Solomon says that wisdom will give us power for living. “Wisdom makes one wise person more powerful than ten rulers in a city” (Ecclesiastes 7:19). We are going to face temptation, manipulation, seduction, and deception from Satan and others as we walk through this world. We can expect to face all of that in life. But godly wisdom will give us power to discern Satan’s traps. It will give us power to overcome temptations and defeat the devil. It will give us power to avoid the entrapments of this world. And it will give us power to walk in His righteousness alone.

Solomon determined that wisdom is valuable, something worth seeking: “All this I tested by wisdom and I said, ‘I am determined to be wise’—but this was beyond me. Whatever exists is far off and most profound—who can discover it?” (Ecclesiastes 7:23-24).

How do we get godly wisdom? We receive it when the Holy Spirit of God indwells us. (The Holy Spirit has many names, and the Spirit of Wisdom is foremost among them.) And after that, we must continually—daily—be filled with the Spirit of God. How? By setting our hearts on the things that are above (see Colossians 3:1-2), by seeking the Kingdom of God (see Matthew 6:33), and by tasting the goodness of the Lord (see Psalm 34:8). We do these things by reading and studying Scripture, praying and worshiping our Mighty God, and receiving counsel from godly teachers.

And, ultimately, the beginning of godly wisdom is your declaration that Jesus is Lord of your life and the Savior of your soul.

Prayer: God, You are the Lord of my life. Fill me with Your Spirit, that I might instill my life with Your wisdom. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

“If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you” (James 1:5).

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About The Author

Dr. Michael Youssef, Ph.D.

Even before he was born, it is clear that God had a vision for Michael Youssef. His mother was in poor health when she became pregnant with Michael, and because his life was in danger at the time of birth, the doctor recommended terminating the pregnancy. An abortion was scheduled. But God intervened and sent the family pastor to reassure them that God was involved in this pregnancy. He told them not to be afraid and that the child would be "born to serve the Lord." Michael's parents accepted the pastor's message as a message from God and obeyed. His mother gave birth, and lived to see him give his life to the Lord at the age of sixteen.

Believing that God had called him out of Egypt, Michael sought an exit visa in a time in which no university student was allowed to have a passport or leave the country. God intervened again, and miraculously he managed to acquire a visa. He immigrated to Australia, where he studied at Moore Theological College in Sydney, was ordained as a pastor, and met Elizabeth who became his wife.

The Youssefs came to America in 1977, and in 1978 Michael received a master's degree in theology at Fuller Theological Seminary in California. Then he earned a doctorate in social anthropology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Michael served nearly ten years in the Haggai Institute, traveling around the world more than 32 times, teaching courses in evangelism and leadership. He rose to the position of Managing Director at the age of 31 years. The family settled in Atlanta, and in 1984, Michael became a citizen of the United States, making his dream of many years come true.

He founded The Church of The Apostles in 1987 with fewer than 40 adults with the mission of "Equipping the Saints and Searching for the Lost". The church has since grown to be a congregation of over 3,000 people today. This church has driven the international ministry of Leading the Way. While it is heard by millions at home and abroad, behind every message preached through radio waves, is the heart of a pastor, willing to nurture and care for these people. Clearly God has uniquely equipped Dr. Youssef to speak to a global audience. The path he has taken has given him an understanding and firm grasp of the Scriptures that transcend cultures. He preaches, teaches and calls with a sincere, based on the authority of the inerrant, inspired Word of God. With his personal knowledge of the Holy Land, its history and culture, Dr. Michael Youssef transmits life to listeners all over the world.

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