If you would, turn in your Bibles with me to the book of First
Kings chapter three. First Kings chapter three. When you
reach First Kings chapter three please signify by saying amen.
In First Kings chapter three, beginning with verse nine, it
9. Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge
thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who
is able to judge this thy so great a people?
10. And the speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked
11. And God said unto him, Because thou hast asked this
thing, and hast not asked for thyself long life; neither hast
asked riches for thyself, nor hast asked the life of thine
enemies; but hast asked for thyself understanding to discern
12. Behold, I have done according to thy words: lo, I have
given thee a wise and an understanding heart; so that there
was none like thee before thee, neither after thee shall any
arise like unto thee.
Let us pray.
Most holy and gracious heavenly Father we thank You for
who You are. And we thank You for what You do. Father,
hide Your son behind the cross, that Your people would see
You and not me. And Father, as I decrease I ask that You
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be
acceptable in Thy sight, oh Lord, my strength and my
Redeemer. And I thank You for Anointing me to preach the
Gospel. In Jesus’ holy and blessed Name. (Tongues.) In
Jesus’ Name, amen.
When we look at our Bibles today, it tells us that Solomon
received a wise and discerning heart from God. It was
obviously clear that he was wise in governing the nation. But
he was foolish at governing his own house.
Wisdom is only affective when it is truly put into action.
Early in Solomon’s life, he had to recognize that he needed
wisdom, which was a blessing. But even though Solomon
received wisdom, it did not mean that Solomon would not
You see, too many times we’re under the misconception that
because somebody has the spirit of wisdom upon them... We
believe they are not infallible. We believe that they cannot
make mistakes. But the only perfect one is our God. We’re
striving to be perfect. He said He’ll perfect everything that
concerns us. But we are still prone to making mistakes.
When we look at chapter three, looking at verse one, it said,
1. And Solomon made affinity with Pharaoh king of Egypt,
and took Pharaoh's daughter, and brought her into the city of
David, until he had made an end of building his own house,
and the house of the LORD, and the wall of Jerusalem round
He already started with bad habits. You see, you may have
wisdom. But if you got a bad habit, it’ll cause that wisdom to
be ineffective. Hello, somebody.
You see, his father’s last words was that he would not marry
(glory to God) into Pharaoh’s house. He even went against
the commandment of the Lord.
You see, too many times we’re in a position where we can
apply the wisdom that we have, but we don’t apply the
wisdom. Wisdom is only wisdom when I use wisdom. Hello,
I can be just like Solomon. God told him that there would be
none as wise as him before, and there’ll never be anyone to
come as wise as he was. But he had areas in his life, that even
though he had all this wisdom, he did not apply this wisdom.
You see, God has given us wisdom right here in this Word.
But until we apply this Word, that Word means nothing in our
Not only (hallelujah) did he marry into Pharaoh’s house. But
the Bible told us that he had hundreds of wives after them.
And the only reason why he married into Pharaoh’s house
was for political reason.
You see, you can allow self to get in the way when you make
decisions. God can give you a wise choice, but it’s up to us to
choose that wise choice. God can tell us the wise decision,
but it’s up to us to make the wise decision after God gives it
What happens is, many times, we do what we want to do.
Hello, somebody. And then we want God to pick up the
Wisdom is what he asked God for. And God was pleased.
But applying that wisdom in every area of his life was a
different story. He went against the Word of God. He went
against his father’s wishes. It’s true that he had a gift of
wisdom. But he made mistakes.
The Bible tells us don’t think ourselves more than what we
are. Because the moment we start thinking that we’re higher
than anybody else, we begin to set ourselves up for failure.
When we get in a mold where we judge everybody else... Oh,
you don’t hear me today. When we become wise in our own
conceits, we begin to mess our own selves up.
He had wisdom. But no one messed him up but himself.
There were many strengths and accomplishments that
Solomon had. He was the third king of Israel, David’s chosen
heir. He was the wisest man who ever lived. He was the
author of Ecclesiastes, the Song of Solomon, and many
Proverbs, and some of the Psalms. He built the temple in
Jerusalem. He was a diplomat, a trader, and a collector.
But in all of these things he still had weaknesses. He still
many foreign agreements by marrying pagan women. He
allowed his wives to affect his loyalty to God. Even though
he had many strengths, he had many weaknesses.
What can we learn from Solomon today? Effective leadership
can only... It will be nullified by an ineffective personal life.
You see, we’ve been striving to do well in ministry. But
we’ve been lacking in the house. You don’t hear me today.
