Heaven's Point of View

Word Of Wisdom

Three Angels Broadcasting Network

Program transcript

Participants: Hal Steenson (Host)


Series Code: HPOV

Program Code: HPOV000008

00:01 Hello, I'm
00:03 I'd like to welcome you to join us in our study
00:04 on the nine gifts of the Holy Spirit.
00:06 On today's Heaven's Point of View,
00:07 we are going to look at the gift of the word of wisdom
00:10 and how it operated in the early church.
00:13 We are going to see if this gift is still valid
00:15 and available to the church today and define how this gift
00:19 can benefit the body of Christ. You will learn how to recognize
00:23 and judge whether you are seeing the real gift of the Holy Spirit
00:27 or if you are being exposed to a counterfeit.
00:30 So I encourage you to get your Bibles and study along with us
00:34 as we counteract the counterfeit with the living Word of God.
01:00 On our last program we finished examining the word of knowledge:
01:03 one of the gifts to know. On today's program we'll begin
01:06 our study on the word of wisdom. Now let me give you a definition
01:11 for the word of wisdom:
01:29 Jesus Himself promised us this gift of the word of wisdom.
01:34 Luke 21 says: "But before all these they shall
01:38 lay their hands on you and persecute you
01:40 delivering you up to the synagogues and into the prisons
01:44 being brought before the kings and rulers for My name's sake.
01:47 And it shall turn to you for a testimony. Settle it therefore
01:51 in your hearts not to meditate before what you shall answer
01:55 for I will give you a mouth of wisdom
01:58 which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay
02:02 nor resist. " The word of wisdom was demonstrated also
02:06 by the apostles. In Acts 6 it says "Stephen, full of faith
02:10 and power, did great wonders and miracles among the people.
02:14 Then there arose certain of the synagogue which is called the
02:17 Synagogue of the Libertines and the Cyrenians
02:21 and the Alexandrians and of them of Cilica and of Asia
02:25 disputing with Stephen. And they were not able to resist
02:28 the wisdom and the Spirit by which he spoke. "
02:32 Now there are four basic categories dealing with
02:35 the word of wisdom. First there is
02:41 I Corinthians 2:7 says:
02:44 "But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden
02:47 wisdom which God ordained before the world
02:50 unto our glory. " Now here are the true signs
02:55 of godly wisdom. James 3 says:
02:58 "Who is a wise man and endureth with knowledge among you?
03:03 Let him show out of a good conversation his works
03:07 with meekness and wisdom. But if you have bitter envyings
03:11 and strife in your hearts, glory not and lie not
03:15 against the truth. This wisdom descendeth not from above
03:21 but is earthly, sensual, devilish - for where envying
03:25 and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.
03:30 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure
03:34 then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated,
03:39 full of mercy and good fruit without partiality
03:43 and without hypocrisy. And the fruit of righteousness is
03:47 sown in peace of them that make peace. "
03:50 God's wisdom is seen primarily in Christ
03:53 and what He accomplished on the cross.
03:56 I Corinthians 1:30 - listen to this:
03:58 "But of him are ye in Christ Jesus
04:01 who of God is made unto us wisdom
04:06 and righteousness and sanctification and redemption. "
04:10 A true word of wisdom is always Christ centered.
04:14 Now listen to that. I want to say it again.
04:15 A true word of wisdom is always Christ centered.
04:20 says: "that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ,
04:23 the father of glory, may give unto you the Spirit
04:26 of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him. "
04:31 Now the fruits of the word of wisdom
04:33 are meekness, humility, purity, righteousness,
04:38 sincerity, merciful, gentleness, kindness,
04:44 and sincerity. Children may even benefit from the value
04:48 of the word of wisdom by learning from these godly
04:52 characteristics. Wise parents are those who seek the gift
04:56 of the word of wisdom to display these qualities.
05:00 Now second, there is:
05:03 I Corinthians 2:6 says: "Howbeit we speak wisdom among them
05:07 that are perfect yet not the wisdom of this world
05:11 nor of the princes of this world
05:13 that come to naught? " The result of earthy wisdom,
05:17 listen to this, this is horrible,
05:41 Third, there is:
05:44 When this wisdom is used by itself, it can be detrimental.
05:51 says: "I communed with mine own heart saying
05:54 lo I am come to great estate and have gotten more wisdom
06:00 than all they that have been before me in Jerusalem.
