Revealing the SIMPLICITY that’s in Christ

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What is God's wisdom? part 1

To start this lesson, I want you to know these 3 truths about God’s wisdom:

1) His wisdom is yours — you don’t have to somehow get it — it belongs to you!

2) His wisdom is inside you — you don’t need to look “outside”, but “inside” — for that’s where His wisdom is!

3) His wisdom is a work of grace and not a work of the flesh — it’s RECEIVED, not OBTAINED!

These 3 truths about God’s wisdom will serve as a basis for this study. Now let’s look this dynamic verse from Prov 4:7 — “Wisdom is the principal thing; Therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding.” Now we come to a crucial aspect of growing up spiritually in Christ and that is the wisdom of God. When I speak of the wisdom of God, I’m referring to the wisdom that comes from Him. This is important to know because in this world, there are different types of wisdom. Look at how James said it in James 3:15 — “This wisdom does not descend from above (God’s wisdom), but is earthly, sensual, demonic.” Earthly wisdom is that which appeals to the 5 physical senses — that which LOOKS good. Sensual wisdom is that which appeals to one’s feelings — that which “feels” good. Demonic wisdom is that which appeals to be spiritually correct, but is spiritually deceitful and deadly — that which promotes one away from Christ and His work of Redemption (it “appears” to be deep, or godly, but lacks God’s power, see 2 Tim 3:5). Most of the wisdom that one can receive from this world is beneficial for this world. For instance, without Thomas Edison receiving wisdom, he wouldn’t have been able to invent the things that he did, which benefit us today. I don’t want to get hung up here on this point, I just want you to see that there are other types of wisdom that are in this world. In these lessons, I will be talking about the wisdom that comes from God and not any other form of wisdom.

Another great verse that brings this out is Prov 2:6 — “the Lord gives wisdom”. When I use to teach on the wisdom of God, I searched diligently in the book of Proverbs, because after all, that is the book of wisdom.

But several years back when I started seeing the reality of grace, I realized that God’s wisdom for us today has changed (it’s been revamped) from what it use to be. This is because we are under the New Covenant.

Yes one can still receive true wisdom from God by studying the book of Proverbs, but without knowing the reality of grace, one will get the idea from reading Proverbs, that getting wisdom is obtained by his own works (and quite honestly, this can lead one into the “demonic wisdom” that James was talking about, because it promotes SELF rather than CHRIST.)

God’s wisdom — the principal thing

I want you to know that God’s wisdom is the PRINCIPAL thing for every area of success in your life — and especially, for growing up and maturing in Christ! Notice that Prov 4:7 says that wisdom is the “principle thing”, but it’s the “principal thing. The difference between the 2 words? The word PRINCIPLE implies what one believes, but PRINCIPAL implies the reason why he believes what he believes — if you will, it’s the fuel behind one’s believing. Just like when Paul said “nevertheless I am not ashamed”  “Well Paul, don’t you see those things coming against your life? How come you’re not ashamed?” His answer — “for I know whom I have believed and (instead of shame, I) am persuaded”!

It’s easy to become dissuaded and ashamed when the pressures of life get heavy, but by receiving God’s wisdom, one becomes persuaded and bold in what he believes!

This is why God’s wisdom is the principal thing! Think about a principal of a school. That person is what we call the “head honcho”. He’s the person in charge of that school and has the influence in that school. This is what God’s wisdom is to our spiritual growth in Christ and without it being the head honcho that influencing our believing, any knowledge that we get can be temporary or even become misleading. For instance, I’ve known people throughout the years, who are very diverse in knowing the scriptures of the Bible, but when pressure comes against their lives, they “run for cover”. That’s because God’s kingdom-reality isn’t “clicking” for them and they’re not “firing on all cylinders”, so when what they believe is tested, they’re not passing! I’m, by no means, making fun or putting down anyone! I’m just trying to give you an idea of how important the wisdom of God is in going forward in life and one maturity in Christ.

“and in all your getting”

The wisdom of God is the principal thing for one’s growing up in Christ in every area of his life, because everything else will flow from it. Why is this so? Solomon goes on in Prov 4:7 and tells us in the words, “and in all your getting, get understanding”. The wisdom of God is the foundation, platform and springboard for your understanding (I placed those 3 words in that sentence for a reason).

God’s wisdom produces your freedom, but your understanding produces your stability!

I’ll never forget the day when I was meditating on what Jesus said in John 8:31-36, and the Lord said to me, “Gene My wisdom will make you free, but your understanding will keep you free!”  What is understanding? If I know that it’s hot in my house and I understand how to make it cooler, then I’ll go to my thermostat and turn the temperature down. That’s what your spiritual understanding is — it’s not only knowing how to make the necessary adjustments to your life, but it’s your ability to correctly apply what you know. Your understanding is your inner ability to SEE how God’s wisdom fits into your life. I don’t want to get caught up here, but I want you to see from this that your understanding flows from receiving the wisdom of God — it’s the fruit of the wisdom of God. So you get God’s wisdom and your understanding will come. (This will become clearer as we go on in our study).