We’ve been striving to put on a performance. Oh, my God,
my God. To dot our I’s and cross our T’s in the house of
God. But what’s really going on?
If our personal life doesn’t get right, it’ll cause me to be
ineffective in leadership. Solomon failed to obey God. And
he went through his whole life until he came to the end of it.
And finally he repented.
You see, no man knows the day nor the hour that the Son of
man is coming. And today and tomorrow is not promised to
you. Hello, somebody. I can’t wait until the end to try to get
right. I need to get right right now. I need to make up in my
mind that for God I live and for God I die.
Knowing what actions are required of us, it means little
without the will to do those actions. You see, it’s one thing to
know what’s required of you. But it’s another thing to carry
out what’s required of you. Wisdom without applying
wisdom is foolishness.
Many times we ask God for wisdom. When He gives it to us,
it’s not what we want to hear. So we don’t apply what He’s
speaking to us. We apply what we think in our carnal minds.
You see, He knows the end from the beginning. And even
though what you think and I think may be right at the
beginning, He knows the end of that thing. And even though
it may seem right, it’s not right unless God says it’s right.
Go with me to Ecclesiastes chapter seven. He was the author
of Ecclesiastes also. Hallelujah. Thank You, Jesus. In
Ecclesiastes. Are you there yet? When you get there signify
by saying amen. Chapter seven of Ecclesiastes. Chapter
seven and verse eleven. It says,
11. Wisdom is good with an inheritance: and by it there is
profit to them that see the sun.
12. For wisdom is a defence, and money is a defence: but the
excellency of knowledge is, that wisdom giveth life to them
that have it.
In other words, wisdom is going to breathe life into your
spirit. Wisdom is not only going to breathe life into your
spirit. Wisdom is going to breathe life into your situation.
What is wisdom? Webster defined wisdom as knowledge and
the ability to use it. But we as the people of God understand
wisdom as doing what God has for us to do, and looking at
things from God’s perspective.
What is knowledge? Knowledge is understanding and skill
gained by experience. We need to learn how to apply our
knowledge and our wisdom together. And that will cause us
to become skillful in the things of God.
You see, the Bible says that we need to be skillful at what we
do for God. We need to give God our best.
It told us that wisdom was a defense. In other words, wisdom
is a shelter. Wisdom is a protector, and wisdom is a shield
And when we look at the word “defense,” it gives us that
connotation that there must be opposition around us. You see,
wisdom is going to keep that opposition away from us. If we
learn to apply wisdom, even though the enemy comes in like a
flood, the Spirit of God is going to lift up a standard against
our enemy. Because we apply wisdom.
Saints of God, we’ve talked about wisdom before. We talked
about how wisdom was a force that changed things.
You see, you’re looking for a change. And sometimes we get
in a mold where we need a change. You see, if I begin to get
wisdom to operate in my life, then I can guarantee I’m going
to have a change. Because I’m going to see where I was.
And then I’m going to understand where I’m going. I’m
going to understand where I need to be. Hallelujah.
Wisdom is a force. And it begins to move in the atmosphere.
When God created the heavens and the earth, wisdom was
there. The Bible says that wisdom was there from the
And I need to call unto wisdom, even as a man would call a
prostitute. Oh, you don’t hear me today. Wisdom is more to
be desired than anything that can tickle my flesh. Do you
hear what I’m saying today? It’s more to be desired than
rubies and gold. Applying it is another story.
Where are you in your life today? (Tongues.) Many of us are
at a place where we don’t know what to do. We don’t know
where to go, where to turn. But the Bible told us in the book
of James chapter three that wisdom is easy to be entreated for,
and that it’s first pure and then peaceable, because it comes
You see, this wisdom has not been tainted with the intellect of
man. This wisdom is divinely inspired. And it comes from
God. You see, I’d rather have something that comes from
God than comes from man. You see, man can only begin to
put what he knows into it. But I’m looking to the Ancient of
Days that knows everything. Oh, my God, my God.
Wisdom is my sister. Wisdom has builded her house. But it’s
up to me to enter in. We’re talking about wisdom today.
In Proverbs chapter nine and verse ten, it teaches us that the
fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. In other words,
respect and honor of God is the beginning of wisdom. You
see, I have to learn how to really reverence God. That’s when
wisdom is going to really flow from me. I got to learn how to
bow my knee at the Name of Jesus. I got to learn how to put
me down (glory to God) at the Presence of the Lord.
You want to operate in wisdom? Begin to bow your knee.
Bow your knee to the King of Kings and the Lord of lords.
