Wisdom is one of the kingdom’s keys to living the abundant life Jesus came to give us (John 10:10)! Proverbs 4:7 says wisdom is the principle thing. Wisdom knows how to apply knowledge. Knowledge and wisdom are essential because it gives life and brings understanding (Proverbs 9:10-11). Wisdom and understanding (revelation) work together. (Ephesians 1:17-18). To fully embrace the kingdom, we must embrace His mysteries and be childlike in believing (Matthew 18:3). We have the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16).
Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary defines wisdom as the ability to discern inner qualities: insight; good sense: judgment; generally accepted belief; accumulated philosophical or scientific learning; a wise attitude, belief or course of action and the teachings of ancient wise men.
The Bible states that the fear (reverence and awe) of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom (Proverbs 9:10). We see seven pillars of wisdom in the following verse:
But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. James 3:17
There is a wisdom of man and the world with sensual, demonic, carnal, or street wisdom (1 Corinthians 3:18-20; James 3:13-16) or of God, which is spiritual wisdom (1 Corinthians 1:19-29). Sin and unrighteousness will destroy your life. We are to avoid worldly wisdom.
Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you seems to be wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, “He catches the wise in their own craftiness,” and again, “The LORD knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are futile.” 1 Corinthians 3:18 – 20
Godly wisdom will always lead you to the right decision and righteousness. The wisdom of God shows us how to live life according to a correct knowledge of God (Romans 11:33; Job 28:12-27; Jeremiah 10:12). Jesus is the wisdom of God (1 Corinthians 1:30; Romans 16:27; Ephesians 1:17-23). He is the visible image of the invisible God (John 14:9-10). The seven-fold Spirit of God was upon Jesus: the Spirit of the LORD; the Spirit of wisdom and understanding; the Spirit of counsel and might; the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD (Isaiah 11:1-5). When we allow Christ’s life to manifest in our life, we are walking in wisdom (Colossians 2:2-3; 3:16).
So how do we get Godly wisdom? We are to ask God for wisdom in faith, and He will give it to us liberally (James 1:5-8). We need a personal and vital relationship with the Holy Spirit who guides us, gives wisdom, reveals God’s secrets, and shows us things to come (John 16:13). We can ask the Lord for the Spirit of wisdom to be upon us as well and then heed His correction and follow His instructions. Transformation comes from the application of the revelation He gives.
And my speech and my preaching were not with pervasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.
However, we speak wisdom among those who are mature, yet not the wisdom of this age, nor of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory, which none of the rulers of this age knew; for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
But as it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so, no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God.
Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God. These things we also speak not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them because they are spiritually discerned. But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one. For “who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct Him?” But we have the mind of Christ. 1 Corinthians 2:4 – 16
The Holy Spirit provides us with an advantage by giving us wisdom and strategy. We become a conduit for God’s power. His power rests upon us in our weakness (2 Corinthians 12:7-10; 4:7). His grace is His power and enablement, the abilities and giftings He gives us (Acts 4:33).
And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly, I will rather boast in my infirmities that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 2 Corinthians 12:9
We need to be empowered by the Holy Spirit, and then we will live a supernatural life (Luke 24:49; Acts 1:8; 2:1-4)! Prophecy brings us to the realms of the supernatural. We are to speak as the oracles of God with the ability or grace He gives us. God gives us grace through the gift, and we release grace to others (1 Peter 4:10 – 11). Prophecy provides us with the ability to impart gifting and grace (2 Timothy 1:6).
When we receive a prophetic word, we need prophetic wisdom for it to come to pass (1 Timothy 1:18). We must have an intimate partnership with the Holy Spirit. Prophetic wisdom gives us the strategy to bring the prophetic word to pass.
The Lord has given each one of us an assignment to fulfill in this season. We do not need to be fearful but to look to the Holy Spirit to provide us with the wisdom and grace to accomplish it (2 Timothy 1:7). We should ask the Lord for wisdom daily to plan our day and for our future on how to walk out our assignment. Wisdom has plans for us (Proverbs 8:14). We need to lean into God’s grace through faith, not relying on our wisdom, the wisdom of the world, or our strength and power but His. We are required to trust Him, surrender and be obedient to His plan for our lives. We need His wisdom to navigate through these difficult times!
“This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ says the LORD of hosts.” Zechariah 4:6
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