Charisma ~ The Spiritual Gifts (Part 5)

The Fear of the Lord is this:  Wisdom

Godly wisdom is a priceless instrument essential to a successful life. We all should consider the consequences of our actions before we act or speak as well as have understanding to recognize the right course of action needed. Help us Lord to discern the vast difference between the world’s wisdom and your wisdom. Your wisdom fixed the weight of the wind, gives the ocean its boundary, and brings forth the seasons in perfection. The world’s wisdom relies on humanities fallen nature which brings forth brokenness, bankrupt advice, confusion, and pain. So how do we find this kind of wisdom? (Job 28:12-27) God said to mankind, “The fear of the Lord is this: wisdom. And to turn away from evil is understanding.” (Job 28:28) If we lack wisdom, we are instructed to ask God for He gives to all generously and without criticizing (James 1:5). Expect this type of wisdom to gradually illuminate your understanding so that you will know what to do.

Just like the other gifts spoken about in 1 Corinthians 12:8-10 which originate from God and are distributed by the Spirit, so does wisdom. All of the gifts reside fully with God. A small portion of what He has is imparted to you by the Spirit as He evaluates and sees fit. Once I was walking an amazingly difficult faith journey. On one portion of the journey there was much planting and no harvesting. I had begun to grow weary and wondered if I had even heard correctly from the Lord regarding the assignment. At that moment I received a word from someone to not grow weary because obedience was key. As I was thinking through what had been shared, it began to agree with my spirit and the power of the Lord fell on me. I dropped to the floor and for a short time I could not rise up again (nor did I care to!). When I did rise, I prayed and told the Lord over and over “I believe, I believe!” The best I could later describe was the Lord had something similar to a “dropper” above my head and a tiny portion of His power was released from that “dropper” on me. I feel to my knees under the weight of the power. What was imparted to me was all I could manage. As a created being having to put aside the influence of the flesh, there is only so much of God’s power our flesh can handle. Remember Paul in 2 Corinthians 12:7-8? Surprisingly, we don’t even operate in what we think we can manage. Friend, God knows the quantity to impart to us because He is omniscient. Are you fully operating in what He has given you so far?

While anticipating the return of Jesus, believers have been given the Spirit as a down-payment of our Kingdom inheritance. Have you fully considered what that means? The Spirit is the power behind the Word of God. We are to be led by the Spirit and are to function in the power of the Spirit! It is a taste of what is to come. Have you tasted? Are you yielded to the Spirit so this can happen? What are you currently doing with the gift of the Spirit? You understand that Jesus died for all mankind. Do you have wisdom to also know the Spirit’s law of life in Christ has set you free from the law of sin and death? (Romans 8:2) Jesus loves us all the same and does not favor one over the other (Romans 2:11), yet some do not have this wisdom. As yielded believers, we all have grace to operate in the ‘charisma’ of the Spirit. Some have this wisdom and operate in this fashion whenever possible. While others do not investigate their gifting and therefore forfeit what God would have for them, therefore they do little. (Please read Matthew 25:14-23) According to this passage, the Master gave gifts for his servants to use while He was away. When He returned He asked what His servants did with the gifts. Those who were faithful in their stewardship were then put in charge of more and were invited to share in their Master’s joy. Are we living as spiritual people or letting the flesh get in the way therefore derailing the Master’s purpose in our life? Do you contemplate how you function now will have an impact on your eternity (when the Master returns)?

♥Father, I humbly ask to be filled with the knowledge of Your will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding so that I can walk worthy of you Lord. I rebuke the world’s wisdom I have so naively trusted in so many times. I turn away from wisdom that relies on my understanding and exalts myself. I desire the source of my understanding to be You. When times are especially difficult, Lord fill me with your wisdom and increase my faith to wait and look for Your guidance.  May you be the rudder of my words Father. If I am tempted to speak what does not bring comfort or edification, I ask that you would lead me in wisdom to change my thoughts. Open my eyes to behold the enormous value of Your wisdom compared to my own. Empower me with Your wisdom Lord because I lack! Give me wisdom to navigate my life, to advise those seeking salvation, to inspire other believers, and to know how and what to pray!  I will learn the sacred Scriptures because Your word says all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are hidden in Jesus! I choose to not walk in little but to walk in the riches of Your abundance. I choose Your ways Lord!

Be blessed by this song about wisdom.

