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God's Wisdom And How To Receive It

When the Bible speaks of wisdom it is not just IQ points.

Wisdom is the knowledge and ability to live a prosperous life both in this world and the next.

Thus 1 Corinthians says "Christ has become our wisdom.." (1 Corinthians 1:30) because through Him alone we receive the knowledge and ability to be saved, to inherit God's blessings and receive eternal life.

(John 17:3 NKJV) "And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.

Einstein's Theory of Relativity cannot do any of these things for us (neither does it claim to) - while scientific knowledge is good and wise and helps us prosper it is not the ultimate wisdom that is practical and successful in eternal things. God's wisdom also helps us to prosper materially and in our relationships as Proverbs makes abundantly clear.

(Prov 3:13-18 NKJV) Happy is the man who finds wisdom, And the man who gains understanding; {14} For her proceeds are better than the profits of silver, And her gain than fine gold. {15} She is more precious than rubies, And all the things you may desire cannot compare with her. {16} Length of days is in her right hand, In her left hand riches and honor. {17} Her ways are ways of pleasantness, And all her paths are peace. {18} She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her, And happy are all who retain her.

So understanding the wisdom of God and receiving and implementing it are fundamental to a spiritually, materially and relationally prosperous existence. The following table gives you nine points about wisdom and the Scriptures to back them up. Search the Scriptures and use it as a personal Bible study!


Scripture References

1. Spirit-filled people are recognized through their godly wisdom.

Genesis 41:38 Daniel 4:8,9

Isaiah 11:1,2 Acts 6:3

2. Wisdom comes through correct relationship with God.

Deut 4:5,6 Proverbs 1:7 James 3:17 1 Corinthians 1:24,30 2:10-16

3. Wisdom must be sought after and asked for in faith.

Matthew 7:7, Proverbs 8:17,

James 1:5-8 Ephesians 1:17

4. Wisdom is obstructed by selfish ambition, envy, laziness and intellectual pride.

James 3:15,16 Proverbs 26:12-16

5. The Holy Spirit is a Teacher who imparts wisdom.

Isaiah 11:1,2; John 14:26;

1 John 2:20,27; 1 Corinthians 2:10-16

6. This wisdom encompasses all of life including daily practical things.

Isaiah 28:23-29 1 Jn 2:20,27

7. The key to receiving more wisdom is faith followed by diligent implementation.

James 1:5-8 Deut 4:6 (NRSV) Proverbs 8:17, 13:4, 21:5

Matthew 7:7, 13:11,12

8. When you receive God's wisdom it can sometimes just seem like "a good workable idea" it doesn't necessarily have fireworks attached.

Isaiah 28:23-29

9. Follow the example of good implementers of God's wisdom who built on what they received.

Bezalel - Exodus 31:3-6

Paul - Acts 26:19,20


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