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JANUARY is Wisdom Month 2000 Part 1

Opening Ourselves to the Spirit of  Wisdom and Revelation

Ephesians 1:15 Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints,  16 Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers;  

17 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory,
may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:

 18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,  19 And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,

We believe wisdom can be born in us of the Holy Spirit, both in ourselves and in those for whom we pray.

DAY 1—Opening Ourselves to the Spirit of Wisdom

Ephesians 1:15-17 Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and love unto all the saints. Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in MY PRAYERS; that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the SPIRIT OF WISDOM and revelation in the knowledge [acknowledgment] of Him...

FATHER, I confess that the greatest move of wisdom I can make is to acknowledge Your Son as the Lord of my life. I open myself to the wisdom of His Government in me. Move for this on these I hold before You.

Christ is made unto us Wisdom—I Cor 1:17-24, 30



DAY 2—Discovering God’s Hidden Wisdom

I Cor 2:7 But we speak THE WISDOM OF GOD IN A MYSTERY, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory…

LORD, how marvelous that You have ordained a wisdom from out of eternity to work in us who trust Your Son! Since our wisdom has failed over and over, we yield to Yours. Teach us to wait before You till we know its release in us. Draw these ones we hold before You.

By God’s wisdom we know His ways—I Cor 2:7-16



DAY 3—Discovering the Purity of God’s Wisdom

James 3:17 But the wisdom that is from above is first PURE...


Matthew 5:8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

LORD, we wait before You for the cleansing of our understanding. Release us from wrong ways of think­ing. Make us pure vessels in which Your wisdom flows.

We are learning to cry for wisdom—Proverbs 2:1-9



DAY 4—Finding the Peace Wisdom Brings

Jas 3:17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then PEACEABLE...


Rom 2:18 If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.

LORD, heal the wounds in our spirits that keep us holding on to old hurts. Release in us the wisdom that will enable us to live peaceably with one another.

In Christ’s Kingdom we know peace—Is 11:1-10



DAY 5—Finding the Gentleness of Wisdom

Jas 3:17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, GENTLE...


I Cor 13:5 (Charity, agape love) doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil...

LORD, please cleanse us from all pride and hardness of heart that makes us have to always be right. Grant us the gentleness of wisdom that will help us listen to, and care about, what others have to say.

The absence of gentleness will be a mark of the last days—II Tim 3:1-7




DAY 6—Finding Wisdom Easy to Be Entreated

Jas 3:17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and EASY TO BE ENTREATED [ready to listen to another’s opinion]...


Rom 12:16 Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.

FATHER, give me the wisdom and grace to seek the counsel of others. Help me to see and understand when I am wrong. Help me adjust my ways of thinking when lam going contrary to what other godly people want.

Godly wisdom keeps us from strife—Phil 2:1-5




DAY 7—Walking in the Mercy of Wisdom

Jas 3:17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated. FULL OF MERCYAND GOOD FRUITS...

DEAR FATHER, teach us to wait before You till we are filled with Your mercy. Release in us the grace—and wisdom—to extend mercy to those who have of­fended us so we can bear fruit for Your Kingdom.

As God’s elect we become vessels of mercy—Col 3:12-14




DAY 8—Finding the Impartiality of Godly Wisdom

Jas 3:17 ...the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits WITHOUT PARTIALITY...


Heb 13:2 Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.

DEAR LORD, teach us to be gracious and kind toward all people without respect to their social status. Teach me and my children to show respect to for all people, even those who are rude and don’t deserve it.

We are called to fulfill the Royal Law—Jas 2:1-8


DAY 9—Yielding to the Open Honesty of Godly Wisdom

Jas 3:17...the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and WITHOUT HYPOCRISY.


Lk 12:2 For there is nothing cov­ered, that shall not be revealed; neither hid, that shall not be known.

FATHER, help us remember that none of us can hide a thing from You. Please judge us and cleanse us from all hypocrisy. Please make all in my family and in our fellowship free from hypocrisy.

We can only prosper in God’s Kingdom when we live with humility—I Pet 5:5-7



DAY 10—Walking in the meekness of wisdom

Jas 3:13 Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? LET HIM SHOW out of a good con­versation HIS WORKS WITH MEEKNESS OF WISDOM.


Ps 25:9 The meek will He guide in judgment: and the meek will He teach his way.

DEAR LORD, I turn from my pride and arrogance and yield to the meekness of Your wisdom. Oh, You Who emptied Yourself, give me Your mind in dealing with these touchy matters I face regarding these I love!

