and the list goes on and on. The faithfulness of God is gloriously displayed in the world He created.  When God saw all that He had made on the sixth day of creation and said, “It is very good,” He meant it.

While sin has indeed marred and corrupted God’s perfect creation, we can still see evidence that He can be trusted to meet our needs.  Jesus pointed to the grass, which is here one day and gone another, and used it to illustrate the absurdity of worry.  If God takes care of grass, feeding it and clothing it with flowers, will He not feed and clothe us, His own children?

When we worry we doubt God’s goodness and His promises.  We choose to believe that He is not who He says He is.  In essence, a lifestyle of worry makes God out to be a liar.  Worry is sin, because it is rooted in a lack of faith.  And without faith, it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6).  But with faith, even faith as small as a mustard seed, all things are possible (Matthew 17:20).

Does your life demonstrate a belief in the greatness of God?    

Prayer: Father, Help me to trust You more today.  Open my eyes to see the evidence of Your faithfulness that is all around me.  Give me the boldness to share my faith with others.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.