Fear and Presumption
Many times, fear masquerades as wisdom, and presumption disguises itself as faith.
How can you tell the difference?
Fear and presumption are both based on feelings and sensory knowledge, not on God’s Word and Spirit.
Wisdom is the mind of Christ.
Where others are fearful, the wise will build their lives on the promises of God. The fearful will allow logic and memory to stop them in their tracks, but they will convince themselves that they are being wise.
The presumptuous don’t wait for a Word from God.
They assume they know enough and launch into the deep on their own. They call it faith, but if it was faith birthed in the Word of God, there would be positive results. The presumptuous often wonder what went wrong. And then they blame God.
Jesus only did what He received from the Father (Jn. 5:19). Some of His actions didn’t seem wise by human standards, and some of his statements sounded presumptuous. To the natural mind, Jesus was living on the edge. But He was simply hearing His Father and responding.
If you are truly hearing God, you will be both wise and full of faith.
Don’t let fear and presumption fool you into missing out on God’s best!