Wisdom, Warnings and Warfare
One of the areas that God has allowed me to walk in is the supernatural wisdom of God. I always talk about the wisdom of God and the ability to rightfully discern. One area that we tend to overlook a great deal is in the area of wisdom. We focus more on signs, wonders and miracles but not the wisdom of God. As I stated in the last blog the greatest enemy to the body of Christ is wisdom and discernment. The bible says that people perish for lack of knowledge not lack of a sign and a wonder. Not for lack of the prophetic or apostolic anointing for lack of knowledge. When the bible talks about knowledge it is not talking about book knowledge or mans knowledge. It is talking about the lack of the ability to know, hear and truly perceive who God is and how we are to walk truly in His kingdom. Therefore we can rightfully conclude that when the bible says people perish for lack of knowledge a great part of that perish would be due to the lack of the wisdom of God.
Hosea 4:6 (NKJV)
6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.
Because you have rejected knowledge,
I also will reject you from being priest for Me;
Because you have forgotten the law of your God,
I also will forget your children.
I read a series of books by Bill Hamon author of books about prophets and prophetic ministries. I highly recommend anyone called to the office of a prophet and/or prophetic ministry to pick up these books. In Dr. Hamons book: Prophets and Prophetic Movement he talks about how God had tried his faith. He had incidents where prophecies did not come to pass then he lost a property that he had been believing God for after he received a prophetic word that it would be paid for. After he sought God for what was going on God said to him He could have given him the land and the building overnight but God wanted him to gain maturity and wisdom. God specifically told Dr. Hamon He couldn’t grow wisdom and maturity in him without taking him through certain processes.
You see the gift of wisdom is just that a gift but the ability to operate and walk in that gift can only be developed overtime and in process. The greatest gift that God will ever bless His people with is wisdom and discernment.
So what does it mean to operate in the wisdom of God?
Proverbs 1:1-7 (NKJV) Read
To operate in the wisdom of God simply means to know God’s divine instructions for you and if you are called to prophetic ministry the body of Christ. To be able to receive instruction and correction. To know the knowledge of God. The ability to hear and increase in learning. Many people who walk in the wisdom of God are natural teachers but also have a hunger for learning. They are also very teachable and have the ability to seek wise counsel.
Proverbs 2:1-7 (NKJV)
The Value of Wisdom
1 My son, if you receive my words,
And treasure my commands within you,
2 So that you incline your ear to wisdom,
And apply your heart to understanding;
3 Yes, if you cry out for discernment,
And lift up your voice for understanding,
4 If you seek her as silver,
And search for her as for hidden treasures;
5 Then you will understand the fear of the LORD,
And find the knowledge of God.
6 For the LORD gives wisdom;
From His mouth come knowledge and understanding;
7 He stores up sound wisdom for the upright;
He is a shield to those who walk uprightly;
Someone who walks in wisdom is also someone who walks in the maturity of God. Remember the gifts of God are without repentance. Romans 11:29 You can have someone who operates in sign and wonders. Can teach the bible like no other. The only indication of a mature saint is their ability to walk in wisdom and obedience.
I personally am not impressed by someone’s ability to preach and prophesy. Demons can preach and prophesy accurately by the way. The wisdom of God is what really matters. Remember gifts are in you from the wound. You don’t have to be processed into your gift, you do have to processed into wisdom and the anointing. When you operate in the wisdom of God you can rightfully discern the times, seasons and whether or not what you see is from the heart of God or man. Along with wisdom there is always discernment. These two are like kissing cousins they don’t ever separate from one another. With wisdom comes discernment, with discernment there is always wisdom. They are always inter changeable and again they are never separate. It’s like getting a two for one special both go hand and hand. When you walk in wisdom you don’t lean on your own understanding but your sole dependence is in the path that God has set before you. When you walk in wisdom you are not wise in your own eyes.
Characteristics of wisdom:
I personally have seen people who can articulate deep things in God, yet when you look at their every day life they make stupid decisions and don’t use wisdom. Regardless of how much someone talks about God the only indication of them using the wisdom of God is when they walk in it.
So the first indication that someone walks in the wisdom of God is their ability to make wise decisions. Wisdom is not something that you can display it must be walked out. You have to ask does this person represent mind of God in their everyday life.
A lot of times people who don’t use the wisdom of God attached faith to justify foolishness. They do things absent from wisdom and say they heard God say this or that. Remember the wisdom of God always prepares. God is not going to do anything in your life unless He prepares you for it first. So no God is not going to release you into ministry unless He first processes and then prepares you. God is not going to bless you with a husband or a wife unless He prepares you for it first.
