Wisdom

Winning with Wisdom

By Pastor Andrew Bawa

"There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots.TheSpirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him, The Spirit of wisdom and understanding, The Spirit of counsel and might, The Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord." Isaiah 11: 1-2 (NKJV)

Bible Readings: Proverbs 4: 4-5, James 3: 13-18, Proverbs 30: 4, 1 Corinthians 2: 6, Proverbs 10: 22, Galatians 5: 22-23, Luke 21: 15, Psalms 119: 98, 2 Timothy 3: 15, Job 28: 28, Matthew 7: 24, John 1: 1, Colossians 1: 1-2, Ecclesiastes 10: 10, Proverbs 24: 3.

Wisdom is the application of knowledge. It is also the application of sound judgement and experience. Wisdom is what it takes to win in life. Once you are able to navigate life, you are wise. Wisdom is application. Life will always offer you challenge but how you go through life depends on the level of your wisdom. Wisdom is knowing when, where, how to talk and when not to talk. Intelligence and foolishness is not the same. You can be intelligent but foolish.

If you don't have wisdom, forget it! Money is not answerable to wisdom. Wisdom is the principal thing! Wisdom provides you with the ability to avoid challenges you come across in life (business, job, family, church etc). Wisdom looks at things at different levels. Wisdom is what makes a young man know how to seat with elders.

There are 3 kinds of wisdom. 

⁃ Earthly wisdom: it centres on your intellect, science and technology. Earthly wisdom thinks carnally. It is sensual & limits you. 

⁃ Devilish wisdom: it operates in cults and occultism. It deals with hypnotism and manipulation. 

⁃ Godly wisdom: it is from above. This is the kind of wisdom you need to be able to win and succeed in life. This wisdom is not of this world. It gives you victory over challenges. 

Characteristics of earthly & devilish wisdom include; Bitter envy, Strife in the heart, Glory in profession, Having this life only in view, Satisfying sensual desires, Devilish inspired by demons, Confusion, Every evil work.

Characteristics of Godly/ divine wisdom include; Pure, Peaceable, Gentle (meek, modest, kind), Easily entreated, Full of mercy (live a life of forgiveness), Full of God's fruits, Without partiality, Without hypocrisy (open, honest, genuine and truth).

How to get the Godly/ divine wisdom: By prayer, In the word, Associate with the wise, Observation and experience, Follow instruction, Learning from other people's mistakes

What does wisdom give you? Long life, Direction, What money can't buy, Ability to do exploits, Ability to see what others don't see, Ability to cut through every challenge.

The reason why you are where you are not is because of wisdom. Wisdom is the key that you need to succeed in life. Wisdom tells you your stops and steps.

Wisdom

By pastor John Kayode

"Wisdom is the principal thing; Therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding." Proverbs 4: 7 (NKJV)

Bible Readings: James 3: 15-17, Daniel 1: 20, Genesis 41: 38-42, Daniel 1: 8-9, Daniel 2: 12, Daniel 2: 23-26, 2 Samuel 14: 20, Psalms 119, Psalms 16: 11, Psalms 100: 4, 1 Timothy 4: 14, Jeremiah 9: 23, Galatians 4: 28, Genesis 26: 4, Matthew 11: 12, Revelations 5: 10, 1 Corinthians 2: 9, Jeremiah 33: 3, Luke 11: 1, Revelations 1: 10, Matthew 6: 36, Romans 8vs 28.

What is wisdom? The quality of having experience in a thing. The quality of being wise.

The four different types of wisdom;

⁃ Earthy kind of wisdom. Some call it common sense

⁃ Sensual or intellectual kind of wisdom. 

⁃ Demonic kind of wisdom. Familiar spirit, witchcraft.

⁃ Wisdom from above.

Wisdom from above sets you apart from every other person. This wisdom makes you stand out. It gives you insight to things. Life is not about your age but your discovery. Your fear is as a result of your ignorance. A lot of things you are scared of, if you have more insight to it, you would no longer fear it. Just like light that never fears darkness. As children of God we should be over every challenges of life; & for that to happen, you need wisdom.

