Lesson 14
Jesus is all wisdom & knowledge

 

It is not how much you know but who you know. It is not the amount of study you do, but the quality of time you spend in prayer to access God's wisdom.  A computer will give you all the knowledge of the world if you know how to access the internet.  Jesus will give you all the wisdom of the universe if you know how to come to Jesus through prayer and wait on Him.
Luke 2:41-52,
'Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the passover.  And when he was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem after the custom of the feast. And when they had fulfilled the days, as they returned, the child Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem; and Joseph and his mother knew not of it. But they, supposing him to have been in the company, went a day’s journey; and they sought him among their kinsfolk and acquaintance.  And when they found him not, they turned back again to Jerusalem, seeking him.  And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions.  And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers. And when they saw him, they were amazed: and his mother said unto him, Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us? behold, thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing.  And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business?  And they understood not the saying which he spake unto them. And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject unto them: but his mother kept all these sayings in her heart.  And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.'

  Even as a child, Jesus showed such wisdom and when his parents questioned Him,  worried that He had not come with them, He replied, “how is it that ye sought me? Wist ye not that I must be abut my Father's business?
  Even at an early age, Jesus was here to do His Father's business. Jesus had access to all wisdom and understanding from His father.  Jesus knew the Father in prayer, and knew how to hear the Father on every occasion.  Age did not matter, it was hearing His Father that mattered.
  When we accept Jesus as Lord, God the Father also becomes out Father.  This is absolutely wonderful because we then also have the same access to God the Father, that Jesus had.  If only we could learn how to pray as we ought  and come to know our heavenly Father as Jesus teaches us to.  We will  also have the same access to God's wisdom, knowledge and understanding.  As we serve God on earth, He will give us everything we need to do His work effectively and well.
  This is the only reason that God has given me such a successful ministry, because I have learnt to obey Him.  It was God who told me to train local evangelists, and to send them out  to plant churches in remote villages.  As I obeyed this command, the ministry came into being. 
  It was God that told me to pray for the sick over the phone, since then every time I have prayed for the sick in Africa or Asia healing miracles have occurred. Last Saturday a 70 year old lady from Pakistan, who had been blind for six years, was instantly and wonderfully healed. Her excitement could be heard over the phone as she praised the Lord with ecstatic joy that He had restored her sight.
  It was in prayer, only a week ago, that I asked the Lord how to get  the Bible school out to more people at low cost.  He told me to put the Bible school on radio and television at a certain time each week, so that many could learn that way. 
He then showed me how to put all the multiple choice exam papers on our website, so they could be downloaded by the many students who wanted to graduate as evangelists.  The students could then email or post to our office, their examination papers to be marked. We could then respond further and send certificates by post.  The very next day, I was offered the chance to go on  the “El Shaddai” television network. This gave me the opportunity to reach the whole of Africa with my own weekly television programme (between 7.30 am and 8.30 am depending on the country)  every Friday for thirty minutes at an amazingly low cost.
Our programme will be called Step our in Faith correspondence school.  This programme can also be accessed via the internet, www.elshaddaitv.org.  Do watch!
  Whilst I was at Bible College I studied a very interesting course called, “The history of world thought”.  The course revealed to me how the opinions of one man have led and influenced millions of people to think in his way.  Very often in a way that was far from Biblical truth, such as humanism, Marxism, atheism and others.
  I also came to realise that often a word ending in “ism” means  “man is God”. This alarmed me as I could see that many thousands accept just a trend of thought rather than thinking and researching it for themselves.  We then went on to examine each 'world thought'' with Biblical thought'  and discovered that each way of thinking was very inferior compared to the Biblical way of thinking. 
  Basically, I saw that all other world thoughts were actually trying to replace God with man, and this is to deny the truth.
As Romans 1:25 confirms, They traded the truth about God for a lie. So they worshipped and served the things God created instead of the Creator himself, who is worthy of eternal praise! Amen.'
Romans 1:26-32,
'For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:  and likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;  being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,  backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,  without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:  who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them'.

We see this today, these heathen thinkers who have enticed millions away from God,  I believe this is in preparation for the antichrist. 
In John 14:6,  Jesus told them,
'I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through Me'.

  When we come away from Jesus and His truth, a lie results, and the foundations of truth for life are lost.  When life has lost its foundations, life looses all meaning and the results of this is destruction, e.g. abortion is a result of this.
In all  things, there is only one Truth, and that is Jesus Christ.  These different world thoughts have influenced our world, politically, socially, morally and in every area of life.
  It was the fall of Adam and Eve, who ate of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. That act declared their independence from God and His life source., entering into a world of existence (to be born of the flesh only), now cut off spiritually from the true life source of God.

  There are different dimensions of life:-
The highest is the life from God.  “Hija” (Hebrew), “Zoe” (Greek), which means - “life in Christ”.
 Human life without God means, we 'live' but are 'dead', because we are cut off from God.  Only through accepting Jesus as Lord, can we be 'born again' for eternal life in Him, (“Hija”, “Zoe” life in Him).
We have animal life  and,
Plant life.  Both 3 and 4 “live”, but do not know life “in God”. Only Jesus is life.
Deuteronomy 8:3 explains life in Christ,
'And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the Lord doth man live.'

Deuteronomy 30:16 goes on to command,
'in that I command thee this day to love the Lord thy God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commandments and his statutes and his judgments, that thou mayest live and multiply: and the Lord thy God shall bless thee in the land whither thou goest to possess it. '
God promises life to those who obey Him.  John 10:`10,
' The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.'
John 3:16,
 'For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. '

  The Bible also tells us to be led by the Spirit of God and not by the flesh.
Romans 8:12-16.
' Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.  For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.  For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.  The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:  and if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.'

  The Bible also helps us to live by the Spirit by the renewing of our minds.
Ephesians 4:23,
'and be renewed in the spirit of your mind'.

Romans 12:2,
 'And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind.'

Philippians 2:5,
 'Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.'

  If we life in Christ, in His life, His truth, His light, His understanding, we shall truly live in truth and have life in abundance.
Hearing God in prayer is the most effective and practical way of receiving God's knowledge and  instructions and as we obey and live out what we have heard from God, is guaranteed to be 100% successful.
  No time will be lost or wasted and God's work will be accomplished thoroughly and well, especially in these last days when time is so short before the second coming of Christ.  It is important to have good Bible teaching and to be properly prepared to do God's work, so that you learn how to hear God.  Further education will then depend on the person's calling.

 

Think:
*How do we receive knowledge and wisdom from Jesus?
*What is a word ending in “ism” often mean?
*How has world thought affected our world today? Discuss.
*How can the renewing of our minds help us today?

 

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