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Notes from Partnering with Holy Spirit: Releasing the Gift of Wisdom

Releasing the Gift of Wisdom

All the gifts are for the benefit of all of us – not just me

1 Corinthians 12:7-10 (NLT) A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other. To one person the Spirit gives the ability to give wise advice; to another the same Spirit gives a message of special knowledge. The same Spirit gives great faith to another, and to someone else the one Spirit gives the gift of healing. He gives one person the power to perform miracles, and another the ability to prophesy. He gives someone else the ability to discern whether a message is from the Spirit of God or from another spirit. Still another person is given the ability to speak in unknown languages, while another is given the ability to interpret what is being said.

Over the years I’ve found it easy to teach all the gifts with how they are for the common good of all of us. I can even show that with the gift of tongues- that is the only gift for the individual. The stronger you are, the more it helps me. The stronger I am, the more it helps you. So even that gift – which is the least of all the gifts when we gather together- still ultimately is for the betterment of us all. 

But as I’ve reflected on this message I realized every time I’ve taught on Wisdom it’s for me, how I can get the wisdom I need. I find that strange, because it’s easy to see how words of wisdom are for all us together. I’ll get back to that in a bit.

Wisdom is for us – Not just for me. Together we need the gift of the words of wisdom. 

Wisdom is a gift that grows when it’s given. 

Can I Pray?

What is Wisdom?

1. The beginning of Wisdom is the fear of the Lord. Proverbs 9:10 

2. Wisdom is the practical application of knowledge Proverbs 3:13-17 

3. Wisdom is moral integrity. Proverbs 2:6-9 

4. Wisdom is foundational to Creation. Proverbs 8:22-31 

5. Wisdom is with God. Job 12:13

6. Wisdom comes from God James 1:5

7. Wisdom that is perfect and complete only comes from God Romans 16:27

And I need to remember wisdom is what we need, not just what I need, not just what you need. It’s something we together need. 

Problem

We live in a world is drowning in information but starving for wisdom.

Does this really matter?

It is only going to matter more and more and more. With AI being able to produce images and videos that look more and more like people we trust, lack of trust will only increase. It will only be when we’re face-to-face that we’ll be more sure we know who we’re talking to. And that’s when the gift of Λόγος Σοφία  – Words of Wisdom – will be more and more powerful for all of us. 

The Story 

2 Chronicles 1:1-13 Solomon asking for Wisdom – Solomon son of David took firm control of his kingdom, for the Lord his God was with him and made him very powerful. Solomon called together all the leaders of Israel—the generals and captains of the army, the judges, and all the political and clan leaders. Then he led the entire assembly to the place of worship in Gibeon, for God’s Tabernacle  was located there. (This was the Tabernacle that Moses, the Lord’s servant, had made in the wilderness.) David had already moved the Ark of God from Kiriath-jearim to the tent he had prepared for it in Jerusalem.  But the bronze altar made by Bezalel son of Uri and grandson of Hur was there at Gibeon in front of the Tabernacle of the Lord. So Solomon and the people gathered in front of it to consult the Lord. There in front of the Tabernacle, Solomon went up to the bronze altar in the Lord’s presence and sacrificed 1,000 burnt offerings on it.  That night God appeared to Solomon and said, “What do you want? Ask, and I will give it to you!” Solomon replied to God, “You showed great and faithful love to David, my father, and now you have made me king in his place. O Lord God, please continue to keep your promise to David my father, for you have made me king over a people as numerous as the dust of the earth! Give me the wisdom and knowledge to lead them properly,  for who could possibly govern this great people of yours?” God said to Solomon, “Because your greatest desire is to help your people, and you did not ask for wealth, riches, fame, or even the death of your enemies or a long life, but rather you asked for wisdom and knowledge to properly govern my people— I will certainly give you the wisdom and knowledge you requested. But I will also give you wealth, riches, and fame such as no other king has had before you or will ever have in the future!”  Then Solomon returned to Jerusalem from the Tabernacle at the place of worship in Gibeon, and he reigned over Israel.

You see wisdom and the gift of the word of wisdom Λόγος Σοφία is for all of us. 

Wisdom is a gift that grows when it’s given. 

What if? 

