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You and Wisdom

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How do you see wisdom?


I have to admit, my perspective on what wisdom is and its role in my life has expanded greatly over the years.


It's easy to get caught up in the persuasive speech or insightful revelations of others, but is it wisdom?  


The "Mmmm... Wow" Generation


One of the things I've noticed in recent years when in the presence of speaking or preaching is this new, rhythmic call and response I've labeled the Mmm... Wow. Mmm... Wow has become Amen's replacement. It normally is expressed by members of the audience immediately after an eloquently expressed, poetic in nature statement is made by the speaker. Mmmm reverberates amongst the attendees. An extroverted participant's "wow" or "clip that" is injected while others nod their heads almost on queue. The notes we take have plenty of gravy, a little meat, but no bone.


The Lord says: “These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of me is based on merely human rules they have been taught. ~Isaiah 29:13, New International Version


We are influenced, but by what?


Having a Heart for Wisdom


I'm not saying every gripping speaker, preacher, or stimulating conversation is not substantive. In fact, I believe most are and have adjusted the delivery to be more palatable for today's culture. Heck, I've even adjusted mine. The question is do you as the listener know if what you are exposing yourself to is godly, divine wisdom or worldly foolishness?


How can you tell if what you hear is godly wisdom or the tickling of your ears? First, you have to know the difference.


Godly wisdom is only available to God's people.


Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the [Holy] Spirit who is from God, so that we may know and understand the [wonderful] things freely given to us by God. We also speak of these things, not in words taught or supplied by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, combining and interpreting spiritual thoughts with spiritual words [for those being guided by the Holy Spirit]. ~1 Corinthians 2:12-13, Amplified Bible


The gateway to true wisdom is the Holy Spirit, and it comes only through our acceptance of Christ.


Seeking God's wisdom without accepting salvation shifts the interaction to a motivational speech instead of a divine revelation. If all you are looking for is motivation, great. But don't expect divine revelation without the Holy Spirit.

But it was to us that God revealed these things by his Spirit. For his Spirit searches out everything and shows us God’s deep secrets. ~1 Corinthians 10, New Living Translation


Cultivating a heart of wisdom starts with a discernment for the deep and secret things of God found only when we engage the Mind of Christ.


For who has known or understood the mind (the counsels and purposes) of the Lord so as to guide and instruct Him and give Him knowledge? But we have the mind of Christ (the Messiah) and do hold the thoughts (feelings and purposes) of His heart. ~1 Corinthians 2:16, amplified Bible, Classic Edition


Knowing it When You Hear It


Only weeds sprout in stony ground. Seeds of wisdom must be planted in the fertile soil of our hearts in order to grow. Before you scrutinize the wisdom or its vessel, do some self-assessment and cultivate your capacity to receive it. Ask yourself...


"Is my salvation intact?"


"Have I sought the counsel of the Holy Spirit as a source and guide for wisdom or am I just seeking entertainment?"


"Am I asking the Holy Spirit for the spiritual sensitivity of discernment so I can know God's facts from the world's fiction when I hear it?"


Wise counsel should unveil, ignite, and affirm the thoughts, feelings and purposes of the Messiah's heart already inside of you. Approach wisdom from the inside out and you will know it when you hear it.


And remember I love you but God loves you SO MUCH MORE!


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Phillipa Williams has dedicated her life to building God’s kingdom. A former programs director for new member and Christian education with over 36 years’ experience in leadership and discipleship, she has equipped thousands to serve God and community.

She is the Founder/CEO of GOD n Me International, a faith-based social enterprise equipping and inspiring others for spiritual intimacy, transparency, and destiny. Her blog,, was named one of the "Top 10 Black Christian Blogs, Websites, Newsletters To Follow in 2019“ by In Spring 2022, Phillipa published her first book, GOD 'n You: Finding Your Place in Forever. She also completed the licensing and ministerial requirements at the Potter's House School of Ministry in Dallas, Texas.

An advocate for women and children, Phillipa founded and serves as Executive Director of the 501 (c)(3) nonprofit, ilooklikeLOVE, Inc.. ilooklikeLOVE works to eradicate early childhood poverty through diaper assistance and capacity building for new mothers.


She is the proud parent on one adult son, Kenneth.

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