“If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.”
James 1:5 (NLT)
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The need for wisdom in the Body of CHRIST is clearer every day. Any Christian that does not seek the wisdom of GOD daily is bound to end up walking in the flesh and getting off course from the HOLY SPIRIT.
The question now is: How does a Christian gain GODLY wisdom? What steps does he/she take?
Step 1: Stand in awe of GOD.
“The fear of Adonai is the beginning of wisdom and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” Proverbs 9:10 (TLV)
This is where seeking wisdom starts. To fear the LORD is to be in awe of HIM, to revere HIM, to honor YAHWAH. If you are seeking wisdom, you have to first look at the ONE who gives wisdom. You have to look at HIM and revere HIM or be in awe of HIM. Psalm 89:7 (NLT) says, “The highest angelic powers stand in awe of God. He is far more awesome than all who surround his throne.” This is just the beginning of gaining wisdom. This is the starting point.
Step 2: Ask GOD to teach you.
“ADONAI, teach me your way, so that I can live by your truth; make me single-hearted, so that I can fear your name.” Psalm 86:11 (CJB)
Here, fear comes into play again – not fear as humans know, but this is the fear of the LORD, the fear of HIS Name. I want you to understand, saints, that the Name of JESUS is the embodiment of JESUS. There is no separation between the Name of JESUS and who JESUS is. His Name is JESUS; that is why there is power in the Name of JESUS! Because the Name of JESUS is “JESUS,” that is why HE can boldly say that I AM. So, when you ask the LORD to teach you about HIS way, you are asking HIM to teach you about HIM…which then boils down to being in awe of who HE is.
Step 3: Experience God.
“In my prayers I keep asking the God of our Lord Yeshua the Messiah, the glorious Father, to give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation so that you will have full knowledge of him.” Ephesians 1:16b-17(CJB)
So, we are at the beginning of wisdom and have asked God to teach us. We need to have full knowledge of who God is. “Knowledge” in verse 17 is epignosis in Greek. One of its many meanings is to have first-hand experiential knowledge, to experience GOD first-hand.
In the Passion Translation, Ephesians 3:17 says, “I pray that the Father of glory, the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, would impart to you the riches of the Spirit of wisdom and the Spirit of revelation to know him through your deepening intimacy with him.” (I really like the Passion Translation!)
All this leads to the eyes of our heart being enlightened with understanding.
In summary, the process of getting wisdom starts with holy fear, reverence, awe. Next, ask GOD to teach you for the sole purpose of fearing HIS Name. We have already established that HIS Name is who HE is. I AM is JESUS, JESUS is I AM. There is no separation. Lastly, we need to experience GOD first-hand. We need to know HIM so intimately so that the eyes of our hearts will be opened and filled with the light of JESUS, which leads to understanding HIM.
*All Scriptures are in the New King James Version of the Bible, unless otherwise noted.
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