Monday, October 7, 2013

Worldly Wisdom Ruins Households

These lyrics from Warren Zevon's song "Disorder in the House" set up my Quote of the Day:

Disorder in the House

Disorder in the house
The tub runneth over
Plaster's falling down in pieces
By the couch of pain

Disorder in the house
Time to duck and cover
Helicopters hover over 
Rough terrain

Disorder in the house
Reptile wisdom
Zombies on the lawn
Staggering around

Disorder in the house
There's a flaw in the system 
And the fly in the ointment's gonna
Bring the whole thing down

The floodgates are open 
We've let the demons loose
The big guns have spoken
And we've fallen for the ruse

Disorder in the house
It's a fate worse than fame
Even the Lhasa Apso 
Seems to be ashamed

Disorder in the house
The doors are coming off the hinges
The earth will open and
Swallow up the real estate..."
                                Warren Zevon

Quote of the day: by Tony Evans

"Do you know why our homes have disorder? Because too many of our marriages and families operate out of envy and ambition. Instead of everyone upholding the central goal of the home, every family member wants his or her agenda. What else can you have but discord? That's earthly wisdom. 

But James offers us another kind of wisdom, the 'wisdom from above' (v. 17), which he says is first of all 'pure.' That means it's authentic, transparent, clean, like God's Word. Psalm 19:8 says, 'The commandment of the Lord is pure.'

God's wisdom is also 'peaceable,' promoting unity and not strife; 'gentle,' meaning considerate; 'reasonable,' willing to take instruction, ready to listen to people who make sense; 'full of mercy and good fruits,' giving practical help to others; 'unwavering,' taking a stand on principles instead of flowing one way today and another way tomorrow; and 'without hypocrisy,' not wearing a mask. That's what a wise person looks like." 
Tony Evans, Theology You Can Count On, page 142-143

"But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. Such 'wisdom' does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice." James 3:14-16

" But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law." Galatians 5:22-23

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