What if the we in the church cared more about God’s wisdom than we do about our own opinions? What if people in the world saw us as people of wisdom and not people to be avoided or ignored? 

I was hearing stories from my Father-in-law’s past and something caught my attention. He’s Armenian and grew up in Iran. And I pay attention when he tells his stories.  When he did his military service, he seemed to be favoured and was given his choice of assignments. It wasn’t until one day—when there was trouble in the camp—his commander brought his commander brought him into a room full of officers and sergeants  that he understood why. His commander pointed to him and said “He will tell you what is going on. He will not tell any lies.” Iranian Muslims believe Armenian Christians can be trusted because they won’t tell any lies. 

This is what I want us to think about. What would it be like if Canadians of all other faiths or no faith were so convinced they could access real wisdom from us? 

Isaiah 60:1-3 (GW) Arise! Shine! Your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has dawned. Darkness now covers the earth, and thick darkness covers the nations. But the Lord dawns, and his glory appears over you. Nations will come to your light, and kings will come to the brightness of your dawn.

These verses are part of a passage where the prophet Isaiah describes the future glory of Zion, envisioned as a beacon to which nations will be drawn. 

But darkness covers our land and politicians who messed it up are not the ones who will fix. The darker the night, the brighter your light. 

It is the wisdom of God’s that lights the darkness of dark places.

Imagine 

Imagine if people looked to us for God’s wisdom? We know they don’t care about our opinions, and that’s fine. They shouldn’t care about our opinions and neither should we. 

We need to know God’s ways. We want His wisdom. Anyone can know about the deeds of God, but Moses knew His ways (Psalm 103:7). We should know His ways too. 

There were a people from a tribe in ancient Israel that there where 200 men of Issachar who understood the times and knew what to do (1 Chronicles 12:32) 

Imagine if we in the church were known by people in world as those who understood the times and knew what to do? 

Our light would be shining in the darkness and they would be coming to the brightness of our dawn. 

How do we make this happen? 

That’s a great question, I’m so glad you asked. Let’s start with how to activate any and all of the gifts.  When you get this, you’ll understand why I share the framework I’ll give you after. 

How to Activate the Gifts of the Spirit Tool

SEEK

S – Seriously Desire 

E – Embrace Activating by Faith

E – Experiment Inside the Church

K – Keep in Step with Holy Spirit

Let’s unpack this…

S – Seriously Desire  (1 Corinthians 12:31(be eager), 14:1(be eager), 14:12 (since you are eager), 14:39 (be eager)) 

Holy Spirit responds to our desires Psalm 37:4, Mark 11:24

  Am I eagerly desiring the gifts of the Spirit?

E – Enjoy activating by faith  (Luke 11:5-13, Romans 14:23)

    Faith is understanding what the Word of God says and applying it to our lives in the spirit in which it was said. It’s my response to His revelation. 

Am I using the faith God provides?

E – Experiment Inside the Church  (1 Thessalonians 5:19, 1 Corinthians 14:31-32 ) 

For example We’re told in the Old Testament to stone a prophet who speaks incorrectly. (Deuteronomy 18:22) But after the Spirit is given we’re told to test everything and hold to the good. (1 Thessalonians 5:19-21)

Am I willing to risk using the gifts of Holy Spirit?

K – Keep in Step with Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:25)

We keep in step with Holy Spirit by doing what He wants us to do. Jesus sent out his disciples and said “As you go, proclaim the kingdom and prove the kingdom is here.” (Matthew 10:7-8) 

  As I go—in the day-to-day of everyday—do I rely on Holy Spirit?

This is how we can activate ANY Gift of Holy Spirit 

SEEK

S – Seriously Desire 

E – Embrace Activating by Faith

E – Experiment Inside the Church

K – Keep in Step with Holy Spirit

Got it? Great. So…

How does this tool help us with the Λόγος Σοφία – words of wisdom ?

That’s another great question, I’m so glad you asked. 

Remember – Wisdom is a gift that grows when it’s given. Wisdom is for us, not just for me. 

How to Activate Λόγος Σοφία Tool

S – Seriously Desire 

Do you think we need to seriously desire wisdom if we want to operate in words of wisdom?

Look at what it says in Proverbs 2. 

