GOD’S FORMULA FOR SUCCESS IN LIFE (IV): WISDOM, KNOWLEDGE & UNDERSTANDING

A lot of people fail because of the lack of knowledge; even the Bible says in Hosea 4: 6 – “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I also will forget thy children.”

Knowledge means comprehension. There is no point doing something you don’t have knowledge of; it will only lead to frustration. To succeed in anything, one needs to go acquire knowledge of it; gaining knowledge is gaining power! The more knowledge you have, the more strength you possess to overcome the hurdle before you. Knowledge helps you think global instead of local!

Wisdom means common sense or good judgment. It is the application and putting into practice of the knowledge acquired.

Understanding is being responsive; reacting and responding according to the situation or scenario.

Prov. 24: 3 – “Through wisdom is a house build; and by understanding it is established; and by knowledge are the chambers filled with all precious and pleasant riches.”

Through wisdom, a house is built; success is achieved! It is through intelligence, common sense, foresight, hindsight, sympathy, empathy, shrewdness, tolerance, sensitivity; through gathering of facts, education, awareness that success is achieved in anything in life!

Daniel 5: 12 – “Forasmuch as an excellent spirit, and knowledge, and understanding, interpreting of dreams, and showing of dark sentences, and dissolving of doubts, were found in the same Daniel…”

Daniel had all three qualities and this made him stand out amongst his equals; and in this age and time, they are what will distinguish anyone who seeks them!

These three are all encompassed in the word “revelation”. Revelation is a combination of wisdom, knowledge and understanding. Revelation involves enlightenment, increase in and communication of knowledge, disclosure and encouragement of moral and intellectual improvement!

Prov. 18: 15 – “The heart of the prudent getteth knowledge; and the ear of the wise seeketh knowledge.” We need to seek revelation and knowledge! We can make a difference in what we do only if we catch the revelation on how we should do it!

I Chron. 12: 32 – “And of the children of Issachar, men that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do, the heads of them were two hundred; and all their brethren were at their commandment.”

If we walk in divine understanding, everyone else will be at our command. The children of Issachar had this understanding and knew what to do, and this kept them in charge!

Back to our main story of Joshua, in chapter 5 he encountered an angel – the prince of the host of God – and Joshua fell on his feet, asking what he should do. Joshua was a man seeking revelation and knowledge on what must be done about the walls-of-Jericho situation they were facing; just as we must seek knowledge and revelation on how we should run our businesses differently, where we should put our talent and skill to use that will make us stand out, what knowledge we should acquire that will be relevant to our generation, etc.

God gave Joshua everything he needed to succeed in that battle with Jericho. Everything we need is with God; He’s the only One that can give us that one thing that will differentiate us and make us break forth and stand out!

Only divine revelation makes you necessary! Only wisdom, understanding and knowledge make you a game-changer and a problem-solver.

Joshua had knowledge of the place he was going, he had details about Jericho and how to apply what he knew; and because of this, the walls of Jericho fell down flat! It is possible to succeed, to overcome the walls of Jericho of your life; if you will seek knowledge! There is human and godly knowledge; good human knowledge is necessary to seek and acquire, but godly knowledge gives us advantage as children of God over those who have only human wisdom and knowledge. We must tap into godly wisdom, understanding and knowledge for our own good!

HOW TO TAP INTO THE GODLY WISDOM

I Cor. 2: 9 –But as it is written, Things which eye saw not, and ear heard not, and which entered not into the heart of man, whatsoever things God prepared for them that love him. But unto us God revealed them through the Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. For who among men knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of the man, which is in him? even so the things of God none knoweth, save the Spirit of God.”

There is  wisdom and knowledge prepared by God for His children, that will be revealed through the Spirit to those who will diligently seek in all the things that they do! If we will walk with the Spirit of God, we will have more wisdom, knowledge and understanding and be at an advantage over our equals and unbelievers!

Revelation comes only by your conniving with the Spirit of God!

God’s Spirit opened up to Joshua and he succeeded; God’s Spirit can open up to you if you will be a seeker, if we will walk with the God that never fails!

Today, pray for the spirit of wisdom, knowledge and understanding; as it is evident that we need all three to succeed in all areas of life!

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