Lesson: Who do you listen to?
If a doctor of climatology or a professor says that we have a problem with global cooling, do you believe him?
If you meet a university professor at Woolworths, and he says that you need to change your hair, will you?
Should we listen to people with degrees and big qualifications and get our advice from them?
Is a professor clever?
Is a doctor, a state president, a Hollywood Celebrity, a pastor, a teacher, a headmaster; CLEVER? Usually NOT!!!
What makes a person clever?
What makes a person wise?
Pro 14:6 Conceited people can never become wise, but intelligent people learn easily. 7 Stay away from foolish people; they have nothing to teach you. 8 Why is a clever person wise? Because he knows what to do. Why is a stupid person foolish? Because he only thinks he knows. 9 Foolish people don't care if they sin, but good people want to be forgiven.
1Co 3:18 You should not fool yourself. If any of you think that you are wise by this world's standards, you should become a fool, in order to be really wise. 19 For what this world considers to be wisdom is nonsense in God's sight. As the scripture says, "God traps the wise in their cleverness"; 20 and another scripture says, "The Lord knows that the thoughts of the wise are worthless." 21 No one, then, should boast about what human beings can do. Actually everything belongs to you:
What is real wisdom?
Pro 1:7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but the foolish despise wisdom and instruction.
What kinds of people SHOULD we be listening to? Those who have the wisdom of the Lord.
How can you tell whether a person speaking on TV or at school or work is someone worth listening to?
Check the following: Are they kind? Are they gentle? Do they brag or show off? Do they talk about Jesus or the God of Israel? Are they humble? Do they listen to what other people have got to say? Are they LOUD or quiet? Do they have self-control? Do they say nasty or cutting things about other people ie. Do they diss others? Is he telling the truth, as far as you can tell? Is he an honest person?
If you had a big problem and needed direction and guidance, who would you go to?
Why would you go to that person?
Who would be the LAST person you would go to for help? Why?
So what do you look for in a person to give you advice?
Isn't this just what the Bible tells us to be like? Yes it is. If we all live like the Bible (ie Jesus) tells us to, we could give other people good advice, and they would actually ask us for it... Go figure..
Why are parents good people to go to for advice? Because they did the same stupid things that you want to do, and they can tell you exactly what happens if you do those dumb things. Don't copy your parents' mistakes – break the circle!!
Bertram Russel said: “ The big problem in the world is that fools have such confidence, and the wise have such doubts.”
Have you noticed how many morons are in leadership positions??
Let's name some people that you can listen to and get sense out of them. There are not many.. Kenneth Meshoe, Patrick Lekota has some character, Tony Leon has about 20% sense, Shaun Pollock, Victor Matfield, Francious Steyn, Freek Robinson seems to be fairly OK, Hal Lindsey, Jack Kinsella, Benjamin Netanyahu, Dr James Dobson, Ryan Dobson, Walker Texas Ranger & his sidekick.
Some people you must NEVER believe: Mike Sutcliffe, Dbn muni, Zuma, Marthinus van Schalkwyk, Haziz Pahad, 95% of the ANC, most of the United Nations, Kofi Annan (ex UN Gen.Sec) , any muslim (since their Koran permits them to lie to non-muslims), the Clintons, Jimmy Carter, Nancy Pelosi, Al Gore, (in fact most of the American Democrats), Albie Sachs, any Hollywood celeb, our council esp. the mayor, and so on.
What is our best source of advice we will ever find? The Bible, esp. proverbs, galatians and Ephesians.
And finally: Do you know how lucky you are to NOT have a movie house here in Vryheid.??!!! The reel stoopid messages you get from movies make your lives very difficult. Movies and TV should be the absolute LAST place to get guidance from. Why? Because the Hollywood movie and TV industry is 98% humanists, who believe that there is no hell, no reason to be good. Look after yourself – you are No. 1 in the universe. You are a god to yourself. Bad, Bad news these ous.
The BOTTOM LINE
BE VERY CAREFUL WHO YOU LISTEN TO
TRUST ONLY PEOPLE THAT TRUST IN GOD
AND TRUST IN GOD YOURSELF