The Seven Pillars of Wisdom ~ Strength
Power is not strength; true godly strength is the wise use of power; the wisdom to correctly use strength comes through living by every Word of God
The Might and Power of Wisdom
“Wisdom hath builded her house, she hath hewn out her seven pillars” (Proverbs 9:1). This week we look at the seventh Pillar of Wisdom.
Proverbs 8:12 I wisdom dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge of witty inventions. 8:13 The fear of the Lord is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate. 8:14 Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom: I am understanding; I have strength [I possess power and might!].
The Hebrew word for “strength” in this verse is geburah (Strong’s #1369). Definition is: force, mastery, might, mighty act, power, power, strength. Feminine passive participle from the same as gibbowr; force (literally or figuratively); by implication, valor, victory — force, mastery, might, mighty (act, power), power, strength. (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance)
Wisdom encompasses all of these things. Great power and might comes with wisdom. The Bible teaches that wisdom is being able to discern right from wrong according to what God deems as right; it is skill for living righteously and for knowing how to conduct oneself in all situations. Wisdom is having the fortitude to do what is right according to the standards that God sets no matter what those around us are doing or what they may think of us. When we are wise in this way, we are truly strong in God’s eyes.
All of the previous pillars of wisdom are elements that empower those who are wise, therefore the wise are girded with might and strength. Solomon states in many places how wisdom makes those who are wise in God’s eyes strong:
Ecclesiastes 7:19 Wisdom strengtheneth the wise more than ten mighty men which are in the city.
Proverbs 21:22 A wise man scaleth the city of the mighty, and casteth down the strength of the confidence thereof.
Proverbs 24:5 A wise man is strong; yea, a man of knowledge increaseth strength.
Proverbs 31:17 She [The virtuous wise woman] girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms.
Solomon teaches us that a man or woman who walks in the wisdom of God is a strong person indeed!
People tend to look up to a strong person who seems to have it all together by his own efforts, and it is generally worldly strong and powerful men who are set as leaders over others. When carnal men think of “strength”, they commonly associate it with physical human strength, whether it be on the level of the individual, a group of people, or even a nation. And in our western culture we take pride in the spirit of rugged individualism and we think of the self-made men and women as the shakers and movers in society. As a nation we take pride in its greatness and we even have songs that sing of our national strength and power.
The Bible has much to say about strength and empowerment and that real strength can only come from our Maker. The power and strength that is of God is mightier than any strength that man has.
Psalm 62:11 God hath spoken once; twice have I heard this; that power belongeth unto God.
Psalm 147:5 Great is our Lord, and of great power: his understanding is infinite [has no limit].
Psalm 18:30 As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the Lord is tried: he is a buckler to all those that trust in him. 18:31 For who is God save the Lord? or who is a rock save our God? 18:32 It is God that girdeth me with strength, and maketh my way perfect. 18:33 He maketh my feet like hinds’ feet, and setteth me upon my high places. 18:34 He teacheth my hands to war, so that a bow of steel is broken by mine arms.
There are those in the world that may have great physical strength, whether they be individuals, cities or nations; but this kind of strength generates pride within men which causes them to place their confidence in their OWN power; but the Bible shows that it is foolish to trust in our own power if we do not have God on our side.
Psalm 20:7 Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the Lord our God. 20:8 They are brought down and fallen: but we are risen, and stand upright.
Psalm 33:17 An horse is a vain thing for safety: neither shall he deliver any by his great strength.
Psalm 147:10 He [God] delighteth not in the strength of the horse: he taketh not pleasure in the legs of a man.
2 Chronicles 32:8 With him is an arm of flesh; but with us is the LORD our God to help us, and to fight our battles. And the people rested themselves upon the words of Hezekiah king of Judah.
In Ecclesiastes Solomon explains that having the wisdom of God is better than physical strength and then tells a story about how a wise man with his wisdom saved a city. The wisdom of God is more powerful than all the weapons of war and that includes our modern day high-tech weaponry.
Ecclesiastes 9:14 There was a little city, and few men within it; and there came a great king against it, and besieged it, and built great bulwarks against it: 9:15 Now there was found in it a poor wise man, and he by his wisdom delivered the city; yet no man remembered that same poor man. 9:16 Then said I, Wisdom is better than strength: nevertheless the poor man’s wisdom is despised, and his words are not heard. 9:17 The words of wise men are heard in quiet more than the cry of him that ruleth among fools. 9:18 Wisdom is better than weapons of war: but one sinner destroyeth much good.
Biblical Examples of Strength through Godly Wisdom
To understand what Solomon is talking about in regard to wisdom we can go back to situations in Scripture where godly wisdom was stronger than the wisdom of men. It was wisdom that brought about deliverance for those who exercised it rather that fighting their battles in their own strength.
