Tuesday, April 20, 2010

If it quacks like a duck...

We have all heard this expression. It is a saying birthed from an admiration of common sense. Wisdom. I am a big fan of wisdom. I am a bit of a dreamer (don't hold a candle to Josh) but mostly I am a realist. Some of my favorites: "action leads to consequence", "Past behavior is an indication of future behavior", and above all, "if everyone else was jumping off a bridge- would you too?" {By the way, I have}. Now that I have filled your head with quips celebrating earthly wisdom, I am now going to throw a wrench in the mix. God.

But I must digress. Solomon was granted wisdom from God, and he went on to write Proverbs and Ecclesiastes. Books dedicated to wisdom. And they are powerful. But as wise as Solomon was, he was not a regenerated man. The Holy Spirit could not rest in him indefinitely, because he was a sinful man. But you and I, we got it SO MUCH better. We have Jesus. Because of the rest the Holy Spirit found in Jesus (being that he was without sin and the perfect sacrifice) we are able to be in Christ. Therefore, when we are born again our spirit is made one with Christ.

"For even as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though they are many, are one body, so also is Christ. For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and we were all made to drink of one Spirit." 1 Corin 12:12-13

So, if we are one with Christ in spirit and the Spirit knows all things...

"But when He, the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come." John 16:13

[Okay, so how amazing is that?! How much better we have it through Jesus than Solomon did! ] So now, back to my original point- the wrench (God). You are at a meeting, church event, conference, or just an everyday walk- you get a Word from God. Perhaps it is a vision, or a snapshot in your mind, maybe someone you know or a perfect stranger confirms something you have been thinking about. A prophet, a song, a sermon...or perhaps a knowing, or just a sentence you hear in your spirit. There are so many ways God gives us Words. But make no mistake, God is always speaking. And after this amazing experience, when you are still reeling from the emotion of it all- wisdom sets in. "That is crazy" "That is completely irresponsible" "I have kids to think about!" "What about (fill in the blank)" Again, I am a big fan of wisdom. But a Word is SO MUCH BETTER than wisdom. You can take scriptures, and godly wisdom and apply it to your circumstances and see what a great life you will lead.

OR you can temper that wisdom with Word and see the supernatural.