06:04 Yea, my heart had great experience of wisdom
06:07 and knowledge. And I gave my heart to know wisdom
06:11 and to know madness and folly.
06:14 I perceived that this also is vexation of the spirit
06:19 for in much wisdom is much grief
06:22 and he that increases knowledge increases sorrow. "
06:26 Last is:
06:30 This type of wisdom is a divine gift which cannot be gained
06:34 through study or through experience.
06:36 It is a supernatural perception to determine the divine means
06:41 for accomplishing God's will in a given situation
06:45 and is a divinely given power to appropriate spiritual intuition
06:50 over all our problems. Furthermore,
06:54 this gift involves having a sense of divine direction.
06:58 Being led by the Holy Spirit to act appropriately
07:03 in a given set of circumstances and rightly applying
07:07 the knowledge that has been given to you by God.
07:12 Now, once again:
07:31 The gift of the word of wisdom is unique in that it may work
07:35 interactively with the other two revelation gifts:
07:39 knowledge and discernment.
07:41 An example of this can be found in Acts 16:
07:46 says: "And it came to pass as we went to prayer
07:49 a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination
07:52 met us which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying.
07:57 The same followed Paul and us and cried, saying:
08:01 'These men are the servants of the Most High God
08:04 which show unto us the way of salvation. '
08:07 And this did she many days - but Paul, being grieved,
08:12 turned and said to the spirit - the demon, not the damsel -
08:16 'I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ
08:18 to come out of her. ' And he came out the same hour. "
08:22 Please notice: she followed them many days proclaiming
08:25 they were the servants of the Most High God - which was
08:28 the truth. However, Paul needed the gift of the word of wisdom
08:33 to properly handle the situation.
08:36 After many days Paul was grieved, turned to her,
08:40 and said to the spirit, the demon, come out of her.
08:43 Although what she had been saying was true,
08:46 Paul used the gift of discerning of spirits
08:49 to confront the spirit that was making the declaration.
08:53 A demon, not a damsel, and also used the word of wisdom
08:58 as to when to confront this spirit.
09:01 Just as wisdom is knowledge rightly applied,
09:05 so the spiritual gift of the word of wisdom is the
09:09 supernatural ability to apply spiritual knowledge
09:12 already possessed. Regardless of how one obtains that knowledge
09:17 it is knowledge rightly applied by the Spirit.
09:20 It is God showing the what, why, where, when,
09:25 and how of solving a problem. It is the supernatural solution
09:30 to trials, troubles, and tribulation.
09:32 It is thus exactly what it says it is:
09:37 a word of wisdom - not total wisdom within itself.
09:41 The word of wisdom will almost always associate itself
09:45 with knowledge in order to be effective.
09:48 It may be a tiny portion of God's wisdom graciously given
09:52 at a specific time for a specific circumstance
09:56 for God to accomplish His will for the recipient.
09:59 This gift has several other functions,
10:02 and we will explore them later in this series.
10:07 Now let's look at what the word of wisdom IS NOT.
10:11 The word of wisdom is not all of God's wisdom.
10:14 This gift is the gift of the word of wisdom
10:17 it is NOT the gift of wisdom.
10:20 God speaks to us giving us a word or only a small portion
10:25 of His wisdom. Also, it is NOT psychology.
10:30 The supernatural gift of the word of wisdom
10:32 is not something one learns in a classroom
10:35 studying the natural tendencies of human-kind.
10:39 It is NOT a science of the mind.
10:41 It is NOT any earthly wisdom.
10:45 Once again, it cannot be learned by the natural mind.
10:49 The word of wisdom is not learned by the natural mind.
10:52 It cannot be education, training, methods
10:56 or natural wisdom in any sense.
10:58 A man without the Spirit may use methods that may be both
11:03 helpful and harmful. What works perfectly and builds up
11:07 in one situation may literally destroy
11:11 in another given circumstance. This is especially true
11:14 when it comes to solving problems in local churches.
11:18 Many pastors, leadership, and laity have problems
11:22 where no one but God can help them.
11:25 No man knows the answer or the solution.
11:28 Someone's book may be interesting and have many
11:31 practical applications; however, that book should never be
11:36 confused with the spiritual gift of the word of wisdom.
11:41 The word of wisdom is NOT mature advice or counsel,
11:44 although that's good. This gift is not the ability to give
11:48 mature spiritual insight. One may be mature in the
11:52 Lord's word and have many years of experience
11:54 in rightly dividing the word of truth
11:57 and yet never have this supernatural spiritual gift
12:02 operate in their life. There's a huge difference between
12:05 the mature spiritual fruit and the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
12:10 The fruit of the Spirit is something one continues to
12:13 strive for while the gifts of the Holy Spirit are manifested
12:18 and divided as He Himself so desires.
12:22 I Corinthians 12, let's rehearse this:
12:25 verse 7: "But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every
12:29 man to profit withal, but all these worketh
12:32 that one and the self-same Spirit divideth to every man
12:36 severally as He wills. " It is not just plain wisdom.
12:41 This gift is not just the wisdom that every Christian gains
12:45 from studying God's word. Solomon had wisdom from God
12:49 but rarely did he receive a word of wisdom or specific
12:53 revelation for a special situation.
12:55 An immature child of God may be given the gift
13:00 of the word of wisdom whereas a spiritually mature Christian
13:04 may never receive this endowment at all!
13:08 You see, the gift of the word of wisdom is not just a lucky guess
13:13 or a new inspiration. This gift is not just a premonition
13:18 that unexpectedly goes off - BOOM - in someone's head.
13:22 If this were true, then we would have to acknowledge
13:25 those who do not know Jesus but experience the same
13:31 lucky guess or premonition without the Holy Spirit.
13:35 Now, let's take a look at a practical application.
13:40 This gift is something... - hear this, hear this -
13:43 this gift is something every mother and father
13:46 needs desperately in their home because they can't handle
13:50 every child in the same manner. It's something every pastor,
13:55 teacher, and church leader needs at times since he or she
14:00 can't minister to every member in the same manner
14:03 or sometimes on the same spiritual level.
14:06 It is something every Christian should pray for
14:10 in order to share the gospel with those who are lost.
14:13 We may be given the gift of the word of wisdom
14:16 to pray for someone in a purposeful or specific manner.
14:21 We may receive the word of wisdom to increase our faith
14:25 and belief in God's word. We may be given the word of wisdom
14:29 to ask questions that will take us or the person being
14:33 questioned to a divine encounter with God.
14:36 We may receive this gift to convince us to trust
14:40 and obey the leading of God's Holy Spirit.
14:42 The Holy Spirit may divide this gift to us in order to
14:46 accomplish a task the Lord has chosen us to accomplish.
14:50 The gift of the word of wisdom would communicate ability
14:55 to receive and explain the deep things of God.
15:03 says: "But as it is written, eye hath not seen
15:05 nor ear heard, neither hath entered into the hearts of man
15:08 the things which God hath prepared
15:11 for them that love Him. " And this is where we usually stop.
15:14 This is where we quit. But thank God for verse 10.
15:17 It says: "But - BUT - God hath revealed them unto us
15:21 by His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yea,
15:25 the deep things of God. For what man knoweth the things
15:30 of man save the spirit of man which is in him?
15:33 Even so the things of God knoweth no man
15:37 but the Spirit of God. Now we receive not the spirit
15:41 of the world but the Spirit which is of God
15:45 Hallelujah! that we might know the things that are freely given
15:49 to us of God which things also we speak.
15:52 Not in the words which man's wisdom teaches but which the
15:58 Holy Spirit teaches comparing spiritual things
16:01 with spiritual. But the natural man receiveth not the things
16:06 of the Spirit of God for they are foolishness unto him -
16:10 neither can he know them because they are spiritually discerned.
16:15 But he that is spiritual judges all things yet he himself
16:20 is judged of no man. For who hath known the mind of the Lord
16:25 that he may instruct Him? But we have the mind of Christ. "
16:29 In God's dealings with men there is so much that is mysterious
16:34 and the ordinary Christian is often in need of a word
16:38 that will illuminate his situation.
16:43 Old Testament Biblical examples of this: they are numerous.
16:47 In II Kings chapter 3 three kings had told Elisha
16:52 that the Moabites were coming to capture them.
16:54 At first Elisha didn't know what to do.
16:56 Then he called for a minstrel and listened
17:01 and praised the Lord. Then a gift of the word of wisdom
17:06 was given to him, and Elisha told them to make the valley
17:10 full of ditches. He then explained the cause and the
17:14 effect of the word of wisdom he had been given.
17:18 Ye will not see wind or rain but the valley shall be filled
17:22 with water. The Moabites were defeated
17:25 and three kingdoms were saved with the word of wisdom.
