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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Supernatural Wisdom - What is it?

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt


It is a good thing to desire to grow in wisdom. It is wisdom that helps us consistently make good decisions and live our life out prudently and reverently before the Lord. Wisdom ultimately comes from God. Because people want to grow in wisdom and make wise decisions, they seek advice. Seeking advice is advisable but especially from the right persons. Advice is abundant and cheap. Proverbs 29:11 says, "A fool utters his entire mind: but a wise man keeps it in till afterwards." And Proverbs 26:12 says "See a man wise in his own eyes? There is more hope of a fool than of him."

It seems like you can always find someone to tell you what to do. That is not the purpose of advice. As I said yesterday, advice is to help you gather facts, information, insights, and the wisdom of others so that you can weigh them before the Lord and let Him lead you into good and wise decisions.

God has people to give you advice. That advice will come in various formats. It could be through your Pastor message in church, through a book you read, through a trusted friend over coffee, or through someone or somebody you least expect, suddenly! We need to really think about who we take advice from.
Godly counsel and advice that imparts wisdom from God’s word is the backbone of wisdom building. Wisdom is the product of the following: the getting of knowledge, the getting of understanding of that knowledge, the experiential understanding that comes from putting what you’ve learned to work, and the continued growth of knowledge and experience over that seasons of your life. This is the primary way wisdom is gained. But, there is another way wisdom can be gained. It is supernatural and comes from the heart of God as a gift – suddenly! What I mean by that is that there are times where we need wisdom in an area where we’ve not grown in knowledge, understanding, and experience. If that is the case, how can we suddenly have wisdom? Again – supernaturally from God! There are times where God will show you something you could not know in any other way – something where there was no progression of wisdom building for a particular experience. This is the operation of the gift of the Spirit called the word of wisdom. 1 Corinthians 12:8 reveals this saying, "For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom..."

Solomon was the recipient of this kind of wisdom at the beginning of his kingly reign. He was a young man and new king when two women were brought before him both claiming to be mother of the same child. One was obviously lying. What wisdom and experience could this new and young king have to discern how to get to the truth? The answer is none. Solomon leaned completely on the Lord for his wisdom and because of it, we see God give him the word of wisdom. 1 Ki 3:23-28 we read, "Solomon said, "This one says, 'My son is alive and your son is dead,' while that one says, 'No! Your son is dead and mine is alive.'" Then the king said, "Bring me a sword." So they brought a sword for the king. He then gave an order: "Cut the living child in two and give half to one and half to the other." The woman whose son was alive was filled with compassion for her son and said to the king, "Please, my lord, give her the living baby! Don't kill him!" But the other said, "Neither I nor you shall have him. Cut him in two!" Then the king gave his ruling: "Give the living baby to the first woman. Do not kill him; she is his mother." When all Israel heard the verdict the king had given, they held the king in awe, because they saw that he had wisdom from God to administer justice."

This was wisdom outside of the natural progression of getting wisdom. It was supernatural and a gift of God's grace to accomplish the task God had given Solomon. We can always believe for God's grace for wisdom when we are doing His will. There are times when we will need exactly this kind of wisdom – supernaturally – void of experience. Most of the time, God will have us grow in wisdom so that it becomes deeply rooted in us.

As a Christian, God wants you to be wise with your wisdom built upon the foundation I’ve talked about the past two writings. He promises you to help you have wisdom and now you know that even when you’ve not had time to gain wisdom in an area, He is still there to supernaturally help you have wisdom!

James 1:5 (NIV) If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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The Four Pillars of Good Decision Making

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt


The decisions you have to make daily may not be at the same level as those working in national security in the pentagon but, you do face decisions that you have to make most every day! It’s good to develop a godly foundation for your decision making processes that will guide you no matter how big or insignificant your decisions may seem.

The first pillar of your decision-making process is this: put God in the center of your decisions doing things His way. This is the example that Joshua set for all those under his leadership. He made things clear. If you are going to follow me, expect to serve God's choices. To Joshua, anything short of looking to God in his decisions was out of the question as we see in Joshua 24:15. "But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve…But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD."

The second pillar is this: know that the place God will ultimately lead you to is a place of blessing. You have to know and have faith that God will lead you to blessing and trust that. It's as simple as the reason a good parent guides a young child into a right decision. The parent guides that child as and act of nurturing and love desiring the best for him or her. God will develop our character, our trust in Him – ultimately developing our faith. And best of all, that will bring us to destination blessing. His Word bares this truth out and you need to settle in your heart. God's first desire in the decisions He wants to help us make is our ultimate blessing. Isaiah 1:19 is one of many promises of God that should convince us of this truth. It says, "If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the best from the land." This was meant to be a motivating truth.

The third and fourth pillar of a good decision-making process is being willing or rightly motivated and obedient. Again this is in Isaiah 1:19. It says “If you are willing and obedient.” Neither of these words can stand alone. In the gospels we read when Jesus was asking Peter to pray with Him. He told Peter to pray because “Satan desires to sift you like wheat." Peter was very willing to do what was right. He couldn’t believe that He would ever betray or disobey the Lord. He was willing. He said to Jesus, “Even if all fall away on account of you, I never will." (Mat 26:33) Peter was willing but not obedient. He did not pray. Why? We can only surmise? To tired, to busy, didn't really see the value, "that's good for Jesus - He's into that kind of thing but it's not for me." Who knows? All we know is that he was willing but not obedient. He slept instead of praying and ended up betraying Jesus.

You can also be obedient but not necessarily be willing or rightly motivated. People do all sorts of things - things that look like obedient actions yet their heart is not rightly motivated in their action. Cain obeyed and offered a sacrifice to God but his heart was not right. God wouldn’t accept it. It led to Cain’s rebellion and the murder of his brother. The Apostle Paul said, "If I give my body to be burned but have not love, it profits me nothing." That could appear as an obedient action but what is unseen is the wrongly motivated heart. The Apostle Paul also said that when men preach, some do so for right motivation and some for wrong. Phil 1:15 says, "It is true that some preach Christ out of envy and rivalry, but others out of goodwill." They may have been obedient to preach but not all were rightly motivated or willing.

The four foundational pillars of good decision-making are: center your decision-making in the integrity of God’s Word and direction. Know He’ll ultimately lead you to places of blessing. Be willing which means be motivated from a pure heart with a great attitude. And be obedient – actually doing what God is asking and leading you to do.
When you learn to develop the instincts of consistently building your decisions upon theses pillars, you will exalt your decision-making processes to the highest and most fruitful level possible and you will “eat from the best of the land.”

Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV) For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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