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God’s Wisdom and You (Part 2)

spiritual wisdomDaniel answered and said, “Blessed be the name of God forever and ever: for wisdom and might are His. He changes the times and the seasons; He removes kings, and sets up kings.

He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who know understanding; He reveals the deep and secret things. He knows what is in the darkness, and the light dwells with Him.

I thank You, and praise You, O God of my fathers, Who has given me wisdom and might, and has made known to me now what we desired of You….”
— Daniel 2:20-23

In our last post, we began looking at what this passage teaches us about living prophetically. We talked about God’s desire to transfer to us the wisdom and might He possesses. We also saw that God is the changer of times and seasons in our lives and how being aware of that helps us to flourish. Let’s continue.

He gives wisdom and understanding to those who already have it.

Remember the parable Jesus told of the ten pounds, in Luke 19:11-26? A rich man entrusted equal amounts of money to each of ten servants, intending that they would gain more through investing. They accomplished varying levels of increase, but one man did nothing with the money he had been given. He just hid it. His master was angry, and gave a surprising directive:

He said to those who stood by, “Take from him the pound, and give it to him who has ten pounds.”

The other servants objected, “Lord, he already has ten pounds!”  

The master answered, “I say to you, that to everyone who has shall be given; and he who has not, even what he has shall be taken away from him” (verses 24-26).

Things work a lot differently in God’s kingdom than we might expect. The Lord wants to give more to those who appreciate what He has already given them. If you are a child of God, you have an open offer of wisdom from Him. He promises it to us in many places in the Bible. If you value wisdom, you will seek Him for more — because we never have all we could have. He will gladly give it, for “… He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6).

If you don’t value wisdom, you’ll be lackadaisical about seeking it — and your contentment to stay at your present level will hinder you from receiving all the wisdom and understanding God really desired for you to have (which is much more than you currently possess). We can never have too much wisdom, so go after the Lord for more. He’ll be happy to give it to you.

He reveals the deep and secret things to those who want to know.

This goes along with our previous point. God’s secrets aren’t reserved for a few hotshot prophets. He will share them with anyone who is serious about being His friend — whoever takes time to read His Word and ask Him about it; whoever inquires, “”What’s on Your heart, Lord? I want to know Your concerns. What do You want to talk about?” (and then listens for His response).

“… His secret is with the righteous.”Proverbs 3:32

“The secret of the LORD is with those who fear Him…”Psalm 25:14

You are righteous in Christ. You qualify to hear His secrets. He loves sharing them with you.

He knows what’s going on in darkness, and light dwells with Him.

In context, “He knows what is in the darkness, and the light dwells with Him” is continuing to speak of God drawing out the deep and secret things and revealing them to us. However, I see an additional application we can make.

Recently, I was upset about a wacky teaching an influential prophet was disseminating. (Praying for the American Church is a major focus of mine, so when I see error going on, it really bothers me.) But the Lord reminded me from Daniel 2:22 that He is very aware of what is going on, and I can leave it to Him. I don’t have to get worked up about the dark things. Instead, He wants me to fasten my attention on Him, to lift my eyes to where He is, in the light. In due time, He will take care of it, just as He says about the tares and wheat in Matthew 13:24-30. I can pray for the Church to be delivered from deception, but I should do it from the place of gazing on the Lord of light, not fuming about the stuff of darkness. It changed my perspective, for sure!

If we’re going to be overcomers in our tumultuous times, we must refuse to focus on the darkness around us, get our eyes on the Lord, and have confidence that He is on top of things.

Let’s sum up the lessons we can learn from Daniel 2:20-23:

1. Believe that the Lord delights to impart His wisdom and understanding to you. Seek Him for more of it.

2. Ask Him to share His deep secrets with you, because He wants to.

3. Don’t focus on the darkness. Instead, keep your eyes on Jesus, in the light.

4. When life seems to be shifting uncomfortably, remember that He is the One Who changes times and seasons. Stay close to Him, and move with Him.

By doing these things, we stay safe in His care while growing in His wisdom and knowledge.

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Growing in the Prophetic,
Audio Teaching by Lee Ann Rubsam

 

 

 

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The Spirit-Filled Guide to Personal Prophecy,
by Lee Ann Rubsam

Answering Matters Wisely

He who answers a matter before he hears it, it is folly and shame to him.
Proverbs 18:13

This has been one of my life verses for several decades, and lately it has been coming to mind quite a bit. Avoiding premature judgments is a goal, rather than something I’ve arrived at, but I’m growing into it.

