GODLY WISDOM IS A TREE OF LIFE

“For the Lord gives wisdom; From His mouth come knowledge and understanding. [7] He stores up sound wisdom for the upright.”  Proverbs 2:6-7 (NASB)

HUMOR

After the Sunday school teacher finished the day’s lesson he asked the class if they had any questions. Mr. Johnson, “announced little Joey, “there’s something I can’t figger out.”  “What’s that Joey?”  asked Johnson.  “well accordin’ to the Bible, the Children of Israel crossed the Red Sea, right?  Right? ”  “An the Children of Israel beat up the Philistines, right?’  “Er-right.”  “An the Children of Israel built the temple, “right?”  “Again you’re right.”  “An the Children Of Israel fought the gyptians, an’ the Children of Israel fought the Romans, an’ the Children of Israel wuz always doin’somethin’ important right?”  “All that is right too agreed Johnson.  “So what’s your question?”  “What I want to know is dis, “demanded Joey.  “What wuz all the grown-ups Doin?”

WE NEED WISDOM- THE GOD KIND

“So we have continued praying for you ever since we first heard about you. We ask God to give you a complete understanding of what He wants to do in your lives, and we ask Him to make you wise with spiritual wisdom. [10] Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord, and you will continually do good, kind things for others. All the while, you will learn to know God better and better.”  Col. 1:9-10 (NLT)

When you look around and observe life and things that surround us, you would probably agree that we need wisdom more than we’ve ever needed wisdom before.  One out of two marriages ends in divorce.  Crime rates are up- especially crimes against children and young people.  The drug problem is totally out of control.  The sexual evolution has resulted in a disease evolution.  The national debt is in such high figures that the average person cannot comprehend that amount of money.  Gangs roaming our streets.  The homeless rate is up.  Unemployment is at it’s all time high.  The leaders of our country making wrong decisions.  Abortionist are killing more than 2million babies a year in the United states alone.  Things are out of control!  Never have we needed wisdom more than we need it today.  When you look at the world situation, the problems are compounded. Everything that is wrong in America is wrong in other nations, and sometimes in far greater proportions. Never has the need for wisdom been greater.  And the best news I can share with you this morning is that God wants to give you His wisdom more than you want to have it.  He longs for you to have His wisdom, to experience it fully in all areas of your life, and to walk in it day by day.

WHAT IS WISDOM?-THE BAPTISM OF WISDOM

“Wisdom is a tree of life to those who embrace her; happy are those who hold her tightly.” Proverbs 3:18 (NLT)

“The Spirit’s presence is shown in some way in each person for the good of all. [8] The Spirit gives one person a message full of wisdom, while to another person the same Spirit gives a message full of knowledge.  1 Cor. 12:7-8 (TEV)

Wisdom is the God given ability to perceive the true nature of a matter and to implement the will of God in that matter. Wisdom has two facets to it.  First, it is the God-given ability to perceive the truth of a matter.  What is real?  What is true?  And furthermore what is real and true from God’s perspective?  Man’s reality and God’s reality are often very different. When the King told the three Hebrew boys in Daniel 3 that he was going to throw them into the fiery furnace if you don’t bow down to my image.  Natural wisdom would say, “I’d better bow down. What good am I going to do for God on this earth if I don’t bow and am burned alive?”  Natural wisdom looks at the facts and makes choices that seem right for the welfare of the person (or persons) involved.  Spiritual wisdom, however says, “take your stand.  You are commanded by God not to bow down to an idol at any time.  Trust God in this.  If you die, you die.  The consequences are up to God.  Your entire life is under God’s control. So trust God and obey.”  Spiritual wisdom makes a decision based upon the absolutes of God.  Nearly every situation or circumstance you face in life can be approached from these two angles: Natural wisdom and Spiritual wisdom.

Wisdom is always a gift.  That is to say, it is something bestowed by God freely and from the depths of His own nature and mercy.  Godly wisdom is like a great river available to each one of us.  We each need to draw from it and to be baptized in it.  A word of wisdom is like a bucket of water taken from that river and applied directly to the lips of someone dying of thirst.  A word of wisdom is the application of wisdom at a particular time.

“The Lord gives wisdom.  From his mouth come knowledge and understanding.  Proverbs 2:6 (GW)

God‘s wisdom is for us all.  God does not desire that He alone possess wisdom.  If so. He never would have made wisdom available to you or have challenged you to obtain it.  If wisdom were impossible to find, He never would have challenged men and women to seek it. Furthermore, God does not withhold His wisdom from those who desire it.  He hasn’t set aside one class of people, one race, one nationality, one sex, one age group, or one socioeconomic segment of society to possess wisdom. Wisdom is God’s desire for you. Wisdom is God’s vehicle for getting you to the place you want to go.  Cars are vehicles of transportation that can get you to where you want to go very quickly.  Similarly, wisdom is your vehicle for getting from where you are to the place where you want to be in life.  Do you need financial stability?, your children to obey you?  Some would say I need my children to obey me.  My home is so unsettled and in turmoil.  Things would be perfect only if my children will obey. I would say to you , No.  That isn’t what you really need.  You need WISDOM to know how to be a good parent and to know how to lead your family.  Someone might say, “I need for my spouse to start loving me.”  I would say to you “What you really need is the WISDOM to know how to be a good spouse yourself.  You might say I need a friend – someone to talk to.  “My response?  No. You need the WISDOM to know how to be a good friend to someone first.  Wisdom is the single and greatest need of your life.