Remember God is not a fool. Christians love to make Him look like He is. God is not going to have you in something that He has not first gave you provisions for.
A lot of times people end up having to back track and finish unfinished steps but had they used wisdom in the first place, God would have had them finish this up first then move forward.
Wisdom waits on God. People who don’t walk in the wisdom of God are always out of the will of God. They are always trying to step ahead of God. They are always moving forward without hearing from God first. People who don’t operate in wisdom are always trying to network and make things happen in their own strength. They don’t understand the simplicity or God. Someone who does not operate in the wisdom of God is really a immature Christian no matter how good they can preach and prophesy. They don’t know how to wait on God for further instructions. Remember scripture says the step of a righteous man are ordered by God.
People who don’t walk in wisdom receive revelation from God but are not content to wait on God for His next step so they start plotting and planning trying to manifest the vision God gave them. Remember God has a plan and knows how He will get us to manifest it. It is not up to us to figure it out it is up to God to bring us to it. People who don’t walk in wisdom are always busy trying to do the business of God or ministry. They don’t know how to rest in God. Often times these people are so busy in God they miss God Himself. Wisdom seeks God’s face not His hand.
People who don’t operate in the wisdom of God have a hard time receiving instruction. They have already perceived in their mind what they want irregardless of what God really has to say. They also don’t seek wise counsel if wise counsel is given they don’t receive it.
People who don’t walk in the wisdom of God don’t respect authority. When corrected they become easily offended. People who don’t walk in wisdom again show arrogance and pride. When you correct them in their wrong instead of receiving it they look at you as if something is wrong with you. I always find it odd when people say they heard from God yet they never receive a word of correction from Him. The truth of the matter is when God speaks it is not always a, “I am going to bless you word”. Often times it is God pointing out an area that He is going to refine in you. He will say, “no or this is not your time yet.” In God believe it or not you will receive closed doors before there is an open door. People who say in God there is always an open door before there are closed door are wrong and again haven’t been processed into wisdom. Before you ever get to an open door in God there will be closed doors first. When it is your time then God will open the door. People who don’t operate in wisdom are always trying to pry open doors that God has not opened for them yet. They are always trying to go places in the spirit that God has not released them to yet. Remember you should never go places in the spirit God has not released to you because that is when you tap into a familiar spirit. A familiar spirit is a spirit that looks like God and acts likes God, prophesies like God but is from the demonic world.
People who don’t walk in wisdom don’t know how to shut up. Yes that’s right I said it shut up. When you truly walk in wisdom there is a quietness in your spirit that represents the peace of God. People who don’t walk in wisdom have diarrhea of the mouth they simply don’t know how to stop talking. Remember the wisdom of God knows when and what to release to the people. You can’t release everything to everybody. You must only release or feed the people what they can handle. Would you put a plate full of steak, meat and potatoes in front of a one year old child and say, “okay now eat up”? Absolutely not. When you operate in the wisdom of God you know what to release and what not to release. You know the timing of God.
Remember just because you can say something doesn’t mean you should. Wisdom knows what to speak particularly in front of people who maybe different than you. Sometimes you have to know what to speak and what to keep to yourself. Sometimes you have to not let your right hand know what you left hand is doing. You have to approach things with God’s agenda without stating this is God’s agenda. If you walk in the wisdom of God you know when to shut up and know when to speak up there is a big difference. Joseph is a great example of this. Just because God gives you great visions and dreams doesn’t mean He wants you to tell other people particularly if they can’t perceive where God is taking you. Often times God is speaking to you for your own understanding it may not be meant for the people yet.
Psalm 103:7 (NKJV)
7 He made known His ways to Moses,
His acts to the children of Israel
Remember the ability to see or operate in signs and wonders is not and indication of operating in the wisdom of God. The Lord told me a few years ago. “There are some I want to reveal My glory to and there are some whom I want to release My glory through.” In the scripture above God revealed His acts to the children of Israel it simple means He showed them great signs and wonders so that they would believe. The world and immature Christians needs signs and wonders to increase their faith and cause them to believe. However God reveals His ways to Moses. This means God trusted Moses to reveal Himself to not just His acts. God would talk to Moses as a friend. God trust Moses so much that He could release His words to Moses.
Isaiah 55:8 (NKJV)
8 “For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways,” says the LORD.
