ANSWERS TO SOME NAGGING QUESTIONS: LACK OF WISDOM
“If 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. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.”
James 1:5-6 KJV
There is nothing as satisfying as seeing your prayer answered. Let me rephrase that, 'there is nothing as satisfying as seeing your prayer answered and knowing that it was not just happenstance or coincidence!'. The difference between the two is huge, everybody sees their prayer answered once in a while. What we all want is to see things come to pass when we pray with increasing frequency and I can assure you that this is possible because God is no respecter of persons (Romans 2:11, Acts 10:34). As I study the word, the more obvious it is that we have complicated what God made simple, we have covered what God has revealed (Ephesians 1:9). The spiritual is governed by laws, nothing has changed, it is not emotional. The difference is finding out these laws and 'enforcing' them. I see this much more in the area of healing, we ask and beg God to heal us or somebody else, not knowing that all the healing power is already available in your spirit waiting to be released into your body (Romans 8:10-11). Let me illustrate this, I recently returned from my travels and met a part of my house in darkness despite the fact that I turned on the switch. I knew the problem was not with the power supply company because despite the darkness, I was sure that they have fulfilled their part of the equation. I also knew that the problem was in that part of the house. Once I identified the fuse and changed it, light came. I did not have to beg or plead with the power company, I dealt with my 'RECEIVER' and commanded the power to flow (by turning on the switch) ........HAVE! This analogy sounds simplistic but you need to grasp these basics otherwise you will struggle. In essence, God fulfilled His part of the deal 2000 years ago with the death, burial and resurrection of Christ. What we need to do is find out what is available and how to access it. I will show you in this capsule (This capsule is fairly long, but necessary).
To recap we are discussing reasons why Matthew 7:7-8, Luke 11:8-9, might be at variance with your experiences. I have titled it answers to that nagging question, so far we have considered five, I would like to end with this one to avoid making this series too long. Nobody can teach you everything they know and even if they did, that is not all that is there to know. In this capsule we would look at wisdom. Three things go together in this order, Knowledge, Understanding and WISDOM. Most people define wisdom as 'Right application of knowledge' but I think a better definition is 'Ability to profit from your knowledge'. Think about it, of what use is your knowledge and understanding if it does not lead to profitability? (2 Timothy 3:16-17). In the example I gave above, I knew that there was power in my house, I had a bit of understanding of how things work, but all that was theory until I profited from that knowledge and understanding.
In the study of the word there are four notable types of wisdom. The first is natural wisdom, this is freely available to all (1 Corinthians 1:17). Secondly, there is demonic wisdom, according to James 3:15, you really don't want that. Thirdly, there is 'word of wisdom', which is a gift of the Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:8). The fourth type which I would like to discus is 'Divine Wisdom'. (1Corinthians 2:6-7). Paul in his prayer for the Ephesians church, chapter 1:8,17, saw this as the key to unlocking the power of God that was already in them, similarly in Colossians 1:9. Despite the fact that God has revealed the mystery of His will we need this wisdom to unlock things because no two situations are ever the same. But the good news is that Christ in us is the perfect wisdom of God (1 Corinthians 1:30). Imagine it, you have the wisdom of the One who spoke the universe into being on the inside of you on tap.
Our index scripture says (my paraphrase), when you get to certain point in your asking and it appears you are not receiving, what you need is this divine wisdom. God has made this provision to overcome both seen and unseen obstacles. You need to make a demand on this wisdom and be single minded about it. It is not something you try to see whether it will work, it is something you do until you get an answer, period! James 1:7, says if you waver in your asking for this wisdom, you will not receive, it is that simple.
“For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries.”
1 Corinthians 14:2 KJV
But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:” 1 Corinthians 2:7 KJV
The question I get asked often is how do you draw on this wisdom? Consider the above scriptures. Scripture A: When you pray in unknown tongue, you are speaking to God directly, spirit to Spirit. In other words you are speaking mysteries.
Scripture B :These mysteries are actually the hidden wisdom of God reserved for us from the very beginning. In other words when you pray in unknown tongue, you are making a demand on the wisdom of God, similar to what happens when you are downloading on a computer (This is just one of the things that happens when you speak in an unknown tongue, there is much more). Your spirit is communicating with the Spirit of God, accessing all the wisdom required to overcome any hindrance so that when you ask, you receive, seek you find, knock it is open! What a great privilege. I am certain that this is what Paul described in Romans 8:25-27, "But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it. Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God."
My greatest joy is to see people learn the simplicity of the truth in God's word and see them walk free. We have been given so much, bought by the highest price; the sacrifice of Christ. Unfortunately, most have allowed this to be corrupted by tradition and unnecessary, meaningless, religious calisthenics (Colossians 2:8, 16-18). What we have shared needs to become living concepts, please go through the scriptural references, personalise them and see things change in your life. I pray you have learnt something from this series and it is settled in you that 'Ask and you shall receive, seek and you shall find, knock and it it shall be opened. For EVERYONE that ask, receives.......
REMEMBER, ALL THE PROMISES OF GOD IN CHRIST', ARE YEA AND IN HIM AMEN, NO IFs, BUTs or MAYBEs!
The next capsule will be TEMPERATURE AND PULSE CHECK, for this series. Again I owe a debt of gratitude to all my partners who have been generous enough to link each edition of God's Pill with your social media sites. I am grateful, God will reward you. Don't stop, the harvest is ripe but the true labourers are few.