Sept 25, 2022
Word of Wisdom
Introduction – a word can be a part of something for it does not mean complete wisdom about a subject. God has all wisdom but he shares a part of the wisdom that we need for a given situation. Below is a definition that we are given about the word of wisdom by Dad Hagin about this subject.
Focus Scripture – 1 Cor 12:8a 8 For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom;
The Word of Wisdom is something that is given by God to help us know how to respond to someone and it witnesses to others. The word of wisdom can produce miracles so that we can share the power of God to others and demonstrate power to others by our Words. The word of God is so important to us or should be because the Word of God created what we see. So this Word gives us an insight into how God thinks about this situation we are trying to help others in their situation!
Definition of Word of Wisdom by Ken Hagin- The word of wisdom is a supernatural revelation by the Spirit of God concerning the divine purpose in the mind and will of God. God reveals the purpose and plan for the future through the word of wisdom.
Book of Acts- in the book of Acts we see the Holy Spirit given and should be more aptly named the book of the Acts of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit moved primarily through the Apostle Peter and Paul, although deacons and evangelists and others walked in power because of the power that was in them! The Book of Acts opens up to us what is possible to those in Christ! So stop worrying about the problems instead focus on the God who desires to live in you!
Acts 8:26-35 Philip and the chariot 26 And the angel of the Lord spake unto Philip, saying, Arise, and go toward the south unto the way that goeth down from Jerusalem unto Gaza, which is desert.27 And he arose and went: and, behold, a man of Ethiopia, an eunuch of great authority under Candace queen of the Ethiopians, who had the charge of all her treasure, and had come to Jerusalem for to worship,28 Was returning, and sitting in his chariot read Esaias the prophet.29 Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to this chariot.30 And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read the prophet Esaias, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest?31 And he said, How can I, except some man should guide me? And he desired Philip that he would come up and sit with him.32 The place of the scripture which he read was this, He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; and like a lamb dumb before his shearer, so opened he not his mouth:33 In his humiliation his judgment was taken away: and who shall declare his generation? for his life is taken from the earth.34 And the eunuch answered Philip, and said, I pray thee, of whom speaketh the prophet this? of himself, or of some other man?35 Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus.
Philip was not one of the original 12. Philip was only a deacon. He was not an apostle but had 4 daughters who were raised that were evangelists. God used someone who was not an apostle. God told Philip to go to that chariot so that he could talk to the driver. This was someone of importance in Ethiopia government and God did not use one of the top apostles. God will use who is available. God used this deacon who God had trained by the apostles in the Word. This helped bring the Gospel to the continent of Africa and into a royal court. This was prompted by an angel. So, the discerning of Spirits was also in operation to bring this word of wisdom. God used 2 gifts to bring this miracle into operation. The Jewish people still have a remnant in Ethiopia today and they made Aliyah to Israel and have a replica of the Ark of the Covenant there.
Acts 11:28-30 Agabus and the famine 28 And there stood up one of them named Agabus, and signified by the Spirit that there should be great dearth throughout all the world: which came to pass in the days of Claudius Caesar.29 Then the disciples, every man according to his ability, determined to send relief unto the brethren which dwelt in Judaea:30 Which also they did, and sent it to the elders by the hands of Barnabas and Saul.
The famine was short compared to some of the other famines mentioned in Scripture. There are other famines mentioned in Scripture. They gave to help others for they considered themselves as one body. So, what happened in Jerusalem affected those in other churches. They sent it by the Apostles Saul and Barnabas (Saul did not change his name yet). This was part of the love walk they had before God! We have charitable organizations which are part of ministries like Franklin Graham or Joyce Meyer but there are other organizations that are not Christian organizations that are charitable organizations. They want to help others so we give to them. Instead, we give to them instead of giving directly to the need. This need was made known was Agabus the prophet!
Acts 20:7-12 - Paul and Eutychus 7 And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight.8 And there were many lights in the upper chamber, where they were gathered together.9 And there sat in a window a certain young man named Eutychus, being fallen into a deep sleep: and as Paul was long preaching, he sunk down with sleep, and fell down from the third loft, and was taken up dead.10 And Paul went down, and fell on him, and embracing him said, Trouble not yourselves; for his life is in him.11 When he therefore was come up again, and had broken bread, and eaten, and talked a long while, even till break of day, so he departed.12 And they brought the young man alive, and were not a little comforted.
