The Word of Wisdom
Les D. Crause
I have been asked a question concerning the gift of the Word of Wisdom and I want to answer it, since it relates especially to the prophetic ministry.
This spiritual gift is often misunderstood by those who have never functioned in it. It is a gift that is largely peculiar to the prophet and functions extensively in the prophetic ministry. I am going to compare it with the Word of Knowledge to make it a bit clearer.
What the Word of Wisdom is NOT
Firstly it has nothing to do with natural wisdom or intellectual capabilities. It is not the Holy Spirit giving you an ability to be wise to overcome your lack of knowledge or intelligence. It has nothing to do with you getting a solution to a problem where before you were perplexed. I know that this is the way some people have interpreted it. The Holy Spirit reveals the Word to us at times, and we see things in the Word that we have not seen before. This is not an operation of this gift.
It is not you suddenly getting the wisdom to solve a crisis. If you are sitting in a church council discussing some problem that needs to be solved and you suddenly get the solution, that is not an operation of the Word of Wisdom. It seems to me that everyone gets stuck on the word wisdom as though it relates to mental capability. You can receive such influences from the intuition of your spirit at any time.
But that is not the operation of a spiritual gift. It is simply tapping the power that is within you. I have covered that aspect in The Way of Blessing book available at GMR Publishing.
What the Word of Wisdom IS
The Word of Wisdom is simply a revelation of Gods plan and purpose for the future. It always has a future orientation. When you are ministering to someone and the Lord gives you a Word of Wisdom for that person, you will get a revelation concerning their future life and/or ministry, indicating both the current path they are on, and what God is planning for them. It is always an impartation of knowledge concerning the future.
The Word of Knowledge on the other hand is simply a revelation concerning the past and present. It is a supernatural impartation to you of facts concerning the persons past and present. It might be about something that happened the persons life, or it might be a current circumstance or condition. It could even include a persons thoughts and aspirations. It could include the condition of the spirit, soul or body. Or it could include events in their life. It might include something the person doesnt even know themselves.Query has failed