THE CALL OF WISDOM

“Wisdom calls aloud in the street, she raises her voice in the public squares; [21] at the head of the noisy streets she cries out, in the gateways of the city she makes her speech:      [22] “How long will you simple ones love your simple ways?  How long will mockers delight in mockery and fools hate knowledge?  [23] If you had responded to my rebuke, I would have poured out my heart to you and made my thoughts known to you. [24] But since you rejected me when I called and no one gave heed when I stretched out my hand,  [25] since you ignored all my advice and would not accept my rebuke, [26] I in turn will laugh at your disaster; I will mock when calamity overtakes you [27] when calamity overtakes you like a storm, when disaster sweeps over you like a whirlwind, when distress and trouble overwhelm you.  [28] “Then they will call to me but I will not answer; they will look for me but will not find me.  [29] Since they hated knowledge and did not choose to fear the Lord, [30] since they would not accept my advice and spurned my rebuke, [31] they will eat the fruit of their ways and be filled with the fruit of their schemes.” Proverbs 1:20-31 (NIV)

God truly wants to impart wisdom to your life.  If you ever get to the point at which you DECIDE that you want supernatural wisdom of God instead of your own natural wisdom and that you will do whatever He prompts you to do, leaving the consequences of your life totally in His hands.  I believe that He will impart to you His wisdom. He truly wants you to have His wisdom. He wants you to live according to His wisdom.  He’s waiting for you to ask.  His wisdom cries in the street.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Never rely on what you think you know.” Proverbs 3:5 (TEV)

KNOWING GOD’S WILL FOR YOUR LIFE

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.” James 1:5 (Living)

We must come to the point at which you are willing to say, “I don’t know” without fear, without paranoia, .without embarrassment.  Have you ever noticed that children aren’t afraid to say?  “I don’t know?”  In fact, it seems to be their theme song during a particular stage in life.  You say, “What do you want to be when you grow up? The child looks at you right in the eye and says, “I dunno.”  What are you going to do when you go home tonight?”  “I dunno.  “What is your name and address? I dunno .  Some parents begin to think that there is something wrong wiyth their children because they respond to every question with I dunno.  And then comes that arrogant stage when they think they know everything.  They say I’m now seventeen years old and I know everything..  As we come to God as little children. Its not a crime to say I dunno.”  It’s when we think we know it all that we are in big trouble.

JEHOSAPHAT NEEDED GOD”S WISDOM

“O our God, won’t you stop them? We have no way to protect ourselves against this mighty army. We don’t know what to do, but we are looking to you.” 2 Chron. 20:12 (Living)

In 2 Chronicles 20 we read about Jehoshaphat, the king of Judah, who awoke one morning in Jerusalem to find that he was completely surrounded by his enemies.  The people of Moab had joined with the people of Ammon and the people who lived on Mt Seir, and these three enemies had come up against Jehoshaphat.  And Jesoshaphat did four things. First, he set himself to seek the Lord.  Second, he proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah.  He called all the people together so they might stand as one person and with one voice cry out to God. Third, Jehoshaphat entered the house of the Lord and began to pray, reminding God of all His blessings and promises to His people. And Fourth, Jehoshsphat concluded his prayer with this admission: “We have no power against this great multitude that is coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are upon you” (2Chron. 20:12). “I dunno!” The King himself said this to God!” Now this was the King!  Everyone in the land looked to him as the smartest and the most powerful person in the land.  This was the leader.  And there he stood, as a big adult with a lot of responsibilities, and he said before God and the entire congregation, “Were weak, God.  We don’t know what to do.  BUT OUR EYES ARE ON YOU.”

It’s important to reach out to God for answers to the things we don’t know. He wants you to have His wisdom more that you may want to have it.

Blessings to all in Jesus  valleyoftheson.com

About Thomas Doggett

Thomas is the C.O.O of Valley of the Son Christian Ministries Inc. located in Southeast Arizona - Thomas has TH.M degree from Life Christian University in Tampa Florida, Dr. Douglas Wingate Director. Thomas has over 40 years of ministry experience and is commited to reaching any and everyone throughout the world and worldwide web to meet their current needs in ministry. These teaching are free to anyone and are designed for the student who is hungry and thirsty for God's Word. Valley of the Son Christian Ministries Inc. has understood the "New Paradigms of Ministry" that God has allowed and is currently using the internet to reach thousands of people all over the world who may have never been reached. Men cannot live by bread alone they need God's Word to survive Matthew 4:4. There are millions of people who are not yet attending a local church for whatever reason and have a real need to get a hold of the things of God. We realize that methods change, however the word of God never changes and we encourage all of our internet friends to continue to maintain relationships and community. We also encourage you to find a local church assembly that preaches the gospel of the Kingdom of God; Jesus' primary message. Valley of the Son Christian Inc. is a non-pofit ministry and has a call to meet the needs of the homeless, strange, widow, the hungry and the hurting in the Arizona area. We can all demonstrate the love we have for God and our neighbor by contributing what we can to the health and welfare of the world. We are committed to reaching out to everyone who may be hurting, feeling hopless or just have a need to talk to someone. We must all pitch in together. If everyone swept in front of their own door the whole world would be clean. Blessings to all in Jesus! WHEN THE STUDENT IS READY THE TEACHER WILL APPEAR.
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