As our example the Lord Jesus walked in meek­ness—Phil 2:1-11



DAY 11—Finding the Wisdom of God’s Word

Ps 119:130 The entrance of Thy Words giveth light it giveth understanding unto the simple.


II Cor 4:6 For God, Who commanded the light to shine out of darkness hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

FATHER, increase our spiritual hunger for Your Word. Let this hunger come upon each one in my family. Let it come upon our fellowship and upon our leaders. Bring the leaders of our land to this same hunger.

The Lord is drawing us all to seek His wisdom and respect His reproofs—Ps 119:129-136




DAY 12—Acknowledging the Dangers of a Heart that Rejects the Humility of Wisdom

Pro 18:12 Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, and before honour is humility.


Ps 90:12 So teach us to number our days that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.

FATHER, I renounce my haughty spirit. Please set me free from the attitude that makes me think I am better than some others. Prepare us in wisdom for the days that are upon us. Move in all our fellowship of believers that we may become a humble and wise people.

If we incline our ear to wisdom, we shall discover it—Pro 2:1-5



DAY 13—Learning to Reject Wisdom Coming from Wrong Sources

Pro 1:7,10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction… My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not

LORD, there are some ways of the world that my fam­ily has picked up. They do not move in wisdom, nor will they receive any right instruction. Please move in them to see their folly. Draw them to seek Your wisdom.

We learn to be not wise in our own eyes—Pro 3:5-8



DAY 14—Walking In Wisdom toward Those Who Are Unbelievers

Col 4:5 When wisdom toward them that are without redeeming the time.


Jas 3:13 Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? Let him show out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.

LORD, help my children know the true intent of those who want to be their companions. Teach them to walk in wisdom when they are with those who reject Your ways. Draw them to seek Your wisdom and Your ways.

The wisdom of the world is like an enticing harlot to be avoided—Pro 7:6-27




DAY 15—Remaining Open to the Generosity of God as He Gives Wisdom

Jas 1:5 IF ANY OF WHO LACK WISDOM, LET HIM ASK OF GOD, THAT GIVETH TO ALL MEN LIBERALLY and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.

GRACIOUS FATHER, I have laid aside my foolishness to receive Your wisdom. Please establish it in me. Bring these I hold before You to seek Your wisdom.

lt is the pleasure of the Lord to give wisdom—II Chron 1:7-12




DAY 16—Finding the Supreme Wisdom that Is in Christ Jesus

I Cor 1:30 But of Him are ye in CHRIST Jesus WHO OF GOD IS MADE UNTO US WISDOM, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption.

FATHER, I submit to the wisdom revealed in Your Son, the Lord Jesus. I confess He is my life. My faith comes from Him. My wisdom comes from Him. My righteous­ness comes from Him. My sanctification comes from Him. The redemption of all I am comes from Him. Oh, make this known to these I love.

We know Christ Jesus Who was given by God to be the Head over all—Eph 1:15-23



The greatest revelation we can receive is that Christ will dwell in us
and make manifest in us His grace and power.



DAY 17—Receiving the Revelation of Christ

Eph 1:17 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wis­dom and revelation in the knowledge of Him...

FATHER, let the wisdom working in me grow out of a revelation of Your Son dwelling in me. Help me ac­knowledge Him in every part of my life. Now, draw these I hold before You to know the same.

How the darkness in Paul was turned to light—Ps 18:28; Gal 1:15-23




DAY 18—Allowing the Need of My Own to Be Revealed

Jer 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked: WHO CAN KNOW IT?


Ps 26:2 Examine me, O LORD, and prove me; try my reins and my heart.

FATHER, You and l know how deceitful my heart has been I no longer want this to be so. Please search me through and through that no deceitful thing be left in me not exposed. Give me the grace to repent. Do this also in these I hold now before You.

The Lord hears when we cry unto Him for deliverance—Ps 34:12-18




DAY 19—Repenting when Personal Failure Is Revealed

Ac 8:20-23 But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee...for thy heart is not right in the sight of God. Repent therefore of this thy wickedness... For I perceive that thou art in the gall of bitterness, and in the bond of iniquity.

FATHER, in Acts 8:13,1 see Simon believed but did not discern the bitterness and iniquity in his own heart. Help me see my sins against others as well as against You, and grant me repentance as I am finding a new release of Your grace in me.

Because God is light, He calls us to repent of our darkness—I Jn 1:5-10




DAY 20—Presenting Ourselves to God for the Removal of All Our Inner Filthiness

II Cor 7:1 Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.

