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How to Get Godly Wisdom

Friday, November 20th, 2015

But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. James 1:5

1. SEEK GOD. David inquired of God, saying, “Shall I go up against the Philistines? And will You give them into my hand?” Then the Lord said to him, “Go up, for I will give them into your hand” (1 Chronicles 14:10). King David modeled a life of seeking God. Sometimes we can become so numb that we don’t want talk to God, but this is a principle forged in faith. Don’t wait around for a feel-good moment of inspiration. Seek God right now.

2. SEEK GOD AGAIN. The Philistines made yet another raid in the valley. David inquired again of God, and God said to him, “You shall not go up after them; circle around behind them and come at them in front of the balsam trees” (1 Chronicles 14:13-14). Develop dependence on God. We are at our best when we put again in our situation. Again I’m at church, again I’m singing praises, again I’m giving in the offering, again I’m showing up, again I’m seeking God. Day by day, continually ask: “God, what would You have me do in this situation?”

3. OBEY WHAT GOD SAYS. But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy (James 3:17-18). When we find out what God wants us to do, we don’t waste energy on busy activity instead of actual achievement. As you tap into God’s wisdom, you can have divine encounter after divine encounter.

God bless you,
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

DAILY WISDOM CONFESSIONS
I call to God and He will answer me and show me great and mighty things I do not know (Jeremiah 33:3). I trust in the Lord with all my heart, and don’t lean on my own understanding. In all my ways I acknowledge Him and He makes my path straight (Proverbs 3:5-6). Jesus is my wisdom (1 Corinthians 1:30) and I have the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16). I am filled with the knowledge of God’s will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding (Colossians 1:9).

wis·dom, noun
The ability to discern or judge what is true, right, or lasting; insight. A wise outlook, plan, or course of action.

Copyright © 2015 St. Louis Family Church. All rights reserved. No part of this article may be reprinted or distributed in any form without prior written permission of St. Louis Family Church. Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture references are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. “Wisdom.” The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition copyright ©2015 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

The Word Is Your Counselor

Friday, August 21st, 2015

Your testimonies also are my delight; they are my counselors. Psalm 119:24

READ THE WORD. We need the guidance, direction, and counsel found in the Scriptures. The abundance of wisdom found in God’s Word from Genesis to Revelation is going to advance our lives, keep us from failing, and guide us to a place of victory and deliverance.

Where there is no guidance the people fall, but in abundance of counselors there is victory. Proverbs 11:14

GET FAITH FROM THE WORD. Jesus gives amazing counsel to the disciples in four powerful words: “Have faith in God” (Mark 11:22). Faith is not something we produce in our own power – it’s a result of feeding on the Word of God. Become “mighty in the Scriptures” like Apollos from the Early Church (Acts 18:24). Let the strength offered in the verses of the Bible inspire you to go forward in the purposes and plans God has for you.

This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success. Joshua 1:8

KEEP ON SPEAKING GOD’S WORD. Let the light of the Word get hold of you in the hospital room, in your car, in your cubicle at work, when you’re gripped with the oppression of the devil, when you don’t see or feel any encouragement or joy. Speak to the mountains, to the insecurities, to the ravages of time; speak to the oppression of man, to the worries of life, and command them to be taken up and cast into the sea (Mark 11:23).

DAILY CONFESSION:
Because of Jesus:
I am mighty in the Scriptures (Acts 18:24).
I fight the good fight of faith (1 Timothy 6:12).
I am strong and very courageous, for the Lord is with me wherever I go (Joshua 1:9).

coun·sel, noun
Advice or guidance, especially as solicited from a knowledgeable person.

Press on,
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

Copyright © 2015 St. Louis Family Church. All rights reserved. No part of this article may be reprinted or distributed in any form without prior written permission of St. Louis Family Church. Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture references are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. “Counsel.” The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition copyright ©2014 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Understand the Times

Monday, August 25th, 2014

Of the sons of Issachar who had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do, their chiefs were two hundred; and all their brethren were at their command. 1 Chronicles 12:32 NKJV

Right on Time. God has a plan and nothing takes Him by surprise. There was a group of observant people in the Old Testament—Issachar’s tribe—and they were described in two ways: They had understanding of the times and they knew what Israel should do. In our generation, God has called and equipped us to understand our times and to know what to do.

To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven. Ecclesiastes 3:1 NKJV

Rely on God’s Timing. God has impeccable timing—He is not last-minute. If you are in an uncertain moment, you can look to God who will give you wisdom for the next steps. As you rely on Him, He is going to get you where you need to be when you need to be there.

For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this? Esther 4:14 NKJV

Created for This Time. At a critical moment when the Jewish people were threatened, Mordecai told his cousin, Esther, that she had better step up. She did, and the results were amazing. God used her to rescue an entire people group from extermination. God’s hand is on your life and it’s time to step up and trust Him; it’s time to think differently. God will do great things through simple obedience.

