mogenWhen the Holy Spirit comes He comes first with the fear of the LORD, because the fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom (Proverbs 9:10). Wisdom is preceded by two stages: understanding and knowledge. Understanding acquires, it absorbs knowledge; and then knowledge attains to wisdom, which manifests itself in wise actions. Wisdom is the fruit of the understood knowledge - its fruit is a wise behavior. Therefore, the fear of the LORD is just the beginning. Solomon claimed to have wisdom, but his actions were not necessarily wise. The same goes for all of us. We understand, and know, but how much? We act according to what we have absorbed and know. Thus, we must keep quiet in some situations, and speak up in another. The discipline of our tongue is the training session number one.

After wisdom comes strength, and after strength comes counsel. How can a fool counsel anyone? Strength is what everyone needs in this life.

[Proverbs 10:23] Doing wickedness is like sport to a fool, and so is wisdom to a man of understanding.

This picture shows the company of the Holy Spirit. Going clockwise: F stands for the fear of God; U stands for understanding, K stands for knowledge; W for wisdom; S for strength, and C for counsel. In the middle of these six spirits is the Holy Spirit. 12 o’clock - Fear of the LORD releases (2 o’clock) under-standing, which absorbs (4 o’clock) knowledge. Knowledge conditions behavior, which includes thinking, and the management of feelings, also words, envisioning, planning and doing; hence (6 o’clock) - wisdom. After wisdom is established, more wisdom comes in, for as it is with fear and anger, both feed on themselves; wisdom also feeds on itself in the positive sense. “The one who has shall have more” (Luke 19:26). Wise behavior produces (8 o’clock) strength; even unnatural strength of mind, resolve, and determination when confronted with an obstacle. Only the strong can give (10 o’clock) counsel; for any counsel of the weak produces the same in others. If a fool teaches others, he only makes more fools, but a strong person can strengthen those that are weak, etc.

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