As a minister I love this story. Paul preached all night long. I like it because I can point to it when people say I preach too long. Paul preached one night into the morning and Jesus preached 3 days. Do not sit near an open window when someone is preaching! Eutychus fell asleep and fell out of the window. They said oh no he is dead! The Apostle Paul said he was still alive! Then Paul raised him up again! Then Paul continued preaching like nothing happened! What a service that day! He had a word inside of him that his life was there. The word of wisdom from God changed what happened that day!
Acts 21:10-13 Agabus and the suffering of Paul 10 And as we tarried there many days, there came down from Judaea a certain prophet, named Agabus.11 And when he was come unto us, he took Paul's girdle, and bound his own hands and feet, and said, Thus saith the Holy Ghost, So shall the Jews at Jerusalem bind the man that owneth this girdle, and shall deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles.12 And when we heard these things, both we, and they of that place, besought him not to go up to Jerusalem.13 Then Paul answered, What mean ye to weep and to break mine heart? for I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.
The same Agabus gave this message to Paul and said to Paul let me have your girdle and then gave a word of wisdom. IT was not a good word but said they will bind you, Paul. Paul was ready to die for to him it was better to die, for to him to die was gain! Paul went to Rome and wrote Romans and other letters which are in the Bible, so God had a plan because of what was happening to him. This was not a bad thing! Paul received that with joy and not sadness! Would you?
Acts 27:10-14 Paul’s dream 10 And said unto them, Sirs, I perceive that this voyage will be with hurt and much damage, not only of the lading and ship, but also of our lives.11 Nevertheless the centurion believed the master and the owner of the ship, more than those things which were spoken by Paul.12 And because the haven was not commodious to winter in, the more part advised to depart thence also, if by any means they might attain to Phenice, and there to winter; which is an haven of Crete, and lieth toward the south west and north west.13 And when the south wind blew softly, supposing that they had obtained their purpose, loosing thence, they sailed close by Crete.14 But not long after there arose against it a tempestuous wind, called Euroclydon.
Paul was given a visit from an angel, so here Paul was given a message from discerning of spirits which gave a word of wisdom. Paul was on his way to Rome and because Paul served God, then God said all those who are with you will be saved also. They wondered about Paul but the ship came to Phenice which was a small town on the island of Crete. Yet the wind came which was called Euroclydon(a name of a typhoon type of wind). This type of storm was so horrible that even experienced sailors could not handle this type of storm! IT caused the ship to break up!
Prophets of Old – they had many prophecies and when we read this then we think about them we think of it as being prophecies but we do not think of them as having a word of knowledge or a word of wisdom. The Holy Spirit came on them but the Holy Spirit lives in us to give us these gifts so we can live in these gifts!
Gen 41:29-38 29 Behold, there come seven years of great plenty throughout all the land of Egypt:30 And there shall arise after them seven years of famine; and all the plenty shall be forgotten in the land of Egypt; and the famine shall consume the land;31 And the plenty shall not be known in the land by reason of that famine following; for it shall be very grievous.32 And for that the dream was doubled unto Pharaoh twice; it is because the thing is established by God, and God will shortly bring it to pass.33 Now therefore let Pharaoh look out a man discreet and wise, and set him over the land of Egypt.34 Let Pharaoh do this, and let him appoint officers over the land, and take up the fifth part of the land of Egypt in the seven plenteous years.35 And let them gather all the food of those good years that come, and lay up corn under the hand of Pharaoh, and let them keep food in the cities.36 And that food shall be for store to the land against the seven years of famine, which shall be in the land of Egypt; that the land perish not through the famine.37 And the thing was good in the eyes of Pharaoh, and in the eyes of all his servants.38 And Pharaoh said unto his servants, Can we find such a one as this is, a man in whom the Spirit of God is?
There was a dream that was given to Pharoah and Joseph was given the interpretation of that dream. That was a word of wisdom. Look at the definition at the beginning of the message. God reveals the purpose and plan for the future through the word of wisdom. This interpretation gave wisdom for what was yet to come. In fact, if you notice the response of Pharoah, you will see that he says that in Joseph dwelt the wisdom of God! He says that in Joseph dwelt the Spirit of God!
1 kgs 3:16-18 16 Then came there two women, that were harlots, unto the king, and stood before him.17 And the one woman said, O my lord, I and this woman dwell in one house; and I was delivered of a child with her in the house.18 And it came to pass the third day after that I was delivered, that this woman was delivered also: and we were together; there was no stranger with us in the house, save we two in the house.19 And this woman's child died in the night; because she overlaid it.20 And she arose at midnight, and took my son from beside me, while thine handmaid slept, and laid it in her bosom, and laid her dead child in my bosom.21 And when I rose in the morning to give my child suck, behold, it was dead: but when I had considered it in the morning, behold, it was not my son, which I did bear.22 And the other woman said, Nay; but the living is my son, and the dead is thy son. And this said, No; but the dead is thy son, and the living is my son. Thus they spake before the king.23 Then said the king, The one saith, This is my son that liveth, and thy son is the dead: and the other saith, Nay; but thy son is the dead, and my son is the living.24 And the king said, Bring me a sword. And they brought a sword before the king.25 And the king said, Divide the living child in two, and give half to the one, and half to the other.
