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Wisdom – Why, from where and how?

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Wisdom is not to enable us to live independent of God. Wisdom is what enables us to understand the plan of God and partner with Him in executing it. We are never good enough to do it all on our own and never too bad to not be able to partner with God. Wisdom is what connects our minds to His.

I shared that on our Facebook & Twitter pages a few days ago. It made me think and study more on wisdom and specifically the life of Solomon.

God gave Solomon wisdom and very great insight, and a breadth of understanding as measureless as the sand on the seashore. (1 Kings 4:29)

That verse has always been an inspiring verse for me. In-fact, ever since I read that verse, wisdom and understanding has been in my top list of prayer points.

Why is wisdom important? 

2 reasons why wisdom is important :

1. Wisdom is required to finish your divine assignment. 

After David died Solomon became King over Israel and while he was at a place called Gibeon the Lord appeared to him in a dream during the night. “God said; ‘Ask! What shall I give you?‘” (I Kings 3:5). It seems more like a dream right? The maker of everything we see, hear, know and more asking what you want.

Solomon’s answer qualifies as one of the greatest prayers in the Bible.” Here is what he prayed for: “Therefore give to Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people, that I may discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this great people of Yours?” (I Kings 3:9). Solomon was asking for wisdom to be a good king.

Solomon needed wisdom to be a successful king. Wisdom is what makes the difference in your pursuit of your destiny. Wisdom and understanding from God enables us to release an expression of creativity, leadership and excellence that gives God glory.

2. Wisdom as an answer to prayer. 

God answers a lot of prayers by giving us the wisdom to handle what we need Him to do for us. If you don’t see God do it all for you, use the wisdom and understanding that He gives you.

I read this excerpt today of a Billy Graham interview :

“But I’ve discovered that God sometimes answers our prayers in a fourth way: By showing us how to solve the problem. In other words, sometimes we become the answer to our own prayers! We always want God to solve our problems instantly, but sometimes God wants us to deal with them on our own, as he gives us wisdom.”

Where does Wisdom come from? 

“So God said to him(Solomon), “Since you have asked for this and not for long life or wealth for yourself, nor have asked for the death of your enemies but for discernment in administering justice, I will do what you have asked. I will give you a wise and discerning heart, so that there will never have been anyone like you, nor will there ever be.” (1 Kings 3:11-12)

If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. (James 1:5) 

For the LORD gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. (Proverbs 2:6) 

People claim that wisdom is gained by experience and great knowledge etc. The above verses make it very clear that wisdom comes from God and wisdom that God gives cannot be bought or earned from anything else.

Who gets wisdom? 

Solomon’s prayer was a great one because his heart was right when he prayed it. I believe wisdom is a result of where your heart is.

“To the person who pleases him, God gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness, but to the sinner he gives the task of gathering and storing up wealth to hand it over to the one who pleases God. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind.” (Ecclesiastes 2:26)

God gives wisdom when we live to please Him. Our ultimate goal in life should be to hear that God is pleased with the way we lived and loved. Throughout the bible, there are many verses that speaks about what pleases God. Here are some of them :

  • God is pleased with you when you do what you know is right(See 1 Peter 2:19),
  • Faith pleases God. (See Hebrews 11:6)
  • Walk as children of light. (See Ephesians 5:8-10)

Ultimately, the ability to please God is birthed by His work in our lives. Our willingness to obey and submit to what God is doing in and through us is what creates a pure heart and a renewed mind.

What is your understanding of Wisdom from God? 

How was wisdom from God empowered you to make a decision? 

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OT#3 – Peace attracts peace and worry attracts worry.

The easiest thing you can do is find everything that is wrong, but it takes some intentional effort to drill into the good. I don’t know how, but our minds are just attracted to the wrong unless we intentionally divert it to see the good. 
 
Most of our complaints and issues can fade away if we take time to remind ourselves of the good in our lives. The most important battle you can win is the battle in your mind – to replace everything that is not of God. 
 
God has promised us peace beyond understanding, but we must be willing to give-up our need for understanding to be able to partake of that peace. Do you wholeheartedly trust God with your life even when you don’t know whats going on?
 
For as he thinks in his heart, so is he. (Proverbs 23:7) 
If you are always thinking of everything that is wrong and negative, don’t be surprised if the things that are wrong in your life keeps multiplying. Peace attracts peace and worry attracts worry. 
 
Instead of dwelling on everything that is wrong, thank God for everything that is good. When you are doing that, it is not just you being positive, but it is also an expression of your faith. It is you saying God has been faithful. It is an invitation for God to work in your weaknesses and struggles. 
 
Leave a comment with your thoughts and experiences. 

God Bless,

Joel Mundackal

Category : One Thought 

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“Who’s got an attitude?” Part 1 : A learning heart with an open mind

A learning heart with an open mind. 
 
