APOSTOLIC UNDERSTANDING

Proverbs 4:7 (KJV) Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore, get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.

Wisdom is knowledge made useful, productive, and applicable, through understanding. Understanding is the ability to comprehend, grasp, apprehend, master, or judge correctly. There are a few things apostolic people (spiritual builders) must understand to successful navigate a life full of “Faith, Focus, Crucifixion, and Resurrection” power. Let us look at a few:

(1) The Apostolic Person Understands Human Thinking and Reasoning is Insufficient.

(2) The Apostolic Person Relies on the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Understand the Need to Press On.

(3) The Apostolic Know Enduring Hardship and Dying to the Flesh is Part of Learning Christ and Developing as Sons of God.

(4) The Apostolic Rely on the Scripture and Our God’s Power to Change and Empower.

(5) The Apostolic Understand the Body of Christ is built one son at a time.

The Apostolic Person Understands Human Thinking
and Reasoning is Insufficient.
A wise person (particularly the apostolic person) recognizes, understands, and admits that they do not know everything; they understand they are not perfected or fully matured with nothing else to learn. Wisdom is respecting the Truth that our God alone knows everything and wants to teach us as much as
we can bear (Hebrews 4:13; James 1:5; John 16:12).

Philippians 3:12 (KJV) Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend (lay hold of with the mind; to understand, perceive, learn, comprehend) that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus (seized upon, taken possession of by Christ by His holy power and influence laying hold of the human mind and will, in order to prompt and govern it).

In Philippians 3:12, the Apostle Paul acknowledges and admits he had not fully grasped the full counsel and purposes of our God for his life. The Scripture verifies the wisdom of this, telling us that the fear, or reverential respect for, and revelation knowledge of our God is the beginning of wisdom:

Proverbs 9:10 (NLT) Fear of the Lord is the foundation of wisdom. Knowledge of the Holy One results in good judgment.

The Apostle understood the believer’s need to consistently seek the mind and will of our God (in accordance to Scripture and Jesus), by His Holy Spirit. Walking in the wisdom and revelation knowledge of our God (in all things) requires we measure all by His character, nature, mind, will, power, and authority, as revealed in Jesus Christ.

The Apostolic Rely on the Gospel of Jesus
Christ and Understand the Need to Press On

Philippians 3:13-15 (KJV) 13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, 14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. 15 Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you.

Apostle Paul understood the need to press on in the face of adversity and trial. He understood the need to understand and learn from, yet forget the struggles and pain of yesterday. He depended fully on the guidance, protection, and provision of our God, in accordance to His Word, by His Holy Spirit (Philippians 4:19). He understood and made plain that Jesus Christ is Heaven’s Standard for Christian living (Hebrews 12:2).

The Apostle Paul walked in agreement with our Heavenly Father’s Gospel, recognizing Jesus Christ as the Firstborn of the sons of God (Romans 8:28-29). He understood and believed (as do all true apostles) he was also a son of the Most-High God (because of Christ), and embraced his need to follow and learn from Him (John 1:12).

The Apostolic Person Knows Enduring Hardship and
Dying to Flesh is Part of Learning Christ,
and Developing as Son of God
Jesus taught and the Apostle confirms that true believers must be willing to endure hardness with and for Christ (to include the crucifixion of the flesh), to grow in knowledge of Him, and walk in His wisdom and power.

Luke 9:23 (AMP) He was saying to them all, “If anyone wishes to follow Me (as My disciple), he must deny himself (set aside selfish interests), and take up his cross daily (expressing a willingness to endure whatever may come and follow Me, believing in Me, conforming to My example in living and, if need be, suffering or perhaps dying because of faith in Me).

Galatians 2:20 (KJV) I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the
faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me.

2 Timothy 2:12-13 (AMP) 12 If we endure, we will also reign with Him; If we deny Him, He will also deny us; 13 If we are faithless, He remains faithful (true to His word and His righteous character), for He cannot deny Himself.

Romans 8:17 (AMP) If we are His children, then we are His heirs also: heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ (sharing His spiritual blessing and inheritance), if indeed we share in His suffering so that we may also share in His glory.

The Apostolic Rely on the Scripture and Our God’s Power
to Change and Empower

2 Timothy 3:16-17 (AMP) 16 All Scripture is God breathed given by divine inspiration and is profitable for instruction, for conviction of sin, for correction of error and restoration to obedience, for training in righteousness (learning to live in conformity to God’s will, both publicly and privately; behaving honorably with personal integrity and moral courage); 17 so that the man of God may be complete and proficient, outfitted and thoroughly equipped for every good work.

Isaiah 55:11 states our God’s Word does not return to Him void, but accomplishes all His desire, in whom or to what He speaks. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 tells us our God’s Word spoken in faith, provides instruction, convicts of sin, corrects err, restores obedience, trains in righteous living, and prepares, equips and supplies all that is needed to transform a life (their own and others).

The apostolic person understands this and therefore, speaks and lives our God’s Word with holy boldness. They do so because they understand the work of the kingdom is performed (not by the might and power of mere humans) by the faith of the sons of God, in accordance to His Word, BY HIS HOLY SPIRIT (Zechariah 4:6). Hallelujah!

The Apostolic Understand the Body of Christ is built
One Son at a Time.

1 Corinthians 12:27 (AMP) Now you collectively are Christ’s body, and individually you are members of it (each with his own special purpose and function).

The Apostle Paul encourages believers to understand the importance of each member of the Body of Christ, highlighting the Truth that each member has some gift profitable to the entire Body. The apostolic person understands the need to work together (in our God’s Love and Truth: John 4:23) with other members of the Body until we all reach maturity in our faith and love walks (Ephesians 1:1-6; 13).

FATHER GOD,
We thank You for being Who You are. We love You and desire Your will be done, and Your kingdom come on earth, as it is in heaven. Thank You for filling us with Your revelation knowledge, with all spiritual understanding. Thank You for teaching us to walk in and out among one another, speaking Your Truth in Your Love, successfully building the Body of Christ, and furthering Your kingdom in the earth. Hallelujah!

Thank You for teaching us to build with Your Love, Faith, Word, and Holy Spirit. By faith in Your integrity and Your Word, we see the Body of Christ coming together in power and authority. Thank You for Jesus Christ, through Whom You have made this all possible. Use us for Your glory. We will give You the praise, the honor, and the glory; You and You alone deserve it all. We love You. We pray this prayer of thanksgiving, in Jesus name.

Amen, amen, and amen.

Author: Watchman L. R. Sharpe

L. R. Sharpe, Founder and President of Gethsemane House Ministries, Inc. and The Gathering of His Watchmen International Prayer Alliance, has served in many ministerial capacities. She has earned a graduate degree in Human Services Counseling, with an Executive Leadership cognate. The teachings and mercies of Christ learned through the struggles, failures, and victories of her journey qualifies the message and the messenger. Obedience to the instruction, “After you are converted, strengthen your brother” has given birth to the call to share the lessons learned. Minister Sharpe’s heartfelt desire is that we all grow up unified, strong, and undefeatable in Christ, and that we develop into His full stature through His love, just as our Heavenly Father desires.

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