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Walking In The Spirit - 33

 

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Topic: Downloading Wisdom From Heaven

Date: 27th August 2009

 

The Holy Spirit fills people with intelligence, wisdom and craftsmanship and can make an ordinary person possess extraordinary gifts:

Exodus 31:1-6 HCSB  The LORD also spoke to Moses:  (2)  "Look, I have appointed by name Bezalel son of Uri, son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah.  (3)  I have filled him with God's Spirit, with wisdom, understanding, and ability in every craft  (4)  to design artistic works in gold, silver, and bronze,  (5)  to cut gemstones for mounting, and to carve wood for work in every craft.  (6)  I have also selected Oholiab son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan, to be with him. I have placed wisdom within every skilled craftsman in order to make all that I have commanded you:

 

Bezalel is the first person in the Bible to be called 'Spirit-filled'.  Now notice the kind of wisdom here – craftsmanship, designing artistic works in gold, silver and bronze, working with gemstones and fine timbers. And this wisdom was not just restricted to Bezalel – it continued down the line to Oholiab and was given to 'every skilled craftsman' who would work with them on the tabernacle.  This was practical wisdom and skill that was divinely imparted by God so that these men could carry out God's designs and do God's work.

The original design for the Tabernacle was given to Moses who received it directly from God:

 

Exodus 25:8-9,40 HCSB  "They are to make a sanctuary for Me so that I may dwell among them.  (9)  You must make it according to all that I show you--the design of the tabernacle as well as the design of all its furnishings."  …. Be careful to make everything according to the model of them you have been shown on the mountain.

 

Hebrews tells us that the Tabernacle was a copy and a shadow of  the heavenly things:

 

Hebrews 8:5 HCSB  These serve as a copy and shadow of the heavenly things, ... For He said, Be careful that you make everything according to the pattern that was shown to you on the mountain.

 

And later on, during the construction of the Temple, God gave the design of the Temple to David who then passed it on  in intricate detail to Solomon (1 Chronicles 18:11-19).

1 Chronicles 28:11-19 HCSB  (11)  Then David gave his son Solomon the plans for the vestibule of the temple and its buildings, treasuries, upper rooms, inner rooms, and the room for the place of atonement.  (12)  The plans contained everything he had in mind for the courts of the LORD's house, ….(David concluded)  "By the LORD's hand on me, He enabled me to understand everything in writing, all the details of the plan."

God can impart wisdom about even the most practical details of life such as farming!

 

Isaiah 28:23-29 HCSB  Listen and hear my voice. Pay attention and hear what I say.  (24)  Does the plowman plow every day to plant seed? Does he continuously break up and cultivate the soil?  (25)  When he has leveled its surface, does he not then scatter cumin and sow black cumin? He plants wheat in rows and barley in plots, with spelt as their border.  (26)  His God teaches him order; He instructs him.  (27)  Certainly black cumin is not threshed with a threshing board, and a cart wheel is not rolled over the cumin. But black cumin is beaten out with a stick, and cumin with a rod.  (28)  Bread grain is crushed, but is not threshed endlessly. Though the wheel of the farmer's cart rumbles, his horses do not crush it.  (29)  This also comes from the LORD of Hosts. He gives wonderful advice; He gives great wisdom.

 

So we see God teaching and instructing the farmer on how to plant, harvest and process his crops!  This is the opposite of the ideas of Greek philosophy - that would not  deign to involve God in such mundane matters as wheat and barley. Yet  Isaiah tells us that God willingly gives the farmer wonderful advice and great wisdom!  God is practical.

 

Some people are much wiser than others. They are 'on the ball', they make the right decisions, they have a 'right spirit' or an 'excellent spirit' within them and they are full of good sense possessing a balanced perception of life. This is why Joseph and Daniel and Nehemiah and Ezra and Esther and many others rose to positions of power and influence.  They were given wisdom from God.  They got downloads of wisdom from Heaven.

 

How do we receive such valuable wisdom and insight to help us in our daily life? Like everything else in the New Covenant, wisdom is a free gift of God, given by grace in response to faith:

 

James 1:5 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.

 

James 3:17 HCSB  But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peace-loving, gentle, compliant, full of mercy and good fruits, without favoritism and hypocrisy.

 

God wants you to ask Him for wisdom. He wants to fill you with wisdom and knowledge in every area of your life - both spiritual wisdom and practical wisdom. He can:

a) Give you a vision of a divine pattern or way of doing things as He did with Moses

b) Fill you with skill in your work as God did with Bezalel and the craftsmen
c) Help you to figure out the right approach to different things as God did with the farmer

d) Give you grace and inspiration to design something e.g. David & the Temple

e)  Give you wisdom in administration as God gave Daniel, Joseph and Nehemiah

f) Impart a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Christ (Ephesians 1:17)

 

Wisdom can also include knowing the times and seasons, discernment in relationships, skill in speech and anointing for ministry.  God can download these things into your spirit  just as He did for Solomon when Solomon prayed for wisdom.

 

 

1 Kings 3:11-12 HCSB  So God said to him, "Because you have requested this and did not ask for long life or riches for yourself, or the death of your enemies, but you asked discernment for yourself to understand justice,  (12)  I will therefore do what you have asked. I will give you a wise and understanding heart, so that there has never been anyone like you before and never will be again.

 

1 Kings 4:29-30 HCSB  God gave Solomon wisdom, very great insight, and understanding as vast as the sand on the seashore.  (30)  Solomon's wisdom was greater than the wisdom of all the people of the East, greater than all the wisdom of Egypt.

 

God can download wisdom from Heaven into your spirit and into your mind and heart to face every situation in life from how to handle your children to how to design a circuit board. God is interested in every aspect of your life and wants to help you to succeed in your every endeavor.  This includes ministry but is not restricted to ministry. If you abide in Christ the Holy Spirit will open and anoint your mind and teach you about all things:

 

1 John 2:27 HCSB  The anointing you received from Him remains in you, and you don't need anyone to teach you. Instead, His anointing teaches you about all things, and is true and is not a lie; just as it has taught you, remain in Him.

 

Practical Application:  Write down three areas where you need wisdom in life and then pray for God to give you this wisdom according to His gracious promise in James 1:5.

 

 

Blessings,

 

John Edmiston (johned@aibi.ph)
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