When Joseph was in prison he could have used his human wisdom and strength to try to escape out of prison, instead he waited for God to provide an opportunity to be given the wisdom he needed to be set free, and not only set free, but to become the second in command over the whole land of Egypt.
Genesis 41:14 Then Pharaoh sent and called Joseph, and they brought him hastily out of the dungeon: and he shaved himself, and changed his raiment, and came in unto Pharaoh.
God gave Joseph the wisdom to be able to interpret Pharaoh’s dreams and when Pharaoh saw that Joseph had more wisdom than any other of his wise men, he set him as a prince in Egypt.
Genesis 41:15 And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, I have dreamed a dream, and there is none that can interpret it: and I have heard say of thee, that thou canst understand a dream to interpret it. 41:16 And Joseph answered Pharaoh, saying, It is not in me: God shall give Pharaoh an answer of peace.
Joseph acknowledged that it was really God who had given him the insight into the meaning of Pharaoh’s dreams.
Genesis 41:38 And Pharaoh said unto his servants, Can we find such a one as this is, a man in whom the Spirit of God is? 41:39 And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, Forasmuch as God hath shewed thee all this, there is none so discreet and wise as thou art: 41:40 Thou shalt be over my house, and according unto thy word shall all my people be ruled: only in the throne will I be greater than thou.
It was told to King Jehoshaphat that the Ammonites and the Moabites had gathered a great army to come against the nation of Judah. These armies were preparing to utterly annihilate the nation of Judah and its people. In this situation King Jehoshaphat showed much wisdom for he set himself and his people to seek the Lord rather than try to fight this great multitude in his own strength. In this way King Jehoshaphat proved himself to be mighty for he trusted God to deliver him and his nation which is the wisest thing he could have done. He proclaimed a fast throughout the land and all the people sought help through the Lord their God and the God of all Might answered their prayer.
2 Chronicles 20:3 And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the Lord, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah. 20:4 And Judah gathered themselves together, to ask help of the Lord: even out of all the cities of Judah they came to seek the Lord. 20:5 And Jehoshaphat stood in the congregation of Judah and Jerusalem, in the house of the Lord, before the new court, 20:6 And said, O Lord God of our fathers, art not thou God in heaven? and rulest not thou over all the kingdoms of the heathen? and in thine hand is there not power and might, so that none is able to withstand thee? 20:7 Art not thou our God, who didst drive out the inhabitants of this land before thy people Israel, and 20:8 And they dwelt therein, and have built thee a sanctuary therein for thy name, saying, 20:9 If, when evil cometh upon us, as the sword, judgment, or pestilence, or famine, we stand before this house, and in thy presence, (for thy name is in this house,) and cry unto thee in our affliction, then thou wilt hear and help.
20:10 And now, behold, the children of Ammon and Moab and mount Seir, whom thou wouldest not let Israel invade, when they came out of the land of Egypt, but they turned from them, and destroyed them not; 20:11 Behold, I say, how they reward us, to come to cast us out of thy possession, which thou hast given us to inherit. 20:12 O our God, wilt thou not judge them? for we have no might against this great company that cometh against us; neither know we what to do: but our eyes are upon thee.
20:13 And all Judah stood before the Lord, with their little ones, their wives, and their children. 20:14 Then upon Jahaziel the son of Zechariah, the son of Benaiah, the son of Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah, a Levite of the sons of Asaph, came the Spirit of the Lord in the midst of the congregation; 20:15 And he said, Hearken ye, all Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem, and thou king Jehoshaphat, Thus saith the Lordunto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God’s. 20:16 To morrow go ye down against them: behold, they come up by the cliff of Ziz; and ye shall find them at the end of the brook, before the wilderness of Jeruel. 20:17 Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the Lord with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; to morrow go out against them: for the Lord will be with you.
2 Chronicles 20:20 And they rose early in the morning, and went forth into the wilderness of Tekoa: and as they went forth, Jehoshaphat stood and said, Hear me, O Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem; Believe in the Lord your God, so shall ye be established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper. 20:21 And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed singers unto the Lord, and that should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army, and to say, Praise the Lord; for his mercy endureth for ever.
20:22 And when they began to sing and to praise, the Lord set ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, which were come against Judah; and they were smitten. 20:23 For the children of Ammon and Moab stood up against the inhabitants of mount Seir, utterly to slay and destroy them: and when they had made an end of the inhabitants of Seir, every one helped to destroy another.
20:24 And when Judah came toward the watch tower in the wilderness, they looked unto the multitude, and, behold, they were dead bodies fallen to the earth, and none escaped.
2 Chronicles 20:29 And the fear of God was on all the kingdoms of those countries, when they had heard that the Lord fought against the enemies of Israel. 20:30 So the realm of Jehoshaphat was quiet: for his God gave him rest round about.
