And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. (Colossians 1:9 – 1:10 ESV)
Being filled with the knowledge of God’s will is very vital and essential to our Christian growth and walk with God. Knowledge, spiritual wisdom and understanding precede the ability to please God.
We cannot bear complete fruit without having complete or thorough knowledge of the word of God – discerning between good and evil. Lack of knowledge can actually turn things upside down in our minds and we will be displeasing God, thinking that we are being holy and righteousness
Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop–a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. Matthew 13:8
Meanwhile a Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria, came to Ephesus. He was a learned man, with a thorough knowledge of the Scriptures. acts 18:24
For instance, the Bible clearly tells us not to be unequally yoked with idol worshippers but Christians ignore this, and try to prove that they know more than God.
Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? 2 Corinthians 6:14
The Bible tells us not to eat with believers who live like unbelievers but we wine and dine with unbelieving believers.
But now I am writing to you that you must not associate with anyone who claims to be a brother or sister but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or slanderer, a drunkard or swindler. Do not even eat with such people. 1 Corinthians 5:11
I never even knew the full meaning of this Scripture until the Lord spoke to me about people in my life that had unclean aura and garments, He explained to me that being intimate with idol worshipers or so called believers that are idol worshippers, stain our inner garments,, so it is actually for our own protection.
The Bible tells us not to forsake the gathering of believers but some of us try to prove that we know more than God. They rationalize not going to Church often. There is nothing to rationalize – if you are not sick, or have a pressing emergency, go to Church. That is after the coronavirus. Unfortunately, most Churches cannot really open normally like before.
And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near. Hebrew 10:25
The summary is that we can think that we know the word of God, and are being holy, yet we disobey very clear instructions in the Bible because we are interpreting the Bible with our own minds without the Holy Spirit. So we need our Holy teacher – the Holy Spirit, everyday to teach us , lead us and guide us. He is the spirit of wisdom, knowledge and understanding.
So, I pray that we may be filled with the knowledge of God’s will, in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of Him, everyday. Amen.
So you shall speak to all who are gifted artisans, whom I have filled with the spirit of wisdom, that they may make Aaron’s garments, to consecrate him, that he may minister to Me as priest. Exodus 28:3
And I have filled him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom, in understanding, in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship Exodus 35:21
The Holy Spirit gives us the spirit of wisdom. A lot of times, people simply forget that whatever good gifts or talents that they possess come from the Holy Spirit. This leads to pride and arrogance. Pride is a by product of poor perception of God and self.
The Scriptures above clearly show us that we should always thank God and magnify Him for the good gifts, skills and professions that He has given to us. Without Him and His grace, we will not even understand anything at. Have you not seen people that cannot seem to understand basic things? They do not understand because they have not been given the ability to understand. It is a deficiency. Even the ability to retain memory comes from God but we take all these for granted. It is only when you see someone that has lost his memory that you will realize that nothing on this earth is by power or might.
If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. James 1:5
If you want your wisdom, knowledge and understanding to increase, pray to God who gives generously and His will multiply them in you. God can give us the level of wisdom the we need for physical, mental and spiritual excellence. His spirit is the excellent spirit. An excellent Spirit was found in Daniel. Isn’t that exciting? God can equip us with His excellent Spirit. Wisdom comes from grace – it comes through the grace of God.
Because an excellent spirit, knowledge, and understanding to interpret dreams, explain riddles, and solve problems were found in this Daniel, whom the king named Belteshazzar. Now let Daniel be called, and he will show the interpretation.” Daniel 5:12
Jesus was full of grace and truth and great grace was upon the Apostles. We can also have grace in full measure. God can also give us great grace and fill us with wisdom and by wisdom we will know the whole counsel of God and adorned with talents, gifts and skills beyond our comprehension.
May grace and peace be yours in full measure through your knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. 2 Peter 1:2
May great grace be upon us in Jesus name. May grace mercy and peace be ours in full measure. Amen.
And He said, “What comes out of a man, that defiles a man. “For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders
“thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness. “All these evil things come from within and defile a man.” (Mark 7:20- 23 NKJV)
Foolishness can sometimes be a learned behavior. But God has the cure for foolishness and that cure is the wisdom of God. A man can be born spiritually foolish and He can also learn foolishness. Foolishness can be passed down from generation to generation and from Parents to Children.
The word of God is the wisdom of God. The Bible is available and the Holy Spirit is the living word and He is present with us to lead us and guide us and cleanse us from foolishness and error.
Foolishness is walking contrary to the will of God and that will always land man in trouble. Foolishness is when a man does not fear God and His laws and prefers to fear the devil and demons that are under God’s supremacy. Foolishness makes a man idle and lazy.
