Diligence in Spiritual Matters

It is not enough to engage in spiritual matters without diligence. Christianity is not a passive religion. Passivity has deprived many believers of their inheritance in Christ. God wants us to seek Him diligently, not lackadaisical (lazy). It is not good enough to treat spiritual matters with levity.

But without faith, it is impossible to please and be satisfactory to Him. For whoever would come near to God must [necessarily] believe that God exists and that He is the rewarder of those who earnestly and diligently seek Him [out]. Hebrews 11:6

It takes a serious approach to earn a glorious result; those who serve God casually end as casualties – Oyedepo

You are not serving God for nothing; you are serving Him for something. God is a reward for those who diligently and crazily seek Him. He rewards us according to our work (serving God is a work), and God does not reward groups; He rewards individuals.

And behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according to his work shall be. Revelation 22:12

Lazy people do not go far in life; you have to do nothing to be poor; just sleep and wake up every day, and you’ll court plenty of poverty. Hard work is one of the buttons you should press to be successful in life. Read the biographies of successful people, and you’ll see that they all have some things in common, and one of those things is hard work.

Faith is not a cheap talk; it is hard work (and if you think you were called into ministry as an escape from hard work, you are mistaken). The ministry is not a means of livelihood; it’s working hard to fulfill the mandate of redemption, which is not an easy task.

Take responsibility if you do not want to die as a liability. Everybody is responsible for the outcome of their lives. Don’t blame God; blame yourself. Don’t question God; question yourself. We are absolutely responsible for the outcome of our lives.

There is always something to do to get to where you want to be in life, but you need to find out from scripture what the requirements are to get your desired outcome. Faith is not waiting on the Lord; you can wait until Jesus comes and nothing will happen. Faith is a moving or doing force; it’s putting God’s word to work or acting in line with what you believe. You need to understand how to provoke heaven to step into your affairs.

Paul and Silas did not wait for God to come and deliver them from the prison; they were engaging in prayers, praise, and worship, and that engagement provoked the release of divine presence. (See Acts 16:20-23.) Even in a seemingly hopeless situation, they were still praising God. The last thing that many believers will do today is to praise God when they are confronted with life’s challenges. Praising God in the midst of a crisis is a sign of strong faith.

The problem that most believers have today is that when we are believing God for something, we say to ourselves that we are waiting on the Lord so that the miracle will just fall on our laps as if God were a father Christmas. It was the hands of Moses and God that delivered the Israelites out of Egypt; God needs you to lift your hands that are hanging down, and then He will support you and deliver you out of your trouble.

Don’t wait and fold your hands, waiting for a day that your miracle will be released; you may wait forever. A miracle that leaves you with no responsibility is questionable. It may be traditional magic. Miracles must be tested with the acid test of the word of God. Remember how Aaron’s rod turned into a serpent, and likewise the magicians’ rods? But God was able to prove His supremacy when the serpent of Aaron swallowed all the serpents of the magicians.

According to Zig Ziglar, just any dummy can succeed if he cares to know (and do) what it takes.

You can be skilled, smart, and intelligent and still not be successful. Success in life is not about doing what you feel or like; it’s about doing what it takes with respect to the word of God. Most people know what it takes, and agree to it with their heads, but never do it.

Information is different from conversion. You can hear a sermon that says that giving is the channel to supernatural blessings and agree with your head, but still, be stingy—not just to God but also to yourself. Some people have not bought a pair of clothes for themselves this year, and they are working and earning. Why? Because they are stingy with themselves. Such people, when they hear the message of prosperity, only have information, which does not lead to conversion. It’s the conversion that brings about the results. Friend, be diligent in spiritual matters because that is the key to your triumphant living.

The Power of Wisdom

the power of wisdom

There are differences among knowledge, understanding, and wisdom. Knowledge is information. Understanding is comprehension, and wisdom is application. It is possible to be knowledgeable about something, to comprehend it, and not apply it. You can be a professor of a particular subject matter. You are a professor of information. Many of us agree with the word of God, but we agree with our heads (mental assent) and not with our hearts.

What is wisdom?

Wisdom is to know the right thing to do from the word of God and to do it. It is to know the right place to go and to go there. It is applied knowledge.

Foolishness has no respect for age, position, or title. You can be a professor of academics and still be a fool. That explains why a supposed respected professor would sleep with a student who is the same age as his daughter. You see, wisdom has nothing to do with intellect. It can only be gotten from God through the application of His word.

Therefore, everyone who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house upon the rock. – Matthew 7:24

The wisdom of God is the principal thing (Prov. 4:7). We cannot be successful in any area of life without walking in the wisdom of God. The wisdom of God is the principles of life. I don’t care who you are; you can never succeed in life without principles. Walking in biblical principles is the only guarantee to triumphant living. For instance, the principle of marriage in Ephesians chapter 5 will save any marriage from divorce, as no marriage will ever work if the husband does not love the wife and the wife does not submit to the husband.

Why do we need wisdom?

We need wisdom because wisdom is the stability of our time (Isaiah 33:8). In this era of uncertainties, only those who are wise will be able to escape the effects of the hard times. There could be a global meltdown, an economic crisis, inflation, and unemployment. Only the wise will survive. As believers, we are meant to operate in the kingdom economy where the holocaust cannot reach via the application of kingdom principles.

We need wisdom because it is profitable to direct. Wisdom is an all-time requirement for leading. Every leader needs wisdom to be successful in carrying out the assignment of leadership. The husband needs God’s wisdom to successfully run his family affairs. The government needs God’s wisdom to lead a nation. Pastors need God’s wisdom to manage their congregation’s affairs. Wisdom reduces wasted energy, time, and efforts employed to get things done.

How can we get wisdom?

By placing a demand for it on the prayer altar. We get divine wisdom by asking. King Solomon went to Gibeon to offer sacrifice to the Lord, and the Lord appeared to him and said to him, “Ask me whatever you desire,” Solomon asked for wisdom, and the Lord gave him not only wisdom but also riches and honors (see 1 King.3). In James chapter 1 verses 5–6,

“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, who giveth to all men liberally and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him; but let him ask in faith, nothing wavering.” “He that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven by the wind and tossed.”

By committing to reading the Bible, books, and listening to tapes of anointed men of God, We can get wisdom by committing ourselves to studies. The Bible should not be read like a newspaper; we should have our pen and notebook beside us, noting the facts that speak to our issues and concerns.

The books that we buy should contain materials that topically address our most pressing life concerns. If our most pressing need is freedom from financial hardship, we can busy ourselves with materials that address the issue.

Pro tip: engage in prayer and fasting while you are in the adventure of studying; light will dawn from heaven and show you the way out of your challenge.

Paul told his ministry son, Timothy, to study to show himself approved (2 Timothy 2:15). Until your light gains divine approval, you may never get out of your present challenges. It was Jesus’ custom to read during His earthly ministry, and Daniel understood by book (see Luke 4:16; Daniel 9:2). You see, you have no excuse not to commit yourself to extensive studies. Study the Bible because it is a solution book. It offers all-purpose solutions to all problems in life.

Final Thoughts

Wisdom is applied knowledge. It is knowing the right thing to do from the word of God and doing it. We need wisdom because:

  • It’s the stability of our time.
  • It’s profitable to direct.
  • It’s the principal thing.

How can we get wisdom? We can get wisdom by:

  • Asking from God.
  • Through a commitment to studying the word of God.

If you want to know if people are wise or not, listen to their words. When Jesus was speaking to the elites in Luke 2:41-52, they could recognize wisdom from His speech. Watch out for the fools and look out for the wise.

He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.” – Proverbs 13:20

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