by Dr. Charles Stanley
Wednesday July 20, 2005
Gaining Godly Wisdom
Spiritual understanding is gained when we yield to the Spirit's control and practice certain disciplines on a consistent basis. These include praying regularly and maintaining our commitment, devotion, and obedience to God. Other factors are:
Observation. Seeing how God works in the world will teach us important truths. For example, as evidence that worry is pointless, Scripture points to nature. God's care of lilies of the field and the birds of the air should help us let go of anxiety and trust in His provision for us. (Matthew 6:25-28) Our minds then become focused on the Lord's viewpoint and not our own.
Discernment. Watching the lives of both godly and ungodly people will help us acquire wisdom. As we hear their words and observe the results of their choices, we will learn the consequences of wrongdoing and the blessings of obedience.
Godly counsel. (Proverbs 12:15) God sometimes uses other people to give direction for our lives. Whether they speak encouragement or correction, we can trust their words when their advice lines up with Scripture and is confirmed by the Spirit's leading.
Wise Associates. (Proverbs 13:20) We can benefit greatly by spending time with individuals who know the Lord and routinely respond in a godly manner. Before developing close relationships, we should observe other lives. When we notice people who reflect wisdom in thoughts and behavior, we should imitate their discerning ways.
God wants us to pay attention to what we see and hear and be deliberate in our choice of companions. A godly perspective leads to God-honoring action. It is that simple.
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