God does not change; if He fought the battles for those who were faithful and who trusted in His might to save them in ancient times, He will do the same for the faithful Ekklesia who look to Him to deliver us when challenged by enemies who seek to ruin or destroy us. This is our wisdom and this is our strength, for God is mighty to save those who live according to His Word; and He is mighty to deliver us from even the grave and from death itself. Can the physical strength of any man accomplish that?
2 Chronicles 16:9 For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him…
We saw in earlier articles how Abigail used prudence and wise counsel in speaking to David, but her wisdom was also a source of great strength and by it she saved herself and her whole household:
1 Samuel 25:26 Now therefore, my lord, as the Lord liveth, and as thy soul liveth, seeing the Lord hath withholden thee from coming to shed blood, and from avenging thyself with thine own hand, now let thine enemies, and they that seek evil to my lord, be as Nabal. 25:27 And now this blessing which thine handmaid hath brought unto my lord, let it even be given unto the young men that follow my lord. 25:28 I pray thee, forgive the trespass of thine handmaid: for the Lord will certainly make my lord a sure house; because my lord fighteth the battles of the Lord, and evil hath not been found in thee all thy days.
25:29 Yet a man is risen to pursue thee, and to seek thy soul: but the soul of my lord shall be bound in the bundle of life with the Lord thy God; and the souls of thine enemies, them shall he sling out, as out of the middle of a sling. 25:30 And it shall come to pass, when the Lord shall have done to my lord according to all the good that he hath spoken concerning thee, and shall have appointed thee ruler over Israel; 25:31 That this shall be no grief unto thee, nor offence of heart unto my lord, either that thou hast shed blood causeless, or that my lord hath avenged himself: but when the Lord shall have dealt well with my lord, then remember thine handmaid. 25:32 And David said to Abigail, Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, which sent thee this day to meet me: 25:33 And blessed be thy advice, and blessed be thou, which hast kept me this day from coming to shed blood, and from avenging myself with mine own hand. 25:34 For in very deed, as the Lord God of Israel liveth, which hath kept me back from hurting thee, except thou hadst hasted and come to meet me, surely there had not been left unto Nabal by the morning light any that pisseth against the wall.
The wisdom that Abigail exercised was mightier than any physical weapon that she could have used against David and his men to save herself and her household. Instead of weapons or retaliating in her own strength she used wisdom to bring about her deliverance.
Daniel 1:4 Children in whom was no blemish, but well favoured, and skilful in all wisdom, and cunning in knowledge, and understanding science, and such as had ability in them to stand in the king’s palace, and whom they might teach the learning and the tongue of the Chaldeans.
Daniel used wisdom to convince the prince of the eunuchs to allow him and his three friends to restrain from the unclean food that they were being forced to eat without resorting to outright rebellion. The use of godly wisdom was the instrument that brought about the results that allowed Daniel to obey God. The use of godly wisdom provided a way of escape from having to eat of the tainted food that was set before them and these Jewish lads did not have to use force or outright rebellion to get their way. (Daniel 1:5-16)
Later in the book of Daniel, Daniel again sought God’s wisdom when he found out that the king was about to destroy all the wise men in the kingdom because they could not tell Nebuchadnezzar his dream.
Daniel 2:17 Then Daniel went to his house, and made the thing known to Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, his companions: 2:18 That they would desire mercies of the God of heaven concerning this secret; that Daniel and his fellows should not perish with the rest of the wise men of Babylon. 2:19 Then was the secret revealed unto Daniel in a night vision. Then Daniel blessed the God of heaven.
Daniel saved himself, his three companions and all the wise men of the land by seeking God’s wisdom to pacify the king’s wrath and divert his intent to destroy all the wise men by telling him his dream and what it meant. By being given God’s wisdom in this matter, Daniel was mightier than all the other wise men combined and he used no weapons or physical strength at all to bring about deliverance.
When Daniel praised God for sparing him and his friends he acknowledged that WISDOM and MIGHT belong to God.
Daniel 2:20 Daniel answered and said, Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever: for wisdom and might are his:
Wisdom Empowers God’s People
Strength is one of the Seven Pillars of wisdom, and the Bible teaches that when the called out are walking in God’s wisdom, they are strong even if they seem to be weak physically.
A man’s greatest strength is when he has the fear of the Lord as his foundation; it is the kind of fear that is in awe of God and fears to disobey Him. A person with this kind of fear wants to obey God and live a life that is pleasing to Him. Those who set themselves to trust and obey their Great and Mighty God and who walk in all of His ways are tapped into the mightiest power of the Universe, in fact, God’s might knows no bounds.
