“When wisdom enters your heart, And knowledge is pleasant to your soul, Discretion will preserve you; Understanding will keep you”
There is a difference between wisdom and knowledge and this article will try to highlight the difference so we can know how to apply these two powerful tools in our lives. We can see from Prov 2:10-11 that wisdom enters the heart or spirit and knowledge enters the soul or mind. Whenever we study God’s word or hear a message, what we receive is knowledge and unless that word enters our spirits all we have is a mental or soul understanding of what is being said.
For example an unsaved person listens to a message about salvation, he has heard this message countless number of times with no change but one day that word gets into his spirit and comes under conviction for his sins and receives Jesus as his Lord, the Holy Spirit recreates his spirit and he becomes a new creation. What was different this time, it was the same message he has always heard but this time he received the spirit behind the message as the word penetrates his spirit.
The same thing happens on various topics in the bible which we study about take healing for example; we hear the words in 1 Pet 2:24 “Who his own self bore our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live to righteousness: by whose stripes you were healed”. We rejoice at this message thanking God for the sacrifice that brought us salvation and healing but that is just head knowledge of the truth regarding our healing but the sickness still remains in our body. We need to go beyond just hearing the message or head knowledge; we need to meditate on this truth until it sinks down into our spirit. We then receive the wisdom of God regarding our healing in our spirit, we then believe with our spirits that we are healed and we confess with our mouths “by His stripes I am healed”. Though our physical body may still be sick, we are not moved by the physical appearance of things; the power of that sickness is broken and it’s only a matter of time that sickness has no choice but to leave. It might be in that instant or take some time but we do not change our confession knowing in our hearts we are healed, that healing will manifest physically.
So how do we transition from head knowledge in our soul or mind to revelation knowledge in our spirits? We do this by meditating on the word of God. God gave Joshua the recipe in Joshua 1:8 “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success” (emphasis mine). In other words read the word continually, meditate on it which means think about it asking the Holy Spirit to explain it to you, then you confess it with your mouth.
Paul also said to us in Eph 1:17-18 “that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding [heart or spirit] being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints” (emphasis mine). We see from this scripture that Paul prayed for the Ephesian Church that they might receive the “spirit” of wisdom and revelation that comes from the knowledge of God. We notice that the translators used a small “s” which usually refers to the human spirit. So from that we can say that our human spirit can receive the wisdom and revelation that comes from the knowledge of God. Let us also note that there is also the Spirit of wisdom from Isaiah 11:2 “The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him, The Spirit of wisdom and understanding, The Spirit of counsel and might, The Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord.
So we can also see that wisdom enters our spirit and gives us revelation from our knowledge of God and His word through the Spirit of God or the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the one that enlightens us to the wisdom of God. When we read the word, we must read it with the help of the Holy Spirit. We must ask the Holy Spirit to enlighten our understanding of the scriptures. Jesus did the same thing to two disciples on the road to Emmaus in Luke 24:13-35; vs 32 says And they said to one another, “Did not our heart burn within us while He talked with us on the road, and while He opened the Scriptures to us”? (emphasis mine).
Let’s not become overburdened with amassing so much head knowledge, we are not belittling getting knowledge but let it not be all you get. Get the spirit of wisdom and revelation as well, Prov 4:7 says “Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding”. That’s why you can see so many professors in bible colleges still being atheists. They have a mental knowledge of the word and it has not yet penetrated through to their spirits. We also see many believers hearing message after message but there is no change or fruit of that word in their lives. Let us not just hear or read the word, let us receive the revelation behind the word then let us go out and practice the word that we heard. James said in James 1:22 “But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves”.
In conclusion look what the Lord did through unlearned fishermen as he worked various miracles, casting out devils and bringing salvation to so many. The Holy Spirit can do the same thing for you today; ask Him as you are reading the word or listening to a sermon to give you the spirit of wisdom and revelation. Ask Him to give you the revelation of the word you are reading or hearing as it is only when you get the wisdom behind the word that it becomes operative in your life. Then go out and DO the word.