How to Obtain Wisdom for Salvation

How to Obtain Wisdom for Salvation

and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith

– 2 Timothy 3:15

Wisdom is the supreme possession. The Bible describes it as the most important thing. Wisdom is the key ingredient needed for success in life, and it is applicable in all situations. Wisdom makes a fulfilled person, a successful career, a happy home, a fruitful activity, a peaceful and prosperous nation, a profitable business, an impactful ministry, etc. And the wisdom deployed to achieve one may not necessary be applicable in another; hence, the need to continually evolve in wisdom in order to succeed in the various dynamics of life.

The Bible also tells us that even God used wisdom whilst creating the heavens and earth (Prov 8:22-31). And if you consider the enormous complexity of the earth – not to mention the heavens – you would realise what it means to employ wisdom in the execution of anything.

It is an accepted fact that each of us would die someday and, after death, there is a longer spell of life, which could be either painful or blissful, depending on one’s inclination to Jesus Christ while on earth. Those that accepted Him as their Lord and lived in accordance with His teachings are said to have obtained ‘salvation’, a process of being that will result in a blissful life after death.

Salvation is both instantaneous and transitional. At the point of surrendering your life to the authority of Christ and confessing Him as Lord, you become saved. But, it doesn’t end there; everything you do afterwards must align with your salvation status. It takes wisdom to be saved; it also takes wisdom to remain saved. Salvation is not automatic, and once saved doesn’t mean always saved. The passage above tells us the Scriptures is where we can find the wisdom we need to make our salvation sure. So, let’s make the Scriptures a daily must-read.

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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Benefits of Wisdom (22): Sustainability

Benefits of Wisdom (22): Sustainability

Benefits of Wisdom (22): Sustainability

Through wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established;Proverbs 24:3

Indeed, one of the principal benefits of wisdom is the facility it affords the owner in building or setting up an entity that will not just stand out among its peers, but one that will stand the test of time.

Whatever you are building, be it a home, a business, a career, a ministry or a mission of any sort, applying wisdom in the process will only ensure that it turns out successful. Wisdom helps you to do the due diligence required in laying the foundation and then putting up your structure by the book. It also helps you to cross the t’s and dot the i’s of your endeavour such that it comes out excellent. And that it stands the test of sustainability.

Wisdom is the difference between success and failure, excellence and mediocre. It is the leveller that distinguishes the star performer from the also-rans. It is the best indication of a well-thought-out activity as against one that is approached haphazardly. Before you embark on any major endeavour, you need wisdom. Wisdom helps you to build on solid rock. The rock of sustainability.

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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Benefits of Wisdom (21): Enriched Soul

Benefits of Wisdom (21): Enriched Soul

Benefits of Wisdom (21): Enriched Soul

He who gets wisdom loves his own soul; He who keeps understanding will find good.Proverbs 19:8

In continuation of our long series on the multiple benefits of wisdom, here is another benefit that accrues to the wise. According to the passage above, wisdom does a world of good to the soul; and whoever goes out of his way to acquire wisdom inadvertently demonstrates love for his/her own soul. In other words, one of the ways to care for and nurture your soul is by becoming wise.

In one of our previous series on understanding the intricacies of the spirit, soul and body, we understood that the soul derives his nourishment from knowledge or information. And it is to the extent that one is exposed to information that her soul is developed for good or for evil – if you take in good information, your soul will aspire noble things, and if you take in negative knowledge, you will house a soul that pursues egregiousness.

Wisdom, which some describes as the application of knowledge, is, therefore, an insurance of the smart towards the development, nurturing, and blossoming of their soul. By committing to acquiring useful information and applying same where necessary in various spheres of life, you can have an enriched soul. By so doing, you also create an enabling environment for your soul to thrive and goad you in return toward good cause.

Wisdom, like candy, is sweet to your soul. And a soul that feels loved is the foundation of significance. Give your soul wisdom and you as well as generations after you will reap the benefits.

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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Benefits of Wisdom (20): Instruction

Benefits of Wisdom (20): Instruction

The fear of the Lord is the instruction of wisdom, and before honor is humility. – Proverbs 15:33

Another benefit that accrues from wisdom is spelt out in the passage above – it instructs you on how to fear God.

Wisdom has been described as the fear of the LORD (read Job 28:28, Psalm 111:10, Proverbs 9:10). And in the passage above, we are further enlightened as to the relationship between wisdom and the fear of God. Whilst wisdom is synonymous with or starts from fearing God, it also teaches how to conduct yourself in terms of relating with Him.

At the heart of most personal sins or social injustice, and the calamities arising therefrom, is a disregard for God or an inappropriate sense of reverence for Him. And we know that sins and social injustice have various degrees of consequences. The same way that living right in acknowledgement of the omniscience of God and fear of Him has numerous advantages. Wisdom is, therefore, an effective instructor in achieving this, as it teaches us what to do and how we ought to conduct ourselves in different situations to make the most of life and be a positive influence.

Therefore, to live right, think right, do right and be right in the eyes of God, you need wisdom. Not the wisdom that comes from the principles of the world or motivational teachings, but the wisdom that evolves from first knowing God – His will, His preferences, His counsel, His commands – and conforming yourself to the demands of this knowledge such that if there is a conflict between the exigencies of life and what you know of God, His dictates will determine the course of action you take, not your pressures. That is the fear of God; that is wisdom.

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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Benefits of Wisdom (19): Self-Examination

Benefits of Wisdom (19): Self-Examination

Benefits of Wisdom (19): Self-Examination

It takes wisdom for the clever to understand the path they are on, but the fool is deceived by his own foolishness.Proverbs 14:8 (VOICE)

Here is another benefit of wisdom for our meditation – wisdom helps the wise person to examine the course of their lives and ascertain if they are on the right track or not.

By virtue of the heightened mental engagement and reasoning that wisdom avails those who possess it, they are able to do an impassionate audit on themselves to determine if they have been living purposefully or not; if they are on the right path toward achieving their set goals or they have deviated, and what they need to do more of, if they are on the right track; or how they can get their lives back on track in the event they have missed it along the way. This advantage is only available to those who court wisdom.

The second part of that passage says that a fool is deceived by his own foolishness. That means whilst the wise person is hard on himself in self-evaluation, which usually leads to not-so-sweet resolutions on what to stop doing and which discipline to adopt, a fool who is not capable of such mental rigour does not see anything wrong with himself, and only sweet-talks himself into believing that everything is okay. The danger of such self-indulgence is that it results in undesirable consequences that will showcase the fool to the world for who he really is, while the wise one will be proved smart.

The same way wisdom announces the wise as one worthy of associating with, so does folly proclaims the foolish as one to be avoided by all means.

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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