17:29 Another Old Testament example was King Solomon.
17:32 This is a word of wisdom most of us have heard
17:36 from our childhood. In I Kings 3 Solomon was
17:40 faced with a problem when two women both claimed
17:43 to have a baby that was theirs after one had smothered
17:48 the other's to death during the night.
17:49 The Spirit of God told Solomon to call for a sword.
17:53 He feigned or pretended to divide the live baby
17:57 between the two women. When one of them started to cry out
18:00 for the baby's life, Solomon knew that he knew that he knew
18:04 that this woman was the baby's rightful mother.
18:07 Solomon had just prayed and asked for wisdom
18:11 from the Lord which was given
18:14 by the Spirit for that specific problem.
18:17 That touches my heart. It might not have worked
18:20 in a similar case if both loved the baby the same
18:23 or if both were equally insensitive.
18:26 It was a spiritual gift and a gift of the word of wisdom.
18:30 The New Testament is full of Biblical examples.
18:34 I want to share just a few. Paul, Paul was given a word
18:37 of knowledge from the Holy Spirit that he was supposed to
18:39 go to Rome in Acts 19 verse 21.
18:43 But he did not know when, why, or how!
18:47 The Spirit gave him a word of wisdom one night
18:49 and told him why he was to go to Rome.
18:52 That's in Acts 23 and verse 11.
18:56 You see Jesus used the word of wisdom to answer
18:59 the question regarding taxes. Matthew 22:15 through 22 says:
19:04 "Then went the Pharisees
19:06 and took counsel how they might entangle Him in His talk.
19:11 And they sent out unto Him their disciples with the Herodians
19:16 saying 'Master, we know that Thou art true
19:19 and teachest the way of God and truth,
19:21 neither carest Thou for any man for Thou regardest not
19:25 the person of men. Tell us therefore what thinkest Thou:
19:30 Is it lawful to give tribute
19:33 unto Caesar or not? '
19:37 But Jesus perceived their wickedness and said:
19:40 'Why tempt you Me, you hypocrites?
19:43 Show Me the tribute money. ' And they brought unto Him
19:46 a penny. And He saith unto them: 'Whose is the image
19:52 and the superscription? ' They say unto Him 'Caesar's. '
19:56 Then saith He unto them: - powerful, powerful -
19:59 'Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's
20:03 and unto God the things that are God's. ' "
20:07 We can learn a lesson from this!
20:09 "When they had heard these words they marveled and left Him
20:13 and went their way. " I believe the temptation
20:17 of Jesus in the wilderness is three of the most powerful
20:21 words of wisdom in the Word of God.
20:23 I'm prejudiced. I really like this wilderness experience.
20:27 Luke 4:1-14 says: "And Jesus, being full of the Holy Ghost
20:33 returned from Jordan and was LED, led by the Spirit
20:38 into the wilderness. Being 40 days temped of the devil
20:42 and in those days He did eat nothing.
20:45 And when they were ended, He afterwards hungered.
20:49 And the devil said unto Him, 'If thou be the Son of God,
20:52 command this stone' - see Jesus was the stone -
20:57 'that it be made bread. ' And Jesus answered him saying:
21:01 'IT IS WRITTEN' - this is a word of wisdom -
21:05 'that man shall not live by bread alone
21:08 but by every word of God. And the devil, taking Him up
21:12 unto a high mountain, showed unto Him
21:14 all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time.
21:18 And the devil said unto Him,
21:20 'All this power will I give thee
21:25 and the glory of them that is delivered unto me
21:29 and to whosoever I will I give it.
21:33 If Thou therefore will worship me, all shall be Thine. ' "
21:37 Mmm, mmm. "And Jesus answered and said unto him,
21:40 'Get thee behind me Satan for IT IS WRITTEN
21:44 thou shalt worship the Lord thy God
21:47 and Him only shalt thou serve. ' And he brought Him to Jerusalem
21:53 and set Him on a pinnacle of the temple,
21:55 and said unto Him: 'If thou be the Son of God,
21:59 cast thyself down from hence for it is written
22:03 He shall give His angels charge over thee
22:05 to keep thee and in their hands they shall bear thee up
22:10 lest at any time Thou shalt dash thy foot against a stone. '
22:14 And Jesus answered and said unto him: 'It is said
22:19 thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. '
22:23 And when the devil had ended all the temptation,
22:26 he departed from Him for a season and Jesus returned"
22:30 oh, listen to how He returned, "And Jesus returned in the power
22:34 of the Spirit. " He was led by the Spirit into the wilderness,
22:37 He returned from the wilderness in the power of the Spirit
22:40 into Galilee. "And there went out a fame of Him
22:44 throughout all the region round about. "
22:47 The word of wisdom is a powerful gift that the church needs
22:51 desperately in this end time. And we are going to take a look
22:54 at some more of this right after this message.
22:57 Don't go away; we'll be right back for the conclusion.
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23:48 Through the years I have seen the true working
23:51 of the word of wisdom and other gifts of the Holy Spirit.
23:55 Ellen White says that we need to, in the last days and
23:59 the latter rain and outpouring of the Holy Spirit,
24:01 that we need to be so familiar with the workings
24:05 of the gifts of the Holy Spirit unless we look at the real
24:10 and say fanaticism. What we must do as a church
24:15 that is led the Spirit of God - He is our guide -
24:18 we must become familiar with these gifts of the Holy Spirit
24:23 in order to protect the church by allowing each person that
24:27 demonstrates these gifts to use the authority of the believer.
24:32 Now I know that there are people out there -
24:35 because I have seen it too and in this series
24:37 I am talking about that - that are using counterfeit
24:40 of the real gifts. You know, there's all kinds
24:45 of counterfeit money in the world.
24:46 It's out there everywhere! But you know what?
24:50 We still spend real money even with the counterfeit out there.
24:55 So what we've got to do is, we've got to become familiar
25:00 with the real. You know the government counterfeit dept.
25:04 They don't study the counterfeit they study the real
25:06 and are so familiar with it. And here's what we need to do.
25:10 We need to allow the gifts of the word of knowledge,
25:12 word of wisdom, discerning of the spirits
25:14 we are going to be talking about. We need them to work
25:18 in the church to build up the church.
25:20 Now I am taken back to a time when we tried to get a station
25:23 in Papua, New Guinea. And this station other Christian stations
25:29 had offered them big bucks, millions of dollars,
25:32 for this license. And God moved through Danny Shelton
25:37 and Danny Shelton told Benny Kahana
25:44 "Go tell the governor general, go tell the people
25:47 that are in control that when 3ABN comes on their station.
25:52 comes on in their country, that the people that watch it
25:57 will eat better, they will have better family relationships,
26:01 there will be peace in their homes,
26:04 and they will come to know the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. "
26:09 And the ambassador said, "I don't know about that. "
26:12 And Danny said, "Try! Go and tell him this. "
26:16 I mean what country would not love for all the fighting
26:21 all of the disruptions, everything,
26:24 the turmoil that's in there, to be blessed somehow, some way?
26:28 And this was actually a word of wisdom.
26:31 And do you know that 3ABN is now on in Papua, New Guinea
26:36 because of a gift of the word of wisdom
26:39 that God spoke through Danny Shelton?
26:41 Russia right now in Nitzy Novgorod.
26:45 We just returned. Danny and I just returned from there.
26:49 And do you know that we are on right there because God
26:53 used John Carter to sit down and talk to the governor
26:57 of Nitzy Novgorod and ask him a question.
27:01 "If you are here to protect our rights, then why aren't you
27:05 protecting our rights? " And all of a sudden there was
27:08 an opened heaven and God began to speak through Pastor Carter
27:14 words of wisdom to ask this man.
27:19 And at the end of this meeting
27:22 with the hierarchy of the church the governor stood up and said
27:27 "Enough is enough. Shake hands. " And then he told
27:31 the official of the Russian orthodox church
27:33 "Now we are going to take your picture. And when this picture
27:37 is taken, I want a smile on your face. "
27:39 How did it happen? Through the gifts of the Spirit.
27:42 In fighting situations in the church, in your home,
27:46 in your life, we need the Holy Spirit.
27:49 We have the map of God's Word but we need the compass
27:54 of God's Holy Spirit desperately.
27:56 And what that will do is that will enhance our worship.
28:01 It will build up the body of Christ and punch holes
28:05 in the kingdom of darkness
28:06 and let the light of Jesus Christ come in.
28:31 On our next Heaven's Point of View,
28:32 we will be looking at the gift of the discerning of spirits.
28:36 So check your 3ABN World for the dates and times
28:40 and we will see you there.


Revised 2014-12-17