To be stedfast and immovable will take a lot of work. Our thoughts and our ways will get in the way unless we die daily.
I Corinthians 15:58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.
Many times we lack wisdom and have to pray for it; then God shows us what to do.
James 1:5 If any of you lack wisdom…ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
Wisdom: showing good judgment and discretion in our actions. If we use our own strength and knowledge, we’ll fail and not be stedfast or immovable. The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom. Fear of God is our reverence, esteem, and complete awe of him.
Job 28:28 And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.
Wisdom is the first and most important thing. When the word of God comes and it’s something we’ve never heard, God expects us to learn, obey, and understand it. We don’t have much wisdom when we first get saved. We learn it.
Proverbs 4:5-7 Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth. Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee. Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.
We show by our life if we have God’s wisdom. If we have bitter envy and strife against anyone, it is a wrong attitude that doesn’t reflect Christ. There’s no excuse for bitter envy because Jesus said to love our enemies. Every day situations will come up where we feel strife trying to raise up in us. We don’t have to say a word when we feel that way. When we get hurt, we have to forgive and let go. The wisdom of the world has bitter envying and strife. Wisdom of God helps us keep our mouth shut if what we think of saying would cause strife. When what we say causes strife, it is from the wisdom of the world, as: telling them all about it, fighting with them, or bickering about something. How we speak and act will be how we win the world to Christ. Fault finding and putting others down is earthly, sensual, and devilish.
James 3:13-16 Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge…? let him shew out of a good conversation…meekness of wisdom. But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not…lie not against the truth. This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, and devilish. For where envying and strife…is confusion and every evil work.
Temptation to have strife and envy comes from the devil and causes confusion. If we feel confusion during preaching, the confusion is from the enemy. Conviction from preaching is specific and you’ll know what to do to make things right. God is not the author of confusion and is faithful to show us how to stay right. The devil is author of confusion.
James 3:17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.
- Pure: Our heart is free of sin, but we have carnality in our heart until we’re sanctified. When God asks us to go onto sanctification, we’ll backslide if we don’t obey. When our heart is pure, we have pure motives and actions. We don’t have selfish, evil purposes, or carnal outbursts. If we’ve had a bad temper, sanctification helps us get complete victory over it through prayer and asking for God’s grace. It doesn’t come automatically.
- Peaceable: The enemy is always trying to stir up trouble. We have to be peaceable regardless of what people say or do. There were no outbursts by Jesus when they hit him and spoke evil about him.
- Gentle: Jesus was gentle and kind to us, never brash or unkind. We need to show this to the rest of the world.
- Easy to be intreated: not hard to manage but willing to yield. We willingly comply with what is asked on the job, with neighbors and our family. Building the kingdom requires that we’re easily intreated.
- Full of mercy: willing to see needs and help others, showing sympathy in our Our attitude can’t be “they deserve it” when someone is hurt. Regardless of how someone treats us, we have to show mercy. Jesus said, “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do” (Luke 23:34). We must have mercy and forgiveness for anyone that wrongs us, so we have no hard feelings or bitterness toward them.
- Good fruits: love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance (Galatians 5:22-23). The fruits we have cause us to display the wisdom of God in our talk and actions.
- Without partiality: we don’t have favorites so we treat others unfairly.
- Without hypocrisy: we’re sincere and honest with no guile or deceit, but completely honest.
Solomon was about 20 years old and loved the Lord. He prayed for God to give him an understanding heart to judge the people. God gave him a wise heart.
I Kings 3:3-15 And Solomon loved the Lord, walking in the statutes of David his father: only he sacrificed and burnt incense in high places. And the king went to Gibeon to sacrifice…In Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night: and God said, Ask what I shall give thee. And Solomon said, Thou hast shewed unto thy servant David my father great mercy, according as he walked before thee in truth, and in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart with thee; and…thou hast given him a son to sit on his throne…And now, O Lord my God, thou hast made thy servant king instead of David my father: and I am but a little child: I know not how to go out or come in. And thy servant is in the midst of thy people…that cannot be numbered nor counted for multitude. 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? And the speech pleased the Lord…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 judgment; 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…I have also given thee that which thou hast not asked, both riches, and honour…And if thou wilt walk in my ways, to keep my statutes and my commandments, as thy father David did walk, then I will lengthen thy days. And Solomon awoke; and, behold, it was a dream. And he came to Jerusalem…and offered up burnt offerings, and offered peace offerings…
God gave Solomon wisdom to handle the situations. He had wisdom when two women fought over who was the real mother of a child where one mother had eaten her child (I Kings 3:16-27). Solomon was the wisest man on earth, but when he was old he did things he knew he shouldn’t. God commanded the Israelites to not marry heathen women of countries them. Solomon had 700 wives. His selfish desire for women was more powerful than his desire for God’s will. God was angry that Solomon’s heart was turned away from God so he worshipped their gods.
I Kings 11:1-10 But king Solomon loved many strange women, together with the daughter of Pharaoh, women of the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Zidonians, and Hittites; Of the nations concerning which the Lord said unto the children of Israel, Ye shall not go in to them, neither shall they come in unto you: for surely they will turn away your heart after their gods: Solomon clave unto these in love. And he had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines: and his wives turned away his heart. For…when Solomon was old, that his wives turned away his heart after other gods: and his heart was not perfect with the Lord…Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians, and after Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites. And Solomon did evil in the sight of the Lord, and went not fully after the Lord, as did David his father. Then did Solomon build an high place for Chemosh, the abomination of Moab, in the hill that is before Jerusalem, and for Molech, the abomination of the children of Ammon. And likewise did he for all his strange wives, which burnt incense and sacrificed unto their gods. And the Lord was angry with Solomon, because his heart was turned from the Lord God of Israel, which had appeared unto him twice, And had commanded him concerning this thing, that he should not go after other gods: but he kept not that which the Lord commanded.
(Notes from the Mature Class Bible Study, teacher Edith Tolbert)