God empowers those who fear Him with the strength to live in a hostile world; a world that opposes God and all who strive to live according to the ways of God. Not only will God uphold His faithful called-out in such an antagonistic world, but He empowers them to overcome all the opposing forces this world has to throw at them when they draw upon the strength that He supplies right up unto death or when He returns. God gives strength to endure and to overcome all the forces of the wicked one; not by our own human power but by the power of His Spirit which is given to those who love Him and obey Him.
God promises to deliver His faithful children from the most formidable strongholds, including the stronghold of death and to make them ultimately victorious over even death itself. The whole process of conversion with the resurrection to eternal life as our goal begins with the fear of God and seeking the wisdom of God.
1 Corinthians 15:54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. 15:55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? 15:56 The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. 15:57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Our victory over death starts with the fear of the Lord which imparts wisdom; and wisdom shows itself to be very mighty in strength and power by delivering us from the grave and from death. No other power can do that for us.
Deuteronomy 10:12 And now, Israel, what doth the Lord thy God require of thee, but to fear the Lord thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the Lord thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul,
Proverbs 14:27 The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.
When we walk in the fear of the Lord we are tapped into God’s great strength and He will empower us in ways that the world cannot understand. Those who are called of God and who zealously seek to live by every Word of God are tapped into the mind of God and it is by His wisdom that one is made strong. It begins when one learns to FEAR God and then aligns his life to the will of God to walk in the light of His truth. Job asks: where can wisdom be found?
Job 28:12 But where shall wisdom be found? and where is the place of understanding? 28:13 Man knoweth not the price thereof; neither is it found in the land of the living. 28:14 The depth saith, It is not in me: and the sea saith, It is not with me. 28:15 It cannot be gotten for gold, neither shall silver be weighed for the price thereof. 28:16 It cannot be valued with the gold of Ophir, with the precious onyx, or the sapphire. 28:17 The gold and the crystal cannot equal it: and the exchange of it shall not be for jewels of fine gold. 28:18 No mention shall be made of coral, or of pearls: for the price of wisdom is above rubies. 28:19 The topaz of Ethiopia shall not equal it, neither shall it be valued with pure gold. 28:20 Whence then cometh wisdom? and where is the place of understanding?
After a lengthy discourse of where it cannot be found and that it cannot be bought at any price; Job answers his own question and says that it can only be attained by fearing God and departing from evil.
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 begins with the fear of the Lord which motivates us to want to live for Him and to follow in all of His ways and in the keeping of all of His commandments. That is the key to having real strength, which is not like the strength of the world, but strength that comes by wisdom is to have the supernatural strength that only God can provide.
Daniel tells us that the wicked do not have understanding and they will ultimately fall; but those who know God and keep His law (which is wisdom) will be strong and will succeed in achieving great things.
Daniel 11:32 And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries: but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits [stand firm and will do great things]. 11:33 And they that understand [who are wise and have spiritual insight] among the people shall instruct many: yet they shall fall by the sword, and by flame, by captivity, and by spoil, many days.
Daniel 12:10 Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.
“The people that do know their God shall be strong”, this is talking about all the servants of God who did great things for God throughout history, but is also referring to the end times when there will be much wickedness and delusion going on. The wicked are those who do not have a fear of God therefore they do not fear to disobey Him; they cannot understand the things of God and have no real clue as to the events and their significance, therefore they stumble in their lack of wisdom.
The wise are those who seek to know God and who humbly live by every Word of God. The people who do God’s will are given understanding which enables them to do “exploits” (great accomplishments for God) by God’s strength and not in their own strength.
God is the Source of All Wisdom; and All Might and Power
The Great Creator God is shown throughout Scripture to be the originator of all strength and power. By His MIGHTY power and strength, God created all things; and by His Great Power He sustains and provides for all of His creation. He is the CREATOR God of the whole Universe and of life itself.
Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 1:2 The same was in the beginning with God. 1:3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
Hebrews 1:1 God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, 1:2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; 1:3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high:
Just before He was caught up to heaven Jesus reminded His disciples of the promise of the Holy Spirit and that by its power they were to take the Gospel to the four corners of the earth.
Acts 1:8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
Here, Christ is promising the disciples that He will grant them special power when they face extraordinary challenges in living the life of a believer and in the process of preaching the Gospel to all nations. Jesus had earlier told His disciples that after they receive the Holy Spirit they were to go in its power to witness of Him wherever He should send them.
Mark 16:15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
Followers of Christ need the enabling power of the Holy Spirit to overcome sin and to live victoriously. The power of God is vital for the challenges that we all face as we strive to live lives that are pleasing to God, but we also need the power of God’s Spirit to spread the Gospel of the way of salvation throughout the earth even in the midst of obstacles.
We need a constant supply of God’s power; it is not a one-time filling that we receive when we are baptized and have hands laid on us. The Scriptures show us that the disciples repeatedly sought more of God’s power to enable them to do the works of God.