How to access the wisdom from above;

⁃ Tireless study of God's word. Search the word of God!

⁃ Joy and rejoicing. If you are not joyful, the holly spirit will not dwell in you. For the devil to oppress you, you have to be depressed. Refuse to be depressed! 

⁃ Impartation.

To keep the flow of wisdom, you must continually acknowledge God as the source. Every child of God we carry great potential. Every child of God is ordained us as kings and queens to reign on the earth.

How to retain the access of the wisdom from above;

⁃ You must be spiritual. Don't take the things of God so casually. Christianity and church is not a social gathering. 

⁃ You must be prayerful. Don't pray absent-minded prayers.

⁃ You must be sensitive. Be sensitive to the things and voice of God.

⁃ You must be a kingdom advancer & lover of God. To see destiny fulfilled, you must be steadfast and consistent with your walk with God. 

Prayers.

⁃ God have mercy on me. Everywhere I have fallen short of your glory, Lord have mercy. 

⁃ God, release upon me the spirit of wisdom that I will be able to discern, to make the right decisions. 

⁃ God, rekindle my prayer life. 

⁃ Lord, give me the spirit to be sensitive in the spirit to your voice and your dictate.

Favour

By Apostle Mike Efezino

"And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and men." Luke 2: 52 (NKJV).

Bible Readings: Luke 1: 28, Genesis 18: 1, Acts 2: 47, Psalms 41: 11, Psalms 5: 12, Psalms 35: 27,  Psalms 102: 13, Psalms 106: 4, Proverbs 8: 35, Proverbs 11: 27, Genesis 18: 1-14, Hebrews 11: 1, John 17: 4, John 17: 11.

Never abuse the favour of God on your life. When you have to grow in favour with men, you have to honour. Dishonour will lock you up. First preference of being favoured is that God chose you. Favour is a set up for increase in your life. It is a set up for God releasing things into your life. Favour is something that you can grow. You can increase favour and so if you can increase it, you can diminish it. Everybody has different levels of favour. The difference is honour. Don't abuse your relationship with God. 

Benefits of Favour

⁃ Favour brings about increase to the church.

⁃ Your enemies will not triumph over you. Anything that causes you to be less than you are is your enemy.

⁃ Favour is part of your protection. 

⁃ Favour opens doors for you. 

⁃ Favour gives you insights. 

⁃ Favour will cause people to do things for you.

⁃ Favour causes you to chill and not worry. 

⁃ Favour is directly connected to wisdom. Wisdom carries favour. Obedience to the word of God carries favour.

Your daily bread is your daily assignment and when you honour God by asking him for your daily assignment, he is the one that pays you. It's not how much you've got but how much God you have. The greatest thing that can happen to you is when you can hear God. If you don't listen and obey God, he doesn't talk to you. When you obey God, you are honouring Him.

If you want God to stay in your side, don't be celebrating other people's downfall. Stay out of people's business. When you celebrate someone's failure, you are seeking mischief. When you honour someone, they rise to the level of the honour you have spoken concerning them. When favour is on you life, you see a finished work.

The people that God brought into your life, God brought them for you to minister to them and while you do that, favour locates you. People come into your life for a reason. Everything that is found in you life is a manifestation of Jesus Christ. Everything you need is produced out of Jesus. The word of God is the seed that will produce whatever it is that you need.

Giving is to activate the promise of God for your life. It's relationship that releases the favour of God.

Strategies for getting ahead in 2017

By Pastor Andrew Bawa

"Through wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established; by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches." Proverbs 24: 3-4 (NKJV).

Bible Readings: Jeremiah 29: 11, Job 28: 7-28, James 3: 17, Jeremiah 33: 3, John 7: 38, Hebrew 11: 1, Hebrew 2: 2-4, Ezra 8: 21-23, Acts 13vs 2-3, Matthew 5: 5, 1 Peter 5: 7, James 1: 6-8,  2 Timothy 2: 15.