Daily Confession
Jesus is the author and finisher of my faith (Hebrews 12:2). I am created for such a time as this. I understand the times and I know what to do. Faithful is God who calls me and He will also bring it to pass (1 Thessalonians 5:24).

un•der•stand•ing, noun
The knowledge and ability to judge a particular situation or subject.

Press on,
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

Copyright © 2014 St. Louis Family Church. All rights reserved. No part of this article may be reprinted or distributed in any form without prior written permission of St. Louis Family Church. Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture references are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. “Understanding.” Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 19 Aug. 2014.

The Result of Wisdom

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

The wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable,
full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy. James 3:17

Wisdom from above. There is an earthly wisdom which is described in the Bible as sensual, demonic, jealous, and arrogant (James 3:15), but Jesus invites us to seek authentic godly wisdom which yields great results (Matthew 11:19).

But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously
and without reproach, and it will be given to him. James 1:5

How to get wisdom. There is specific wisdom corresponding to every situation, trial, or temptation. We get wisdom from Scripture; by the presence and counsel of the Holy Spirit; and by the benefit of godly people in our lives. If we
ask God for wisdom, He won’t mock or insult us—He’ll freely give it (James 1:5).

“Don’t expect wisdom to come into your life like great chunks of rock on a
conveyor belt. It isn’t like that. It’s not splashy and bold . . . nor is it dispensed
like a prescription across a counter. Wisdom comes privately from God as a
by-product of right decisions, godly reactions, and the application of scriptural
principles to daily circumstances.” ~Chuck Swindoll

The benefits of wisdom. Seek out godly wisdom for every area of life—in your job, in your home life, in your relationships. When we walk in wisdom, our blind spots get covered and we look smart. If we’re confused about something, the wisdom of God will clear the fog and bring peace and direction.

Pray this prayer:
Heavenly Father, I trust You to give me wisdom essential for each moment.
Lead me and guide me over obstacles, out of trouble and into the target’s
bullseye. Teach me Your ways, Lord, and I’ll walk in Your wisdom. I trust You
to guide me into precision accuracy in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

wis•dom – noun: The ability to discern or judge what is true, right, or lasting; insight. –The American Heritage Dictionary

God bless you!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

Copyright © 2014 St. Louis Family Church. All rights reserved. No part of this article may be reprinted or distributed in any form without prior written permission of St. Louis Family Church. Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture references are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Swindoll, Chuck. Growing Strong in the Seasons of Life, Copyright © 1983, 2007 by Charles R. Swindoll, Inc. All rights reserved worldwide. Zondervan, Grand Rapids, MI. “wisdom” The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition copyright ©2013 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Web. 27 Jan. 2014.

Wisdom & Direction

Monday, March 25th, 2013

But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. James 1:5

You can know God’s will. If you have felt indecisive about what to do in your next steps, the good news is this: those who lack wisdom can seek God and find it.

The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and He delights in his way. Psalm 37:23 NKJV

The Apostle Paul instructed us to fix our eyes on Jesus, the perfecter of our faith (Hebrews 12:2). Meditate on Him, fellowship with Him. Make God’s Word what you study. When you are looking for direction and wisdom, find the corresponding contextual promise in the Bible and take hold of it and say, “God, this is what I stand on.”

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:2

God is the God of peace and not confusion (1 Corinthians 14:33). Use God’s Word as a sword to cut through the hindrances and uncertainty in your life. When you spend time in the Word, your mind will get renewed and clarity will come. Seek God—He will guide you!

So will My Word be which goes forth from My mouth; it will not return to Me empty, without accomplishing what I desire, and without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it. Isaiah 55:11

God bless you,
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

Copyright © 2013 St. Louis Family Church. All rights reserved. No part of this article may be reprinted or distributed in any form without prior written permission of St. Louis Family Church. Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture references are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Getting Wisdom

Monday, May 7th, 2012

Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding. Proverbs 4:5

When we look into the Word we see this element called wisdom that will make us strong. The Greek word for wisdom is sophia, and it’s defined as “insight into the true nature of things.” Wisdom helps to differentiate between a good idea, a better idea, and the best idea.

But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. James 1:5.

God loves to pour out wisdom on people who seek Him with a heart of faith. You can pray about wisdom for every area of your life: for your kids, for your career, for when to buy or not to buy a house, during times of disaster, or when your brain is feeling numb. And God will give it to you!

But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption. 1 Corinthians 1:30

Jesus is the embodiment of wisdom. He knows all things, and in Him we can do all things (Philippians 4:13). Want an increased flow of wisdom in your life? Dive into Proverbs. Develop an understanding of the New Testament. Spend time with Jesus. He is the most wonderful being that has ever been.

