March 17, 2018
"Ask God … for Divine Wisdom and Strategies!"
"If any of you is deficient in wisdom, let him ask of the giving God Who gives to everyone liberally and ungrudgingly, without reproaching or faultfinding, and it will be given him." James 1:5
This Divine Wisdom isn't reserved for the select few but is available to all Believers who hunger for intimacy with the Lord and sincerely seek to advance His Kingdom. Genuine seekers of Truth will quickly discover that God has opened wide a door of divine revelation for those who are turning away from the carnal, natural mind and choosing to abide in God's holy Presence (see Psalm 91:1).
Divine Wisdom, specifically, will lift us up to a higher level in the realm of the Spirit so that the Lord may reveal His divine strategies and powerfully plans (see Isaiah 55:9).
The Lord is extending a specific invitation to His Bride to "come up here" (see Revelation 4:1) to receive His guidance for His Kingdom's advancement on earth. Just as Boaz promoted Ruth, from the corner of the harvest field to the center stage, the Bride of Christ is coming to the forefront of human history (see Ruth 2:15).
Divine Wisdom - The Principal Thing
Beloved, seeking Divine Wisdom is not an option. Indeed, as Believers, we are commanded to attain Godly Wisdom and prize it as a top priority. Scripture instructs us to obtain Wisdom at all cost.
Consider the warnings of Proverbs 4:5-9:
"Get skillful and godly Wisdom, get understanding (discernment, comprehension, and interpretation); do not forget and do not turn back from the words of My mouth.
"Forsake not [Wisdom], and she will keep, defend, and protect you; love her, and she will guard you.
"The beginning of Wisdom is: get Wisdom (skillful and godly Wisdom)! [For skillful and godly Wisdom is the principal thing.] And with all you have gotten, get understanding (discernment, comprehension, and interpretation).
"Prize Wisdom highly and exalt her, and she will exalt and promote you; she will bring you to honor when you embrace her. She shall give to your head a wreath of gracefulness; a crown of beauty and glory will she deliver to you."
We are to seek wisdom above all earthly treasures; Proverbs 16:16:
"How much better it is to get skillful and godly Wisdom than gold! And to get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver."
Divine Wisdom - Versus Natural Understanding
Great advice is released in Proverbs 23:4: "...cease from your own [human] wisdom." Mere human, natural knowledge, and understanding without Divine Wisdom is worthless. Despite our best efforts and intentions, our natural mind and human intelligence, without the guidance and illumination of the Holy Spirit, we cannot understand the Word of God, commune with God the Father or follow the leading of the magnificent Person of the Holy Spirit of God.
...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 2:1-16
Our natural mind is not merely insufficient: Following our carnal thoughts and reasoning is hostility toward God, this is a serious matter, beloved.
For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. -Romans 8:6-7
As disciples of Christ, we dare not continue to rely on our natural minds, but we must renew our minds to become "spiritually minded." If we don't renew our minds, our lack of knowledge of the Holy One will eventually lead to our destruction. The Spirit of God warns us in an exceptionally blunt truth in Hosea 4:6: "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge."Scripture is not speaking about mere human knowledge, but instead Divine Enlightenment, Wisdom from above. We face destruction if we fail to appropriate Divine Wisdom – if we continue to live according to our own, human reasoning
This season is not a time to stumble about in the maze of human philosophy or psychology, vainly speculating about the future or resurrecting past offenses that have already been forgiven. These mental speculations and examinations may seem righteous and even holy, but Scripture warns us that there is a way that appears right unto man. However, it is the way of death and destruction (see Proverbs 14:12).
We must allow the Word of God to become "flesh of our flesh." We must replace the carnal pathways of our worldly reasonings and beliefs; with the Person of the Lord Jesus Christ as revealed to us in Scripture.
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. -Romans 12:2
Divine Wisdom - Through Holiness and the Fear of the Lord
No treasure in Heaven or on earth is more precious than this Wisdom from above– Wisdom that is the Person of Christ our Lord! Divine Wisdom is so incredibly essential and indeed priceless. Wisdom, in fact, is Christ Himself. Paul states this fact so clearly in his first letter to the Church at Corinth.
...Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God. -1 Corinthians 1:24
But of Him are you in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom...1 Corinthians 1:30.
God is offering to each of us much higher wisdom, released by the Spirit of God. Now is the time to embrace real, authentic Wisdom, who is Christ Himself. You might be asking how to obtain this much-desired Divine Wisdom – the passionate quest and resounding question throughout human history. The Holy Scriptures precisely reveal the answer:
But to man He said, Behold, the reverential and worshipful fear of the Lord – that is Wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding. - Job 28:28
The reverent fear and worship of the Lord is the beginning of Wisdom and skill [the preceding and the first essential, the prerequisite and the alphabet]; a good understanding, wisdom, and meaning have all those who do [the will of the Lord]. Their praise of Him endures forever. -Psalm 111:10 AMPC
The reverent and worshipful fear of the Lord is the beginning and the principal and choice part of knowledge [its starting point and its essence]; but fools despise skillful and godly Wisdom, instruction, and discipline. -Proverbs 1:7
The reverent and worshipful fear of the Lord is the beginning (the chief and choice part) of Wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight and understanding. -Proverbs 9:10
What are the first steps to receiving the wisdom from above? This way of the Lord's Divine Wisdom is entered through two gates: holiness (as expressed in humility) and reverence or fear of the Lord. These are the gates leading to the pathway of Wisdom. God resists the proud, but He gives grace to the humble (see Proverbs 3:34 and 1 Peter 5:5).
