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For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 2 Tim 1:7 NKJV
What do we mean by ‘a sound mind’? And, how is the Spirit of God involved in you and I having whatever a sound mind is? Verse seven clearly says that, like power and love, a sound mind is a spiritual reality. John 14:12 states very clearly that every born again one can do the works of Jesus. The fact that we rarely see that occur does not invalidate the fact that it is a reality. If we discover what a sound mind is, and we find that we as believers rarely fully walk in it, does that change the fact that, like John 14:12, it is still available to us? No, it only shows us what we can rise up to and receive from the Lord. What if we had supernatural mental abilities available to us as well as divine spiritual abilities?
However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth…John 16:13 NKJV
Are we simply talking about biblical truth? I believe we are talking about ALL truth – which is immutable and eternal, as opposed to facts that are malleable and incomplete – truths released by the Lord that are in science, technology, the arts, in every aspect of the human condition. I believe there is no disease that cannot be conquered because God always makes a way to escape, even through medicine and natural elements. I believe there is no problem facing you, your community or nation, or mankind as a whole, that the Lord has not already accounted for, and for which divine knowledge and wisdom can be released to overcome. The truth is out there, dear one!
A very interesting verse along this line is found in Daniel.
As for these four young men, God gave them knowledge (Heb. MADDAH- intelligence, supernaturally imparted) and skill (Heb SAKAL – wisdom) in all literature and wisdom; and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams. Dan 1:17 NKJV
These young men were among the best of the best of the captives of Israel, selected to be prepared to stand before the king. I think sometimes we lack an appreciation of just how smart these ancient civilizations were. They developed algebra, natural sciences and truths in construction, writing, politics, philosophy; they navigated the oceans with astronomy and someone with incredible skill and insight built the Great Pyramid in Egypt, Machu Pichu in Peru and other sites.
Yet when the king examined these four young men, he found them to be ten times smarter in wisdom and understanding than all the wise men of his realm. It’s been speculated in science that we only use ten percent of our brain’s potential. If the Spirit of God made these men ten times wiser than all the others, did the Spirit of God enable them to use ALL of their brain’s potential?
The first usage of SAKAL is in Genesis.
And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise (SAKAL)…Gen 3:6 NKJV
Satan strives hard to convince us that we are ‘dummies,’ lacking in wisdom and understanding, when just the opposite is true. Even in all their created perfection Adam and Eve, under deception of the adversary saw themselves as unwise. The Spirit of God could have and would have taught them wisdom. Wisdom was their portion, but Eve especially was talked out of it. A cruel adversary seeks to rob us of everything.
In 2 Timothy 1:7 the Greek word for ‘sound mind’ is the SOPHRONISMOS, SOZO – whole or sound, and PHRONEMA – thoughts, reasoning, intellect. Whole thoughts from a whole intellect with a whole – not ten percent – mind? Is this stretching you, dear one? Me too!
MADDAH is used another place which is germane to our study.
Give me now wisdom and knowledge (MADDAH), that I may go out and come in before this people: for who can judge this thy people, that is so great? And God said to Solomon, Because this was in thine heart, and thou hast not asked riches, wealth, or honour, nor the life of thine enemies, neither yet hast asked long life; but hast asked wisdom and knowledge (MADDAH) for thyself, that thou mayest judge my people, over whom I have made thee king: Wisdom and knowledge (MADDAH) is granted unto thee… 2 Chron 1:10-12 KJV
Supernatural intelligence. Think about that! Solomon WASN’T BORN with this ability. This ability was imparted to him from the Lord through his spirit and into his soul. You have supernatural intelligence in your spirit to pray with your spirit perfectly, but it doesn’t reach up into your soul. This supernatural intelligence filled his soul with insight and ability. This gifting was in light of his ministry as king. Your ministry may be to be a businessman, a student, a pastor, an educator, a researcher, a politician, a housewife, a father or mother. You can ask for supernatural intelligence in light of accomplishing what the Lord would have you to do, right now!
In 1994, there was a huge genocide in Rwanda and eastern Congo where perhaps a million Tutsis were slaughtered by their rivals the Hutus. In 1998, I was invited by a Hutu pastor living in Portland ME to join a team going for a reconciliation conference between the Hutus and Tutsis in Kigali. I knew very little about what had happened and was even very young in my experience in African ministry, but God was working in me.
On the plane over to Rwanda, the Lord spoke to me and said, There is a barrier between Me and My people in the Belgian Congo. Huh? A barrier? What was that? I knew Rwanda had gained its independence from Belgium in 1959, so, whatever the barrier was, it had to predate the independence. Also, just before we landed, He said, Do nothing presumptuously. In other words, I understood He would show me something, and I was not to release it until He says.
We had four days of preparation before the conference. I had just gotten this new device called a laptop computer, and I had an awesome Bible study program on it. He showed the scriptural description of the barrier in Lamentations. Then He showed me the historical sin that caused it…
Let us lift our hearts and hands to God in heaven. We have transgressed and rebelled; You have not pardoned. You have covered Yourself with anger and pursued us; You have slain and not pitied. You have covered Yourself with a cloud, that prayer should not pass through. Lam 3:41-45 NKJV
Long story shortened…the Lord revealed to me that it was the sin of the white missionaries that precipitated the division between the Hutus and Tutsis which ended in the genocide. Nobody told me this, but over four days before the conference He put it together for me piece by piece with a lot more detail than I’m giving you.
There was tension in the air between the about fifty Hutu pastors and one hundred fifty Tutsi pastors. I was one of the first speakers, then, providentially, the last one on the third night. The last night He said, Tell them now. I took them through detail by detail of their history and what God showed me on the plane, and the four days before the conference. Again, nobody had told me these details. I discussed with no one what God was showing me. He had showed me by revelation, but all the details were accurate and true. I knew the history of the Rwandan genocide without studying it.
I invited the other whites to come up and kneel with me as we asked both the Hutus and the Tutsis to forgive the sin of the white missionaries, as we repented for them. I had a Tutsi pastor come up and pray a prayer over us, forgiving the sin of the missionaries. You could hear a pin drop! Then one person began to weep, and a chorus of weeping broke out. After about twenty minutes, the weeping turned to rejoicing. Then the Tutsis wanted to repent to the Hutus, and the Hutus repented to the Tutsis. Rwandan history records a revival that broke out in Kigali that summer after the conference…
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 2 Tim 1:7NKJV
It may be a progression – power and love and a whole mind – where power and love set the stage for a whole mind. What you love, you have faith for. This may be why the two places we saw in scripture where God gave them supernatural intelligence were in light of the ministries that they had, both in service to the king, and as king, which were both services to His people. If you love your work, whatever it may be, the Lord will give you – just ask! – supernatural mental and spiritual abilities to do your work to the greatest possible degree, to the glory of God, the blessing of His people, and even blessing the whole world. You got it? Love you!
Remember dear ones, we must be about our Father’s business…