HOW DO I GET WISDOM


Tuesday, 22nd September 2020

Proverbs 2:6 – For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.

Do you want to be a wise person? Would you like to make wise business decisions? Would you like to make wise decisions in your family? All of us want wisdom.

“Wisdom is the capacity to understand in order to live skillfully.” I want to parent skillfully. I want to be a husband skillfully. I want to do business skillfully. I want to be a friend skillfully in my friendships. Professionals should be skillful in their trade. That is what wisdom is. So how do we get it?

There are three ways we can gain wisdom.

1. We get wisdom from the Lord:- That could be the whole message, and you would not need anything else. We get wisdom from the Lord when we read the Scripture because we know that there is something higher and more significant that we need to know. Something that is not earthly but that comes from the Heavens.

We pray for wisdom, we read about wisdom, we ask for wisdom, we think about wisdom, etc. In doing so we will grow in Christ, and as we grow in Christ, we are growing in knowing Him. Therefore, it is essential to spend time with the Word of God; reading, studying, and memorizing it, for the Lord gives wisdom and from His mouth come knowledge and understanding.

Jesus as a young boy, grew up and was filled with wisdom, and now He has become for us wisdom from God. So, the first place we should go for wisdom is the Lord. James advises us to ask for wisdom because God gives generously to all, and that is something we should do every single day.

I have asked the Lord every day for wisdom, and though I have missed some days, or I have made bad decisions because I am still human, I keep asking God for wisdom and leadership, because I want Him to lead me and I want to be a good leader in my family, relationships, businesses, and in the church. So put that on your prayer list: wisdom and leadership.

WALK WITH THE WISE


Monday, 21st September 2020

Proverbs 13:20 – He that walks with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.

Walk with wise men. Surround yourself with wise counselors. Surround yourself with those who pattern themselves after the Word of God. Your counsel is critical for your next level. As you surrender every area of your heart and life over to Christ, the company you keep is critical for your spiritual development, growth and success.

Wisdom will unlock doors and wise counselors will direct your path. The quality of your counsel is important. Submit to the advice, patterns and principles of Godly advisors, mentors and counselors. Submit to wise, mature and seasoned counselors.

Learn from those who have gone before you. Learn from their mistakes. Learn from their failures. Learn from their losses. Learn from their successes. Learn how they handled success. Learn how they mitigated risk. Learn and submit to their wise counsel. Your counselors are critical to building out your life’s framework.

“Walk with the wise and become wise; associate with fools and get in trouble.” (Proverbs‬ ‭13:20‬). Walk with the wise and you’ll become wise. Walk with the wise and you’ll have success. Pattern yourself after their ways. Let God send you wise and Godly Counselors after His Heart.

Submit to mature and Godly Instruction. Submit to God’s Instruction. Obey God. Obey His Counsel. Pattern yourself after God’s Ways. Pattern yourself after the ways of the Godly. The seasoned Counsel of the wise is critical to your success.

REFLECTION
– Do you have a mentor or a counselor? If yes, what phrase best describes him/her?
– Who is/are your role model(s) and how are they impacting your life?
– Is your company of friends wise? How often do you take counsel from them?

WILL YOU PAY THE PRICE OF WISDOM?


Sunday, 20th September 2020

Proverbs 4:7-9 – The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding. Cherish her, and she will exalt you; embrace her, and she will honor you. She will give you a garland to grace your head and present you with a glorious crown.

For God, wisdom is supreme. He says that you must get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding. Cherish it, and it will exalt you; embrace it, and it will honor you.

So we could say this: “I want to be as wise as Solomon.” Maybe we will not achieve it, but we can ask the Lord for wisdom as Solomon did. Wisdom for every day, for the things we cannot handle. However, you need to know that wisdom will cost you although it will bless you too.

Wisdom will cost you because when you make a wise decision, you may pay the price for that, but the price paid for wisdom is always a trade up. The cost for sin is always a trade down; you lose when you choose to sin.

When you make a wise decision, it may cost you friends, entertainment, time, etc. In marriage or in parenting, to be wise will mean that you will not be able to do all the things you used to do when you were single or did not have children because you will need time to be with them. So, wisdom has a cost, and when you pay that price, you will find it is a trade up not a trade down.

If you want to live honoring the Lord, seek wisdom. Remember the Bible says that if any man is without wisdom, he should make his request to God, who gives freely to all, and it will be given to him (James 1:5).

