by Stephen Whitney

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Series: Colossians - The Supremacy and Sufficiency of Christ
Stephen Whitney
Colossians 1:9-12

Our lives are filled with making decisions about how to do something or where to go or what to do or when to do it. A decision is a judgment. It is a choice between alternatives. We can either make the right decision or the wrong one and the outcome of those decisions determines the course of our life.

We need wisdom to make the right decisions instead of the wrong ones. Wisdom is choosing to do what honors God. The Hebrew and Greek the words for wisdom mean knowledge applied to life.

Proverbs 2:10-12 Wisdom will come into your heart . . . understanding will guard you, delivering you from the way of evil. John Gill wrote, ''from everything contrary to the law of God.''

Our word wisdom comes from the Latin word video which means to see. Wisdom is being able to see the consequences of your decision before you make it so you will choose what is best. Foolishness is just making a decision without caring about the consequences or knowing what they are, but doing it anyway.

Ephesians 5:15 Be careful how you live, not as unwise but as wise. :17 Do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. John Gill wrote, ''The understanding of it is not a mere speculative knowledge.'' God has clearly revealed how he wants us to live.

To really live a Christian life that honors God we need spiritual knowledge and wisdom in contrast to our human way of thinking. We need to know what the will of God is so we can please him.

How does God want us to live our lives so we honor him and what does he want us to do with our lives to witness for him?

Background Paul had begun by thanking God for their faith in Christ, their love for fellow believers and their hope of heaven (:3-5). He continues to pray that they will know the will of God for their lives. FILLED WITH KNOWLEDGE :9-10 Spiritual wisdom :9 Filled - Gk. to make full or to fi ...

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