What is this grace that He bestows upon the humble? It is the grace or divine ability to know Him and His strategies for bringing His Kingdom to earth – the grace for Divine Wisdom.
Divine Wisdom - Through the Holy Spirit
It is indeed the Holy Spirit alone who imparts Divine Wisdom. Notice the Words of Christ recorded in John 16:13 AMPC: "But when He, the Spirit of Truth (the Truth-giving Spirit) comes, He will guide you into all the Truth (the whole, full Truth). For He will not speak His own message [on His own authority]; but He will tell whatever He hears [from the Father; He will give the message that has been given to Him], and He will announce and declare to you the things that are to come [that will happen in the future]."
The Teacher who will lead us into wisdom is God's Holy Spirit. The Spirit alone – not our natural minds – can guide us into all truth, who is Christ Jesus. Specifically, the Spirit "will announce and declare to you the things that are to come [that will happen in the future]."
Why is this truth so vital for today? As world economies implode, retirement savings dwindle, and earthquakes, tsunamis, famines, and floods devastate communities, it would seem that the entire world is seeking to know what will happen in the future. Without a real relationship with Christ Jesus, humanity cannot find true wisdom. These are days of intense and profound deception. Most of humanity is deluded, blind to the truth, stumbling toward death and destruction (see Matthew 7:13). As men and women continue to reject Christ, spirits of fear, accusation, bitterness, anger, occultism, envy, jealousy and rejection divide and destroy families, neighborhoods, and nations. These days that we are facing demand that we all move and speak in a revelatory – not natural – understanding of the times and seasons, receiving Godly guidance as we embrace the promise of Nehemiah 9:20, which assures us that God will release to us the Spirit of God to guide us.
As faithful followers of Christ, we walk as light-bearers in a dark age. Through us, the Spirit of God will release Divine Wisdom to set men and women free from the captivity of satan's lies (see John 8:12). God's children will shine with Divine Wisdom, Christ Himself. We must rely on the revelatory light and illumination of Christ and share His Wisdom with those whose minds are shrouded by lies and deceptions.
Divine Wisdom - Through the Word of God
A good, practical exercise for gaining Divine Wisdom is to study a chapter in the book of Proverbs every day. You will be surprised at the sound wisdom that will be imparted to you by the Spirit of God. The greatest textbook on life is the Holy Bible; within its pages are the insights that will transform your entire outlook on life (see Psalm 119:9-11).
Take time each day to feed your soul with Heaven's manna!
Approach the Lord with reverence and awe, humbling yourself before His majesty. We must come not in our holiness and righteousness but clothed in Christ! Approach His throne of grace boldly and ask our Father God with a sincere heart for the wisdom of Christ. Ask the Holy Spirit to enlighten the eyes of your understanding: that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened -Ephesians 1:17-18.
If we ask in childlike faith, believing His Word, God will liberally bestow this much-needed wisdom: If any of you is deficient in wisdom, let him ask of the giving God [who gives] to everyone liberally and ungrudgingly, without reproaching or faultfinding, and it will be given him. -James 1:5 The benefits and blessings of Divine Wisdom are enormous. Wisdom produces understanding, which brings prosperity and favor.
He who keeps understanding shall prosper and find good. -Proverbs 19:8
Christ Jesus states that it is as we seek first His Kingdom that everything else will be put into proper place (see Matthew 6:33).
Divine Wisdom - To Preach Christ in Power
As we humble ourselves and seek God "with clean hands and a pure heart" (see Psalm 24:4), the Spirit of Council will release to us the much-needed Divine Wisdom for our day. God desires to release revelation and discernment on a higher level, bringing us out of the world's confusion and chaos. As we renew our minds with the Word of God, we will know God and "will shine ever brighter and do "great exploits" (see Daniel 11:32). What are those great exploits? Preaching Christ in the "power" of the Spirit. Our witness of the Gospel is not to be with "persuasive words of human wisdom" (see 1 Corinthians 2:4-5). But, as Paul continues: "...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."
To experience the power of God, Paul knew that he required the Divine Wisdom of God – not mere human reasoning. Paul writes that he does not speak "the wisdom of this age, nor of the rulers of this age," but rather he speaks "the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory" (see 1 Corinthians 2:6-7).
Beloved, let's all contend for the prize possession of Christ, the Wisdom of God! Earnestly desire this Divine Wisdom, always seeking Him above all else. Prepare to witness the mighty power of the Lord to love the addicted and lost; minister to the poor, heal the sick, raise the dead, prophesy to nations and advance the Kingdom of God on earth – through your own hands and heart!
Walk in the wisdom of Christ.
Eagles View Ministries