Finally, let me tell you that the wisest thing you could do is to trust Jesus Christ as your Savior, because that decision will help you with all the other decisions you need to make in your life. He is the wisdom we all need.

HAVE AN SPLENDID SUNDAY

BE WISE: REMEMBER YOU ARE NOT HOME YET


Saturday, 19th September 2020

2 Corinthians 4:18 – For we fix our attention, not on things that are seen, but on things that are unseen. What can be seen lasts only for a time, but what cannot be seen lasts forever.

As you strive to reach the goals that God has given you, it’s important to remember that life on Earth is just a temporary assignment. Knowing this truth should radically alter your values and fix your attention on the things that are eternally important.

As C. S. Lewis observed, “All that is not eternal is eternally useless.”

It is a fatal mistake to assume that God’s goal for your life is material prosperity or popular success as the world defines it. The abundant life has nothing to do with material abundance. Faithfulness to God does not guarantee success in a career, business, or even in ministry. Never focus on temporary crowns.

Paul was faithful, yet he ended up in prison. John the Baptist was faithful, but he was beheaded. Millions of faithful people have been martyred, have lost everything, or have come to the end of life with nothing to show for it. But the end of life is not the end!

When life gets tough, when you’re overwhelmed with doubt, or when you wonder if living for Christ is worth the effort, remember that you are not home yet. At death you won’t leave home — you’ll go home.

REFLECTION
– Think of the goals you strive toward each day. How does your effort reflect an eternal perspective?
– How can an eternal perspective affect your relationships? Your attitude? Your witness?
– Why do you think God blesses you financially or in your career if earthly crowns are not important?

BE WISE: DON’T GIVE UP


Friday, 18th September 2020

2 Chronicles 16:9a – GOD is always on the alert, constantly on the lookout for people who are totally committed to Him.

When God gives you a mission, you can be sure you’ll run into delays, difficulties, detours, and dead ends along the way. They are a natural part of life. But you can be ready for them.

For example, if anybody had a right to be discouraged, it was Noah. Noah trusted God. And when he heard God’s warning about the future, Noah believed Him, even though there was no sign of a flood. I bet there were many days that Noah didn’t feel like going to work, but he went to the same place, and he worked. He never gave up.

Don’t give up on your dream, either. Don’t give up on your marriage. Don’t give up on your health. Don’t give up on your education, business, career, etc. Don’t, don’t, don’t give up, God is in control.

The Bible says, “GOD is always on the alert, constantly on the lookout for people who are totally committed to Him” (2 Chronicles 16:9a). God is looking for people who are committed to Him and His plan so that He can bless them.

Do you want to be one of those people? Then don’t give up!

Don’t give up, it’s not over. When you give up, then its over. Hold-on to the Lord, and trouble not your heart. Even when you fail, It’s not over.

REFLECTION
– What is the God-size dream you’ve been ready to give up on because of difficulties and delays?
– How have you grown spiritually through the detours and delays in your life?
– How do you want God to bless you as you commit your life fully to Him?

BE WISE: SHORTCUTS WILL GET YOU OFF TRACK


Thursday, 17th September 2020

Proverbs 4:26-27 – Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways. Do not turn to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil.

One of the pitfalls you may face as you fulfill your purpose in life is the temptation to take shortcuts.

These shortcuts will only get you off track. They may be moral, ethical, spiritual, financial, or even relational. Every shortcut you take will affect you somewhere else.

Shortcut is a form of spiritual corruption. They will distract you from what God wants you to do, eventually eating up your time, energy, resources, and creativity.

Spiritual corruption is not new. Satan tried to lure Jesus into “selling” His convictions (Matt. 4:1-10). The tempter came to Him when He was tired and hungry. He offered Him immediate satisfaction, fresh bread in seconds, a miraculous delivery.

But Jesus knew better. He knew that shortcuts were dangerous enemies. They may offer a road free from suffering, but in the end the pain they carry is much worse than anything we can imagine. He held firm to what He knew was true from God and His Word.

Shortcuts are always shortsighted. God wants you to stop being absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ — that’s where the action is. See things from His perspective (Colossians 3:2).

When we are tempted, God can help us too. We can depend on Him and the truth of His Word for strength to resist the enemy and to help us avoid dangerous shortcuts.

Let God’s Word “penetrate deep into your heart, for they bring life to those who find them, and healing to their whole body” (Proverbs 4:21-22).

REFLECTION
– How can you recognise a shortcut in your life?
– What shortcuts have you tried to take in the past when working toward your goals?