(NIV) Ecclesiastes 7:12, “Wisdom is a shelter as money is a shelter, but the advantage of knowledge is this: Wisdom preserves those who have it.”
(09/22/2020)- A few edits have been added.
Seeing as many chapters in the book of Proverbs discuss wisdom, I found it fitting that wisdom be the first spiritual gift I cover. It’s important to note that many of these gifts we all can partake in and SHOULD (example wisdom and faith we all need, but that doesn’t mean we have those gifts).
This study on the gifts of the Holy Spirit is to encourage you to examine yourselves in Jesus. All of these gifts are from Him, regardless. They are NOT for our glory, BUT HIS!
(NIV) 1 Corinthians 12:05-06, “There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.”
To further this, I thought it might be helpful to understand how spiritual wisdom is discussed in scripture.
What Spiritual Wisdom Shown In A Person Looks Like (James 3:13-15, 17-18)
- shown in good conduct (behavior) and in humility
- It is NOT wisdom that is connected to jealousy and self-ambition
- Bears good fruit (the fruit of righteousness)
- Impartial (Fair & Unbiased)
Let it be understood, we are encouraged to pray to God for wisdom. The Lord is the only way we can receive wisdom and grow in wisdom. Prayer needs to be connected in seeking wisdom. We cannot get wisdom without the Lord, and we should daily be seeking the Lord both in prayer and in His word.
(NIV) James 1:05, “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.”
(NIV) Proverbs 2:06, “For the LORD gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding.”
(NIV) Proverbs 8:17, “I love those who love Me, and those who seek Me find Me.”
Scripture also says if one is to bear the fruit of wisdom then we must be righteous. Righteousness and wisdom come together. They are not separate. Spiritual wisdom must be developed through sanctification in Jesus Christ.
(NIV) Psalm 37:20, “The mouths of the righteous utter wisdom, and their tongues speak what is just.”
Spiritual wisdom may not make sense to the world because this is the wisdom that comes from the living God. Those who are not right with the Lord very well could think you are foolish. With this in mind, people who are on the milk (new believers, those who have a lot to learn, those who are ignorant) may not be ready to understand spiritual wisdom, let alone speak wisely. ALWAYS SEEK THE LORD IN WHAT YOU SHOULD SAY AND AGAIN ASK THE LORD FOR WISDOM AND UNDERSTANDING!
This is seen with Paul.
(NIV) 1 Corinthians 2:04-05, “My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power.”
(NLT) 1 Corinthians 2:06-08, “Yet when I am among mature believers, I do speak with words of wisdom, but not the kind of wisdom that belongs to this world or to the rulers of this world, who are soon forgotten. No, the wisdom we speak of is the mystery of God—His plan that was previously hidden, even though He made it for our ultimate glory before the world began. But the rulers of this world have not understood it; if they had, they would not have crucified our glorious Lord.”
There are false teachers who will be proclaimed by others to be wise and have the gifts of the Holy Spirit. It is important you understand what true spiritual wisdom from the Holy Spirit looks like, what kind of fruit they need to bear. (Refer to the list shown above)
True spiritual wisdom is often referred to as the fountain of life or a bubbling brook. Wisdom (righteousness) is a food that can feed many. Wisdom is about understanding the word of God. It’s the ability to share scripture properly with others. It’s a fruit that grows through obedience to Jesus Christ. It is something we all should pray for. (Proverbs 10:21, 13:14, 18:04, James 1)
How do wisdom and righteousness go together?
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