The thoughts of God represents His mind or His will. The ways of God represent the path that He would take. God shows non believers and immature Christians His power through signs and wonders which then increases their faith and causes them to believe. However when you have reached a maturity in God then He trust you enough to allow you into His mind and why He does what He does. Knowing the ways of God means you know true intimacy of God. The people of Israel knew God’s power they didn’t know intimacy with God. God wanted them to believe in Him, God chose Moses to know God personally.
Moses represented a man of God who walked in the wisdom of God. The people of Israel represents immature Christians who needed sign and wonders to believe. So when God told me He wants to reveal His glory to people it means He wants people to see signs and wonders so that it caused them to believe that He is God. However when God changes your position you become a vessel. Then God uses you to reveal His glory through. You become the vessel by which the glory, signs and wonders are being shown through not just to. Glory to means God wants you to see signs and wonders. Glory through means you begin ministering powerfully, signs and wonders begin to manifest through you. Now you are not a spectator you are participator.
For example one of ministries that I absolutely respect is Benny Hinn’s. Most of you know he is a great man of God who has healing crusades all over the world. When I was young I would sit for hours and cry just watching those signs and wonders. I was so amazed I wanted to feel God like that. I also wanted God to use me like that. Now that I have grown up in God I still respect this man of God’s ministry however I am not so much fascinated with the signs and wonders but I love his teachings. To me the ability to really begin to teach the word with revelation and knowledge into the kingdom of God is what fascinates me I am so hungry for God’s word.
God told me one time, “I have chosen you to understand the secrets of the mysteries of the kingdom of God.” This is also the wisdom of God.
The disciples were with Jesus and they asked Him, “How come you speak to the people in parables”? Jesus said this:
11 He answered and said to them, “Because it has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given.
Parables are like illustrations or pictures. So imagine when you were a child in kindergarten you went to school where they taught you things in colors. You wrote in crayons and sang songs. When you got to college you don’t write things in crayons. Your professors don’t start out in singing to have you understand the concepts that they are trying to teach you. No way.
It is the same in the kingdom of God. God spoke to the people in parables or pictures so that they could comprehend His kingdom. However the disciples those who truly walked with God were chosen to understand the mysteries in God, He spoke to them plainly. Why? Because they had been chosen to operate on another dimension in God. They weren’t called to just see they were called to do.
It is the same when you walk in wisdom. It means you have been chosen to operate in another dimension in God. You don’t get so caught up in what you see but you are more aware of what you don’t see. When you walk in the wisdom of God then He begins to give you supernatural instructions, plans and mysteries begin to awaken unto you.
Again wisdom increases overtime and in process. It is your everyday ordinary operating that indicates whether or not you operate in wisdom or not. As the wisdom increases then you begin to transition into operating in the wisdom of God in ministry.
People who operate in the wisdom of God have God like perception. They can rightfully discern whether this thing they see is of God. They can also perceive areas that need to be dealt with in the spirit. People who walk in wisdom see what others around them don’t see.
When you walk in wisdom you have perception. Perception is how you view something not how you see things. Sounds crazy but seeing happens from your natural eye, perception happens from your mind. How you see with your natural mind impacts how you see things in the physical. When you walk in wisdom you are have view from God perspectives not man. Wisdom introduces you to the view from the kingdom perspective.
Wisdom must be sought. When you seek God’s opinion regarding any situation you are really seeking His wisdom. There is security in wisdom. There is a way in wisdom. There is a call to wisdom. There is a spirit of excellence in wisdom. Proverbs 2:4,5
Proverbs 2:4-5 (NKJV)
4 If you seek her as silver,
And search for her as for hidden treasures;
5 Then you will understand the fear of the LORD,
And find the knowledge of God.
Remember it is the wisdom of God that releases the kingdom of God. To know how to appropriately operate and manifest the kingdom of God you must know and walk in the supernatural wisdom of God. Remember people who try to separate the kingdom of God from the church are out of order and not in the will of God.
Matthew 16:18 (NKJV)
18 And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.
Matthew 6:33 (NKJV)
33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
Remember the church is a God idea. His kingdom is a God like idea. The church is the bride of Christ whom Jesus died for. The kingdom of God is the manifested Glory of God brought to earth. You access the kingdom by seeking the King. The body of Christ or the church is His heart and His bride.
The church is not a small piece of the kingdom. The church is the body of Christ. People who try to separate the church from the kingdom are trying to separate Christ from His own body. This simply cannot be done. The body of Christ is the church and the church is the body of Christ. The church is the only entity or group of people who God’s gives access to His kingdom. There is no one else who can have access to the kingdom other than His church (bride). Again when I talk about a church I am not talking about a building or denomination I am talking about the body of Christ.
People who try and separate the two are out of order and not of God. This is so pertinent and must be understood.