Let’s think through some different kinds of wisdom. The first is natural human knowledge without wisdom or the fallen world’s wisdom, secondly is intellectual wisdom, and finally the divine word of wisdom. The verses below will assist in bringing more insight to wisdom. Which type of wisdom you would like to cultivate?

Compared to God’s wisdom, natural human wisdom is foolishness (1 Co1:25) It is like applied knowledge without wisdom’s guidance. It can also be a stumbling block to our personal relationship with Jesus as well as our witness to others. ♥1 Corinthians 1:19 says For it is written: _____ will ______________ the ________________ of the wise, and I will set aside the _____________________ of the experts. (Holman) Natural wisdom will one day pass away and we will no longer rely on our own understanding but will be behold the Truth!

Along with human wisdom is the fallen world’s wisdom. This type of wisdom God told Adam to stay away from (Genesis 2:17). The wisdom received by eating the fruit of the tree (Genesis 3:6) would now inspire attempts to move away from God and rely instead on this new kind of wisdom (fallen world’s wisdom). This wisdom attempts to rival God’s wisdom as supreme.  Let’s focus on some scripture relating to human wisdom or the fallen world’s wisdom.

♥Proverbs 11:2 When ______________ comes, ________________ follows, but with ______________ comes _________________. This is what Expositors’ has to say about this verse. Humility describes those who know their place. The humble, will avoid disgrace and therefore find wisdom. Pride is literally a boiling up. The prideful will overstep boundaries and insubordination occurs. The proud are inflated to the level of self-bestowed divinity and will eventually have their egos deflated. Wisdom tells us to not be prideful. Here is a question to consider. If you are driven by pride and were once successfully navigating life in this way, has your ego been deflated leaving you depressed which has now brought you disgrace?  Seek the Lord friend.  I am in love with the verse telling us the righteous man falls seven times but God picks him up eight (Proverbs 24:16).  Do you need to know that the righteous will make mistakes but God intends for you to not remain down!  Hallelujah!  Stand up friend, it is God’s will.

♥Proverbs 24:7 Wisdom is_____________________ to a _____________; he does not open his mouth at the gate (center for community discussions, political meetings, and trying of court cases). Wisdom is beyond the reach of a fool. As the above verse states, disgrace is the result of lack of wisdom and will keep you from God’s best. Christian’s need a voice at the ‘gate’. A fall as a result of pride is a hinderance to yourself and others who need you.

♥Proverbs 28:26 The one who trust in ___________________ is a __________________, but one who _________________ in wisdom will be _________________. Security comes from a life of wisdom.

♥Jeremiah 8:9 The wise (from worldly wisdom) _______ ______ put to shame; they _________ __________ dismayed and snared. They ____________ _______________ the word of the LORD, so _____________ wisdom do they __________ _____________?  Wow.  Let’s not rely on wordly wisdom and ultimatley be snared and put to shame.

♥1 Corinthians 1:20-21 Where is the philosopher? Where is the scholar? Where is the debater of this age? Hasn’t God made the _______________ ___________________ foolishness? For since, in God’s wisdom, God was _______________ to save those who ____________________ through the foolishness of the message preached. God’s power for salvation is in the cross. Human wisdom as a means of salvation is dismissed by God. Is there any philosopher, scholar, or debater available who can do what the message of the cross is able to do?

♥1 Corinthians 3:18-19 No one should _______________ _________________. If anyone among you ______________ he is wise in this age, he must become _______________ (foolishness of Christ) so that he can ______________ _____________ (the wise of God). For the wisdom of this ____________ is foolishness with God, since it is written: He catches the wise in their craftiness; and again, The Lord _____________ that the ___________________ of the wise are __________________________. We should not be deceived into thinking that the wisdom of the human intellect works to obtain salvation or for building up the brethren. Do you think yourself to be wise? It is suggested we should renounce our dependence on this type of wisdom in order to receive God’s wisdom. Nothing that enters the mind of man is beyond God’s understanding.

♥2 Corinthians 1:12 For this is our confidence: The testimony of our conscience is that we have conducted ourselves in the world, and especially toward you, with God-given sincerity and purity, not by ____________________ wisdom but by God’s ___________________. Paul is answering a charge by speaking truth from the testimoney of his conscience and the Corinthians’ knowledge of his conduct. If a person is led from fleshy wisdom then accusations will also come from that same source.  A person led by the wisdom of the Spirit will also speak with that same wisdom.