Today is a new beginning. You’ve never been where you are now. But all your life experiences inform you and develop you and prepare you for credibility, for contact, for unimaginable impact. Maybe you don’t feel worthy or believe you have what it takes to pull it off. Don’t quit! You are destined for something very fruitful, effective, and significant. And wisdom will make you ready.

Get wisdom,
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

Copyright © 2012 St. Louis Family Church. All rights reserved. No part of this article may be reprinted or distributed in any form without prior written permission of St. Louis Family Church. Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture references are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation.

The Wise Win Souls

Monday, February 28th, 2011

Salt is good; but if the salt becomes unsalty, with what will you make it salty again? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another. Mark 9:50

Salt is necessary to life. It does many things in different contexts: it provides traction, melts ice, enhances flavor, purges, revives, and preserves. Jesus said we are “the salt of the earth” (Matthew 5:13).

God has called us to be salt shakers in this earth, but the devil is waging a battle to get us to back off and become tasteless and mediocre. We get our potency by looking in the mirror of the Word (2 Corinthians 3:18) to have “knowledge of every good thing” which is in us “for Christ’s sake” (Philemon 1:6).

Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunity. Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person. Colossians 4:5-6

Jesus said, “Follow Me and I’ll make you fishers of men” (Matthew 4:19). You will have opportunities to connect with lost people that no one else can reach. God knows the hearts and conditions of the people we encounter, so be ready to follow the prompting and leading of the Holy Spirit. The more you do so, the greater effectiveness you will have.

The wages of sin is eternal separation from God (Romans 6:23), so this is serious—people’s eternity is at stake. When Jesus says you are the salt, do something about it. When He says the wise win souls (Proverbs 11:30b), take that to heart and be ready for those moments.

Get ready for the harvest!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

Copyright © 2011 St. Louis Family Church. All rights reserved. No part of this article may be reprinted or distributed in any form without prior written permission of St. Louis Family Church. Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture references are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Wisdom—For Every Step

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

Happy is the man who finds wisdom, and the man who gains understanding; for her proceeds are better than the profits of silver, and her gain than fine gold. She is more precious than rubies, and all the things you may desire cannot compare with her. Proverbs 3:13-15 NKJV

We need God’s wisdom to help us navigate through the challenges of life. I once heard a preacher combine the two primary Greek New Testament words for wisdom to describe it as “insight into the true nature of things with a view to the end result.” We need that big-picture thinking that God’s wisdom offers.

Look at the context. This is the wisdom corresponding to various trials. In other words, God has answers for every circumstance if we’ll ask and listen.

Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. James 1:2-5

When we face obstacles, God’s wisdom—which transcends people’s good ideas—is available! Ask God for that “spirit of wisdom and revelation” (Ephesians 1:17). He will give you guidance about that broken relationship. He will show you how to restore your finances, get your health back, and get your attitude, mood, and outlook on track. As you seek God for direction, He will walk you through every minefield and Mensa-level maze, and your life will be a testimony of God’s wisdom directing your steps.

Press on!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

Copyright © 2010 St. Louis Family Church. All rights reserved. No part of this article may be reprinted or distributed in any form without prior written permission of St. Louis Family Church. Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture references are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation.

The Value of Godly Wisdom

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

Happy is the man who finds wisdom, and the man who gains understanding; for her proceeds are better than the profits of silver, and her gain than fine gold. She is more precious than rubies, and all the things you may desire cannot compare with her. Length of days is in her right hand, in her left hand riches and honor. Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her, and happy are all who retain her. Proverbs 3:13-18 NKJV

If you want to give your life to the pursuit of anything, give yourself to the pursuit of wisdom. Whatever your education level or cultural background, Jesus wants to give wisdom to every man, woman, and child. “But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him” (James 1:5). The Creator, the very Essence of what life is about, is inviting you to ask Him for wisdom.

[I pray] that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. Ephesians 1:17-19a

King Solomon understood that he needed a spirit of wisdom to fulfill what God had called him to do—lead the people of Israel. “Give me now wisdom and knowledge, that I may go out and come in before this people, for who can rule this great people of Yours?” (2 Chronicles 1:10). Because Solomon asked for wisdom instead of riches, God granted him wisdom and gave him long life and riches besides.

Wisdom is the ability to see how situations relate to the present, how to handle those situations, and how present situations will affect the future. Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God (1 Corinthians 1:30), is asking us to follow His voice instead of the voices and language of the day. When we reverentially consider what God’s heart is toward something, it will help us with everything—our job decisions, our finances, and our relationships. No success principle is better than the wisdom of God. He has the answers to questions you haven’t even formulated yet. So get in the Word and ask God for wisdom. He’ll give it to you.

Pursue Wisdom,
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

Copyright © 2009 St. Louis Family Church. All rights reserved. No part of this article may be reprinted or distributed in any form without prior written permission of St. Louis Family Church. Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture references are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation.