Wednesday, April 26, 2017.
Author: Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day: For wisdom provides protection, just as money provides protection. But the advantage of knowledge is this: Wisdom preserves the life of its owner. Ecclesiastics 7 : 12 ( NET ).
LISTEN: The bible says, “Wisdom is the principal thing…” (Proverbs 4 : 7). This means that, no human achievements compare with wisdom. Sadly, many today are empty of wisdom, as a result, life has become a complete nightmare. Obviously, life will be ruin when knowledge is ignored. Wisdom is the right application of knowledge, so where knowledge is ignored, wisdom is undermined; and where wisdom is undermined, the future has been compromised. Beloved, there is no future for anyone who is empty of true wisdom, there is more hope for a fool than a man that lacks wisdom. Truly, the beauty of life is in wisdom. Wisdom enables us to make right judgment and decisions. Wisdom guides our lives towards the right path, and enable us to fear and honour God; for there is no real widom without the fear of God.
Wisdom without the fear of God is sensual, earthly and demonic. The bible says, “The beginning of wisdom is to fear the LORD, and acknowledging the Holy One is understanding.” (Proverbs 9 : 10). The fear of God is the real test of wisdom. Wisdom preserves the life of its owner. Wisdom protects and preserves. It delivers from error, troubles, untimely death, etc. The power of wisdom is limitless when it is wisdom from above. Wisdom from above is the wisdom of God that gives life to its owner. The widom from above is devoid of evil, but rather serves the purpose of God. He who claims to be wise must attain God’s kind of wisdom. The bible says, ” Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct he should show his works done in the gentleness that wisdom brings. But if you have bitter jealousy and selfishness in your hearts, do not boast and tell lies against the truth. Such wisdom does not come from above but is earthly, natural, demonic…But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, accommodating, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial, and not hypocritical.”(James 3 : 13 – 17). Beloved, let us pursue true wisdom and our lives will cease to be a nightmare.
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Spend your time, energy and money in acquiring knowledge, and when acquired, apply it.
2. In your quest for knowledge, do not ignore to seek divine knowledge and wisdom.
3. Always pray for divine wisdom because earthly wisdom without the divine, equals folly.
4. Learn to not be wise in your own eyes, instead, let your actions and decisions tell others who you really are.
Daily Task: Determine to honour, revere and fear God no matter what, for there is no true widom and understanding without the fear of God.
Daily Reflection: There is no future for anyone who is empty of wisdom, and there is more hope for a fool than a man that lacks wisdom; for the beauty of life is in the right application of knowledge.
Daily Prayer: God of wisdom, I acknowledge that true wisdom comes from you; therefore, release upon me uncommon and unmatchable wisdom, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Prophetic Declaration: Today, I prophesy over your life, may God release upon you uncommon and unmatchable wisdom from above, till your life becomes enviable, in Jesus’ name.
Daily Quote: Life empty of wisdom will surely become a complete nightmare.
Today In History: April 26, 1994. Nelson Mandela wins the presidency in South Africa’s first multiracial elections.