Foolishness makes a man to keep having indiscriminate relationships with women, knowing fully well, that he does not want to marry them, but only wants to use them and dump them or take advantage of them. Foolishness makes a young, beautiful single woman date a happily married man. Foolishness makes men steal physically and spiritually.
Foolishness makes a human become a witch and glory in all the demonic power and riches gotten through human blood and sacrifice not knowing that a thief must always pay back seven fold, and that the unrepentant will roast forever in the fires of hell.
Foolishness is evil and must be rejected and only God can save us from foolishness.
May God cleanse us from every foolish mentality and disposition with their corresponding acts of foolishness in Jesus name. May great grace be upon us in Jesus name.
There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury every day. At his gate was laid a beggarnamed Lazarus, covered with soresand longing to eat what fell from the rich man’s table. Even the dogs came and licked his sores.
“The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried. In Hades, where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side. Luke 16: 19-23
Never presume that you will fail tomorrow, simply because you failed yesterday and today. The past does not determine your future. Leave the past with its mistakes and failures behind and look forward to a brigher tomorrow.
God can change your tomorrow and He wants to. He has forgotten your past and washed it with the blood of Jesus. God never sees failures and mistakes for the repentant. He sees possibilities.
If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do. James 1:5-8
The child grew and became strong; he was full of wisdom, and God’s blessings were upon him. Luke 2:40
Jesus grew both in body and in wisdom, gaining favor with God and people. Luke 2:52
I have always loved James 1:5. The Bible advises us to ask for wisdom in faith without doubting. Wisdom is the foundation for a successful Christian life. Jesus Himself was full of wisdom and is the wisdom of God. It is only God that gives wisdom and He can never deny anyone that craves and asks for wisdom in faith. We simply have to keep digging for the hidden treasure.
So then, friends, choose seven men among you who are known to be full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom, and we will put them in charge of this matter. Acts 6:3
But the Spirit gave Stephen such wisdom that when he spoke, they could not refute him. Acts 6:10
Wisdom is a hidden treasure that leads to another hidden treasure – the manifest presence of God. Jesus Himself is that hidden treasure. He is the wisdom of God, the glory of God and the mercy of God. He is the visible likeness of the invincible God. People think that visible likeness of the invincible God refers only to when He appeared on earth. The Bible used the word is. That means He is not He was.
But for those whom God has called, both Jews and Gentiles, this message is Christ, who is the power of God and the wisdom of God. 1 Corinthians 1:24
The glory of God is the visible likeness of the invincible God. We cannot see God but we can see His glory – Jesus. We can touch, feel, taste and experience the glory of God with our spirits in the spirit world. The glory of God appears and disappears in the spirit world. If we are in the physical and see the glory of God, it is our spiritual eyes that are seeing what is happening in the spiritual world.
Anytime you see the glory of God you have seen Jesus. That is why He said that we must eat Him and drink Him in order to have life. To eat Him and drink Him means to experience His glory or manifest presence.
Without wisdom, we will not know how to pray or experience that glory. So you see how important wisdom is. Wisdom is given to us as we read the word of God and pray for wisdom, revelation and understanding. The word of God is both the written word and the voice of God spoken directly through the Holy Spirit to us. It is the Holy Spirit that gives wisdom. He is also the one that explains, interpreters and gives meaning to the written word.
Those who do not have the Holy Spirit are the ones that misquote the written word as they deviate into false doctrines, occult practices, magic and occultism. In the same way that Satan misquoted and twisted the word of God while tempting Jesus, he still employs the same tactic. He twists and perverts the scriptures and gets men to misquote and misinterpret the word of God while engaging in the most heinous crimes.
Idolatry is the abomination of abominations because it works hand in hand with murder. The murder is done spiritually without any physical trace or evidence and the practitioners look innocent on the outside but are worse than the worst physical murderers. It’s foundation is human blood and flesh. A lot of false Christians are practicing idolatry while quoting the word of God. Those who have the Holy Spirit are the ones that worship Him in Spirit and in truth – they reject falsehood, magic and demon worship because they know the Holy Spirit and the truth. They do not use human sense or reasoning to interpret the written word.
For this reason we have always prayed for you, ever since we heard about you. We ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will, with all the wisdom and understanding that his Spirit gives. Colossians 1:9
Without a personal knowledge and experience of God through His wisdom, we will not be successful Christians and we will find it difficult getting to the mountaintop of His glory.
