Acquiring Divine wisdom

In the book, The Extraordinary Gentleman: A Handbook for Christian Men , we discuss the interesting concept of the various stages of a man’s life. This article is intended to focus on one key ingredient that a man’s life must have at stage forty (not age forty); and that key ingredient is Wisdom. To give you a little background, the book discusses stage forty as the stage in a man’s life when a man would have demonstrated to himself, his ability to conquer. A man at stage forty will therefore be willing to take on bigger challenges and move from conquering goals he has set for himself to conquering goals set by society. Responsibility to society is therefore attracted to stage forty. The book therefore argues that, wisdom is an important ingredient at stage forty especially in selecting goals that are worthy of pursuit.

Wisdom, the book argues, is of three kinds, divine wisdom (Jas 3:17), human wisdom (1 Co 2:5) and devilish wisdom (Jas 3:15). Divine wisdom refers to knowledge of the will of God for the moment and the situation. Devilish wisdom is wisdom that opposes divine wisdom. Human wisdom is knowledge of the current state of human learning and experience considered appropriate for the moment and the situation.

Divine and devilish wisdom are independent of each other; however, every piece of human wisdom is influenced at any moment in time by either divine wisdom or devilish wisdom. Therefore, human wisdom can either be divinely or devilishly inspired.

According to the book, at forty, a man should have gathered adequate human learning (from stage twenty) and experience (from stage thirty) to make wise judgement in moments and situations. However, at every moment of decision making where there is a clash between human and divine wisdom, divine wisdom must prevail.

How then can a man acquire divine wisdom?

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The first source is through the word of God. As the bible says, the entrance of Your words gives light; It gives understanding to the simple (Psalm 119:30, NKJV). Or in a more interpretive language, Your instructions are a doorway through which light shines. They give insight to the untrained (Psalm 119: 130, NET).  The bible also says, Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path (119: 105, KJV). Essentially, the word of God gives at its entrance, light that   indicates to a man, his current position (lamp unto my feet) in life or in a situation and what lies ahead of him (light unto my path). Additionally, the word has the ability to equip the naive or inexperienced man with insight into matters that he is confronted with.

To put it into more details, the bible says in Psalm 119 vrs 98-100, Your commandments make me wiser than my enemies, for I am always aware of them. I have more insight than all my teachers, for I meditate on your rules. I am more discerning than those older than I, for I observe your precepts (NET). In essence, reading, meditating on and observing the word of God are key sources of divine wisdom.

The word of God is therefore able to equip you with the wisdom that is needed to excel as a man.

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MAKING IMPACT IN MINISTRY I

Hello, fellow gentlemen, I am sure you have followed us for some time in our quest to become. I am also confident that you are well grounded in the fact that the life of a man is made up of three functional fields; his Marriage, his Ministry (purpose) and his Money (career and finances). In our first discussion within the context of ministry entitled “You have God’s chisel!” we discussed ministry as selfless undertaking that is evidently inspired by the Spirit of God and that leads to glorious results in the life of people and society at large. We also stressed the fact that all men have a purpose and thus a ministry and that starting the fulfillment of your ministry could begin with as simply as starting a blog with the idea for only one post. We also added that it is important that a man identifies and pursues his ministry. Finally, we concluded that,

Ministries are the chisels with which God carves his glory out of the lives of humans.

In this article, I will like us to discuss how to make impact in ministry. In other words, how to make sure that your work for God is fruitful and that the fruits of your ministry remain. I will therefore like to share with you some truths I encountered in the word of God for making impact in ministry.

1. Be appointed
As mentioned earlier, ministry refers to your purpose and your purpose is determined by God. The first step in making in making true impact is in ensuring that you are into what God has appointed you for. This specifically begins with identifying your purpose, the reason for your creation, the need you have been created to satisfy or in better words the need that God has chosen to satisfy through you. This identification of purpose reveals the appointment that God made of you before you were born, like the appointment of Jeremiah the prophet (Jer 1:5). The purpose of God for your life, like his will, has three main components; the declared purpose (what), the action plan (how, who, where) and the timing (when) [click here to go to detailed article on the will of God]. Being appointed is about identifying the declared purpose or the “what” of your ministry. It refers to for example asking God, what did you create me for? It is therefore important to be in constant and patient communion with God to understand the perfect will of God for your ministry.

There are however different ways by which you can identify the purpose of God for your life. As discussed in my book “The Extraordinary Gentleman: A Handbook for Christian Men”, there are men who receive knowledge of their purpose through dramatically inspiring experiences such as visions and dreams (Gen 37: 5-10; 45:7; Jg 6:11-22), others receive their it by authority received through the laying on of hands (1Ti 4:14), others just see it in the word of God (Da 9:2-27) and are moved to get it done. Yet still, others just have it as a passion for which they feel gifted to pursue (1 Sam 17: 23-54). No matter the way you identify God’s appointment upon your life, it is important to know the perfect will (the declared purpose, the action plan and the timing) of God concerning you purpose. It is the seed for a successful and fruitful ministry i.e a ministry that makes impact. In the next article as God permits, we will move into further discussion as to how to make impact in ministry.

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