This entire series is built on the premise that God desires to lead us, but we have to desire to BE LED!
And why does God desire to lead us?
- Is it so that we can become successful?
- Is it so that we can become wealthy, admired, or powerful?
None of those things are intrinsically evil, but I don’t think they are God’s primary focus. God desires to lead us primarily to bring glory to His name!
God wants to lead us in every detail of our life so that our faith is deepened, and so that we can point others to His goodness, not to our own wisdom or prowess.
Psalms 31:3 gives this perspective: “You are my rock and my fortress; therefore, for Your name’s sake, lead me and guide me.”
This week our focus is on being led by the Spirit of knowledge.
- Out of the chaos and darkness of our life God’s Spirit of wisdom brings order (The smoke clears)
- The Spirit of understanding brings clarity (Now you know exactly what to do)
- The Spirit of counsel births a clear path (You see exactly how to get there)
- The Spirit of might infuses us with energy to what God has called us to do (You feel ready to go)
- And the Spirit of knowledge imparts ability, capability and technical know-how.
The Spirit of knowledge can be so profound, so pronounced, that we don’t even know HOW we know what we know.
We don’t know how we learned a particular skill set. We don’t know where this ability came from, but we move in it effortlessly and it produces amazing results.
- The professional motivational speaker…6 point stance.
But if we’re not careful to keep this perspective, we’ll be tempted to think this ability is our own intuition or natural talent.
- When Barney Fife got puffed up with his own sense of importance he’d say, “when you got it, you got it!”
The Spirit-empowered, Spirit-led Christ follower understands THEY’RE NOT THAT GOOD! They never forget the source which is God’s Spirit of knowledge. They never forget to give God all the glory.
1 Peter 4:11 “If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God. If anyone ministers, let him do it as with the ABILITY which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever.”
(Screen) Ability (Ischus) 1. To be able 2. Can do 3. To prevail 4. To accomplish much work
#1: We See The Diversity of the Spirit of Knowledge – Exodus 35
God gave Moses a clear instructions on how to build an elaborate mobile Tabernacle, one that the Children of Israel could erect or tear down in a very short time.
Moses had never built a tabernacle before. He had NO IDEA how it should be erected, but I think he remembered the story of Noah who had to build an ark without any pattern to follow and God gave him the knowledge he needed to build it.
God gave Moses detailed instructions on the shape, the dimensions, the type of materials to use, and fine details of each part.
And then God gave His Spirit of Knowledge to the workers who were going to have to construct this magnificent Temple and they did an outstanding job – Exodus 35:30-35.
Exodus 35:30-35 And Moses said to the children of Israel, “See, the Lord has called by name Bezalel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah; 31 and He has filled him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom and understanding, in knowledge and all manner of workmanship, 32 to design artistic works, to work in gold and silver and bronze, 33 in cutting jewels for setting, in carving wood, and to work in all manner of artistic workmanship. 34 “And He has put in his heart the ability to teach, in him and Aholiab the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan. 35 He has filled them with skill to do all manner of work of the engraver and the designer and the tapestry maker, in blue, purple, and scarlet thread, and fine linen, and of the weaver — those who do every work and those who design artistic works.
That same Spirit of Knowledge is available FOR YOU today
I like the way Moses very carefully pointed out the broad diversity of skills that God’s Spirit of Knowledge will provide.
- All manner of work
- Artistic work
- Metal and wood work
- Every kind of work
If you will ask, God will give you the ability, capability and know-how to do whatever He’s called you to do.
I am called to be a pastor. I had to do my part. I went to Bible College and studied for the pastoral ministry.
But I need God’s Spirit of knowledge to lead and direct me in every detail of my calling. I cannot do it without Him!
What I do from week to week, the decisions I have to make, the preaching, the leading, and all the other things that rest on my shoulders, by His Spirit of Knowledge God helps me lead.
Tell the story from “Answers To Prayer, From George Muller’s narratives.
- Twice a day he and his wife were to pray together in united prayer for God’s knowledge in their business
- He should avoid all business gimmicks and human devices so as not to think that his business savvy brought the victory
- He should give a tithe each week whether his income was small or great
- He should actively look for signs of answered prayers and openly acknowledge them
His business income went up 38% that next year and his trust in God and in God’s knowledge went through the roof! It launched him into a new level in his walk with the Lord.
Proverbs 24:3-5 “Through wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established; 4-By knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches. 5-A wise man is strong, yes, a man of knowledge increases strength.”
#2: We See The Power of the Spirit of Knowledge – Daniel 1
The story of Daniel and the three Hebrew children is one of the most remarkable story’s about the Spirit of Knowledge in the whole bible. They were people just like you and me, no different from us.
When they sought God for the knowledge that He alone can give, God imparted an excellent spirit that set them high above all their peers.
God makes us better than we actually are – Daniel 1:3-4, 17-21.
3- Then the king instructed Ashpenaz, the master of his eunuchs, to bring some of the children of Israel and some of the king’s descendants and some of the nobles, 4 young men in whom there was no blemish, but good-looking, gifted in all wisdom, possessing knowledge and quick to understand, who had ability to serve in the king’s palace, and whom they might teach the language and literature of the Chaldeans.
17 As for these four young men, God gave them knowledge and skill in all literature and wisdom; and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams.
18 Now at the end of the days, when the king had said that they should be brought in, the chief of the eunuchs brought them in before Nebuchadnezzar. 19 Then the king interviewed them, and among them all none was found like Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah; therefore they served before the king. 20 And in all matters of wisdom and understanding about which the king examined them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and astrologers who were in all his realm. 21 Thus Daniel continued until the first year of King Cyrus.
Tell the story of the impossible demand of King Nebuchadnezzar from Daniel 2.