♥James 3:15 Such wisdom does not come from ____________ but is ___________, ____________________, __________________. Such wisdom’ is referring to bitter envy and selfish ambition in the heart that is spoken about in verse 14. This type of wisdom evaluates everything by worldly standards and makes personal gain of supreme importance.This wisdom does not come down from heaven. It has its origin in the world and is of the devil.

Secondly, intellectual wisdom we are told to ask for. ♥James 1:5 says, Now if __________ of you ____________ _______________, he should ______________ God, who _______________ to all generously and without criticizing, and it will be _____________ to him.  Have you asked God for His wisdom?  When you asked did you ask in faith expecting to receive the moment you asked?

Listen closely to wisdom and direct your heart to understanding; furthermore, if you call out to wisdom and lift your voice to understanding, if you seek it like silver and search for it like hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the LORD and discover the knowledge of God. (Proverbs 2:2-5) ♥Proverbs 2:6 For the LORD ______________ ________________; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding. The one who seeks knowledge will find God because He is the source of wisdom and knowledge. What is your source?

♥Proverbs 2:10 For________________ will enter your ___________, and knowledge will _________________ your heart.  Has wisdom taken up residence in you?

♥Proverbs 3:13 _________________ is a man who _____________ wisdom and who _____________________ understanding. Wisdom brings happiness. Do you remember the discussion from Genesis 3:6? The woman saw that the tree was desirable for obtaining wisdom. Proverbs 3:18 speaks of a different kind of tree. The tree of wisdom is a tree of life to those who seize it. God planted them both. One tree gives the fruit of worldly wisdom and the other gives the fruit of Godly wisdom. Both fruit is desirable. Which will you choose? If you are walking in the orchard, and your hunger is intense enough to ‘eat anything’ will you eat the fruit from the Genesis 3:6 tree or WAIT for the Proverbs 3:18 tree? You will face this decision daily, prepare yourself in advance.

♥Proverbs 4:5-7 Get ______________, get __________________; don’t forget or turn away from the words of my mouth. Don’t abandon __________________, and she will _______________________ you; _____________ her, and she will __________________ you. Wisdom is __________________ – so ________ wisdom. And whatever else you get, get understanding. Wisdom is frequently spoken about as a ‘she’. The urging here is to get wisdom and understand and don’t forget!  During a moment when a decision must be made or in the heat of a trial do you abandon this type of wisdom? Love and don’t abandon this wisdom and it will guard you. Thank you Lord.

♥Proverbs 4:11 I am teaching you the way of wisdom; I am guiding you on ___________________ paths. Wisdom is more than an instrument effective in the moment. It is a way of life.

Proverbs 8:11 For ___________________ is better than _____________, and _____________ desirable _____________ ___________________ with it.  If a table with precious stones was placed before you on the left and a Proverbs 3:18 tree on the right which would you choose? Be honest.

♥Proverbs 9:10-11 The _______________ (reverence, awe) of the LORD is the __________________ of _____________, and the ___________________ of the Holy One is _____________________. For _______ _________________ your days will be ______________, and years will be ____________ to your life. The fear of the Lord is the foundation of all wisdom and righteousness. This foundation is expressed in reverential submission to the Lord’s will and is the mark of a true worshiper.

♥Proverbs 10:31 The ___________ of the _________________ produces _________________.  Righteous speech benefits all and pleases God. The wicked use perverse words without the wisdom to consider consequences.

♥Proverbs 16:16 ____________ wisdom – how much better is it than ____________! And ________ understanding – it is _______________ to silver.  Wisdom is supreme! Gold and silver are used several times in Scripture to describe the highest things of value you can obtain in the world. Gaining heavenly wisdom and understanding ranks higher than the gain of worldly riches.

♥Isaiah 28:29 This also comes from the LORD of Hosts. He _______________ wonderful advice; He ________________ great wisdom.

♥James 3:13 Who is ___________ and has ____________________ _____________ you? He should ______________ his works by good ____________ with wisdom’s ____________________. The gentleness spoken here is like a person strong in the Lord but the individual will is brought under self-control by the Spirit of God.

♥James 3:17 But the _________________ from _____________ is first _____________, then _______-_____________, _______________, _________________, full of _____________ and good ______________, without _______________ and ______________________.  The source of true wisdom is above the wisdom humanity is capable of obtaining outside of God. Thank you Lord that You are above our thinking but yet you allow Your Spirit to fill us with the wisdom You have! The absence of any sinful attitude or motive is ‘pure’. The absence of a bitter spirit of competitiveness and selfish ambition is ‘peace-loving’. The absence of insisting on your own rights but exercising love’s leniency is ‘gentle’. The absence of self-seeking and instead having a posture ready to yield is ‘compliant’, ‘full of mercy’ and with ‘good fruit’.

