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Summary: The Word of Wisdom is supernatural revelation, by the Spirit of God, concerning the divine purpose in the mind and will of God. It is the God-given ability to receive, from the Holy Spirit, a revelation of what to do about a particular situation, once you

By: Donna J. Kazenske

1 Cor. 12:7-10 "But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: for to one is given the word of wisdom, through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, to another the gift of faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues."

The Word of Wisdom is supernatural revelation, by the Spirit of God, concerning the divine purpose in the mind and will of God. It is the God-given ability to receive, from the Holy Spirit, a revelation of what to do about a particular situation, once you know the facts.

All of the gifts of the Holy Spirit are supernatural. We cannot figure them out with our human mind and human reasoning. These gifts operate and function by the power of the Holy Spirit. They have been given to the body of Christ for encouragement, comfort and edification.

The word of wisdom is a word of wisdom, a fragment of God’s wisdom. It’s not human wisdom that comes from the human intellect. It’s wisdom that comes directly from God.

The word of wisdom is not a "gift" of wisdom. It is a gift of the word of wisdom.

The word of wisdom always speaks of the future.

Let’s look at some of the purposes of the gift of the word of wisdom and see how these gifts operated in the New Testament church.

God reveals His purpose and plan through the word of wisdom:

Acts 16:9-10 (quickview)  - And a vision appeared to Paul in the night. A man of Macedonia stood and pleaded with him, saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” Now after he had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go to Macedonia, concluding that the Lord had called us to preach the gospel to them.

The Lord spoke to the Apostle Paul in a night vision. He saw, by the Spirit, into the realm of the Spirit.

It’s time for the church of Jesus Christ to get out of the natural realm and begin to walk in the realm of the Spirit.

I’m sure that most of you reading this article are very familiar with the Macedonian call that is mentioned in the above Scripture. Macedonia was not on Paul’s list of places to go and preach, nor was it listed on his “things to do list.” Paul and his traveling team were headed in one direction, but the Lord intervened and stopped them dead in their tracks. Paul and his companions were trying to go to Bithynia, but the Spirit of God would not permit them to do so. Thank God for His mighty hand of direction and protection upon our lives. Thank God that He still speaks, reveals and supernaturally intervenes on behalf of His people. We might have a particular plan or strategy all sketched out in our little finite minds, but God’s plans and strategies are so much better and higher than ours. Our agendas mean absolutely nothing if they are not God’s agendas.

In Acts 16:10 (quickview) , we see how Paul and his team immediately responded to the vision that was given to the Apostle Paul. They didn’t allow human reasoning to kick in and cause them to walk in doubt or unbelief. They didn’t ask God 101 questions concerning the vision that was given to Paul. They just responded to the call! They chose to respond to the supernatural revelation that had been given to their appointed leader for that particular time. Oh, that God would cause all of us to respond immediately to the call.


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Julio Jaramilo

commented on Dec 3, 2014

Just one question: How do you establish from the Bible that "the Word of Wisdom always speaks of the future"? Why not of present and past (Why is that attributed to the Word of Knowledge)? The answer to this will clear a lot of misunderstandings. Thanks.

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