Summary: The whole of Scripture gives us some practical applications that can be accomplished by all who are searching for wisdom. This resource, wisdom, is not like the gifts of the Holy Spirit that are given as He determines. All who are willing to pay the cost
Title: Keys to Wisdom, Part 1
Theme: Grasping the Wisdom of God
“Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Though it cost you all you have, get understanding. Esteem her, and she will exalt you; embrace her, and she will honor you.” (Proverbs 4:7-8)
God’s wisdom is what the child of God needs to help him to understand his spiritual resources and exercise his gifts under the influence of agape love.
Proverbs chapter four comprises of three discourses on the value of instruction, exhortation, command, and motivation. The whole of Scripture gives us some practical applications that can be accomplished by all who are searching for wisdom. This resource, wisdom, is not like the gifts of the Holy Spirit that are given as He determines. (1 Corinthians 12:11) All who are willing to pay the cost to getting understanding, embrace and esteem this wonderful resource from God can enjoy wisdom.
Jesus taught a lot about the two master disciplines of “hearing and doing” which when applied whole heartedly, enables the child of God to live a life of stability and be useful in the purposes of God.
I would propose to you that God’s wisdom is what the child of God needs to help him to understand his spiritual resources and exercise his gifts under the influence of agape love. God’s wisdom enables him, and the Body of Christ he serves, enjoy that abundant life promised in Christ Jesus.
Just what preparations need to be made in the heart of the child of God, in order for him to enjoy the blessings of having God’s wisdom? The Christian who takes Jesus seriously will pay the cost of pain staking study of God’s Word. As he studies he finds that there are four basic disciplines to making the two master disciplines of hearing and doing a practical part of his Christian walk. They are 1.) Attention. 2.) Meditation. 3.) Obedience. And 4.) Endurance. In this message we will come to understand attention and meditation.
It is a necessity that we have an awakening in our hearts on what it really takes to have intimacy with the Lord.
Attention, meditation, obedience and endurance were fluent in the life of Christ. All these require a willingness to be disciplined so we can beat the flesh that so wants to rule in our hearts. Our response to the Word of God determines our relationship with God, with Christ and fellowship in the Holy Spirit. It is a necessity that we have an awakening in our hearts on what it really takes to have intimacy with the Lord.
You only have so much energy. Therefore, Christians must not spend time filling their minds with stuff that feed the flesh. Pleasing the flesh causes you to burn up energy that is needed for the study of, meditating on and putting into practice God’s Word. Every minute you spend reading or watching anything you’re burning energy. Make sure you have energy for the Lord in your day.
The child of God must not only watch the amount of energy he is burning but also be aware of his attitude and response to the written Word of God. Christians must literally have a marriage relationship with Christ as Him being the husband and we being the bride. Consider with me this marriage relationship.
All of us get stuff in the mail and if you are like me, you sometimes briefly look through it, and then toss it. Now, they are not going to be broken hearted over the fact that we did not reply to their response card. They fully expect that to happen more often than not. You or I have not been convicted by the Holy Spirit for our actions because we have never established a relationship with them.
Remember, we are considering the marriage relationship. Suppose one of the spouses in any marriage left a note, leaving some sort of instructions expressing something that is important to them and is good for the welfare of the family as well. Suppose this spouse puts the note were their other spouse could see it.
Consider how the spouse would feel if the other one in the marriage relationship just half heartedly looked at the note or disregards it. What if the spouse reads the note but chooses not to meditate upon what it says or stay steadfast as to accomplish the request? What if the spouse just chooses to disobey the instructions? If this attitude continues on, what would that do in regards to intimacy in the marriage relationship? You would have just two people living under one roof. The relationship would be crushed, scarred and cold.
Christians who feel that their relationship with the Lord is growing cold or that God is far from them are Christians who are disregarding God’s Word. They are not giving attention to, meditating upon, obeying or enduring through what God has called them to do. They know God’s Word is around, they may glance at it, they may even read it once in a while, but they are not seeking to gain revelation from nor are they praying for illumination of the Word of God in their lives.