Now let’s look at what Paul said in Col 1:9-11 — “(9) (We) do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; (10) that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; (11)  strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy”. Look at the basis of this prayer again, “that you may be filled with the knowledge of God’s will” — and there’s no period at the end of this — for he prayed, “in all WISDOM and spiritual understanding… that you...” Please understand that the word WORTHY here means SUITABLE, like saying that schools are a suitable place for learning education. So walking suitable of the Lord is advancing in a confident manner, knowing what He’s made you through Christ, see how Paul brings this out a few verses later in v.12. And notice that it’s not one just having the knowledge of God’s will that causes you to live life this way, but it’s one being filled in all wisdom and spiritual understanding of His will that causes you to conduct your life this way. In other words, it’s you being filled with God’s knowledge IN all wisdom that causes a spiritual avalanche of growth and maturity to take place in your life!

what is God’s wisdom?

Look at what James said to us in James 1:2-5 — “(2) My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, (3) knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. (4) But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. (5) If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” Remember that wisdom is the principal thing. So I’ll plug that meaning into v.5, and hopefully, this portion of scripture will make a bit more sense — “If any of you lacks wisdom, WHICH IS THE PRINCIPAL THING, let him ask of God…”

See, wisdom is the principal thing of one’s deliverance when he is facing the various trials of life! Wisdom is the principal thing for someone to receive to experience joy when the pressures of life get heavy!

Wisdom is the principal thing that causes your patience to have its perfect work, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing! Why? Because it keeps you steady! Do you see how important God’s wisdom is in all of this? So the all-important question to answer is — what is God’s wisdom, so I can get a hold of it? The answer to that is not as hard as you think. Actually knowing what God’s wisdom is and how to get a hold of it is simple, because of the simplicity that’s in Christ! I want to give you 4 descriptions of God’s wisdom.

1) God’s wisdom is “common sense”. The word SENSE is another word for WISDOM. The word SENSE is an inert ability that that causes you to perceive something and wisdom is God’s common sense that came inside you when your spirit was reborn and recreated in Christ for you to be able to perceive the spiritual things of the kingdom, see 1 Cor 2:10! Your spiritual common sense is your spiritual ability that empowers you to make good judgments and to behave in a practical and sensible way.

Look at what Paul said in Rom 12:1-2 — “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. (2) And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” Look again at the words of v.1, “your reasonable service”. Your reasonable, or rational service to God comes by His wisdom! That’s why in v.2, he went on and talked about “renewing of your mind”. The real renewing of your mind doesn’t come from the outside in — like in obeying some kind of law — but it comes from the inside out — as you respond to what He’s already done. The renewing of one’s mind comes by the “quickening” of the Spirit, and that is His wisdom — the wisdom of God that’s inside you as a believer in Christ. God wants your minds renewed by His wisdom, so you may prove what is His good, acceptable and perfect will in every area of your life!

Why is God’s wisdom your spiritual COMMON sense? Because His wisdom belongs to every believer — it’s COMMON! It took me a long time to process this reality for myself, because I thought that I had to earn it. I use to think that I had to work to get God’s wisdom — you know, things like praying until I lost my voice, or studying my Bible until my eyes hurt, or fasting until my stomach ached because of hunger (I’m being a little facetious, but I’m sure that you get my point). Look at what Paul said in Col 2:3 about this — “in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” Look at it again, all wisdom is hidden IN CHRIST! And guess where you are? Yes, you got it — you are in Christ, where all the wisdom is hidden and He’s inside you! See God’s wisdom is not hidden FROM you, it’s hidden FOR you!

2) God’s wisdom is “competent sense”. Competent means having the necessary ability, knowledge, or skill to do something successfully and efficiently. Look at what Paul said in Eph 5:15-16 — “(15) See then that you walk circumspectly (prudently), not as fools but as wise, (16) redeeming the time, because the days are evil.” Another way to say the words, “redeeming the time”, is to say, “making full use of your time”. This is what the “competent sense” of God’s wisdom inside you is all about — making full use of your time and being productive in His kingdom!

Look at what we read in Heb 5:11, 13-14 — “(11) of whom (Jesus) we have much to say, and hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing. (13) For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe. (14) But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.” There’s a few things here that I want to point out to you. Look at the word of v.13, UNSKILLED. One becomes unskilled in the word of Righteousness when he becomes dull of hearing — in other words, he has a spiritual hearing problem. He may hear other things fine, but what’s this hearing problem all about? It’s hearing Christ, see Eph 4:20-21! See it’s by hearing Christ in the scriptures, that one becomes SKILLED and competent in the word of Righteousness.

In a nutshell, God’s wisdom comes from hearing the voice of Jesus!

We need to know the difference between a GOOD idea and GOD’S idea. Here in Heb 1:1-2, we find out what God is saying — “God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past (in the Old Covenant) to the fathers by the prophets, (2) has in these last days spoken to us by His Son”. God’s wisdom is about hearing His voice about Jesus and the Redemptive work that He’s done. Any other voice heard is not His wisdom. This is being competent in the word of Righteousness!

Being skilled, or competent, in the word of Righteousness causes your senses (your spiritual eyes and ears) to discern both good and evil. The operative word here is the word BOTH — he said, “discern BOTH good and evil” (This is where GOOD is the enemy of BEST). Some may know what’s evil, but we must also know what may appear to be “good”, even from the Bible, is just as bad. Only God’s wisdom can make you competent in seeing both good and evil.

Next time that we come together, we’ll continue looking at God’s wisdom and what it is. Please stay tuned for more simplicity that’s in Christ!

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