Faith corner: From the Pastor’s Desk June 2016

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WISDOM
Wisdom is the principal thing; Therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding (Proverbs 4:7 NKJV).
Wisdom is one of the communicable attributes God shares with humanity. It gives uniqueness to, and sets humanity above all of God’s creation. The Greek word for wisdom is sophia. According to the New Testament Greek Lexicon, sophia is defined as;… broad and full of intelligence; used of the knowledge of very diverse matters

a. The wisdom which belongs to men
1. Specifically, the varied knowledge of things human…acquired by acuteness and experience, and summed up in maxims and proverbs
2, the science and learning
3. the act of interpreting dreams and always giving the sagest advice
4. skill in the management of affairs

b. Supreme intelligence, such as belongs to God
1. To Christ [and the Holy Spirit].
2. The wisdom of God…in forming and executing counsels in the formation and government of the world and the scriptures.

From the above definition, we can deduce that, there are TWO types of wisdom; a. the universal or natural wisdom, and b. the spiritual or divine wisdom. Here are my explanations;

UNIVERSAL OR NATURAL WISDOM

Everyone born into this world is endowed with this kind of wisdom. The Bible saysGod created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them (Genesis 1:27). The IMAGE OF GOD(Imago Dei)” is in reference to a symbolical relationship between God and mankind. To understand what the “image of God” means, we need to look at THREE important characteristics of God; which He also shares with humanity – a. Intellect b. Emotions and c. Will. Among God’s creation, man is the only being endowed with “intellect” (wisdom) as God is. The universal or natural wisdom has nothing to do with our faith in Christ. It is part of who we are; no matter what our religious affiliations are, we all intelligent beings because, we are created in God’ image.

SPIRITUAL OR DIVINE WISDOM

This wisdom is given to those who specifically ask for it from God. This is the basis of James’ advice; If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you (James 1:5a). Spiritual or divine wisdom therefore, is limited to Christians only. Through this wisdom, the Holy Spirit enables us to navigate our lives, families, ministries, businesses etc. in this world of darkness. This wisdom is part of the spiritual gifts; and what it does is that, it gives believers special understanding about God in relation to His self-existence and attributes. It also enhances our insight beyond that of the natural or universal wisdom; as the Holy Spirit brings clarity and directions to our minds and teach us what to say or do in the midst of confused, murky situations which demands intelligent decisions in order to have favorable outcome.

Jesus told His disciples; But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you (John 14:26). John also said; As for you, the anointing you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about all things and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit–just as it has taught you, remain in him (1 John 2:27). Why would Jesus refer to the Holy Spirit as a Teacher? The importance of our earthly teachers – formal and informal, cannot be underestimated. From the cradle to the grave, we owe our lives to our parents and school teachers for imparting wisdom to us.

Apostle Paul cautioned the Corinthian Christians when he said; For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ. 14 And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. 15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works (1 Corinthians 11:13-15). John continues this caution about the deceit, charm and domination of Satan in the last days by saying;  Then I saw a second beast, coming out of the earth. It had two horns like a lamb, but it spoke like a dragon. 12 It exercised all the authority of the first beast on its behalf, and made the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose fatal wound had been healed. 13 And it performed great signs, even causing fire to come down from heaven to the earth in full view of the people. 14 Because of the signs it was given power to perform on behalf of the first beast, it deceived the inhabitants of the earth. It ordered them to set up an image in honor of the beast who was wounded by the sword and yet lived. 15 The second beast was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that the image could speak and cause all who refused to worship the image to be killed. 16 It also forced all people, great and small, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hands or on their foreheads, 17 so that they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of its name.
18 This calls for wisdom. Let the person who has insight calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man. That number is 666 (Revelation 13:11-18).

There is no doubt that we are living in the last days. The political upheavals, the breakdown of social structures and institutions, the resurgence of persecution of Christians, the unending crave for signs and wonders by many Christians all attest to Paul’s caution and John’s prophecy above. From time immemorial, Satan has transformed himself into angel of light; and has infiltrated the church of Christ through signs and wonders, persecution and moral decadence just to distract, dilute and confuse Christians.

John wrote; This calls for wisdom (Revelation 13:18a). This means our need of spiritual or divine wisdom is urgent and greater today than any other time in history. Remember, king Solomon asked God for spiritual or divine wisdom and it was granted to him (1 kings 3:4-25). Jesus grew in wisdom (Luke 2:40b) so He saw through the deception of the religious leaders of His day; this helped Him to stay focused to the end of His mission. Peter was guided by spiritual or divine wisdom and so, declined Simon Magnus offer in exchange for the Holy Spirit (Acts 8:9-24). The same spiritual or divine wisdom helped Paul to realize that, the slave girl’s message was a distraction to his mission in Philippi; and so cast out the spirit of divination out of her (Acts 16:16-18). As leader, James used spiritual or divine wisdom to steer the affairs of a teething church by making the right decisions; which became the churches guiding blue print (Acts 15).

In conclusion, let’s remember what the writer of Proverbs says; Wisdom is the principal thing; Therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding (Proverbs 4:7). James wrote; If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. 6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. 7 For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; 8 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways (James 1:5-8). Let’s be Christians leaders who will always pray for spiritual or divine wisdom; as this will help us make the right decisions and choices so that we not lead the people of God into the trap of the Enemy.

      ANNOUNCEMENTS
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Check our website at www.disciplesrevivalchurch.org to see our 25th Anniversary photos. There are other study materials to help you grow in the Lord.
My first book titled: African Spirituality: Did Africans Know God Before the Arrival of the Missionaries? Has been released. We had a wonderful launching at our church on Sunday October 25th 2015. You may order your copy through the Publisher @ www.shidaanikei.com. We express our appreciation to all of you for your prayer support.

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Rev. Dr.  & Rev. (Mrs.) Charles & Faustina Mantey
Senior Pastors
Disciples Revival Church
30 Gordon Mackay Road
Toronto, Ontario M9N 2V6. Canada
416-614-7771
www.disciplesrevivalchurch.org

[1] The New Testament Greek Lexicon, Accessed on the internet on May 26 2016 @9:41am ES

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