Finally, a divine word of wisdom comes from no human ability but rather is a gift of the Spirit originating from God Himself. This word comes in a moment to give insight to a particular situation or question. A divine word of wisdom speaks to your spirit and an acknowledgement is made in agreement with the word that speaks resolution and life into the needed situation. Sometimes the wisdom will say ‘wait’ for the right time to reveal. Do you recall Joseph interpreting Pharaoh’s dream in Genesis 41? Joseph did not study or prepare before giving the dream’s interpretation, but was given a supernatural word of wisdom precisely in the moment needed.

♥Proverbs 3:19 The LORD founded the earth _______ ______________ and established the heavens _______ _______________. The wisdom from God that directs our paths is the same wisdom that created the universe.

♥Jeremiah 10:12 (and 51:15) He _________ the earth by His ____________, __________________ the world by His _____________, and _____________ __________ the heavens by His ____________________. Power and wisdom were manifested in the creation of the heavens and the earth.

♥Daniel 2:20-21 May the ___________ of God be __________________ forever and ever, for ____________ and _______________ _____________ to Him. He _____________ the times and seasons; He _______________ kings and ______________________ kings. He gives __________ to the wise and knowledge to those who __________________ understanding. You have read many times now that wisdom originates with God and belongs to God.

♥Luke 21:15 …for I will give you such ____________ and a ______________ that _____________ of your adversaries will be able to _____________ or _____________________.  During times of persecution (either at an individual level or from a group) if you are yielded to the Spirit you can expect to be directed in wisdom to speak. Have you ever been in a situation where you have thought for hours what words you would use to defend yourself as a result of a disagreement? Walk in the Spirit’s wisdom and expect guidance. Replace the time you would spend thinking of your defense and devote the time to prayer and thanksgiving. This will prepare your heart for witness and allow room for your Defender’s wisdom.

♥Acts 6:10 But they were unable to _______ _____ __________ his ___________ and the __________ by whom he (Stephen) was speaking.  This fulfills Jesus’ promise of the gift of “words and wisdom” in the time of persecution as in the preceding verse.

♥Romans 11:33 Oh, the _______________ of the riches both of the _________________ and the __________________ of God! How ______________________ his judgments and ________________________ His ways! God’s thoughts and ways are not worldly but are higher and come from better things. He is sovereign and His plans are beyond what the human mind can figure out and His ways are beyond the ability of a person to trace.

♥1 Corinthians 2:13-14 We also speak these things, not in words _______________ by ____________ wisdom, but in those _____________ by the ________________, explaining _____________ things to spiritual _________________. But the _______________ does not ___________ what comes from _____________ ________________, because it is _____________________ to him; he is _________ ___________ to understand it since it is ___________________ spiritually (this is because they use the world’s wisdom). Here again is the contrast between human wisdom and God’s wisdom. The unrighteous man relies on his own wisdom and he is unable to accept enlightenment and truth from the Spirit. Because of this, truth is considered by him to be foolish.

Have you limited God in your life because of your crooked thinking and habits of unbelief? Let’s believe God for these gifts. Come Lord with your divine wisdom and let it be made manifest in my life as you see fit. God’s hidden wisdom is a mystery, a wisdom He predestined from the ages for our glory. (1 Corinthians 2:7) Not everyone knows of this wisdom which is Christ Jesus. While in the flesh, Jesus grew up and became strong in this wisdom (Luke 2:40). Because Jesus had wisdom, he grew in stature and in favor with God and men (Luke 2:52). Many have heard of the great wisdom of Solomon, yet in all his wisdom something greater (Jesus) has come that surpasses even the wisdom of Solomon! (Luke 11:31) God has placed all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge in the darling of heaven Himself. (Colossians 2:3) Seek Him as your first priority and these things will be given to you.

Remember:  (1) Pray the prayer throughout the week (or your own prayer) asking the Lord to reveal insight to you regarding all aspects of wisdom. *Try not to take your prayer time lightly as you seek the Lord regarding insight into these gifts of the Spirit.  (2)  Fast as you are able on Tuesday.  (3)  Complete the Scripture blanks for further study.  And (4) if you have not already done so, add your name in the comment section indicating your intent to participate – it is never too late!

In His grace,

Amanda

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