Proverbs 2:1-22 NLT My child, listen to what I say, and treasure my commands. Tune your ears to wisdom, and concentrate on understanding.Cry out for insight, and ask for understanding. Search for them as you would for silver; seek them like hidden treasures. Then you will understand what it means to fear the Lord, and you will gain knowledge of God. For the Lord grants wisdom! From his mouth comes knowledge and understanding. He grants a treasure of common sense to the honest. He is a shield to those who walk with integrity. He guards the paths of the just and protects those who are faithful to him. Then you will understand what is right, just, and fair, and you will find the right way to go. For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will fill you with joy. Wise choices will watch over you. Understanding will keep you safe. Wisdom will save you from evil people, from those whose words are twisted. These men turn from the right way  to walk down dark paths. They take pleasure in doing wrong, and they enjoy the twisted ways of evil. Their actions are crooked, and their ways are wrong. Wisdom will save you from the immoral woman, from the seductive words of the promiscuous woman. She has abandoned her husband and ignores the covenant she made before God. Entering her house leads to death;  it is the road to the grave. The man who visits her is doomed. He will never reach the paths of life. So follow the steps of the good, and stay on the paths of the righteous. For only the godly will live in the land, and those with integrity will remain in it. But the wicked will be removed from the land,  and the treacherous will be uprooted.

Am I seriously desiring the gifts of words of wisdom? 

E – Enjoy Activating by Faith

Wisdom is activated by faith..

James 1:5-7  (HCSB) Now if any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives to all generously and without criticizing, and it will be given to him.  But let him ask in faith without doubting. For the doubter is like the surging sea, driven and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord.

Like wisdom and like all Spiritual Gifts, Λόγος Σοφία are activated by faith. If you don’t believe God will give you the wisdom you need when you need it, you won’t get it. If you don’t doubt, but move on the wisdom He’s given you, you’ll find out it’s Wisdom. 

Have I asked for wisdom and used the wisdom God has given?

E – Experiment inside the church 

Acts 15:28 For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us to lay no greater burden on you than these few requirements:

Wisdom takes agreement. Don’t think you have Words of Wisdom if no one you know who has wisdom doesn’t agree. You learn what wisdom is together. 

What does wisdom look like?

You are full of great questions today! James tells us what God’s wisdom looks like. This is something we should all have memorized.

 James 3:17 NLT But the wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and the fruit of good deeds. It shows no favouritism and is always sincere.

That sounds like the template for smelling out wisdom we have together. 

If someone asks you if what they’re sharing with you is wisdom – Run it through James 3:17. If it passes – Does it seem good to you and Holy Spirit?

Do I run what I think could be wisdom by people I know who have wisdom?

K – Keep in Step with Holy Spirit

Ephesians 5:15-17 NLT So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise. Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days.  Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do.

What does God want you to do?

“As you go, proclaim the kingdom and prove the kingdom is here.” (Matthew 10:7-8) 

I already know people come to you for advice. Some of you have learned that your opinion is no where near as valuable as God’s. 

How do you bring God’s wisdom into the moment?

Another great question. 

Bring Wisdom into The Moment Tool – PRAY

P – Present the present need to God

Do a breath prayer “Lord, what word of wisdom do they need.” 

R – Remember what wisdom from above is…

Wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and the fruit of good deeds. It shows no favouritism and is always sincere.

A – Always be in the moment

 Sometimes wisdom comes from clarifying questions. It might be a Word of knowledge or other gift activated. It might be sitting in silence and letting them share.  

Y-  Yield to Holy Spirit

Obey the wisdom God provides. You’ve asked for wisdom, know He’ll give you the wisdom you need. “But I didn’t say anything!” Maybe that’s wisdom today. 

Will I step out with words of wisdom as opportunity arises?

Challenge 

Will you SEEK the gift of Λόγος Σοφία – words of wisdom? Will you seriously desire it? Will you embrace activating it by faith? Will you experiment with it inside the church? Will you keep in step with Holy Spirit as you go? 

It is not just for you, it is for us. 

Wisdom is a gift that grows when it’s given. 

Can I pray for you? 

 Ephesians 1:16-19 (NIV) I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit  of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.  I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe…. 

May you know

May you grow

May you give

May you live 

 Λόγος Σοφία

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