LORD, send Your Spirit into my spirit to search out and cleanse all that is undesirable to You. Grant me repentance for every unclean thing You see in me. I also ask You to do this work in these I hold before You.

We withhold nothing from the Lord in our repentance—Ps 51:1-17




DAY 21—Wisely Handling Wrong when It Is Revealed In Others

Jn 4: 18,19 For thou hast had five husbands; and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband: in that saidst thou truly. The woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that Thou art a Prophet

FATHER, help me understand that when the Lord Jesus had knowledge of this woman’s failure, He dealt with her in the gentleness of wisdom. Teach me to be that concerned about the private lives of others. Help me become an instrument of mercy and restoration.

We are learning to restore those who are caught in fault—GaI 6:1-9




DAY 22—Opening Ourselves to the Salvation Ready to Be Revealed In the Last Days

I Pet 1:3-5 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to His abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively [living] hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead; to an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation READY TO BE REVEALED in the last time.

DEAR LORD, we stand in need of a greater revelation of the hope that is ours through Your resurrec­tion. Open our understanding to know the power of the salvation that will become ours in the end.

Everyone who holds this hope will give them­selves over to purity—I Jn 3:1-3




DAY 23—Learning to Live by the Faith of the Indwelling Christ

Gal 2:20b CHRIST LIVETH IN ME: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, Who loved me, and gave Himself for me.

FATHER, our faith is too small. Please bring to our remembrance that Christ dwells in us. He is our hope of glory. Help us know that His faith has already been perfected; and that we can allow that faith of His to rise up in us and meet what is too difficult for us.

The Spirit of Him that raised up Jesus from the dead is ready to dwell in us—Rom 8:5-12




DAY 24—Living with a Continuing Revelation of Christ

Acts 7:55 But he, [Stephen] being full of the Holy Ghost looked up steadfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God; and Jesus standing on the right hand of God.

FATHER, even though we may not face what Stephen faced in his martyrdom, grant us the revelation of Jesus on Your right hand interceding for us.

Jesus ever lives to makes intercession for us—Heb 7:22-25; 9:24




DAY 25—Receiving the Revelation of Truth from the Scriptures

Psalm 19:18 Open Thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of Thy Law.


Luke 24:45 Then opened He their understanding, that they might un­derstand the Scriptures...

LORD, often when I read the Bible, there is a veil keeping me from understandings what it’s saying. Please open my mind—and the minds of these I hold before You—that Your Word can become alive in us.

We are learning to delight ourselves in God’s Word—Ps 119:9-16





DAY 26—Interceding for the Nations that Christ Will Be Revealed among Them

Is 25:6,7 And in this Mountain shall the LORD of hosts make unto all people a feast of fat things, a feast of wines on the lees, of fat things full of marrow, of wines on the lees well refined. And He will destroy in this Mountain the face of the covering cast over all people and the veil that is spread over all nations..

FATHER, today I turn my attention to the nations. In many of them there is a veil of darkness keeping them from the knowledge of Jesus Christ. I hold [specify the nation] before You and ask You to rend the veil of dark­ness over the entire land. Release a spirit of revelation upon the people so they will open up to the Gospel of Your Son.

Here is a prophetic revelation that every nation will know His glory—Ps 72




DAY 27Receiving Truth from Those Who Teach and Preach God’s Word

Neh 8:8,9 So they read in the book in the Law of God distinctly, and gave the sense, and caused them to understand the reading ...ALL THE PEOPLE WEPT, WHEN THEY HEARD THE WORDS OF THE LAW.

FATHER, raise up godly men and women among the nations who will teach Your Word with understand­ing—and anointing. Move by Your Spirit upon those who hear, and grant them repentance.

The Gospel of the Kingdom shall be preached in all the world—Is 2:2-4; Mt 24:14





DAY 28—Keeping Ourselves Open to the Revelation of any Remaining Faults in Us

Philippians 3:14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you.

FATHER, keep it working in each of us that we will continue pressing on toward our calling in Christ Jesus. Please reveal to us any way in which we may yet be failing. Our high desire is to please You.

Even in affliction, we learn to prosper spiritually—II Cor 4:17,18




DAY 29—Being Established through the Preaching of Jesus Christ and the Revelation of the Mystery

Romans 16:25 Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my Gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mys­tery, which was kept secret since the world began, but now is made manifest, and by the Scriptures of the Prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith.

FATHER, reveal in us the mystery of the living Christ. Open to us the Scriptures of the Prophets. Let it be­come known among the nations that Christ Jesus is living and will bring all nations to obedience.

The Gospel of the Kingdom will become known in every nation—Mt 24:14




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