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.