December 6, 2018

SEEKING GODLY WISDOM

The bible says “Wisdom is the principal thing, therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding.”. If the angels in heaven could rejoice because devil was sent away from them, then we need wisdom to know how to deal with Satan that is now the prince of the world. He has filled the world with his tactics and he has manipulated many hearts to dance to his tunes. He is bold enough to come before the KING of kings and the LORD of lords to tempt him with the word He wrote. He was able to convince one third of the angels in heaven to be won to his side. He was able to make the first man and woman fall and prevented them from enjoying the garden of Eden. Therefore children of God, we need wisdom to channel our lives from now on until we leave the earth.

The first thing we need to assume is that everyone around us is a potential vessel for Satan to use. He comes in a subtle form and unfortunately he comes in through our weak points. There is no amount of strength a rope has, if it is weak in one point, sooner or later, it will break right at that weak point. We should not think that because we are spiritual, everyone is like us. Your thoughts and their thoughts are not the same, therefore you need to be asking  daily for godly wisdom to know how to react to different situations.  A gentle and sympathetic appearance is  not enough to believe that the person is genuine. The soothing words that seems to be coming from a person does not make that person genuine or truthful. Lies or deceit has filled so many lives that the love of self has overshadowed them from being truthful. They will do anything because of jealousy or envy or wanting to be better than you are.  Every one is out to take care of themselves and care less about you. This is just what the world has reduced to in a nutshell. When people are selling things to you, they are after their own gain/profit not your benefit. They will present it in a way that you will think it is to your advantage, but children of God, you need to read between the lines. When you hear too much of sweet words, just know that they are laying traps for you. All that I have written are from my personal experiences which have put me in a financial mess. It takes the Almighty God to help me with the cleaning of my mess, even then, I am still yet to be clean completely.

Therefore children of God, every step you have to take from now on should be from God. To answer any question, or to make any commitment of any kind, seek the face of God. Ask for His wisdom daily. Tell Him that you need His help in every decision. Do not be carried away with the title “prophet, apostle, bishop, or deacon” or any of those respectable positions and think they are representing the voice of God, they might not. Let God Himself speak to your heart, seek His wisdom daily in prayer. There was a story in I Kings 13 that reads thus ” And behold, there came a man of God out of Judah by the word of the LORD unto Bethel and Jeroboam stood by the altar to burn incense. And he cried against the altar in the word of the LORD, and said, O altar, altar thus saith the LORD, Behold a child shall be born unto the house of David, Josiah by name, and upon thee shall he offer the priests of the high places that burn incense upon thee, and men’s bones shall be burnt upon thee. . And he gave a sign the  same day saying …Behold the altar shall be  rent, and the ashes that are upon it shall be poured out….Jeroboam the king put forth his hand to lay hold on him, and the hand dried up and could not pull it in again. The altar also was rent and the ashes poured out” The king asked for prayer and the man of God prayed for him and his hand was restored . He wanted to reward the man of God but he refused because God charged him not to eat or drink in the place. There was an older man of God that heard about the episode through his sons. He saddled an ass to follow this man of God and met him under a tree where he was resting. He said to him “Come home with me, and eat bread.”  He told him what God charged him, but the older man of God said ” I am a prophet also as you are, and an angel spake unto me by the word of the Lord, Bring him back with thee into thine house that he may eat bread and drink water. But he lied unto him.” So he went back with him, did eat bread, and drank water. While they were at the table ,a message now came from the LORD saying “For as much as thou hast disobeyed..thy carcass shall not come unto the sepulchre of thy fathers.”  On his way back, a lion met him on the way and slew him, and his carcass was cast in the way, the lion stood by the carcass together with the ass. The old prophet heard what happened, he came to pick him up and bury him in his own grave.

This story between a young prophet and old prophet is a very sympathetic one. Imagine a man of God lying to another man of God because he envied him, may be because God bypassed him to use another man of God to deliver the message. He caused the death of this young prophet by lying to him. Today many so called men or women of God are doing the same thing, causing untimely death among them. So you need to be careful in putting your trust in anyone other than God. Hear God yourself. Learn to recognize His voice. As we move into year 2019, we need to develop an intimate relationship with Him so that He can guard us by speaking to our minds at all times in order to make the right decision. I pray that we will not be ensnared by the trap of the enemy or fall victim to all their plans in the mighty name of Jesus. Amen. God be with us all.

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