We live in a time when, as the Bible foretold, everything that can be shaken will be shaken (Haggai 2:6, 7; Hebrews 12:26, 27). Perplexing events and behaviors are unfolding daily before our eyes, from a personal level on up to international affairs.  Many things which go on around us can be quite inexplicable if we do not understand them from a spiritual perspective. Consequently, prophetic perception and spiritual discernment are becoming increasingly necessary if we are to live and respond as Christ-followers.

If we want to grow in spiritual discernment, an important component is learning not to form judgments too hastily. A lot of believers spout ungracious, ill-informed opinions regularly, reacting to what they think is being done or spoken, not hearing matters out fully.  This is fleshly, and it causes both disunity in the Body of Christ and a shameful witness in front of those who don’t yet know Jesus.

How can we grow in gracious discretion that impacts our world for Christ’s glory?

1.  First of all, we must actively seek the Lord for His vantage point on everything. James 1:5 promises that God will liberally supply wisdom wherever we are lacking, if we will only ask. As we practice seeking His perspective, it becomes easier, over time, to hear His heartbeat on various matters.

2.  We must teach ourselves to listen carefully to people and to withhold immediate judgments and opinions. Hear them out. Learn to weigh what is being said.  We can mentally ask ourselves questions, such as:

  • Am I accurately understanding what is being said, or am I reacting to key words which are hot buttons for me?  (Take the time to ask questions, rather than jumping to conclusions. People don’t always communicate clearly what they mean, so we may need to ask for further clarification.)
  • Do I have all the information? (Assessments based on partial information tend to be erroneous.)
  • Am I seeing the whole picture?  (We tend to latch on to only one angle, thinking we are seeing it all. Listening to others’ viewpoints helps us to form a clearer, more well-rounded picture.)
  • When I disagree with others’ words or actions, what might they know that I don’t? What experiences are influencing them, of which I am unaware?
  • What is their core reason for what they are doing or speaking? What heart attitude is motivating them? (But we should be careful not to hastily assume we know their heart — especially if we are attributing negative attitudes toward them.)

3.  Listen with a spirit of charitable love, according to 1 Corinthians 13. Even when someone has an impure motive, there are often deeper issues at the root, such as fear, insecurity, or lack of feeling valued. If we can see into the root problems with compassion, we may be able to assist with solutions, rather than just writing them off as “wrong” or “bad.”

4.  Take time to ponder a matter before the Lord. Be patient to receive His counsel before speaking into situations.  As prophetic people, we are always to “speak as the oracles of God” (1 Peter 4:11). Prayer often expands or changes our viewpoint.

5.  When forming an opinion, we should keep in mind that what seems obvious to our natural understanding may not be in alignment with God’s plan. God never violates His Word, but He doesn’t always adhere to standard protocol, either. His ways are often hidden, and can only be discovered through  revelation from the Holy Spirit.

6.  We must learn what is our domain of influence and what is not. It is not necessary to have an opinion on everything. Psalm 131:1 gives some good advice: “My heart is not haughty, nor my eyes lofty: neither do I exercise myself in great matters or in things too high for me.”  Some things we have no authority to change — nor should we have. Some things are none of our business.   

7.  Especially when it comes to having an opinion on someone else’s judgment call, sometimes it is best to say, “I don’t know.  Perhaps we should just let God deal with it and see what bears out over time.”

If we train ourselves to allow a time lapse between what pops into our heads and what comes out of our mouths, the words that we speak will have the potential to produce blessing. We will be able to impart God’s wisdom to people, which is far better than merely sharing an opinion.

The Marriage of Worship and Intercession (Part 4)

Worship and intercession go hand in hand.  The person with a true heart of intercession will quite naturally find himself slipping into worship, because both of these aspects of prayer are fueled by the Holy Spirit and flow out from our spirit-man.  Worship is the propellant which sends our prayer-rockets heavenward and gives them the “boost” to make it all the way to the throne.

Those of us who are intercessors have a very important role in the corporate worship setting, especially within church fellowships where entreating God for His Presence to settle in is understood.

Let me explain about His Presence, first of all, for those who may not have experience with what I am speaking of.  God is omnipresent, meaning that He is capable of being everywhere at the same time.  So, in that sense, He is always present among His people.  When I refer to His Presence being among us, however, I mean a tangible sense that He has drawn very near (termed by some His “Manifest Presence”).  For the spiritually attentive person, God’s Presence will be suddenly felt, whereas it was not felt moments before, and we know He has “entered the room” or “come down” among us.  When we worship with clean hands and a pure heart, experiencing communion with the Lord in this way should be the norm, once we know that we can expect it.

