Revelatory gifts - Word of wisdom,
How many of you have been in
situations where you feel stuck because you don't know what to do or what's
The holy spirit living within us is
not only for relational intimacy. It is a partnership to advance the kingdom
and we need to lean into him more. This is in continuation of our series on the
gifts of the holy spirit - revelatory gifts. Today we will specifically look
into the gift of words of wisdom/ utterance of wisdom. I believe this gift is
like a key that unlocks situations.
Corinthians 2:16 “For who has understood the mind of
the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.”
Revelation is born out of a relationship. John 15:15 “No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.”
Word of Wisdom
This is the first gift mentioned in
the list of gifts that we dealt with in 1 Corinthians 12.
Corinthians 2: 7-10: “But we impart a
secret and hidden wisdom of God, which God decreed before the ages for our
glory. 8 None of the rulers of this age understood this, for if they had, they
would not have crucified the Lord of glory. 9 But, as it is written, “What no
eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has
prepared for those who love him”— 10 these things God has revealed to us
through the Spirit.”
What is the word of wisdom? It is a
gift of the holy spirit that grants us insight into the wisdom of God for a
person or a situation. Solomon famously seeks wisdom over power or riches and
God gladly grants him all these along with wisdom. What is the purpose of the
word of wisdom? Eccl 10:10 “Using a dull axe requires great strength,
so sharpen the blade.
That’s the value of wisdom; it
helps you succeed. “The word of wisdom comes to
quicken and give direction to people and situations. This is not the wisdom
of the world. It comes from God.
Where do we
see this gift in operation in scripture?
● Moses’ father-in-law Jethro in
Exodus 18 sees how Moses was judging the people of Israel from day to night and
he said in verse 17-19 ““What you are
doing is not good. 18 You and the
people with you will certainly wear yourselves out, for the thing is too heavy
for you. You are not able to do it alone. 19
Now obey my voice; I will give you advice, and God be with you!”
● Acts 15: 19-20 ““It is my judgment, therefore, that we should not make it
difficult for the Gentiles who are turning to God. 20 Instead
we should write to them, telling them to abstain from food polluted by idols,
from sexual immorality, from the meat of strangled animals and from blood.”
How do you
identify/ bring a word of wisdom?
James 3:17 “But the wisdom from above is first pure,
then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits,
impartial and sincere”
● Pure - no ulterior motives
● Peaceable - It does not stir up
strife, it comes to make peace. When you are confused and feeling aimless, the
word of wisdom comes to give direction and put things in order.
● Gentle - not forceful
● Open to reason - not insisting on
● Full of mercy - and not judgement
(Counselling session with Colin and Navaz)
● Full of good fruits - love, joy,
peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness and self-control.
● Impartial - no favouritism
● Sincere - vulnerable and honest. For
your good, not their own.
Wisdom can unlock a dead situation
like pretty much nothing else can.
How can you
receive this gift?
❖ Seek wisdom - James 1: 5 “ If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all
without reproach, and it will be given him.”
❖ Expect to receive the gift in faith
1:6-7 “But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one
who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. 7 For that person must not suppose that
he will receive anything from the Lord”
❖ Get close to Jesus. Read the scriptures carefully so
you can understand his ways. The bible says, Israel knew the works of God but
Moses knew the ways of God. 1 Corinthians 1:24 “to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God
and the wisdom of God..” Colossians 2:3 “In Him all the treasures of wisdom and
knowledge are hidden”
Read and listen to wise people.
❖ Surrender your tongue. The holy spirit said that he will
give us the words to speak
HOW DO APPLY THIS GIFT IN THE WORLD:
Ephesians 3: 10 so that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places.”
Supernatural answers for the marketplace: Prov 18: 15-16 “An intelligent heart
acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge. A man's gift makes
room for him and brings him before the great.” We are called to
be the Josephs and Daniels of today. Joseph brought words of wisdom about
how to deal with the years of plenty and years of famine and was elevated
because of his gift. Daniel was the counsellor to the king not only for the interpretation of dreams but for his wisdom. We can bring God solutions to
problems in the marketplace which no one is thinking about.
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