When we talk about warnings what we are seeing is an increase in signs and wonders but a decrease in the wisdom and discernment of God. People who are for the kingdom but not the church represent an anti Christ and the spirit of rebellion. Again because they subconsciously are trying to separate the body of Christ from His kingdom. It cannot be done!
When you try and do this a spirit of rebellion comes in. Watch people who have critical spirits. Watch people who always have something negative to say about other people particularly toward other Christians in leadership positions. This is a high ranking principality that exist in the heavenlies. When you begin to speak against a particular group of people, leadership or the kingdom of God, and it citizens you give this principality access. It begins to opens doors to the demonic world and begins to destroy lives.
A great example of this would be Mariam Moses sister. She began to speak against Moses and it angered God to the point that God struck her with leprosy. Moses had to cry out to God and intercede on her behave. Numbers 12. Watch what you put your mouth against. As my pastor would say don’t speak about what you don’t understand. Shut up, pray and ask God for understanding if need be but don’t speak against, make fun of or use any verbal assaults against. God will and still does release curses for this very reason. Jude 1:8-10, 19. Vein words causes division and come from people who are not led by the spirit. You walk in wisdom when you are being led by the spirit even in your conversation.
Even if you perceive things that need to be corrected in churches, the body of Christ and leadership. Again here is the wisdom of God. God is showing you these things so that you can begin to intercede. Often times those whom God has called to ministry God is using the example He shows you to teach you what not to do. God is not sending you to give correction often times He is calling you to intercede and stand in the gap until the correction is made.
I am a little leery of people who talk against leaders in the body of Christ yet they haven’t walked in their shoes. Interesting. I am not being judgmental but again use wisdom, sit back, shut up and observe. People who have critical spirits towards a particular group, people, leaders and pastors often carry an underlying spirit rejection themselves. They have a hard time submitting to any authority, they surround themselves with “Yes” people who also have no discernment, they cannot receive correction, they think everyone is wrong simply because they don’t agree. These are the same people who tend to birth themselves out into ministry prematurely before God has released them. They develop ministries not because God has called them to but out of a need to be accepted.
Remember to use wisdom. We are fighting a war that exist in the heavenlies.
Ephesians 6:12 (NKJV)
12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age,[a] against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.
Where do principalities and powers exist? Not in a low place or under your feet in high places. Where do rulers exist? In places of authority. Where are host of wickedness? According to this scripture they are in heavenly places.
We must put on the whole armor of God. Perceive what really is in front of us based upon our spiritual eyes and not what we see. Even now there is an uprising of false prophets who can perform signs and wonders. In many cases it can appear as if the false prophets can perform greater signs and wonders than real prophets. Remember if a minister’s words, signs and wonders are not submitted to the foot of the cross and in Christ they are false prophets no matter how sincere they are.
The only way you are truly able to rightfully discern is by using the wisdom and discernment of God. People who don’t carry the wisdom of God don’t have discernment.
Matthew 11:12 (NKJV)
12 And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force.
In the days to come God will give those who walk in the wisdom of God divine instructions as to how to navigate through His kingdom. Remember the wisdom of God also releases divine strategies and instructions that solves problems. God will give you a strategy to solve every problem. He gives business plans, creative solutions, million dollars ideas. Remember along with the wisdom of God, comes the wealth of God. Solomon introduced us to this, even now to this day when you walk in the wisdom of God His wealth will soon follow. When we seek His kingdom the wealth will come. Remember whatever God calls you to He will pay for it. If He hasn’t paid for it maybe your trying to access it absent from God’s purpose, plan and timing.
This is not a game. We are at war. You ability to win is dependent up your level of maturity in God. Immature soldiers don’t fight wars. Immature saints don’t fight spiritual battles either. It is time we put the children to bed, now is the time for the real warriors to stand up and do battle. We already won the war believe it or not but now is still the time to fight.
Warning: When you walk in the wisdom of God often times it can causes you to be ostracized and persecuted. You will find that people would rather believe a lie rather than the truth. When you represent the truth it’s as if people want to close their ears and run in the opposite direction.
When you walk in wisdom you represent forward thinking. Meaning you make decisions today anticipating the future. People who don’t walk in wisdom only are concerned about today. They make right now decisions instead of God decisions.
When you walk in the wisdom of God you won’t move out of His will. Can God trust you with more than is acts? Can He release His mind?
Something to think about.
For more detail be sure to purchase my book: Wisdom, Warnings and Warfare. There is so much more to learn about this subject.
Samaria Colbert © 2012
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