Acts 4:23 And being let go, they went to their own company, and reported all that the chief priests and elders had said unto them. 4:24 And when they heard that, they lifted up their voice to God with one accord, and said, Lord, thou art God, which hast made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all that in them is: 4:25 Who by the mouth of thy servant David hast said, Why did the heathen rage, and the people imagine vain things? 4:26 The kings of the earth stood up, and the rulers were gathered together against the Lord, and against his Christ. 4:27 For of a truth against thy holy child Jesus, whom thou hast anointed, both Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel, were gathered together, 4:28 For to do whatsoever thy hand and thy counsel determined before to be done.
4:29 And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word, 4:30 By stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus. 4:31 And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.
How do we incorporate God’s wisdom in our lives which will enable us to receive His power and strength to do the works of God? We are to fill ourselves with the wisdom of God which is contained in His Word.
Romans 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by [of the] the word of God.
John 6:63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.
Colossians 2:3 [Jesus Christ and God the Father] In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
God’s wisdom comes directly from God and is revealed in His Word. To walk in the power of God we need to know His Word thoroughly and have it deeply embedded within our hearts and minds.
God reveals His wisdom by the Holy Spirit to those who seek Him and who strive to obey all of His commandments. That wisdom is powerful and it has to do with knowing how to apply God’s laws and principles to particular situations in life. If we are not spending consistent time learning God’s Word we will not have the wisdom that we need when temptations and trials come our way. The time to seek wisdom from God is before we are hit with trials and temptations (Proverbs 1:20-33).
If we are diligently writing the Words of God upon our heart, God will give us the power and strength to proclaim His Word when called upon to do so. Therefore, it is important that we immerse ourselves in His Word as often as we can, for power and might come by the Word of God
Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. (See also Ephesians 6:17)
When we study and know God’s Word, the Holy Spirit will empower us to say what God wants us to say when we are brought before rulers and leaders to give testimony of Him.
Luke 12:11 And when they bring you unto the synagogues, and unto magistrates, and powers, take ye no thought how or what thing ye shall answer, or what ye shall say: 12:12 For the Holy Ghost shall teach you in the same hour what ye ought to say.
John 14:25 These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you. 14:26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
The Bible is the Word of God and when we read it, study and meditate upon the wisdom contained within it, we are taking in of the life-giving power of God’s Spirit. By soaking in God’s Word and applying it to our hearts, we will increase our faith which helps us to walk in the power and strength of the Holy Spirit and do the works of God.
Intellectually knowing God’s Word does not give a person wisdom; there are many theologians, historians and scholars who may know God’s Word thoroughly from cover to cover but if they are not applying it they will not have biblical wisdom.
If we want to be truly wise we must focus on practical living in obedience to God’s revealed will. The fool in Proverbs is someone who does not see the need to submit to what God clearly teaches in His Word. He ignores God’s laws and lives according to his own determination of what he deems as right or wrong and according to his own human reasoning.
Psalm 14:1 …..The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.
A fool says in his heart that there is no God and he may not even admit it verbally but he shows it by how he lives and thinks and by his refusal to obey God’s Word. On the other hand a wise person lives in obedience to God and he shows by his conduct that he does believe in God and that he has a proper fear of Him which is evidenced by how he lives his life according to godly wisdom.
The Bible teaches that if we want to receive spiritual understanding, it is imperative that we obey God’s commandments and strive to live by His every Word: “The fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding” (Job 28:28), and also, “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments“…(Psalm 111:10)
Hosea 14:9 Who is wise, and he shall understand these things? prudent, and he shall know them? for the ways of the Lord are right, and the just shall walk in them: but the transgressors shall fall therein.
If we put God first above all things and then let His commandments guide us, He will put us on the right course in life; it will be by His wisdom and not our own wisdom and we will become strong in the might of God and not by our own might.
Proverbs 3:1 Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart: 3:4 So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man. 3:5 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 3:6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. 3:7 Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil. 3:8 It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.
Psalm 18:2 The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.
Seek God’s Presence and Communicate Often With Him to Receive His Strength
John 15:4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. 15:5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
We need to abide in God’s presence continuously and talk to God often. The more we keep our focus on God as we go about our day, the more we grow in His wisdom and we receive power to walk in the Spirit.
James 5:16 ……The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. 5:17 Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months. 5:18 And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit.
The early disciples of Christ prayed together often when they came up against challenges and persecution and they prayed for empowerment to meet those challenges and to be given the power to speak God’s Word with boldness.
Acts 1:14 These all continued [devoted themselves in prayer] with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren.
Acts 4:29 And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word, 4:30 By stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus.
The apostle Paul prayed that his brethren would be strengthened with God’s might in the inner man.
