Dear Partners and Friends,
Have you ever wondered how to consistently access the wisdom of God and make good decisions? That’s what I prayed for as a ten year-old boy, and God has been faithful to reveal those things to me. He will do the same for you! Scripture declares that Jesus has already been made wisdom to us. Let’s look at that verse in First Corinthians chapter one.
"But of Him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption" (I Corinthians 1:30).
According to this verse, one of the greatest kingdom resources— God’s wisdom—has already been imparted to us. When we received Christ into our lives, our spirits were made righteous and filled with health, peace, and provision. But not all believers walk in the benefits of Jesus’ finished work on the cross. This is especially true when it comes to wisdom.
First Corinthians says Christ has—past tense—been made wisdom unto you and me! Notice that wisdom comes first in this verse, even before righteousness. In other words, if you can believe He has been made righteousness to you, you can believe He has been made wisdom to you. And like every other benefit of the cross, wisdom is voice activated. To receive it, you must believe it. That means you agree with it, embrace it, and declare it.
"For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says" (Mark 11:23).
When we see a benefit God has given us through the sacrifice of His Son on the cross, we must believe it, embrace it,and declare it before we will see it manifest in our lives. For example, it may be true I am not feeling well or that I am experiencing pain in my body, but I know I am healed by the stripes of Jesus. I have to believe that, embrace it, and declare that truth before I will feel its reality in my body and experience the benefits of the healing Christ provided 2,000 years ago.
The same thing is true about the benefit of wisdom. Until you realize you already have His wisdom it won’t become a reality in your life. Jesus has already been made unto you wisdom, but that doesn’t automatically make it a reality in your life. It’s not going to fall on you like ripe cherries off a tree. Proverbs says death and life are in the power of your tongue (Proverbs 18:21). You have a part to play in believing and declaring the benefit of wisdom for it to become part of your experience.
A passage of scripture in James chapter one has caused many Christians to approach their request for wisdom from a place of deficit rather than surplus. But let’s take a closer look at those verses together.
"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. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord" (James 1:5-7).
When we read the word “lacks” in this passage our minds automatically focus on not having enough. Then our natural response is to ask for it, but we ask from a place of deficit. But notice that verse six tells us to ask in faith. How can we ask in faith if we are not sure we will receive our request? How can we ask in faith if we are not sure God has already provided it? We can only have faith for what we know God’s grace has provided. In other words, we cannot ask in faith without knowing God has already deposited all the wisdom we will ever need into our spirit.
So, instead of asking for wisdom from a place of deficit or lack, ask from a place of surplus. Ask like you were writing a check or using a debit card with more than enough in your account to cover that purchase. That is what James is challenging us to do when requesting wisdom. Ask in faith knowing He has already been made unto you wisdom. God has already imparted all the wisdom you will ever need in your spirit man. When I ask and declare in faith, the wisdom in my spirit is released for my use. Though I may not know what to do in my natural mind, when I ask and confess that Jesus has already been made unto me wisdom, it will be revealed to me. First John chapter two confirms this truth to us.
"But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things" (I John 2:20).
Where is it that we know all things? In our spirit man. That’s where His wisdom has been deposited in us. The “Holy One” in First John 2:20 is the Holy Spirit who lives and dwells inside each of us who know the Lord. And according to Isaiah 11:2, He is the Spirit of wisdom, understanding, counsel, and might.
You and I have the mind of Christ (I Corinthians 2:16). Where is it that we have His mind and wisdom? In our spirit man, the same place we know all things and have received His wisdom. We draw out that wisdom residing in our spirits by believing and declaring these truths. Understanding this has been a real game changer when it comes to walking in wisdom in my life.
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