Monday, December 05, 2011

I Keep Asking...

Ephesians 1:16-17 (NLT), "...I pray for you constantly, 17 asking God, the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to give you spiritual wisdom and insight so that you might grow in your knowledge of God."

Paul continuously prayed for the church to have wisdom and knowledge. These are gifts that were provided by God when you received salvation. In fact every believer that is born of the Spirit, (born again) receives wisdom, knowledge and faith from God.

Jesus was born of the Spirit, the Bible says in Matthew 1:18 (NKJV), "...she (Mary) was found with child of the Holy Spirit." When Jesus was 12 years old, long before He began His ministry, He displayed wisdom and knowledge. The Bible has this account in Luke 2:46-47 (NKJV), "Now so it was that after three days they found Him (Jesus) in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, both listening to them and asking them questions. And all who heard Him were astonished at His understanding and answers." Down a few verses, the Bible tells us in Luke 2:52 (NKJV), "And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men."

The Bible also says in Ecclesiastes 2:26 (NKJV), "For God gives wisdom and knowledge and joy to a man who is good in His sight..." If you are born again, then you are good in His sight. That was the whole purpose of the cross. The Bible goes on to say in Romans 12:3 (NKJV), "...God has dealt to each one a measure of faith."

But if you don't know how to take advantage of it, you will not benefit from it. If somebody gives you five million dollars and puts it in a bank account, it doesn't do you any good until you spend it. To spend it, you need to know how to get it first.

The Bible says in James 1:5 (NKJV), "If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him." One way to take advantage of these gifts is to ask for them. If you want powerful wisdom, knowledge and faith, pray for it, read the Word of God and expect it. James said to ask for it expecting it (James 1:6). There is also another way to get it. After discussing the Scriptures with the religious teachers of the time, Jesus increased in Wisdom. One more way of taking advantage of these gifts is to spend time in the Word of  God.

In Exodus 27:20 (NKJV) we read, "And you (the priests) shall command the children of Israel that they bring you pure oil of pressed olives for the light, to cause the lamp to burn continually." The priests of the Old Testament were to collect oil continually. We know that the lamps were only lit between evening and morning so there should be a comma after the word burn (Exodus 27:21, Leviticus 24:3). When Jesus was crucified, we became priests and kings (Revelation 1:5,6). As a priest, you need to collect oil continually. The oil is the power of God. The Bible reveals this in Isaiah 10:27 (NKJV), "...the yoke will be destroyed because of the anointing oil."

So it doesn't matter what challenge you face, God has given you the tools to overcome it. Pray for wisdom, knowledge and faith; study the Word of God and collect your oil - continually.

Be Blessed!

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