“Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom; Yea, with all thy getting get understanding.” Proverbs 4:7 ASV
When I first became a believer God gave me a mentor. His name was Phillip. He told me many great things. Things that I couldn’t understand at the time. But everything Phillip said has come true. One of the things he explained to me is that everything (I mean EVERYTHING) in this world is imbued with sorcery. Little did I know how right he was.
“We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one.” 1 John 5:19 NIV
In light of 1 John 5:19 what Phillip said shouldn’t be impossible to believe. Magic arts permeate everything in our society and is listed in God’s word as one of the works of the flesh. (Galatians 5:19-21 Revelation 21:8) In fact witchcraft is mentioned throughout scripture as one of the religious practices of God’s enemies. So why all the talk about the dark side? I believe had Phillip not explained to me what he did, I would have been ill prepared for what I was about to face. Phillip was prepping me for spiritual warfare. Decades later it all now makes a lot of sense. I thank God for Philip and the understanding God used him to give me. He played an important part in my life.
“People with understanding control their anger; a hot temper shows great foolishness.” Proverbs 14:29 NLT
When you do not understand why something unpleasant is happening it is easy to become upset by it, and come undone. Haven’t you heard people say in the heat of anger, “I don’t understand why such and such and such a such …..?” We hear it all the time. It’s our human nature to become angry when we don’t know why something is going on. So if God gives us a heads up; knowledge in advance about a situation, wouldn’t that make it easier to handle? We’re not blindsided. We saw it coming. Basically, the experience does not cause us to lose our faith. It actually helps build our faith. Jesus said:
“I have told you these things before they happen so that when they do happen, you will believe.” John 14:29 NLT
“I have told you these things so that you won’t abandon your faith. For you will be expelled from the synagogues, and the time is coming when those who kill you will think they are doing a holy service for God. This is because they have never known the Father or me. Yes, I’m telling you these things now, so that when they happen, you will remember my warning.” John 16:1-4 NLT
Understanding helps us with self-control, a fruit of God’s Spirit. (Galatians 5:22-23) Understanding enables us to go through anything successfully. Everything from minor annoyances, to severe persecution. We are not defeated by anger, disappointments, depression, or the fear of death. (Revelation 12:11) Your understanding and application of the knowledge of God makes you powerful. See why God said, “With all thy getting get understanding?”
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