Recently I shared a word on biblical wisdom, and I want to review some of the highlights of that message here.
Over the years I have asked the Lord for Godly wisdom. Early on in my life as a new Believer, these times of downloading were extremely painful –as I was experiencing deep growing pains, leaving behind the life I had always known in exchange for life in Him. Now as I look back over the years and see His faithfulness to me, walking out new realms of revelation and wisdom isn’t always easy, but I know from experience that the end result will be worth it.
“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” – James 1:5
The word of God states that we have access to Godly wisdom just by asking. However, many times we over complicate how to walk that out.
“Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom; I am understanding, I have strength.” –Proverbs 8:14
We must come to a place where we decide to follow Godly counsel no matter the circumstances. The number one reason that the Lord judged Israel was because of mixture brought in by leaders who listened to ungodly counsel. Judgment was the byproduct for walking outside of the boundaries God had set for the children of Israel.
“I, wisdom, dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge and discretion.”-Proverbs 8:12
The battle for the Believer is in our mind and this is why we must renew it daily with the washing of the Word. Our carnal mind and emotions are at odds with Godly wisdom. If we allow our emotions free range, when tough times come, we will inevitably make choices based on our feelings and not on God’s truth.
“The crown of the wise is their riches, but the foolishness of fools is folly.” –Proverbs 14:24
“Riches and honor are with me, enduring riches and righteousness.” –Proverbs 8:18
Western Church culture often tells us that wealth is evil, referencing scripture verses out of context. However Proverbs states that riches and honor should actually be a result of righteous living. When we commit our way to the Lord applying Godly wisdom to our gifts and talents we should see a positive return on those investments.
“A man has joy by the answer of his mouth, and a word spoken in due season, how good it is!” –Proverbs 15:23
Obtaining the reverential fear of God is understanding just exactly what it meant for Jesus to die on the cross. When He shed His blood through a gruesome and humiliating death, He removed every curse that came from the fall of Adam and Eve –restoring our relationship with the Heavenly Father. He offered redemption even though, because of our sins against God our creator, we truly deserved punishment.
We too will experience sacrifice and suffering to accomplish what God requires. At times this will take commitment and resolve that in the end can only be recalled as supernatural strength.
As you continue to press into the Lord during this season, ask the Lord not only to give you wisdom, but also seek out spiritual fathers or mothers who can help you to accelerate while on the learning curve. Pray that the Lord brings knowledge and understanding to the wisdom He delivers. Take time to sit and listen to what the Lord is sharing with you, asking for “ears to hear and eyes to see.” As you continue to grow in this way, the return will be far greater than you can imagine. Know that throughout this process you will begin to also grow in might and strength, power and authority, riches, and honor.