As mentioned last week wisdom flows from the mercy seat of God, into our lives as believers in Christ Jesus.

The scripture says:

“But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.”

‭‭James‬ ‭3:17‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

The wisdom of God in the life of a believer is full of mercy, grace and compassion. Mercy always pleads in all of God’s wisdom through us, because God is MERCIFUL AND FULL OF COMPASSION. When we obtained the mercy of God, we obtained His blessing also.

Faith however needs to be activated for us to receive wisdom from His mercy seat. Faith, hope and love (mercy and compassion) are important to us as believer in Christ, so as to walk in God’s wisdom.

The Apostle Paul wrote:

“And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.”

‭‭I Corinthians‬ ‭13:13‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

The greatest of all spiritual gifts is love. It is the love of God that flows through us as believers, that brings out His wisdom in us. His love always flows with His mercy and compassion.

THE MYSTERY OF WISDOM 

Therefore the wisdom of God is infinite and so deep, that it can never be fathomed or searched out by man. His wisdom is a mystery, that can only be revealed to us as we put our faith in Him.
 We remain blameless before God if we act in faith. It is our acts of faith that causes His righteousness to manifest in us.
Some may deny and contradict their faith in His wisdom to save, heal and deliver in our world today; but God’s wisdom is still holding all things together.
 Religious tradition has become a great hindrance for many into the wisdom of God. It is the greatest killer of faith within the body of Christ today. The enemy uses it to hold many of God’s children in bondage today.
But the wisdom of God is what sets the captives free. When we are walking in the wisdom of God, we are walking at peace with all men. Walking in God’s wisdom is what sets us free from the traditions of men.
Paul told the Colossians:
“See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ.”
‭‭Colossians‬ ‭2:8‬ ‭NIV‬‬
It is disheartening to see people who had been called to walk by faith before God, committing spiritual suicide with their lack of faith. Christ came to set us free. Walking in freedom requires our continual walk in the wisdom of God:
“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.”
‭‭Galatians‬ ‭5:1‬ ‭NIV‬‬
We had been set free from the yoke of the religious tradition of men. Christ died and rose from the dead to give us freedom. In order to stay free, we need the wisdom of God to help us against the enemy of our soul.
The lack of faith to walk in freedom, can never erase the facts about the infallibility of God. God will always be Righteous and Wise in all His dealings with us.
He once asked Job and his friends:
“Who is this that darkens counsel [questioning my authority and wisdom] By words without knowledge?”
‭‭JOB‬ ‭38:2‬ ‭AMP‬‬
What a deep and thought provoking question from the One who is all Wise and all Knowing? Religious traditional beliefs may often darken the counsel of God’s wisdom in foolishness. It may question the omnipotence of God to save, heal and deliver. That is what the foolishness in religious tradition does.
This is a great affront and provocation to God. His wisdom is so deep that it cannot even be fathomed. Job recognized this and he never held back from answering God back on this issue (Job 42:3). No wonder God referred to Job as His friend. He was a man of faith, wisdom and the reverential fear of God.
When our knowledge, insight and understanding of God is affected by what is going on in our world; then our faith becomes shaken. But it does not means that God has changed. He is unchangeable. His wisdom is infinite and He can do whatever His purpose is towards us. It is wise to discover that purpose and walk with Him in it.

WISDOM IN FAITHFUL OBEDIENCE

In the midst of all which we encounter daily, we must always acknowledge that; it is our humble faith and sincere obedience to God’s word, that enables us to see beyond our circumstances in life.
The Lord declared to Israel while still in the wilderness:
“Keep my decrees and laws, for the person who obeys them will live by them. I am the LORD.”
‭‭Leviticus‬ ‭18:5‬ ‭NIV‬‬
When we act by faith on God’s word, we are acting in His wisdom. When God does anything in our lives, He does it to fulfill His eternal purpose for our lives.
 By keeping His commandments, we are not only acting in wisdom; but we are following His pathway into prosperity.
The blessing of God is with those who keeps His commandments. They will live by them. His commandments becomes their source of life. Love is the greatest of all His commandments (John 13:34-35).
And our reason for obeying God is beyond our understanding. It is a commandment from Him. Those commandments may not make sense to us at all, but in obeying them we will be walking in the wisdom of God for our lives.
Our ability to open up and walk in His counsel and wisdom is what helps us, to live in our full potentials in life. If we rebel against His word, we will be making life more difficult for ourselves. But in our obedience we discover Him and His blessing.
Some will often  complain, instead of rejoicing in the will of God for their lives. But we are blessed when we refuse to darken the wisdom of God. We do this by just acting on the basis of what His word and commandments to us says always.