Daniel and his three friends prayed fervently that the Spirit of knowledge would guide them – Daniel 2:17-23.
17 Then Daniel went to his house, and made the decision known to Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, his companions, 18 that they might seek mercies from the God of heaven concerning this secret, so that Daniel and his companions might not perish with the rest of the wise men of Babylon. 19 Then the secret was revealed to Daniel in a night vision. So Daniel blessed the God of heaven. 20 Daniel answered and said: “Blessed be the name of God forever and ever,
For wisdom and might are His. 21 And He changes the times and the seasons; He removes kings and raises up kings; He gives wisdom to the wise
And knowledge to those who have understanding. 22 He reveals deep and secret things; He knows what is in the darkness, And light dwells with Him. 23 “I thank You and praise You, O God of my fathers; You have given me wisdom and might, And have now made known to me what we asked of You, For You have made known to us the king’s demand.”
God has possessed all knowledge from the very beginning of creation, and from eternity past.
In Proverbs 3:19-20 it says; “The Lord by wisdom founded the earth; By understanding He established the heavens; 20-By His knowledge the depths were broken up, and clouds drop down the dew.”
Is there any reason you wouldn’t ask the creator God for help in solving a problem, building a business, raising a family, or any other form of knowledge that you could possibly need?
The King Nebuchadnezzar eventually passed away and another King arose who did not know Daniel, but he had heard about him. Listen to his description of Daniel’s reputation.
Daniel 5:14 “I have heard of you, that the Spirit of God is in you, and that light and understanding and excellent wisdom are found in you.”
God wants to infuse you and me with a Spirit of Knowledge that gives us ability beyond our natural ability, and it points others to God in a powerful, life changing way.
God’s Spirit of Knowledge can flow through anyone of us, it’s not limited to the PROFESSIONALS! But if you are a professional, it will make what you do beyond mere human ability.
Singer/songwriter Stephen Curtis Chapman went through an experience all parents hope they never have to. His 5 year old girl was tragically killed. But she died in a way that made the pain all the more terrible. His 17 year old son Will Franklin was backing the family car out of the driveway and didn’t see his little sister and he ran over her.
One year later, led by the Spirit of Knowledge, Stephen put his thoughts to pen regarding that traumatic day and wrote a song that he entitled, “Beauty Will Rise.”
I believe the Spirit of Knowledge gave him the ability to write about the human experience of grief, of loss, of pain in such a way that it would inspire others and have the power to set them free.
It was the day the world went wrong. I screamed til my voice was gone.
And watched through the tears as everything came crashing down.
Slowly panic turns to pain, as we awake to what remains,
and sift through the ashes that are left behind.
But buried deep beneath all our broken dreams, we have this hope:
Out of these ashes…beauty will rise and we will dance among the ruins.We will see Him with our own eyes, out of these ashes… beauty will rise
For we know, joy is coming in the morning…in the morning, beauty will rise.
In the eyes of Stephen Curtis Chapman this song might have been an expression of his personal grief, but in the eyes of God, His Holy Spirit birthed that song for a much higher purpose.
We have friends named Ron & Allison. They have a beautiful daughter named Rachel and a wonderful son-in-law named Eddie. For several years Rachel has battled a disease that had weakened her body to the degree that on most day she couldn’t walk. On the day of Rachel’s wedding she was careful to sit in her wheelchair all morning just so she could muster enough strength to walk down the aisle with her dad. And on the walk back down the aisle she was carried by her Knight in shining armor.
It was not uncommon for Rachel to spend 2-3 days in bed just to get enough energy to spend a few days out of bed. She rarely went outdoors. One day sitting in her wheelchair listening to a Stephen Curtis Chapman CD the song, “Beauty Will Rise” came on. As it came to the chorus the words jumped out at her and faith filled her heart; “out of these ashes…beauty WILL RISE AND WE WILL DANCE among the ruins.”
In that moment God’s Spirit spoke to Rachel’s heart and said stand up and dance. Rachel grew up in a home where her “momma don’t dance and her daddy don’t rock-n-roll”, so she felt a little awkward and somewhat reluctant, but threw off her fears and with faltering steps stood up and began to dance. Slowly at first and then stronger and stronger. From the other room her husband Eddie heard the music and thought he saw her dancing and he came in what was going on! Seeing the faith all over Rachel’s face he too began to dance along with her. God touched Rachel’s body that day.
In her Blog she wrote; “Since that time I have not used the wheelchair at all! I have not had any migraines. I have not had any jerking episodes! I have been able to exercise every day including a 5 mile hike with my husband Eddie! The next Sunday I went to church and not only stood during worship but sang every song without being winded! I cooked dinner at home and played the cello for 45 minutes that week.”
Rachel’s mom emailed me this week, knowing I was going to share her story with you. She told me Rachel’s healing is not complete in that she still has some weakness, but not anything to the degree it was formerly.
Thanks for the continued prayers for Rachel. While we may all have a tendency to rejoice in the healing touch, and rightfully so, we sometimes forget that Rachel’s “good” is still far below what most of us would tolerate. I know SHE would covet your prayers. Still, the baseline she lives at is far above where she was, and she still celebrates her miracle at God’s touch on her.
I found out this week that Rachel and Eddie are expecting their first child!
Do you think Stephen Curtis Chapman is good enough in and of himself to write a song that can reach down into the heart of young lady named Rachel and inspire her faith into a miracle of healing?
And if God can use Mr. Chapman to bring glory to His name through the gift of Knowledge that He has imparted to him, God can also use you and me with the gifts He had imparted to us.
The Spirit of Knowledge is an amazing, powerful force that is just waiting to be tapped into.
Proverbs 18:15 “The heart of the prudent acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.”