(Part 3 of 4)
Verse 13… “The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate” (KJV). The Spirit of wisdom despises the evils that injure others. It despises pride that exalts itself above others. It despises arrogance that honors self only and neglects others. It hates evil ways, i.e., the paths of unrighteousness. The Spirit is a Holy Spirit. If you want to reverence God, hate what God hates. Please note, the Spirit hates twisted speech. The Holy Spirit will never betray your confidence. He will never promote some secret agenda. These things listed in this verse are offensive to God. The fear of the Lord teaches us to hate the things that God hates.
Verse 14… “Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom: I am understanding; I have strength” (KJV). The Spirit has counsel and sound knowledge. He has understanding power and might. He is all these things to His people. He is all these things regardless what circumstance you may be in. He is all that you need. Of His fullness have we received (John 1:16; Colossians 2:10). The word “counsel” refers to advice, plans, and purpose. The word “sound” refers to knowledge that is supported by evidence. The Holy Spirit is a master craftsman.
Verse 15… “By me kings reign, and princes decree justice” (KJV). The Spirit of wisdom empowers kings to reign and princes to execute justice. The kings rule by their word and the princes carry out that word. Powers that be are ordained by God (Romans 13:1-6). Kings and rulers are the servants of God. The government of this world is upon the shoulders of Christ (Isaiah 9:6). The government of your own personal world is too.
Verse 16… “By me princes rule, and nobles, even all the judges of the earth” (KJV). The Spirit of wisdom is available to everyone in authority. The idea here is that you have dominion over all the works of the enemy, and standing by to help you is the Spirit of wisdom.
Verse 17… “I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me” (KJV). What a great verse to instill in your children. Seek Him early in life. Know Him as an available friend. How many have cried, “I loved you” too late?
Verse 18… “Riches and honour are with me; yea, durable riches and righteousness” (KJV). The Spirit of wisdom says that riches and honor are with Him. Promotions in life are in the hands of the Spirit. The word “honour” means “weight and influence.”
Verse 19… “My fruit is better than gold, yea, than fine gold; and my revenue than choice silver” (KJV). The fruit of the Spirit of wisdom pays better dividends, gives greater interest, produces more, and increases our living. The Holy Spirit builds character, and with character comes reputation.
Verses 20-21… “I lead in the way of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of judgment. That I may cause those that love me to inherit substance; and I will fill their treasures” (KJV). The Spirit of wisdom guides you in the ways of righteousness and in the paths of justice. The purpose for this guidance is that you might inherit substance to fill your treasury. “Substance” refers to solid realities, things in hand in contrast to things you do not have. The Spirit of wisdom says, “I will fill your treasury.” The Master Craftsman will show you how to make money to support your family and give to the work of the Kingdom.
Verse 22… “The Lord possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old” (KJV). Before Jesus did anything, He made sure the Spirit of wisdom was with Him and established in all His projects. The Holy Spirit is saying, “Before you start any project, possess Me”; i.e., make Him part of your plans.
Verse 23… “I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was” (KJV). The Spirit of wisdom is saying, “I was set up, inaugurated, established, and founded before the Lord created anything.” The Spirit wants to do this with us as well. Acts 15:28 reads, “It seemed good to the Holy Ghost, and to us.” That’s the principle to follow. It’s not wrong to ask the Holy Spirit for His guidance on a project you are doing.
Verse 24… “When there were no depths, I was brought forth; when there were no fountains abounding with water” (KJV). Before Jesus created water, He brought forth the Spirit of wisdom. With the Holy Spirit beside Him, Jesus created the cavities to hold the oceans. There are days when we cry for “water” to quench our dryness. Some days we feel we are too shallow to hold “water.” The Spirit of wisdom says, “Bring Me forth.” Start with praise and a song. Wake up in the morning with a good attitude. Choose how you will make your day. How about saying, “Holy Spirit, what are you saying today? I want to be part of it and I want to obey it.”
(To be continued…)
Pastor George Belobaba
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