THE ROMAN CENTURION WALKED IN THE WISDOM OF GOD

Wisdom worked in the life of the Roman Centurion, as he acted by faith on the word of Jesus. He had asked Jesus to come and heal his sick servant (Matthew 8:5-13).
He was not a believer, but he had been loving and generous towards the Jewish community. He loved the nation of Israel, and that was all that qualified him for a miracle from Jesus.
He was always giving alms to the poor, and he had helped them in building a synagogue within their community. The religious leaders recognized these acts of love (acts of mercy and compassion), towards the Jewish community by him. So they put in a word of recommendation, or a testament of his works of faith to Jesus on his behalf.
He who is merciful will always receive mercy (Matthew 5:7). The mercy and compassion of God immediately went into action through Jesus towards this Centurion.
Whenever we act by faith before Jesus, the compassion and mercy of God begins to work for us in manifesting the will of God for our lives.
Jesus was about to go with this Centurion so as to heal his sick servant; but he stopped Jesus as the wisdom of God caused him to act by faith before Jesus.
He told Jesus:
“…Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭8:8‬ ‭NIV‬‬
A statement like this in the efficacy of God’s word, or promises will always cause Jesus to act. Jesus will always be moved by a proactive faith.
The scripture says:
“When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those following him, “Truly I tell you, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭8:10‬ ‭NIV‬‬
This man acted in the wisdom of God, through the abundance of the seeds of faith in his life. We can see here the power of the spoken word by a man of faith. He got what he wanted, even though he was not a follower of Jesus, or of the Jewish faith.
He made use of the wealth of the seed-word deposits already in his life, through the works of faith that he had done prior to this moment. He asked Jesus to speak the word of wisdom, in releasing a miracle of healing for his servant.
Jesus was moved by the wisdom of God in this man. That wisdom to ask and receive was released by his faith. Jesus could not refuse him, but gave him what he wanted by releasing the word to manifest healing on his servant.
Are you facing some difficulties in life today? You can act as this Roman Centurion acted, by letting your plea for mercy and compassion by faith, rise up to Jesus through prayer and intercession. Be proactive with your faith and not reactive.

ASK AND RECEIVE WISDOM BY FAITH 

It often does not matter who we are, the wisdom of God is available to us all by our asking in faith.
The scriptures says:
“If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.”
‭‭James‬ ‭1:5-8‬ ‭NIV‬‬
One reason people do not receive, when they ask God for wisdom is their lack of faith. The wisdom of God will only manifest through our lives, with the release of our faith in God.
The scripture made it clear, that we need to believe, God will give us His wisdom when we ask Him for it:
“But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.”
‭‭James‬ ‭1:6‬ ‭NIV‬‬
Doubt is the number one killer of God’s wisdom; just as fear is the number one killer of faith. But faith will always cause us to act in wisdom. A man of faith is a man with wisdom. We cannot approach God to receive anything from Him, if we are doubting that He will give us anything. The doubt in us often kills the wisdom in us to ask and receive.
When we are seeking wisdom from God, we have to set our hearts and minds to believe in humble faith to receive it from Him.

LIVE BY FAITH, LIVE IN WISDOM 

When Job faced and triumphed in his trials, he did it in the wisdom of God. Stephen went into heaven in the wisdom of God. He did not die in the hands of those that stoned him. What a glorious way to go to heaven – in the wisdom of God.
Stephen was so full of the wisdom of God, that his world could not withstand him anymore. He slept in the Lord. God had to take him home in His wisdom.
When we are given to prayer and intercession in the power of the Holy Spirit like Stephen, we will be filled with God’s wisdom on a glorious ride into the skies with Him.
I remember a great preacher that went to be with the Lord a few years ago. It was one of the most beautiful thing that had blessed my heart. He went into the skies praying in the Holy Ghost.
 When the doctors finally did an autopsy on him, they could not explain the cause of his death. God took him away as he prayed and interceded in the wisdom of God. May you face Jesus one day in His wisdom and not in the wisdom of men. Amen!

CONCLUSION: STIR UP THE SPIRITUAL GIFTS IN YOU 

Paul wrote in his letter to Timothy:
“Do not neglect the gift that is in you, which was given to you by prophecy with the laying on of the hands of the eldership. Meditate on these things; give yourself entirely to them, that your progress may be evident to all. Take heed to yourself and to the doctrine. Continue in them, for in doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you.”
‭‭I Timothy‬ ‭4:14-16‬ ‭NKJV‬‬
Many have neglected the gifts in them and are spiritually dead today. They live with the nostalgia of their past spiritual lifestyle. They have neglected the gifts of the Holy Spirit in them, by not praying in the Holy Spirit anymore.
When we do pray on a daily basis, we are refreshing ourselves and our abilities with those gifts of God inside us. God will not give us more of His gifts, if we are not stirring up the gifts of the Holy Spirit that are already in us.
There are so much potentials in you. God has not started anything yet with you. But by stirring up your gifts, you are preserving yourself for the day of your visitation by God. It is for this very reason that you are in the kingdom of God – the gifts of the Holy Spirit in you. Do not let it die. Pray in the Spirit always.
 As Paul said:
“Do not quench the Spirit.”
‭‭1 Thessalonians‬ ‭5:19‬ ‭NIV‬‬
And again:
“But you, beloved, build yourselves up on [the foundation of] your most holy faith [continually progress, rise like an edifice higher and higher], pray in the Holy Spirit, and keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting anxiously and looking forward to the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ [which will bring you] to eternal life.”
‭‭JUDE‬ ‭1:20-21‬ ‭AMP‬‬
You will prosper in the wisdom of God as you do.
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