Insight Part II
“Understanding what Wisdom is”
Synopsis of Bible study 10/07/09
Delivered by Bishop Walker III
Proverbs 4:7-8: 7Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.8Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her.
If God was to give you one wish, what would you wish for? Would it be to win the lottery, would it be a new body, would it be the fountain of youth, or would it be to get a husband or wife? You know there was a person in the bible that actually had this offer extended to them. In 1 Kings 3:5-14 God came to Solomon in a dream: 5In Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream by night: and God said, Ask what I shall give thee. 6And Solomon said, Thou hast shewed unto thy servant David my father great mercy, according as he walked before thee in truth, and in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart with thee; and thou hast kept for him this great kindness, that thou hast given him a son to sit on his throne, as it is this day. 7And now, O LORD my God, thou hast made thy servant king instead of David my father: and I am but a little child: I know not how to go out or come in. 8And thy servant is in the midst of thy people which thou hast chosen, a great people, that cannot be numbered nor counted for multitude. 9Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people? 10And the speech pleased the LORD, that Solomon had asked this thing. 11And God said unto him, Because thou hast asked this thing, and hast not asked for thyself long life; neither hast asked riches for thyself, nor hast asked the life of thine enemies; but hast asked for thyself understanding to discern judgment; 12Behold, I have done according to thy words: lo, I have given thee a wise and an understanding heart; so that there was none like thee before thee, neither after thee shall any arise like unto thee. 13And I have also given thee that which thou hast not asked, both riches, and honour: so that there shall not be any among the kings like unto thee all thy days. 14And if thou wilt walk in my ways, to keep my statutes and my commandments, as thy father David did walk, then I will lengthen thy days. – Solomon had an opportunity to ask God whatever he wanted and Solomon asked for wisdom. Solomon said he wanted to be able to discern between what is good or what is bad because he understood if God had elevated him to a particular purpose and destiny, then he wanted to make sure he walked in wisdom. He did not want to blow it! How many of you want to go through life and not blow it. How many of you know people that God elevated and gave great position to, but they turned around and blew it. They blow it, because they don’t have wisdom. It is important because, in all of though getting, we must get an understanding.
So what is wisdom? Wisdom is not knowledge. You can have a lot of degrees and yet not make sense. There are a lot of educated fools. Wisdom is seeing and responding to life from God’s perspective. It is an attitude and an action. It is a skill that you can develop.
I. Wisdom is the proper application of truth.
1. Wisdom is the proper application of truth. Lot of us go through life and don’t see life from God’s perspective. The reason is we are led by our own intuition or our natural inclination. We go with what we feel. We feel like we should do this and that we should do that. We are often led by our emotions which are so unstable, because one day we feel this way and another day we feel that way. You can’t trust your emotions. You cannot trust your mental intuitions, because the bible says in Proverbs 14:12: 12There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death. – There is a way that seems so awesome, but then you go that way and realize that there wasn’t much wisdom tied to it.
2. Now that we know what wisdom is, what do we gain when we get wisdom? Proverbs 3:16-18: 16Length of days is in her right hand; and in her left hand riches and honour. 17Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace. 18She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy is every one that retaineth her.
Benefits of Wisdom:
a. Long life. In other words, there is long life as a result of your wise choices. We realize that your length of days on this earth is set, but through wisdom and the choices that come out of wisdom (what we eat, our environment, how we treat our bodies), we won’t leave this earth before our time.
b. Health – is also a product of wisdom. You can have good health as a result of your wise decisions.
c. Honor – is in wisdom. Honor can be bestowed on you, because of people recognize the wisdom about you. Doesn’t mean you didn’t make any mistakes, but you have chosen to let your wise decisions transcend foolish decisions.
d. Pleasant life – we live our lives pleasant free of drama and tension as a result of living in wisdom. Life is not supposed to be stressful to you.
e. Safety-there is safety in wisdom. Wisdom will protect us and allow us to make decisions that ensure our safety.
f. Happy-when you look at what your consequences could have been, you are so happy you didn’t go there. Ex- “I am sure glad I didn’t get in that car with them!” or “I am glad I didn’t give that fool my number!”
The key to life is to get wisdom!