Ephesians 3:14 For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 3:15 Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, 3:16 That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; 3:17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, 3:18 May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; 3:19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. 3:20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, 3:21 Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.
Colossians 1:9 For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;
It is good to devote time to God first thing in the morning with prayer and to seek God’s will for our lives and to give us wisdom to get through the day that is set before us. It is also good to consider and review our day and how we could have done things better and more godly each evening while the day’s activities are still fresh in our minds.
As we seek God’s guidance we should have an attitude of surrender with a willingness to yield to the plans and purposes of God for our own lives, our families, and also for the things that are happening in the world. Knowing that God is sovereign in all things gives us peace and is a source of strength as well.
God wants to give us the things we need to be successful, not necessarily the success that most of the worldly seeks after, but to be successful in attaining eternal life and being fitted to serve with Him in His Kingdom. We need to ask Him for the wisdom and the strength to live by His every Word and also to live according to what He wills for us individually.
James 1:5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
By wisdom, James is talking about the skill that empowers us to live obediently before God in the midst of trials and challenges of life. To come to God, we must humble ourselves and admit that we do not know what we need to know to handle the challenges that come our way. Trials serve to humble us from our pride so that we learn to look to God to supply our needs and to teach us that God really does care for us and wants to provide for us. A prerequisite to obtaining wisdom from God is to first recognize our lack of wisdom and then seek God’s wisdom to navigate us through the maze of life.
Peter 5:6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: 5:7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
Hebrews 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
When we have trials and difficulties we at first can feel helpless but by seeing ourselves as helpless and lacking strength on our own, we come to see that we really do need the wisdom (and strength) that only God can supply thus Jesus also tells us to ask for the gifts that God the Father is more than happy to give to His children.
Matthew 7:7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: 7:8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. 7:9 Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone?
7:10 Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? 7:11 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?
God commands us through Paul to be STRONG in the Lord and in the Power of His might. How do we do that? By putting on the whole armor of God which is:
1. God’s Truth,
2. Gospel of Peace
3. The Breastplate of Righteousness
4. The Shield of Faith
5. The Helmet of Salvation
6. The Sword of the Spirit which is the Whole Word of God.
All these things are elements of God’s wisdom and by these things we have strength to resist the fiery darts that are thrown at us by Satan, the world, and even by our own sinful nature.
Ephesians 6:10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. 6:11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. 6:13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 6:14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; 6:15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 6:16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 6:17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: 6:18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
In Paul’s epistle to the Corinthians he admitted to them that he was a weak man and also was not that gifted in speaking, but went on to say that everything he was able to accomplish was by the power of God which is the Spirit of God. It was not through the wisdom of men (even Paul’s own wisdom) but it was through God and His wisdom that Paul was made strong and was able to accomplish what he did as an apostle of God.
1 Corinthians 2:1 And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. 2:2 For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified. 2:3 And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling. 2:4 And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: 2:5 That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God. 2:6 Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought: 2:7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:
Paul recognized that it was God’s strength that enabled him to carry on and we too need to acknowledge that it is when we see how weak we really are that we can have faith that God will grant us the strength we need to do whatever it is that is required of us. God told Paul: “My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness” (See 2 Corinthians 12:6-10).
Earlier in his letter Paul explain about how the weak are made strong in the wisdom of God.
1 Corinthians 1:24 But unto them which are called, [to those who are called of God] both Jews and Greeks, Christ [is] the power of God, and the wisdom of God. 1:25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
These verses are saying that “the foolishness of God is not foolishness at all but is wiser than men [far beyond human comprehension], and the weakness of God is stronger than men [far beyond the limits of human effort]”. (1 Corinthians 1:25 Amplified Bible)
Corinthians 1:27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; 1:28 And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are:
Why does God do it this way?
1 Corinthians 1:29 That no flesh should glory in his presence.
These verses explain that God calls the weak of the world and then gives them His wisdom and strength to confound those in the world who see themselves as the wise and powerful. Any power and strength we hope to have comes from God and it is by His strength that we are able to do the works of God and in this way all the glory goes to God and not to ourselves.
When we feel weak or see that we are truly weak to do anything in this life, we can be encouraged through God’s Word that it is not our strength that is needed but the strength that God willingly supplies and His strength is always combined with His wisdom.
Daniel 2:20 Daniel answered and said, Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever: for wisdom and might are his:
Job 12:13 With him is wisdom and strength, he hath counsel and understanding.
Job 12:16 With him is strength and wisdom: the deceived and the deceiver are his.
Paul teaches how God’s people are to be strong in the Lord and that we are to use the wisdom that comes from God rather than relying on our own human inclination and human means to fight our own battles.
2 Corinthians 10:3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: 10:4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) 10:5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
To be wise children of God we are to learn what God is saying in His Word and then obey it. We must also meditate on the things contained in the Word of God in order to more fully understand the ways of God.
