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The second quality that will help us distinguish the kings that are coming is wisdom. In the book of 2 Chronicles we gain insight into the character of King Solomon, just as he is inheriting his father’s throne. Beginning in the seventh verse, we find the prayers of a newly crowned king:
That night God appeared to Solomon and said to him, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.” 8 Solomon answered God, “You have shown great kindness to David my father and have made me king in his place. 9 Now, Lord God, let your promise to my father David be confirmed, for you have made me king over a people who are as numerous as the dust of the earth. 10 Give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may lead this people, for who is able to govern this great people of yours?” ” 2 CHRONICLES 1:7-10 (NIV)
Solomon clearly recognized his lack and this became the first step to obtaining his need. Kings don’t govern by power and might alone, they also govern by knowledge and wisdom.
“By me [wisdom] kings reign, and rulers decree justice.” PROVERBS 8:15
Great wisdom is required of those who desire to rule and reign with Jesus. I believe God is raising up men and women who will possess incredible wisdom in this final hour. Many will be astounded by the supernatural decrees of divine judgment that will proceed forth from their lips.
In PROVERBS 16:10 (NAS), we read, “A divine decision is in the lips of the king; His mouth should not err in judgment.” In other words, God’s kings will speak the Word of the Lord, not their own shallow ideas and opinions. They won’t make errors in judgment because they are filled with God’s supernatural wisdom and knowledge.
The coming kings are people who won’t make a whole lot of mistakes. Why? Because they’ve been trained by the “King of kings” Himself, and they’re now walking in a constant flow of His supernatural wisdom. I’m not talking about people who are simply experimenting with how to lead, these are kings who have been tested and proven by the Lord Himself. These are individuals whom God has entrusted with great responsibility because they’ve grown by passing test after test.
After every period of instruction, there comes a time of testing, and after every test, a transfer of authority takes place. Those who pass these tests inherit a new level of authority, those who fail these tests have to go around “the mountain” again and again. You can’t be promoted to a new level until God has tested you and you have proven to Him that you have learned what you were supposed to learn at the previous level.
Solomon’s Astounding Wisdom
First Kings chapter three contains a powerful example of the supernatural wisdom which God granted to Solomon. We pick up the story in verse 16
Then two women who were harlots came to the king and stood before him. 17 The one woman said, “Oh, my lord, this woman and I live in the same house; and I gave birth to a child while she was in the house. 18 It happened on the third day after I gave birth, that this woman also gave birth to a child, and we were together. There was no stranger with us in the house, only the two of us in the house. 19 This woman’s son died in the night, because she lay on it. 20 So she arose in the middle of the night and took my son from beside me while your maidservant slept, and laid him in her bosom, and laid her dead son in my bosom. 21 When I rose in the morning to nurse my son, behold, he was dead; but when I looked at him carefully in the morning, behold, he was not my son, whom I had borne.” 22 Then the other woman said, “No! For the living one is my son, and the dead one is your son.” But the first woman said, “No! For the dead one is your son, and the living one is my son.” Thus they spoke before the king. 23 Then the king said, “The one says, ‘This is my son who is living, and your son is the dead one’; and the other says, ‘No! For your son is the dead one, and my son is the living one.’” 24 The king said, “Get me a sword.” So they brought a sword before the king.25 The king said, “Divide the living child in two, and give half to the one and half to the other.” 26 Then the woman whose child was the living one spoke to the king, for she was deeply stirred over her son and said, “Oh, my lord, give her the living child, and by no means kill him.” But the other said, “He shall be neither mine nor yours; divide him!” 27 Then the king said, “Give the first woman the living child, and by no means kill him. She is his mother.” 28 When all Israel heard of the judgment which the king had handed down, they feared the king, for they saw that the wisdom of God was in him to administer justice. 1 KINGS 3:16-28 (NAS)
Three Keys to Obtaining Godly Wisdom
Here we see clearly that “kings rule by wisdom.” In 1 CORINTHIANS 1:30, Paul says that Jesus Christ has become for us, “wisdom from God.” It’s God’s wisdom that moves us into kingly dimensions of life and ministry. But how do we acquire this supernatural kind of wisdom? There are three keys from the scriptures that will enable you to obtain and walk in the wisdom of God: supplication, meditation and association.
Key Number One: Supplication
The first way to receive supernatural wisdom is to pray and ask God for it. The apostle James said, “If any man lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who giveth to all men liberally without finding fault” (JAMES 1:5). JAMES 4:2 says, “You do not have because you do not ask.” When we offer up supplications and ask God for wisdom, He gives it to us abundantly and without hesitation.
Two Ways To Ask God For Wisdom
There are two ways to ask God for wisdom. Paul said in 1 CORINTHIANS 14:15, “I will pray with my spirit and I will pray with my understanding.” So I can pray with my spirit (in tongues) and ask God for wisdom or I can pray with my understanding (in my natural language) and ask God for wisdom.
PROVERBS 18:4 says, “The words of a man’s mouth are as deep waters and the well-spring of wisdom is as a flowing brook.” This is a reference to praying in the Holy Spirit or praying in tongues. This is how Paul became a “wise master builder,” he prayed in tongues regularly. 1 CORINTHIANS 14:18 Paul writes: “I thank my God I speak with tongues more than you all…” Paul walked in degrees of wisdom and revelation that confounded even the foremost apostles of his day! (2 PETER 3:15-16) He received supernatural wisdom and revelation by praying in tongues and drawing it up out of the “wellspring” of his spirit!