II. How can we get wisdom?
1. There is only one reliable source for obtaining wisdom. That is reading God’s word. Ex – Bishop explains that God even told Bishop to get back in the word (read the bible on a regular basis) for our sakes. Bishop explains that had been reading the bible, but only to prepare for the sermons that he brings to us. God told Bishop that he need to start taking more time to read the Bible for his own benefit and revelation, so God could do even greater things. God told Bishop that there was a big percentage of his congregation who do not read the bible on a regular basis. God places the burdens of a congregation on the man of God (your Pastor) over that congregation. Some people don’t read the bible at all, but God has instructed this man of God to instruct us to start reading God’s word more and on a regular basis. God said tell his people to read the bible!
2. The best place to start reading the bible is in Proverbs. Proverbs is a book of wisdom and reading it will arm you with wisdom. Proverbs 1:2: 2To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding; – In the scripture opens up to say he wants us to know wisdom and instruction. Some people know how to act in certain circumstances, but they don’t have wisdom in other circumstance. You ought to want to know how to make wise decisions in every aspect of life. Ex-You know people that make wise decisions on the job, but you look at their personal life, it seems like they are another person. It’s like they have no wisdom outside of work. For example, we see them being so intelligent at work and we wonder who is that they have on their arm outside of work. For another example, we all know people that are excellent money managers at work and outside of work they bounce checks left and right. Another example is we have people that work good with kids in the church, but their own kids are running crazy. We want to have wisdom in every area of our lives.
3. If we begin to read God’s word, we recognize that there are two forms of wisdom. There is the world’s wisdom and then wisdom gained from God’s word. All the great philosophers in their great wisdom contradict each other and it looks like foolishness to God. This is why we have to apply God’s word to gain wisdom.
4. When you understand this concept of reading God’s word for wisdom, then it comes down to realizing that the word of God is like the manual for our life. Ex-In a new car there is an owner’s manual usually found in the glove compartment. At first we really are not interested in the owner’s manual. When you get a new car, we are just interested where everything is and what works. We concern ourselves with the gadgets on the car. When something goes wrong, you suddenly become interested in the owner’s manual. Ex2-Most men, when we put things together, don’t read the instructions, because we think we know what we are doing. We say we got it and we try to put it together, but there are some screws left over when we finish. As men, we say the screws are left over, but the truth is we rigged it. As a result of us not reading the instructions, our project is now leaning. God’s word is the owner’s manual for your life. Just like this, we jump into marriages and careers without reading the owner’s manual or the instructions. This is why your relationships are leaning.
III. We got to do what God’s word says do
1. You have to learn to memorize scripture. Proverbs 7:1-2: 1My son, keep my words, and lay up my commandments with thee. 2Keep my commandments, and live; and my law as the apple of thine eye. –We memorize everything else, but we fail to memorize the word of God. Many of us can get up and recite the Greek Alphabet, yet we can’t name the books of the bible. We have to find value in knowing God’s word.
2. We have to make the word such a part of us, it is one within us. The word in us reminds us of what we are supposed to do. Romans 8:28 and Psalms 27: 23 are examples of scripture that we should be able to know and know where they are. We need to remember these scriptures because they help us to know God.
IV. We need to know God
1. Fools despise wisdom. Proverbs 1:7: 7The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
2. God is not our co-pilot. God is not our co-nothing. If we don’t know him. You got to understand how to get to know God. It is by our experiences and reading the word that we get to know God.
3. Rejoice in your trials. In James 1:2, the writer writes during a time that the early church is being mortared and being killed for what they believed, but James says in James 1:2: 2My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;- James said count it all joy when you falling to different test and tribulations. In other words, we need to rejoice during our time of trials. People that don’t have wisdom and understanding will think you are in denial for rejoicing when trials come.
4. What makes a person have joy during their time of crisis? It is because of what we know. We have joy during the time of crisis because of what we know. James 1:3: 3Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.
5. We need to be spiritually mature. James 1:4: 4But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. – Perfect means mature, entire, or complete.
6. Ask for wisdom and God will give it to you. James 1:5: 5If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
7. Ask in faith. James 1:6: 6But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.-If we ask in faith, God will grant what we ask for. In otherwords, we have to ask like we believe God is going to do it.
