By Rick Joyner
"If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God,
that gives to all men liberally, and upbraids
not; and it shall be given to him." James 1:5.
Knowledge presents the facts; wisdom is the ability to use
The gift of wisdom is a manifestation of supernatural insight,
given by the Holy Spirit, and ingested by the believer. This
imparted wisdom, which is beyond human genius or insight,
is so great that no human or demonic agency can withstand
or thwart it.
The present world's view of the Church is one of indifference
rather than respect. This will change as we increasingly receive
and function in the wisdom of God. When this wisdom begins
to flow into the life and witness of the Church, there will
be such a radical change, that the world will notice and marvel.
Just as the Queen of Sheba came to hear Solomon, world leaders
will yet stream into the Church to hear God's wisdom. Just
as the reign of Solomon was the time of greatest prosperity
for Israel, this wisdom will result in a time when the greatest
resources will pour into the Church.
Although Solomon was the wisest king to ever reign over Israel,
he backslid after building the temple. It is wisdom to understand
that wisdom alone is not enough. Thus, it is essential that
we have a close relationship with the Lord, along with wisdom.
Solomon remained true as long as he was building, but when
his task was completed, he drifted from the Lord. His relationship
with the Lord was founded upon his project <B>for<D>
the Lord, rather than having a true heart relationship with
Therefore, when the task was completed, there was nothing
to keep him on the path of life. Many Christians fall into
this same tragic mistake. Their spiritual lives are built
more upon what they are doing for the Lord, than on their
relationship with Jesus.
When we begin to place our faith in the things of God, we
are setting ourselves up for a tragic fall. Our faith must
never be in the Church of the Lord, but rather in the Lord
of the Church. The greatest wisdom is to always understand
that the most important thing we can do is to continue building
our personal relationship with the Lord.
Just as the wisdom of Solomon was first tested by the life
of an infant, the first test of true wisdom will usually concern
our esteem for life. The true mother was willing to give up
her child in order to see it live. The nature of true ministry
will include a willingness to give up its own control or influence
over what has been built, in order to see it live.
We will only be able to do this if the essence of life is
found in our relationship with the Lord, and not just in our
Those who pass this test, by unconditionally submitting their
ministries to the Lord, and with a single eye seek after Him,
will have their ministries returned to them with increase.
Those who refuse to give up their control will have their
ministries divided, or given to others.
True wisdom will impart to us this single eye, which will
lead us into a quality relationship with the Lord.