And went back to his hometown. He taught in the synagogue, and those who heard him were amazed. “Where did he get such wisdom?” they asked. “And what about his miracles? Mathew 13:54
On the Sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue. Many people were there; and when they heard him, they were all amazed. “Where did he get all this?” they asked. “What wisdom is this that has been given him? How does he perform miracles? Mark 6:2
May we all keep praying for wisdom. Wisdom is known by its fruits. You will know that you have wisdom when you are filled with the fruits of the Holy Spirit and the manifest presence of God. Wisdom is measured by result. It is the highest form of emotional intelligence but it is even higher than emotional intelligence. It is intelligence in every aspect of life and existence.
Intelligence is not measured by wealth, physical blessings and academic excellence. I have personally come across some people that are extremely intelligent but without academic excellence and I have also come across some people with academic excellence and brilliance but without emotional intelligence and other forms of intelligence. All they have is book intelligence. Some people have been deceived into believing that the most physically blessed, educated and prosperous pastors have the most wisdom and intelligence. By doing that, they look down on the principles of God and are walking on worldly wisdom.
The pastors they listen to end up teaching them worldly wisdom and they wonder why they can not be like the apostles of old. If the apostles of old were worldly minded and silly like some of today’s Christians, they would have judged Jesus by mere physical and worldly standard. They would have assessed His level of material wealth, blessings and educational excellence and refused to listen to Him. Some Christians of today will not listen to you if you do not have wife or children. Thank God those apostles of old were not like today’s Christians. Jesus was a carpenter without the highest physical educational qualification, money and physical blessings.
Paul had very high physical, educational qualifications but he was not wealthy or swimming in physical blessing. He did not even have wife or children. Jesus and Paul had one thing that differentiated them – the Holy Spirit and super wisdom and spiritual intelligence. They were taught and educated spiritually by the Holy Spirit. Spiritual education transcends and controls the physical world with all its forms of wisdom and education. Spiritual eduction is targeted towards life preservation, enhancement and love. This is not the type of intelligence that comes from going to the best schools. It is the type that comes from God and God can give it to the most educated and the most uneducated.
Emotional intelligence is shown in all the fruits of the Holy Spirit but when you have mastered the art of praying down the glory of God in addition to the fruits of the Holy Spirit, that is a higher form of intelligence and existence but it must be built on the foundation of emotional intelligence and the fruits of the Holy Spirit.
A man who claims to have power or the manifestations of the Holy Spirit without a healed character and the fruits of the Holy Spirit in abundance is a liar. He is not manifesting the Holy Spirit but demonic power. I believe that those people that Jesus told, “go away from me, I do not know you” were manifesting demonic power using the name of Jesus like what is happening today.
They were not true believers but pretenders. They had “faith” without corresponding actions – they had false faith. They were not doing the will of God and were not filled with the fruits of the Holy Spirit. They acquired power but not God’s power. Some might even have been deceived into thinking that they were manifesting the power of God but they were not godly, faithful or walking in the word of God and wisdom.
Jesus and Paul were men of wisdom and we can see the external manifestations of that wisdom through the fruits of the Holy Spirit and manifest presence of God upon their lives.
When the Son of Man came, he ate and drank, and everyone said, ‘Look at this man! He is a glutton and wine drinker, a friend of tax collectors and other outcasts!’ God’s wisdom, however, is shown to be true by its results.” Matthew 11:19
Jesus said that people quote a proverb “physician heal yourself.” A wise person who goes around preaching and teaching will have a healed character which is the greatest evidence of wisdom. A wiser person will have a healed character and the manifest presence of God because He also knows how to pray for the manifestation of the Holy Spirit – that also requires wisdom.
An elder must be blameless, faithful to his wife, a man whose children believe and are not open to the charge of being wild and disobedient. Titus 1:6
A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, temperate, sober-minded, of good behavior, hospitable, able to teach (1 Timothy 3:2 NKJV) 1 Timothy 3:2
May God help us never to look down on wisdom or presume that we have it even when we have no results to show for it. May we be humble like little children and constantly pray for wisdom. May we also not doubt but ask in faith because if there is one thing that God can never deny us, and is ardently craving to give us in limitless measure, it is wisdom.
I was lying down on my bed some months ago, and the Lord spoke to me and said, “ politeness goes hand in hand with wisdom.”
Let us consider this word. Is there really any wisdom in being rude and evil with our tongues? The obvious answer is no, yet a lot of people I know go around, causing so much havoc and destruction with their tongues.
Whatever we desire in this life is what we will get, particularly in the area of grace and spiritual blessings – if we love and desire evil communication and unwholesome words, we will simply continue in it because, believe it or not, the person who engages in it, gets some perverse pleasure in it. Sometimes, it makes them feel superior to those they assault with their tongues and abuse, or it might just be a case of “I simply don’t care how others feel.” In either case, the flesh is being glorified.
Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. Matthew 7:7
We need to starve and deny the flesh by making sure our words impart grace, love, encouragement and support to those we speak to. Our words need to build up, comfort, soothe, heal and refresh, not tear down, humiliate, belittle, ravage and torment others.
I have a friend who is not a believer. From the day I met him, some years ago, I have never heard him say any negative thing to me or about others. He was unbelievable in the area of using his tongue wisely. I took it for granted that, that is just his character and I would often tell my other friends that I have this friend who never ever says any bad, negative or evil words to me or about anyone else.
Then, very recently we were talking, and he said to me, “I will never ever use this my mouth to say anything to anyone that will hurt that person. How can I say something to someone, that after I have said it, the person will keep remembering it with pain, and the words will keep tormenting that person? What will I gain from that? I will never do that.” He said it with so much resolve, conviction, passion and determination.
My mind boggled and my eyes became wide with shock. I had a strange look on my face as I looked at him keenly, and digested this new information. That was when I realized that he had put on that character on purpose, and with perfect awareness – it did not fall on him very easily or casually. He craved it.
I had simply assumed that it was just him, but I never knew that not hurting people with his tongue was a practice, and a discipline that he had carefully thought through and resolved within himself never to do. He desired it and God gave him the grace even though he is not a believer.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Matthew 5:6
Do you get what I am trying to say? There is power in hunger, desire, passion and will power and God oversees that hunger or desire in all of creation. Beloved, if an unbeliever could desire that level of tongue purity and God would give it to him, how then will God deny you that grace? You who has been redeemed by the blood of the Lamb with the Holy Spirit as your helper. That man desired the children’s food and he got it. Some requests are not vocalized in prayer – they are simply unspoken requests and desires.
Faith is not all about physical blessings. The best faith is the one that regards spiritual blessings. Sometimes, an unbeliever can exhibit faith in specific commands or instructions but because they do not believe in Jesus and His precious blood that saved us, they remain unbelievers. They do not believe in Christianity but they take parts of the teachings on morality and practice it.
Most religions do this. God gave this man a tamed and sanctified tongue in the area of politeness and not hurting people with the tongue. His tongue is not even saved because he has not confessed that Jesus alone is Lord.
He replied, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to the dogs.”
“Yes, it is, Lord,” she said. “Even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master’s table.” Then, Jesus said to her, “Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.” And her daughter was healed at that moment. Mark 15:26-28
This man got part of the children’s food or grace just like the woman whose daughter was sick. Will God deny you that grace? No. The bitter truth is that anyone who goes around being rude and causing havoc with his tongue does not care about sanctifying his tongue. He has no hunger, passion or desire for grace in that area and does not desire it either in the prayer closet or out of the prayer closet.
Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. Hebrews 4:16
If we desire sanctified tongues and are humble enough to persistently ask for that grace, God will meet our needs. He gives grace to the humble and resists the proud. If we say that we are perfect and lack nothing without seeing a part of our nakedness, we will remain the same – partially or completely naked.
We will remain the same because we do not even see the need to change. We do not even know that we are partially or completely naked. That is just like spiritual insanity. In the physical, an insane man does not know or recognize his insanity. He is not aware because he is mentally unconscious. A lot of us are not spiritually aware. We are asleep.
This is why it is said: “Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” Ephesians 5:14
May we truly hunger and thirst for righteousness including the sanctification of our tongues in Jesus name. May we be healed from every spiritual insanity and unconsciousness, lack of awareness and nakedness in Jesus name.
That their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, and attaining to all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the knowledge of the mystery of God, both of the Father and of Christ. (Colossians 2:2 NKJV)
Full assurance and understanding leads to full faith and full obedience. Understanding precedes wisdom and wisdom yields good fruits. Jesus is the wisdom of God and when He saturates your soul and mind, faith will become easy and obedience will be a delight. Jesus is the one that produces good works through us and His Holy Spirit is the Spirit of faith, hope, love, mercy, wisdom, revelation, power and grace.
Jesus is the word of God and it is through the word of God that He bears fruits in us by His Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of the Word of God and the Word of God is spiritual.
The word of God is both the written word and the word spoken to us directly by the Holy Spirit. As we open up our hearts and accept the words or seeds planted in us by the Holy Spirit of Jesus, we grow and begin to bear fruits. The Holy Spirit of Jesus is the one that enables this fruit bearing by persistently working in us by His word until we bear fruits and they mature.
The Holy Spirit is the one that gives us full assurance of understanding and that understanding in turn will bear good fruits. A lot of people lean on their own understanding but the arm of flesh cannot help. Only the Holy Spirit our helper can help us bear fruits, by giving us full assurance of understanding of the word of God that He Himself authored through men.