8. God won’t give wisdom to somebody that will not make the right decision or who is unstable. James 1:7-8: 7For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. 8A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.
9. Ask God to humble you and give you wisdom. James 1:9: 9Let the brother of low degree rejoice in that he is exalted: – A humble person is one that God will exalt. The Greek word for wisdom is “sophia”- It means wise, wisdom, skill, tact, or expertise in any art. Most of us in our relationships can look over our life and say most of the unwise decisions we made was in the context of some kind of relationship.
V. Cost of unhealthy relationships:
1. Character- Character is a reflection of the word in us. We can’t be out there doing anything. The word of God should flow off of our lips. Character is behavior on display. For any relationship to be effective, we must first be in proper relationship with ourselves. If we are not, we will think the relationship we are entering will make our character better. Getting married is not going to change you. You have to work on you before you enter that relationship. When you enter a relationship, you take your character with you. Proverbs 5:1-2: 1My son, attend unto my wisdom, and bow thine ear to my understanding: 2That thou mayest regard discretion, and that thy lips may keep knowledge.
2. Be careful of who you “communicate” with. Proverbs 5:3: 3For the lips of a strange woman drop as an honeycomb, and her mouth is smoother than oil: – the Devil will assign somebody to your life to try to talk you into stuff. Words are powerful. Who gets into your ear? Every unwise decision we have made was often a result of somebody getting into your head. They kept talking to you, until you finally done it. When you have character and the word, you can resist temptation. Ex-Remember when Satan tried to trick Jesus. Jesus response was the word. He kept saying, “It is written …” Ex- When someone says “What’s up shorty?” you can respond, “It is written, how can two walk together unless they agree” or “We must be equally yoked”. Words will get you so you must know God’s word. How many people have been talked into stuff that you can’t believe you were talked into? Ex: “No! I said no! Stop! Go on now! Stop playing. You play too much. I’ll think about it. Let me check. Well I ain’t staying long”. See how you “no changed”? The enemy speaks to your vulnerability. What can be a blessing to us, can turn into a curse. The Devil has so many ways to get to you now days; it is much easier to get sucked in through communication. We have My Space, Twitter, Face Book, Email, Texting, and much more. This is why we have to be careful with our communication.
3. Camouflage-Proverbs 5:4-6: 4But her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two-edged sword. 5Her feet go down to death; her steps take hold on hell. 6Lest thou shouldest ponder the path of life, her ways are moveable, that thou canst not know them.-People come with a game on the front end, but later they turn out to be something other than they represented themselves to be.
4. Comfortable-be careful of getting too comfortable. Proverbs 5:7-8: 7Hear me now therefore, O ye children, and depart not from the words of my mouth. 8Remove thy way far from her, and come not nigh the door of her house:-You got to cut some things off. Realize that being comfortable is not healthy for you. Men often have a hard time knowing when the friendship of a woman is composed of bad intentions. Women have the sixth sense of being able to see that this is a relationship that should be cut off.
5. Consequences-Proverbs 5:9-10: 9Lest thou give thine honour unto others, and thy years unto the cruel:10Lest strangers be filled with thy wealth; and thy labours be in the house of a stranger; -Ex- Guys if you cheat, you get put out of the house you bought. Later your wife gets remarried and moves somebody into the house. You are now paying for a house you don’t live and somebody else is reaising your kids. All of this can be consequences of one unwise decision (cheating). Proverbs 5:12-14: 12And say, How have I hated instruction, and my heart despised reproof; 13And have not obeyed the voice of my teachers, nor inclined mine ear to them that instructed me! 14I was almost in all evil in the midst of the congregation and assembly.-Why didn’t we go to the church. We allowed people to keep us out. We look back and realize that we were in church, but the word is going in one ear and out the other. It is not too late, because God kept you, even in your unwise decisions. You still have time to get it right.
He who knows not, and knows not that he knows not, is a fool. Shun him!
He who knows not, and knows that he knows not, is simple. Teach him!
He who knows, and knows not that he knows, is asleep. Wake him!
He who knows, and knows that he knows is wise. Follow him!
The greatest decision you can make outside of Jesus, is walking in wisdom. If you could get the years that you lost over stupid decisions, how many years would you get back? Your decision can be the difference in walking in wisdom and foolishness.