I am seeking wisdom and knowledge with understanding for my life.
Proverbs 1:7 (NIV)
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.”
Fear of the Lord is to be in awe of who God is, to have reverence for Him and showing respect for our God in all we do.
Proverbs 2:1-8: The Benefits of Wisdom.(NLT)
“My child, listen to me and treasure my instructions. Tune your ears to wisdom, and concentrate on understanding. Cry out for insight and understanding.”
“Search for them as you would lost money or hidden treasure. Then you will understand what it means to fear the Lord, and you will gain the knowledge of God.”
“For the Lord grants wisdom! From His mouth come knowledge and understanding. He grants a treasure of good sense to the godly. He is their shield, protecting those who walk with integrity. He guards the paths of justice and protects those who are faithful to Him.”
Proverbs 3:5-6 (NASB)
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all of your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.”
We are pursuing God's truth for our life in three ways when our desire to press in on God is a priority in our life.
1) We read the Holy Bible. The Bible is God's story with mankind and He reveals His heart, His nature and His character to us. The guidance for living our life to the fullest with His wisdom and knowledge for us is in His written Word. The Holy Spirit is the author of the Holy Bible and it was written through approximately 44 different writers.
2) The Holy Spirit leads us into all truth. The revelation of God through His Word, through others and in our circumstances is always done through the Holy Spirit. As we get better tuned in to God, learning how to be still on the inside, we grow in our ability to hear the still small voice, the gentle whisper of God talking to us. For some this is easier than others. However, we all have the ability to talk with our God and have God talk to us in person.
3) We learn from past and present saints. No one person has a complete picture of God. This is because we can only filter through our own understanding. Our God thinks a lot higher and better than we do. When we hear the testimony of how God interacts with our brothers and sisters in Christ it often expands our thinking and understanding of how personal our God really is.
As we pursue our relationship with God, we are learning more about Him, the truths of God as He reveals more of Himself. Jesus really raised the bar for enabling all of us to know God and have a personal relationship with Him. This is what makes Jesus message so radical to all people, even today.
John 15:15-17 (NIV)
"I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know His masters business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit--fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. This is my command: Love each other.”
What is the Holy Spirit saying to me…?
How does today’s message apply to my life?…my beliefs?