David says much about meditating on the things of God. He says that God taught him in the night watches when he meditated upon God’s Word.
Psalm 63:6 When I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches.
Psalm 119:148 Mine eyes prevent the night watches, that I might meditate in thy word.
David says in many places that he spent time meditating upon God’s Word, which means he read it often and then thought upon it and then applied it to his heart. In other words, meditating on God’s Word makes us strong and it must become our habit; it is not something we do only once in a while when we are facing a trial. When we have God’s Word hidden within our heart we bring every thought to the obedience of Christ; this empowers us to then WALK wisely and be strong in DOING God’s Word.
Joshua is Encouraged
Jesus came to Joshua and encouraged him to be strong just as Joshua was about to lead the children of Israel into the Promised Land. The Lord told Joshua that He would be with him to make his way prosperous if he stayed courageous to keep God’s laws and if he meditated on them day and night.
The message to Joshua is a message to all of God’s people for we too are about to enter the Spiritual Promised Land and we need the strength to stay on the right path until we reach the Kingdom of God. If we do the things that God commanded Joshua, we are given the same promise: that we will be prosperous and become wise people of God who will some day inherit the land if we keep God’s commandments and are not willing to compromise from them in any way.
Joshua 1:6 Be strong and of a good courage: for unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the land, which I sware unto their fathers to give them.
1:7 Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper withersoever thou goest.
1:8 This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.
1:9 Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.
Not only Joshua, but the whole nation of Israel was to fully obey God and carefully follow all of God’s commands. Deuteronomy, Chapter 28, explains the blessings God would give His people if they fully obeyed Him; and also the curses that would follow if they disobeyed Him and refused to keep His commandments.
This was Israel’s wisdom and this would be their strength in the eyes of the other nations and it was only in this way that the Israelites could become a great nation.
Deuteronomy 4:5 Behold, I have taught you statutes and judgments, even as the Lord my God commanded me, that ye should do so in the land whither ye go to possess it. 4:6 Keep therefore and do them; for this is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the nations, which shall hear all these statutes, and say, Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.
4:7 For what nation is there so great, who hath God so nigh unto them, as the Lord our God is in all things that we call upon him for? 4:8 And what nation is there so great, that hath statutes and judgments so righteous as all this law, which I set before you this day?
4:9 Only take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget the things which thine eyes have seen, and lest they depart from thy heart all the days of thy life: but teach them thy sons, and thy sons’ sons; 4:10 Specially the day that thou stoodest before the Lord thy God in Horeb, when the Lord said unto me, Gather me the people together, and I will make them hear my words, that they may learn to fear me all the days that they shall live upon the earth, and that they may teach their children.
4:11 And ye came near and stood under the mountain; and the mountain burned with fire unto the midst of heaven, with darkness, clouds, and thick darkness. 4:12 And the Lord spake unto you out of the midst of the fire: ye heard the voice of the words, but saw no similitude; only ye heard a voice. 4:13 And he declared unto you his covenant, which he commanded you to perform, even ten commandments; and he wrote them upon two tables of stone. 14:14 And the Lord commanded me at that time to teach you statutes and judgments, that ye might do them in the land whither ye go over to possess it.
Isaiah 33:5 The Lord is exalted; for he dwelleth on high: he hath filled Zion with judgment and righteousness. 33:6 And wisdom and knowledge shall be the stability of thy times, and strength of salvation: the fear of the Lord is his treasure.
Proverbs 14:34 Righteousness exalteth a nation [makes a nation great, including the Ekklesia the spiritual nation of God – 1 Peter 2:9]: but sin is a reproach to any people.
The Seven Pillars of Wisdom Work Together
Proverbs 9:10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.
Wisdom starts with the fear of the Lord. To fear God does not mean we are in terror of God but that we reverence Him and want to worship and obey Him and we come to hate evil as He hates evil. When we want to obey God we will desire to seek out the knowledge of Him and His Law so that we can know how to be in His will. This leads to understanding as we apply the knowledge of God and His Word into our lives and God will give us the divine insight and prudence to know how to live wisely. Sound wisdom and counsel are part of wisdom and all of these things bring about STRENGTH and POWER for living a rich spiritual life in Christ.
God is the epitome of wisdom and power and He is going to rule the earth in great wisdom and power.
Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace 9:7 Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.
Isaiah 11:1 And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots: 11:2 And 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; 11:3 And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the Lord: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears: 11:4 But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth: with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked. 11:5 And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins.
Revelation 5:11 And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands; 5:12 Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing. 5:13 And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.