Water is a type and shadow of the Holy Ghost, right? (HOSEA 6:3) I once heard a preacher say that our tongue is a bucket; it’s what we use to dip down into that well of supernatural supply within our spirit man. When you start praying in the Holy Ghost, you’re dipping down into God’s wellspring of wisdom and you’re drawing that wisdom out into the natural realm. If you will walk the floor for hours praying in tongues, you’ll be amazed at the wisdom and understanding that will begin to flow out of the innermost parts of your belly!
Key Number Two: Meditation
The second way to receive wisdom is by meditating upon the written Word of God. JOSHUA 1:8 says, “This book of the law shall not depart out of your mouth, but you shall meditate therein day and night, that you may observe to do,” [or have a revelation or see], “…that you may observe to do according to all that is written therein, then thou shalt make thy way prosperous.” One translation says, “then you’ll deal wisely in all the affairs of life.”
Wisdom comes from knowing and receiving revelation from the Word of God. In COLOSSIANS 1:9-12, Paul prayed that, “you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding.”
Did you know that God is the “all wise God” and that the Bible says we should be “filled with all wisdom and spiritual understanding”? (COLOSSIANS 1:19; 1 TIMOTHY 1:17) That’s powerful! I don’t know anyone who has reached that place yet, do you? Just think of the depths of knowledge and wisdom that God can bring up in us through supplication and through meditation on His Word; it’s beyond anything you or I could ever know by our own natural understanding. Get ready folks, I’m convinced that the kings who are coming are going to posses incredible wisdom!
Key Number Three: Association
The third key to accessing God’s wisdom is association. PROVERBS 13:20 says, “He that walks with a wise man will be wise.” Notice it doesn’t say, “He that walks with a fool will become wise!” Or, “He that walks with a wise man will be a fool.” No! Wisdom comes through association with other wise people! We’ve got to be like the three wise men who found each other; we’ve got to find these coming “kings” and hang around them a whole lot!
In ACTS 4:12-13 it says, “They took note of those ignorant and unlearned fishermen, that they had been with Jesus.” How did those ignorant and unlearned fishermen suddenly become wise? They hung around Jesus, the all-wise King (ACTS 4:13)!
Watch Out For Foolishness!
Did you know that the Bible says, “the companion of fools will be destroyed” (PROVERBS 13:20)?
We need to avoid foolish people in our life! It’s not hard to run into a fool—they’re everywhere! You need to avoid fools so you don’t become a fool yourself!
What is a fool? It’s a person who thinks they can do what God said not to do and avoid the consequences! It’s someone who thinks they can sow and not reap! That’s exactly what the devil was looking for in Jesus. When Jesus was tested by the devil in the wilderness, the devil was looking to find some kind of foolishness in Him. Satan said, “Look, you can cast yourself down from here because you’re the Son of God, after all, you have a special designation—you’re not like everybody else—you don’t have to keep the same rules; you’re the Son of God!”
The enemy was looking for high-mindedness or foolishness in Jesus. What made Adam fall? Pride! What is the devil’s nature? Pride, arrogance, and high-mindedness! The first thing the devil thought when he encountered Jesus was, “If this guy is one of Adam’s kids, I know what’s in him, and I’m going to do everything in my power to get Him to act on it!”
Don’t Bite The Bait!
That’s what temptation is—it’s the devil testing you! He doesn’t immediately know how to defeat or destroy you so he has to study your life and find out what will work against you. What works against one person does not always work against another; so the devil has to probe; he has to test and he has to prove. He pushes buttons and pulls levers to find out what’s going on underneath the “hood” of your mind and heart. He goes fishing in your life with “lures” of temptation. He says, “Hmmmm, what can I bait this guy with? What’s going to attract this woman? How can I get a hook in there?” Believe me, my brother and sister, the devil knows when he’s got a “nibble” or a “bite!”
I’m not a fisherman, but I’ve been around a few. When they feel that little tug, they jerk the pole right away because they want to hook the fish. That’s exactly what the devil does to you! He’ll fish for your attention with some kind of shiny lure; and when he feels just a little nibble, he’ll jerk that line, hook you, and then drag you into his boat! After he’s got you in his boat, he’ll take you home, skin you, filet you and cook you for dinner!
So what was the devil looking for in Jesus? Foolishness! He said to Jesus, “Well, You’re the Son of God; You know You’re special! Everybody else has to follow the rules, but not You! You’re unique! You can break the rules and get away with it because you’re somebody! You’re the Son of God! You’re different than everybody else!”
Of course, Jesus knew better! Even though He was God in the flesh, He knew He was here in the same capacity as any human. Jesus had to abide by the rules just like everyone else (PHILIPPIANS 2:5-9).
Run From Fools!
Watch out for people in your life who break all the rules and think they get away with it! Get away from them fast! I don’t care how anointed or how talented they are—it makes no difference—they’re a fool and the Bible says to avoid fools (PROVERBS 14:7).
“He that walks with a wise man will be wise…” PROVERBS 13:20
Wisdom is gained through association with wise people. I believe the kings that are coming are going to be the wisest people on this planet! Those who are called to rule—those who have been entrusted with the greatest responsibility and authority in God’s kingdom; they’re going to manifest the highest levels of God’s wisdom. God is bringing His people into great wisdom so we can responsibly handle the awesome authority and power that will accompany the “kingly” anointing in the days ahead.