Within my church family, it is a rare gathering where we do NOT have His Presence manifest among us.  In fact, we normally do not shift out of our corporate worship into the sermon portion of the service until we know He is among us tangibly and that He has been pleased with our adoration.  Sometimes our worship goes on long past an hour, and sometimes we never do get to a sermon, because lavishing our love on the Lord and reveling in His response is what He wants for our entire gathering time.

Obviously, a worship team that can flow with the Spirit is key in both bringing the congregation to a place of pure focused adoration and attracting the Lord’s Presence.  But the intercessors are also important in accomplishing this goal.  When I am in the corporate worship setting, I know that I have work to do.  Both worship and warfare for breakthrough into His Presence may be necessary.  (And remember, worship is a form of warfare in itself.)  I stay sensitive to what is happening around me, listening for the Spirit, paying attention to the current atmosphere in the room, intensifying my intercession for breakthrough if I sense that it is not easily happening.

Without intercessors who are paying keen attention to what is going on around them spiritually during the corporate worship setting and taking the intercessory steps needed, the manifest Presence of God may never come down upon the congregation during its gathering.  Intercessors are needed to discern and follow up with prayer (and possibly prophetic responses) concerning what we are discerning.  Our intercessions, warfare, and prophetic responses can be done discreetly, so as not to draw attention to ourselves and thereby distract others.

Why would warfare be necessary during worship?  There are several reasons.  People can hinder heightened worship by bringing spiritual baggage with them into the corporate setting – sin issues, demonic problems, bitterness, unforgiveness, worries, lack of peacefulness, lack of being prepared for worship through prayerlessness, and just general distractions.  These things affect the atmosphere and hinder worship for the entire body, and require overcoming intercession / warfare.  Even when our hearts are right, and we have prepared ourselves for corporate worship, distractions can be presented deliberately by Satan to hinder us from connecting with the Lord.

Next time we will talk about why Satan makes such an effort to hinder worship.

Previous: Worship Establishes God’s Kingdom in the Earth (Part 3) 
Next: Worship and the Holy War (Part 5)

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Excerpted from Lee Ann’s book, The Intercessor Manual

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Spiritual Warfare: Using Wisdom

We must be vigilant and wise in spiritual warfare.  Getting sloppy or casual in our understanding of the conflict wherein we are engaged can be crippling or even fatal.

Give no occasion to the enemy — even small compromises.  If we aren’t clean of known sin, we will get walloped.  If it is nagging at your thoughts that something you are doing isn’t pleasing to the Holy Spirit, even if it seems innocent or silly, listen.  If you have to keep assuring yourself that something you are doing is OK, it probably isn’t.  Little occasions of compromise are big entrances to enemy attack.

Watch your attitudes toward people — James 3:14-17 warns, “But if you have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, do not glory, and don’t deny the truth.  This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.  For where there is envying and strife, there is also confusion and every evil work.  But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, easily entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.” 

Unchecked bad attitudes about other people leave our minds wide open for deception and demonic mental and emotional attack.  In fact, keeping our minds pure of ungodly thoughts about others is where we will encounter most personal spiritual warfare.  The mind is the battlefield we will most frequently revisit.

Keep your spiritual life sharp — through prayer; Bible reading and study; gathering with other believers regularly for worship, teaching, and fellowship; accountability to leadership and alignment with them.  Spiritual laxity leaves us unprepared when an unexpected ambush comes against us.           

Pick your fights — James Goll, in his book The Prophetic Intercessor, says we must keep our focus on Jesus, rather than having our eyes on the devil or what the devil is trying to accomplish.

He comments that often the enemy brings problems to the forefront of our lives for the sole purpose of distracting us from Jesus and to derail our pure devotion for the Lord. We do not need to war about everything; we can pick and choose which fights are important to engage in.  We must let Jesus guide our use of authority (through listening to the leading of the Holy Spirit), rather than wearing ourselves out fighting every battle that comes along.

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. So take to yourselves the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. — Ephesians 6:10-13 

“Having done all, to stand.”  That is our job, like Eleazar defending the barley field, in 1 Chronicles 11:12-14.  He stood through all his weariness until the job was done and they pried his sword from his fingers – but he recognized it was the Living God Who saved them by a great deliverance.  Like it was in Eleazar’s day, so it is in ours – we partner with the Lord in spiritual warfare, but the battle is still the Lord’s.

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Excerpted from Lee Ann’s book, The Intercessor Manual

Out of the Fire Ministries