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Where is Wisdom?

One of the things the Holy Spirit spoke to me about recently is to continue to be very deliberate and intentional in supporting other ministries in a number of different ways.  In some cases I experienced that we have to support a ministry by building a platform of success under them, even if their vision is not part of the vision God gave us at Free2Celebrate. In other cases the support was of a financial nature, and in yet another way the Holy Spirit has led us to attend other courses, seminars, Bible studies, or to read outside of our field of interest.

I believe one of the moments the Holy Spirit spoke to me about this was when He gave one of our prayer walk team members an image of a heart.  A healthy heart has 4 chambers and it “receives” de-oxygenated blood from the body and “gives” it to the lungs.  Then it “receives” the oxygenated blood from the lungs and “gives” it to the body.   In the event where a baby is born with a heart where both these systems work properly on their own – but do not work together – the baby will die (unless there is medical intervention to rectify the problem).  In other words, the heart must be able to give and receive to function in such a way that it can sustain life for the whole body.

This was a profound revelation to me since I have more than once experienced  how something in the spirit dies because ministries in the body of Christ cannot give and receive from each other.  We are supposed to be one body with one Head – Christ- but also with only one heart.  We should be working together in His Kingdom.  However, we often are so focussed on our own visions that we cannot give and receive oxygen from each other.  And… it is a condition of the heart…. and it causes the whole body to suffer and die.

And so it happened on one of the occasions where I attended another ministry’s meeting that the Holy Spirit gave me the following scripture… it is from Proverbs 8.  Please read the whole chapter but I am only going to quote the beginning and the end of the chapter:

Verse 1-3

Does not wisdom cry out,
And understanding lift up her voice?
She takes her stand on the top of the high hill,
Beside the way, where the paths meet.
She cries out by the gates, at the entry of the city,
At the entrance of the doors:

And verse 32-36: 

“Now therefore, listen to me, my children,
For blessed are those who keep my ways.
33 Hear instruction and be wise,
And do not disdain it.
34 Blessed is the man who listens to me,
Watching daily at my gates,
Waiting at the posts of my doors.
35 For whoever finds me finds life,
And obtains favour from the Lord;
36 But he who sins against me wrongs his own soul;
All those who hate me love death.”

Whoever finds Me finds LIFE…  Where is wisdom to be found?  In this scripture Wisdom stands at the high places, where the paths meet and at the city gates, entrances and doors…. It is great Wisdom when we stay teachable, when we give and receive at the crossroads where we meet other travellers within the body of Christ.  It is the Holy Spirit’s Wisdom when we make sure that Jesus is enthroned in the high places of our lives (our minds), and when we allow Him to infuse us with the oxygen of His truth through the gates, entrances and doors of our lives.  When Wisdom is enthroned in her rightful places of authority the body can give and receive life from each other without fear, without foolishness and without trying to function in isolation.

Where is Wisdom?  Is Wisdom enthroned in her rightful place?  In my life?  In your life?  In our city?  In our church?  Where is Wisdom?  It is time to repent of dethroning Wisdom and enthroning our own wisdom by closing our borders in pride, fear, arrogance or through being unteachable, not wanting to either give and/or receive from the rest of the Body of Christ… let us step across that border and reach out to the rest of the body enthroning Wisdom as The Gatekeeper, guarding the heights, gates and doors, receiving His guidance at the crossroads of life.

© November 2016 Gerda Venter – Author and Picture