Now this showed the wisdom of Solomon and that caused the King to be glorified throughout the world at that time. This story caused Solomon to be praised. God gave him that wisdom and Solomon walked in the wisdom (words of wisdom) on a daily basis. Divide the child sounds cruel but it showed wisdom for in so doing the real mother cried out! Natural wisdom could not decide but the wisdom of God gave a simple answer. Love answered the question. Wisdom points to love! Love is of God and God gave him the right answer. In v11 he asked for wisdom and this was the 1st test of that request!
Ditch Digger 2 kgs 3:15-18 15 But now bring me a minstrel. And it came to pass, when the minstrel played, that the hand of the Lord came upon him.16 And he said, Thus saith the Lord, Make this valley full of ditches.17 For thus saith the Lord, Ye shall not see wind, neither shall ye see rain; yet that valley shall be filled with water, that ye may drink, both ye, and your cattle, and your beasts.18 And this is but a light thing in the sight of the Lord: he will deliver the Moabites also into your hand.
Prepare for rain! What a word that was given! No rain so they are told to dig and prepare for rain! That seems to make no sense. Why would you prepare for rain when there is no rain! That can only come when God is speaking to you! This is not just a statement of faith that God will deliver you but that God is doing something on your behalf! This is not a hard thing but a simple thing! The things we consider hard God calls easy!
Daniel – statue of Nebuchadnezzar Dan 2:26-29 26 The king answered and said to Daniel, whose name was Belteshazzar, Art thou able to make known unto me the dream which I have seen, and the interpretation thereof?27 Daniel answered in the presence of the king, and said, The secret which the king hath demanded cannot the wise men, the astrologers, the magicians, the soothsayers, shew unto the king;28 But there is a God in heaven that revealeth secrets, and maketh known to the king Nebuchadnezzar what shall be in the latter days. Thy dream, and the visions of thy head upon thy bed, are these;29 As for thee, O king, thy thoughts came into thy mind upon thy bed, what should come to pass hereafter: and he that revealeth secrets maketh known to thee what shall come to pass.
Only God can interpret dreams. Every interpretation is really a word of wisdom or word of knowledge! The knowledge seemed to be interpretating a dream. That looks like a normal event. Some things that look normal are God events! Some responses that look normal are God thoughts! So do not dismiss things in your life so easily! Learn to hear the voice of God! Then you can understand when God is giving you a word of wisdom to help others!
Conclusion- we saw today how a word of wisdom could come in the form of a dream, angel or even what looks like a natural answer. Learn how to listen to the voice of God and to respond to God. Learn the spirit of God so that you can hear his voice. None of these gifts are effective until you learn the voice of God! So, pray to learn his voice and walk being led by the Spirit! That is why it is so important to be filled with the Holy Spirit to listen to Him!
Application- Read the word and listen to the Lord. You do that by spending time with the Lord! Spend time with the Lord and listen to the Holy Spirit! When you listen then you learn and become wise! Do not let the world and its natural wisdom. Natural wisdom is not able to deal with the things that are caused by supernatural beings! You need God’s wisdom to overcome the devil and his minions! So walk in the wisdom of God by practicing the Word today!
Prayer for healing- (pray in faith believing) Heavenly Father I pray for healing. I thank you for manifesting healing in my body today! You took all my sickness, disease, pain, sorrow for you paid for it on the cross of Calvary. I speak healing into my body and command ______________ to leave my body! No weapon can defeat me! I call myself healed because of the blood of Jesus Christ. Devil take your hands off of me for I am the child of the living God! Now thank the Lord for healing you!
Prayer for Salvation- I pray that all of you will come to know Jesus. Pray with me: Heavenly Father I recognize my need for you for without Jesus, I cannot make it in this life. I need you! I know I am a sinner and I need your SON. I recognize that Jesus died for my sin when Jesus died for me on Calvary. I believe that he rose again so that I can go to heaven and live with you there. Thank you for paying for my sin and bringing me into your forever family. So, Jesus come into my heart and live in me today! I am now a Christian!
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