Go with me to the book of Job chapter twenty-eight. In Job
chapter twenty-eight. Hallelujah. Beginning with verse
seven. When you get there just signify by saying amen.
(Tongues.) Thank You, Holy Spirit. It tells us,
7. There is a path (in Job twenty-eight and seven.) which no
fowl knoweth, and which the vulture's eye hath not seen:
Now here’s the question. Verse twelve.
12. But where shall wisdom be found? and where is the place
And it begins to go through all of these things about how
wisdom is to be valued over gold and over any precious stone.
But here’s the answer to that question. In verse twenty eight
28. And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that
is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.
You see, Job had some friends all around him. And they all
wanted to give their personal opinion. Elephaz, one of his
friends, said that wisdom is learned by observing and
experiencing life. Bildad said that wisdom is inherited from
the past. Zophar said wisdom belongs to the wise. In other
words, no other source than yourself.
But Job is the one that said that the source of wisdom and the
first step towards wisdom is the fear of God. No matter what
definition you can give about wisdom, it starts with
reverencing the King of kings and the Lord of lords.
You see, that’s the wisdom that we need. You see, our
wisdom is greater than the wisest man in the earth. Because
our wisdom comes from the Spirit of God. And the Bible
says that the Spirit of God knows the mind of God.
In other words, I am an intellect. But I’m not the kind of
intellect that (glory to God) with worldly wisdom. I have
Godly wisdom. And I know how to apply what God has
given unto me.
We’re the smartest people on earth, if we’d only learn how to
apply what God has given us.
You see, the world needs to come to us. We don’t need to go
to the world. Hello, somebody.
Too many times we look to the world to tell us how to do our
finances, don’t we? But in the Bible it tells us how to do with
the sowing and reaping, doesn’t it? Hello, somebody. That’s
wisdom that comes from God. He said with the stripes of
Jesus Christ you are healed. But it’s applying what He said to
Wisdom. Where are you in your life? Is there a trouble spot,
that you need God to fix? The Bible said in the book of
James chapter one and verse five, if any man lack wisdom, let
him ask of who? God. Who giveth liberally and upbraideth
not. But he said you better ask in faith and nothing wavering.
If you want real wisdom, ask in faith, and believe that He’s
able to give it to you. Don’t ask for it, and you already don’t
believe it. You’ve got to ask in faith.
There is some dilemmas and some problems that all of us
have. But if we will only seek wisdom. You can go to a
prophet. You can go to a prophetess. But we prophesy in
measure. Do you hear what I’m saying? We prophesy in
part. Hello, somebody. You won’t always get a full answer
from a prophet. Because we prophesy in part.
God is going to leave the rest up to you. Hello, somebody.
He’s not going to make somebody else do your homework for
We’ll become lazy. “Why should I seek You, God, when
somebody else can tell me what You’re saying?”
He wants us to get our own individual wisdom. Do you hear
the message today? Not only do we need the wisdom that
comes from God. We need to start applying that wisdom that
comes from God. That’s what we need to do. We need to
start seeking God for understanding.
Proverbs told us that get wisdom. It’s the principal thing. But
with all of our getting, get understanding. Because
understanding is going to apply the wisdom.
Where are you today? You need a word from the Lord. Let
me tell you something. He’s got just what you’re looking for.
It’s not in man. It’s not in woman. But it’s in the great I Am.
He has all the answers.
You want to know why? Job began to ask the question,
“Why, Lord?” But then God began to put God in his place.
And He began to ask him, “Were you there?” Hello,
Wisdom is going to tell me to allow God to be God, and allow
Him to be sovereign in my life, that He can do whatever He
wants to do, whenever He wants to do it. That’s what wisdom
is going to tell me.
So today no matter what your question is, say, “God, I want
You to be God. But in the midst of me allowing You to be
God, give me wisdom. Give me the wisdom that I need to
allow You to be God.”
Wisdom, looking at it from God’s perspective. If I would
look at it from His perspective, I would have a totally
different outlook. I would realize that my thinking is finite,
and His is infinite. That’s what wisdom would do for me.
So today, just like Solomon, ask God for wisdom, for a wise
and discerning heart. We need to ask God for the same.
And when God gives it to us, let us apply it. Let us apply it.
Don’t just apply it in the places that we want to apply it in.
But let’s apply it to our whole life. Don’t just apply it in
those places where you don’t really care about. Apply it in
those places that tickle your flesh.
Wisdom is what we need. And we need to learn to operate in
Come on, give God a handclap of praise today.