The more you know, the more exploits you command. Knowledge is key! Exposure is the price for exploits. If you are not exposed, you can't do exploits. You have to know your God to do exploits. Once you are not exposed to knowledge, you will not prosper. Exposure takes you to the height of where God wants you to be. 
2017 has already been predetermined, arranged and fixed by the creator of it which is God. Anything you start, started with an idea and that is a plan which you have to put into writing. God has plans for you, the devil also has his own plans for you, your friends have plans for you and you also have plans for yourself. if you don't plan anything, you have already planned to fail. 


•    If you follow the plans of God, he foots the bill. You have to find out what God's plan is for your life in 2017. The desires of your heart have to be in line with God's desire for your life. 
•    If you follow the plans of the devil, destructions follows. Some blessings come with sorrow. 
•    The people you think are your friends are not, they are your acquaintances. Some friends are parasites, they suck from you and cause you harm. If your refuse to take responsibilities, you'll become a liability, and then become a causality. 
•    If you follow your plan, you foot the bill and that could be very difficult. It will be very hard.  Whatever you design and put on paper, you've already committed to succeed. If God has a plan for you, you should go to him and search for it. God's plans are conceived in wisdom and it take knowledge to bring it out.


Discovering the plans for your life in 2017:
⁃    Ask through prayers. When you pray, God opens your eyes to mysteries. 
⁃    Ask through fasting. Some things don't leave until you fast. 
⁃    Ask through diligent search of the scriptures through meditation. The scriptures illuminates you.
⁃    Ask yourself what you are passionate about. Tell God to reveal your passion. It must not contradict the scriptures. 
⁃    You must have peace. Peace is an indicator. 
⁃    The plan has to be bigger than you. If you know how to do it, forget it!
⁃    The plan must not be about you but to bless humanity. 
⁃    The plan must be able to keep you awake at night to think. 
⁃    The plan you have must attract oppositions. 
⁃    The plan must bring glory to God.


How to execute the plans:
•    By faith. 
•    Write down your plans. 
•    You must continue to study. 
•    You must continue to pray and fast. 
•    Remain humble. 
•    You must be focused and not distracted. 
•    Look for Godly accountability partners. 


Make the right decisions for 2017 early and manage them for the rest of the year. Plan your life with wisdom. Be wise!

Blessed to be a blessing

By Pastor Mattew Kassim

"Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper." - Psalms 1: 1-3 (NJKV)

Bible Readings: 1Kings 3: 10-14, Acts 8, Isaiah 61, Luke 16: 9, Psalms 119: 34, Genesis 1: 22, Ephesians 1: 3, Psalms 133: 1, Genesis 28: 1, Genesis 49: 28, 1Samuel 22: 20, Luke 2vs 34 , Deuteronomy 33: 1, Proverbs 10: 22, Genesis 35: 9, Genesis 12: 2-3, John 15: 1, John 7: 38, Matthew 15.

There are two distinct ideas about blessing; it is a public declaring of a favour startled with God and an endowed power for prosperity and success. 

The physical/ material things you have or posses are not blessings but are by products of blessings. Even if you are suffering now, it doesn't mean you are not blessed.

Blessing is a word that you speak to someone. When God blesses you, he is empowering you to be able to do what your natural self cannot do and you receive provision as an extension of grace. Blessings can be divided into five categories which are; general blessings, individual blessings, blessings from physical parents, blessings from your spiritual parents and blessings of the Lord. 

God will take you from where you are not fruitful and he will plant you where you will be fruitful.  God expects us to bare fruits in due season. As a blessed man, it is wrong to dwell on one stream of income. When God plants you, you have no choice but to bring forth fruits. If you can only focus on God, when your time comes, you will bare fruits.You are unique on your own. When your action is tailored to God, your prosperity is sure.

There is a difference between work and labour. Work is the will of God. It is when you function according to the will of God. Labour is not the will of God. It is an exploitation to enrich a system. In order for you to multiply, he broke the limitation that will stop the blessings from coming. Because you don't have knowledge or understanding of what you are going through that is why you entertain the things that don't glorify God. God doesn't bless a man empty. Everyone is loaded! The reason why you are not working on those ideas is because you don't know.