Sunday, February 5, 2012

Wisdom, Understanding, and Revelation Knowledge - Part I

As we go through this year of 2012, let us not forget that Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law.  Let us not forget that the blessing of Abraham have come to us through Jesus the Christ that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith (Galatians 3:13-14).  Let us also not forget that in everything to give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning us (I Thessalonians 5:18).  And thanks be to God, who has given us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ (I Corinthians 15:57), for we are more than conquerors through him that loved us (Romans 8:37).  In this year, let us vow to seek wisdom, understanding, and revelation knowledge as we help each other get to the next level.

God has told us to seek wisdom.  God has told us to seek the know-how.  God has told us to get the ability to use good sense in our thinking, in our judgment, and in our actions.  God has also told us to get understanding.  God has told us to get the ability to perceive and to get the ability to explain the meaning or nature of things.

He has told us that once we have gotten all that we have been told to get, it is then that the revelation knowledge comes.  And when it comes, this revelation knowledge, we will have to be ready to receive it.  And before we can receive this revelation knowledge, we have to be ready to accept it.  But before it comes, we have to do our part.  We have to get all that we are told to get and we have to seek all that we are told to seek.  This is the first step in getting to the next level.

Seeking God’s wisdom is the first thing that we have to do.  This is a problem for many who profess to be Christians.  They seek wisdom, but it is usually the wisdom of the world that they find and they do not realize that this is what they have done or what they are doing.

We need to realize that the Bible is our source of knowledge about God.  We need to know that the whole Bible was given to us by inspiration from God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives; it straightens us out and helps us do what is right.  It is God’s way of making us well prepared at every point, fully equipped to do good to everyone.  It is our instruction manual.

God has pretty much given us everything that we need to know in his word, but we, with our finite worldly wisdom, have rejected his wisdom for the sake of trying to understanding that which we do not understand.  We with our finite worldly wisdom do not recognized the revelations that he gives us because they, the revelations do not agree with what we have been taught or have accepted as truths our entire lives.  We with our finite worldly wisdom do not accept those things that he has given us to help our understanding because we have been taught that no one can understand the things of God, yet those same people who tell us this will themselves try to explain the things of God.

Now, if no one can understand the things of God, then why do those same people try to explain those things that they have just said no one can understand?  Do you think it is to make themselves appear to have a special relationship with God?  Do you think it is to make themselves appear as if they are the only ones who can get divine revelations from God?  Now that is something to ponder.

So how do we get wisdom, that wisdom that comes from God and not the wisdom of the world?  Believe it or not, we simply ask for it.  And once we ask for it, we have to believe that we have received that for which we have asked.  But here is the most important part of all; you have to first believe that God has granted what you have asked of him in order for you to receive it.  And even though this appears to make no sense, it does however make faith sense.  Just check out the definition of faith (Hebrews 11:1).

If you want to know what God wants you to do, ask him, and he will gladly tell you, for he is always ready to give a bountiful supply of wisdom to all who ask him; he will not resent it.  But when you ask him, be sure that you really expect him to tell you, for a doubtful mind will be as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind; and every decision you then make will be uncertain, as you turn first this way, and then that.  If you don’t ask in faith, don’t expect the Lord to give you any solid answer (James 1:5-8 The Living Bible).

Can it be just that simple?  To get wisdom, all you have to do is ask God for it.  But, once you ask, you have to believe that you have received the wisdom that you asked for.  It really is just that simple.  I know there are those who do not believe this wisdom thing works this way.  And guess what, they are right.  This wisdom thing does not work if you do not believe that it works.  And no, this is not something that I am saying.  This is what the scripture says.  If you do not ask in faith, do not expect the Lord to give you any solid answer.  You really have to believe in order for any of this to work.

For the Lord grants wisdom.  His every word is a treasure of knowledge and understanding.  He grants good sense to the godly, his saints.  He is their shield, protecting them and guarding their pathway.  He shows how to distinguish right from wrong, how to find the right decisions every time.  For wisdom and truth will enter the very center of your being, filling your life with joy.  You will be given the sense to stay away from evil men who want you to be their partners in crime, men who turn away from God’s ways to walk down dark and evil paths (Proverbs 2:6-12 The Living Bible).

Believe when you ask and you shall receive.  Believe not when you ask and your prayer will go unanswered, guaranteed.  God is a faith God, and without faith, it is impossible to truly please him.  Anyone who comes to God must first believe that God is and then he or she must believe that God is a rewarder of all who earnestly try to find him.  Your faith is the key.

Enjoy your blessings - KW

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