Class Notes: 10/19/2011

A product of the lifestyle of wisdom is tranquility and contentment

In our study of the lifestyle of wisdom we are looking at how God relates to mankind through his essence. When we ran out of time last time we saw in Eph 1:17 that this lifestyle of wisdom comes from the revelation of the knowledge of God.

Eph 1:17; "in order that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of Glory, may give you a lifestyle of wisdom and revelation about Him (God the Father) through metabolized doctrine."

In verse 18 he goes on to say that the lifestyle of wisdom requires the understanding and utilization of the portfolio of invisible assets that make up part of the inheritance.

"The hope or absolute confidence of his calling" means that the lifestyle of wisdom has the cognitive self-confidence of spiritual self-esteem.

As we have seen, spiritual self-esteem is the beginning of contentment in life even though it is not necessarily the realization of the fulfillment of our desires and aspirations while on this earth in time because we are in the devil's world. Matt 26:39;

This contentment is capacity for happiness and tranquility of soul in every circumstance of life regardless of our perception of it as adversity or prosperity.

2Cor 12:10; "For this reason, I find contentment in weaknesses (providential preventative suffering), in slanders (people testing), in pressures (thought testing), in persecutions (system testing), in stresses (disaster testing) on behalf of Christ; for when I am weak, then I am strong."

Phil 4:11-13; 1Tim 6:6-8; Heb 13:5 also teach that contentment is stabilized at spiritual self-esteem, continues through spiritual autonomy, and reaches its peak at spiritual maturity.

Spiritual self-esteem is characterized by great mental stability, from the accurate application of metabolized doctrine to both adversity and prosperity 2Tim 2:15;

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