A new world is coming in which the Wisdom of God will fill the earth and along with that wisdom will be the power to bring about global peace and prosperity. The Messiah will soon come to save humanity from utter destruction caused by man’s foolishness and He will usher in a new age of godliness, peace and prosperity for all humanity!
Isaiah 11:6 The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. 11:7 And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. 11:8 And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice’ den. 11:9 They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea. 11:10 And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious.
As we finish our series on the Seven Pillars of Wisdom we come to see that there is so much instruction and insight from the Bible about the Wisdom of God. In fact the whole Word of God is about Wisdom! Not the wisdom that comes from the world but it is about God’s Wisdom that if believed and acted upon will lead us to eternal life and a place in God’s own Family. In our quest to become like God and to be wise as He is wise, we must continually be asking for and seeking God’s wisdom in all that we think, say, and do.
You might think “but I am weak, I have afflictions, or I cannot walk, or I am aged and have a hard time even getting around”. If we are seeking after God’s wisdom and remain faithful until death, someday, we will have more strength and power than we could ever imagine having in this life. God is going to raise us up in great power and strength and all of our afflictions and weaknesses will be a thing of the past.
Isaiah 40:21 Have ye not known? have ye not heard? hath it not been told you from the beginning? have ye not understood from the foundations of the earth? 40:22 It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers; that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in: 40:23 That bringeth the princes to nothing; he maketh the judges of the earth as vanity. 40:24 Yea, they shall not be planted; yea, they shall not be sown: yea, their stock shall not take root in the earth: and he shall also blow upon them, and they shall wither, and the whirlwind shall take them away as stubble.
40:25 To whom then will ye liken me, or shall I be equal? saith the Holy One. 40:26 Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these things, that bringeth out their host by number: he calleth them all by names by the greatness of his might, for that he is strong in power; not one faileth. 40:27 Why sayest thou, O Jacob, and speakest, O Israel, My way is hid from the Lord, and my judgment is passed over from my God? 40:28 Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding. 40:29 He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.
40:30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall:
40:31 But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
Jeremiah 33:3 Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.
1 Chronicles 16:11 Seek the Lord and his strength, seek his face continually.
The Book of Proverbs is a treasure house of godly wisdom and instruction in godly living. The very first 5 verses set forth the objective of the whole Book which is to seek after God’s wisdom with all our hearts.
Proverbs 1:1 The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel; 1:2 To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding; 1:3 To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and equity; 1:4 To give subtlety to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion. 1:5 A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels:
In the second chapter, Solomon shows us how we are to find the knowledge of God but finding it has some conditions: Solomon states the word “if” three times; there are three things that we must do in order to receive God’s Wisdom. We must keep God’s commandments (“hide them in our heart”); we must cry out for knowledge (through heartfelt prayer) and ask God for understanding; and we must seek the knowledge of God as our top priority as if it were the finest gold or the most costly treasure, for indeed Wisdom is more valuable than all the riches on earth. If we seek out wisdom and apply it to our hearts, it will lead us to the eternal riches that do not fade in contrast to the temporary treasures like gold and silver that carnal men seek after. If we do these things we are given the promise that we will find the knowledge (and wisdom) of the Lord.
Proverbs 2:1 My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee; 2:2 So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding; 2:3 Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding; 2:4 If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures; 2:5 Then shalt thou understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God.
What is the end result of pursuing after God’s wisdom and becoming a wise person?
Proverbs 2:21 For the upright shall dwell in the land, and the perfect shall remain in it.
Those who seek after wisdom and apply it in everything they do, will be raised from the grave to dwell in the land; they will be in the Kingdom of God and they shall be strong and mighty and nothing will ever be able remove them.
Proverbs 2:22 But the wicked shall be cut off from the earth, and the transgressors shall be rooted out of it.
Those who refuse to seek God’s wisdom and refuse to turn from their wicked ways will not inherit the Kingdom of God.
God offers His Wisdom to all who will heed His instruction and walk in His ways.
Wisdom dwells with seven pillars; as God’s children how important is it to have the Seven Pillars of Wisdom in our lives dwelling within our hearts? Solomon answers that question when he says:
Proverbs 4:1 Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding. 4:2 For I give you good doctrine, forsake ye not my law. 4:3 For I was my father’s son, tender and only beloved in the sight of my mother. 4:4 He taught me also, and said unto me, Let thine heart retain my words: keep my commandments, and live. 4:5 Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth. 4:6 Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee. 4:7 Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding. 4:8 Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her. 4:9 She shall give to thine head an ornament of grace: a crown of glory shall she deliver to thee. 4:10 Hear, O my son, and receive my sayings; and the years of thy life shall be many.
Seeking God’s Wisdom will lead us to eternal life and we will be God’s spiritual children forever: This is the greatest thing any person could ever hope for!
“Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding!”
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Ephesians 3:14 -21
For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,
That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.