Having the right kind of attitude is like wearing the right shoe for an athlete. You can run with any shoe, but if you want to win the race, you’ve got to wear the right one.
 
While there are many things that add up to create the right attitude, I want to talk about one today – ‘a learning heart with an open mind’
 
“A wise man will hear and increase learning; And a man of understanding will attain wise counsel” – Proverbs 1:5
 
I have had discussions with many people who talk with a closed mind. Their only intention is to convince others about their point of view and are not willing to even consider another point of view. One of the common reason why people have a closed mind is ‘they rely on experience’. While we learn a lot in life through experience, there are times when experience hinder us from experiencing something new from God. The experience you rely on also could be the patterns of the world. ‘You can get a good job only if you have a better resume than everyone else or believing that God can work only in ways you’ve seen before in other peoples life or situations’. Yes, experience is invaluable but here are some things to watch out for in the process – 
 
1. Being childlike
I get to spend a lot of time with a dear friend’s baby. I love to see his excitement while learning new things. His mind captures many things that are irrelevant and out of sight for many 1 1/2 year old kids. Yes, his parents deserve a lot of credit, but His eagerness to learn/discover is well seen in Him. What is the point? Likewise I’m sure many of us must have been like that when we began our journey with God. I wonder when we lost that excitement to learn and discover new things from God.
 
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because you have rejected knowledge, I will also reject you, that you shall be no priest to me(Hosea 4:6)
 
We serve a God who is filled with wonders. If you show the kind of interest a kid has to learn, then you will find yourself attracted to many of the wonders in His kingdom.
 
2. Relying on experience stops God from doing something new – 
 
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.( Isaiah 55:8,9)
 
If you believe God can do for you only what you’ve seen Him do in the past in your life or someone else’s, that may be the reason why you do not see a breakthrough in many areas. God can do anything the way He pleases. Let God decide how He wants to do it, all you need to do is give Him the space.
 
“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.(Romans 12:2)”
 
Be transformed and expect new and greater things from God. He has enough resources to surprise you. Set your standards of expectation very high. 
 
3. Subtle form of unbelief –
Yes, relying on past and living with a closed mind could birth unbelief. How often do people give up on a dream because it is against what is possible in the natural and have seen many people try and fail? How many people do not get healed because they believe that their sickness is too dangerous and no one else has survived it.
 
“Jesus replied, “What is impossible with men is possible with God.(Luke 18:27)” 
And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to Him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek Him.(Hebrews 11:6)”
 
Remember, God will meet you at the level of your expectation and faith. 
 
4. Pride –
“And if any man thinks that he knows anything, he knows nothing yet as he ought to know.(1 Corinthians 8:2)”
When you live with a closed mind who is unwilling to learn, it reveals pride. 
 
“Then the LORD gave the donkey the ability to speak. “What have I done to you that deserves your beating me three times?” it asked Balaam.(Numbers 22:28)”
The above passage shows that God can even make a donkey speak, but you will not be able to hear if you walk in pride. 
 
“But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.(1 Corinthians 1:27)” 
  
Choose to live with a learning heart. Be open to learn anything valuable from those younger and older, most experienced and the least, the foolish, the stranger, the weak, and your enemy. They could be out of your thinking box, but God is not in your box too. 
 
I pray that God fills you with wisdom and knowledge as you live with an open mind and a learning heart. 
 
Blessings, 
Joel Mundackal
 
 

THE RIGHT TO DREAM

THE RIGHT TO DREAM

I am so thankful for Bill Johnson and what he does. I was listening to one of his sermons that really touched me and I decided to write on the same topic.
God has a dream. He has a vision. He has songs He wants to sing over us. 
 
Once you have God’s vision, ours will compliment His and wont divide. Dual vision is die-vision. 
Luke 11:23 : “He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me scatters”
He’s got this mission to bring people to Him and dream consistent with His dream; or all our attempts scatter. All our good wishes and good plans will scatter.  
 
John 15:7 – If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. 
John 16:25 – Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full. 
 
While we do have the right to desire, what is important is what is our source? What is our reason? Are we selfishly caught up with our dreams and desires for our good, that we do not have the heart to know what His dream is and align our dreams to His? 
 
In between all these amazing promises, there is a shift in relationship being asked for. And it is this shift that fuels these promises that gives us the right to ask whatever we want. 
 
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Matthew 6:33 : Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.(NLT)
Now what does kingdom mean? King’s domain, His world in ours. 
 
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Co-Labouring : 

Psalm 37:4 : Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart.
 
We have this robotic idea that every good desire that we have is God giving it to us and he tells us what to do. That is NOT the way a relationship works. It is true that in that relationship he transforms us and we desire things that are pleasing to Him as we become like the one we are united with. But that is not what that verse means. 
 
