Wisdom begins when we do the right thing because it’s the right thing to do. Click the link.
Proverbs 9:1 Wisdom has built her house; she has set up its seven pillars.
These pillars are representative of the seven tools listed in chapter 1. They are:
- Wisdom-God’s perspective
- Instruction-God relaying His perspective to us
- Understanding-Learning to perceive God’s perspective through His Word and the guidance of the Holy Spirit
- Insight-Truly seeing from God’s perspective (it’s a process)
- Prudence-Having the foresight to know how and when to implement His instruction–according to the Spirit
- Knowledge-What we learn as we make God’s perspective our own
- Discernment-the ability to distinguish between God’s perspective and any other perspective (including our own)
These are the tools that the Holy Spirit uses to teach us how to be like Him. I know, you thought that they were our tools–actually, they’re not. We receive wisdom via (by way of) the Holy Spirit’s discernment, prudence, and knowledge as He makes us aware of our surroundings (what is going on around us both physically and spiritually) and what He wants us to do. We then receive instruction, thus granting us insight and understanding as we learn how to be like God, or, godly.
PLEASE don’t depend on how you feel! Feelings will lead us astray. The phrase, “follow your heart,” has led many a Christian down the wrong road. Instead, “take every thought captive to make it obedient to Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5). The key word here is, “every.” We tend to categorize and rationalize when is the best time to take a thought to Christ when EVERY TIME is the best time! We cannot depend on anything from our flesh (our natural “man”). We are COMPLETELY dependent upon the Spirit for discernment, insight and understanding. We then can trust Him to give us prudence and instruction. As our knowledge base grows, it becomes easier to sense His leadership in our lives. We “step back” and see from His perspective more and more often, which makes us wise. THIS process is how we become like Christ.
There are a few fundamentals:
- Pray. Open yourself up to Him and listen for Him to speak to you.
- Read His Word. We wash our minds with it. He transforms our thinking with it. We come to know Him through it.
- Practice. We get better the more we do something–assuming that we are doing it right. Using the Word of God as our filter and the Spirit to focus us, we can become very adept at hearing His voice and being obedient to his…suggestions? NO! His commands. If we want to be godly (like God), then we must be obedient to Him.
- Die to self. Killing the “old man” within each of us is tough, but necessary. DO IT!
- Repeat. We are not talking just once a day. These fundamentals must be practiced many times a day (if you’re wondering about reading His Word more often, the best way is to memorize verses and/or read a passage several times throughout the day).
Lots of instruction here. This is Christianity 101. Doing the basics is vital to our Christian walk. Let’s get back to the basics.