What it means is, God made himself vulnerable to the desires of His people. History is unfolding according to our desires, what we do and what we don’t do, what we pray and what we don’t pray for. He told us the parameters, He gave us the principles and He set the boundary in principles. Now He is calling the dreamers to come in and dream. He’s giving us one theme and that is on earth as it is in heaven”. Now let that shape every breath of your life.
 
As He sees our surrender to His stuff, He is interested in hearing about what we think about stuff. Its out of surrender He’s made himself vulnerable to our dreams. Because then it becomes a co-labouring effort. Abide in Him, live under the influence of the consciousness of His presence. Let His words abide in you, let his declaration shape what you think, what you say, what comes out of your heart and in that context, you will be the one who shapes history. Much of us are waiting for a command from God and God is waiting for a dream from us. 
 
God has a plan for you and purpose but, so much of it is left wide open for your influence so much so that He says whoever you forgive, He forgives. There is a co-labouring privilege. 
 
This is not about how to have your own way with God. This is about the creative role you and I have in unfolding of this plan of salvation and the kingdoms of this world becoming His kingdom. The world around us is being transformed because people catch the heartbeat of God and start dreaming. 
 
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ONE QUESTION : 
The only question is can God trust you with a dream? 
It is only in the concept of intimacy can our desires be trusted. There is a point in a relationship where obedience is not the primary issue. Are you and I there yet, to let God give us the liberty to bring our opinions before Him? In that context comes the liberty for intimacy and the freedom to dream. 
 
Intimacy is birthed out of friendship – 
John 16:15 : “I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you”
 
There is a radical difference between being a Servant of God vs. being a Friend. The Servant is task oriented, and the Friend is relational. (By the way, lovers of God get more work done than do workers.) Mary and Martha are good examples of this. Moses and David are good examples of being a friend of God and sharing their hearts and thoughts with Him. A friend is concerned not just about doing the right things, but a friend is concerned with anything that sustains and increases the meaning of the relationship.
 
A servant does not see his master outside of what he commands him to do. A servant does not know how the master is moved by certain things. We need to get a point in relationship where we can say “I see what moves Him and I allow what moves Him to move me : The primary mission(things of heaven invading earth)”
 
Submission to that primary mission is when we get commissioned. And that is where strength and authority comes from. Its not ‘we dream independent of Him’, but ‘we dream because of Him’ 
Let your heart be so touched by His heart and start dreaming of things that you never thought you’d dream about. 
 
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The Warning : 
Isaiah 55:9 – For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
What would it look like, to have that God whose thoughts are so high above ours affect our thoughts? 
 
All desires are of the Father but whatever we have communion with, will deposit seeds in us which will affect our desires and that becomes our father of desires. The origin of desire, is whatever attitude or spirit we have communion/fellowship with. 
 
Eg. Proverbs 22:24(NIV) says : “Do not make friends with a hot-tempered man, do not associate with one easily angered” Why? Because if you have fellowship with that spirit you will reproduce its fruit. Same goes with any other spirit that can control us. 
 
Much of what happens in life is a result of interaction. Have communion with the right influence. 
 
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The REWARD : 
Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us – Ephesians 3:20
 
This is what God desires : 
People at the end of their lives who say, way more than I could imagine happened in my life and I know there’s no one I can thank but God; it was absolutely Grace. And he so far surpassed everything I could have dreamt of and He so far surpassed everything I could have wanted for my family and for me. When it comes to the end of life, let our faces say, I live intoxicated with the joy of God because I’ve seen things fulfilled that I dint even have the nerve to pray for. 
 
What does God dream about? “But when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?- Luke 18:8” 
God wants poverty erased from the face of the earth. He wants the sick people healed. God wants His kingdom to invade this earth we live in. He wants us to defend those who can’t defend themselves, He wants us to help fulfil the secret dreams of the people around us who cannot do it on their own, He wants us to stand for those who cannot stand for themselves. Let us not permit anything here on earth that is not in heaven. That is what God dreams about and in doing that you fulfill your dreams and far more. Are you willing to, in faith catch that master plan and align your dreams to that? 
You get your dreams fulfilled by serving in an other persons dream. You step into places of honor by forgetting about honor and giving honor to someone else. And what you need, give what you have away, the way you get breakthrough is by generosity. It is God’s heart’s desire to fulfill your heart’s dreams. It is His heart’s desire to make you ridiculously happy.
 
Matthew 6:33 : Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.(NLT)
Luke 9:24 : For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will save it.
 
Anything we can dream of in this world is too small a dream when heaven steps in. Start co-labouring with God and dream for the unseen.
 
Blessings,
Joel. 
 
 
Note : There are references and excerpts from Bill Johnson’s “dreaming with God” and from “archive.org” and google.com. All biblical references are from ‘bible.cc’