There is a God solution to every problem you will ever face and for every situation you will ever walk through. What’s more, as a believer, you are anointed to solve problems. We need to rely on God and His Word with finding the key issue to any problem. The Word tells us in the Old Testament that Daniel had an excellent spirit, which meant he knew how to solve problems—and the way he did it is available to us today.
“There is a man in your kingdom who has the spirit of the holy gods in him. In the time of your father he was found to have insight and intelligence and wisdom like that of the gods. Your father, King Nebuchadnezzar, appointed him chief of the magicians, enchanters, astrologers and diviners.
“Daniel, whom the king called Belteshazzar, was found to have a keen mind and knowledge and understanding, and also the ability to interpret dreams, explain riddles and solve difficult problems. Call for Daniel, and he will tell you what the writing means” (Daniel 5:11-12, NIV)
Like Daniel, we are anointed to solve difficult problems, and the way we solve problems is the same way Daniel did—with God’s wisdom. Did you see that in verse 11? Daniel was found to have insight, intelligence and wisdom.
- Are you facing something that you aren’t sure how to resolve?
- Are there situations putting pressure on you?
- Are there issues that have been totally consuming your thinking?
- Are there problems keeping you up at night? And then talking to you when you wake up in the morning?
Sometimes, it can seem like the devil is sitting at the foot of your bed just waiting for you to wake up, so he can incite fear and worry before your feet hit the floor. The good news is that you don’t have to live like that, ever. You are already anointed to discover the answer you need, and the answer begins with getting God’s wisdom. Proverbs 4:7-13 makes this clear:
“Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding. Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her. She shall give to thine head an ornament of grace: a crown of glory shall she deliver to thee. Hear, O my son, and receive my sayings; and the years of thy life shall be many. I have taught thee in the way of wisdom; I have led thee in right paths. When thou goest, thy steps shall not be straightened; and when thou runnest, thou shalt not stumble. Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her; for she is thy life” (KJV).
Reread that first line. “Wisdom is the principal thing.” With whatever you’re facing right now; whatever is going on in your life; whatever is keeping you awake at night; whatever is talking to you first thing in the morning; wisdom is the principal thing that you need.
Proverbs 4:7 in the New Living Translation tells us, “Getting wisdom is the wisest thing you can do! And whatever else you do, develop good judgment.”
So What Is Wisdom Exactly?
Wisdom is the ability to use knowledge. Colossians 1:9 says, “For this reason we also, from the day we heard of it, have not ceased to pray and make [special] request for you, [asking] that you may be filled with the full (deep and clear) knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom [in comprehensive insight into the ways and purposes of God] and in understanding and discernment of spiritual things” (AMPC).
What a great working definition of wisdom: “the comprehensive insight into the ways and purposes of God.” Comprehensive means “complete.” Insight means “the ability to clearly see into a situation.”
God has comprehensive coverage—comprehensive insight—for you for every aspect of every situation you’re facing or ever will face. He has everything covered! There’s not one problem in your life that’s ever taken Him by surprise, and He knows how to fix every single one of them. To finding the key issue to any problem, we need to ask Him for His wisdom.
Wisdom Gets to the Heart of the Matter
Proverbs 2:6-7 says, “For the Lord gives skillful and godly Wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding. He hides away sound and godly Wisdom and stores it for the righteous (those who are upright and in right standing with Him); He is a shield to those who walk uprightly and in integrity” (AMPC).
Wisdom is the principal thing that gets to the heart of the matter every time. You could say it this way: Every situation has a key issue. For example, years ago, Brother Copeland suffered from severe joint pain. So, he took it to the Lord in prayer and asked Him, “What is the key issue to this?”
Brother Copeland had plenty of ideas of what he could take for the joint pain or rub on it, but he wanted God’s mind on it. At the time, Brother Copeland was drinking 16 cups of coffee a day. When he heard the Lord tell him the answer, it was with three words: “Stop drinking coffee.” That was the key issue. That was the wisdom of God. So he stopped, and the joint pain he was experiencing stopped.
Has the Lord told you to stop doing something or start doing something that’s possibly connected to the problem you want solved? Then do it. That’s God giving you His wisdom; that’s God giving you the key issue to resolve the problem.
3 Steps To Finding the Key Issue To Any Problem
When we gain understanding of the key issue of any matter, we’re experiencing the wisdom of God—and the wisdom of God is what guides us to the answer, if we’ll let it. It’s so important to not let the pressure of any problem or situation pull you off course and away from God’s answer. Pressure will eat you up, won’t it? Pressure will make you do things you later regret. Pressure will lie to you and cause you to make wrong decisions. So get God’s wisdom first and resist the pressure to do otherwise.
To help you, here are three steps to finding the key issue to any problem:
1. Commit one to three days to pray about that one problem keeping you up at night and nothing else.
Pastors George and Terri Pearsons did this years ago when they were in debt and wanted to be debt free. In those three days, God showed them the key issue. He gave them His wisdom, and that wisdom empowered them to become debt free. James 1:5 promises us, “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you” (NIV). God gives us wisdom liberally when we ask for it.
When we set time aside like this, and focus on only one issue, Brother Copeland has said, “The LORD will take care of all the other issues as you focus on the one.”
2. Pray out the wisdom of God (or key issue) in tongues.
First Corinthians 14:2 (AMPC) promises us: “For one who speaks in an [unknown] tongue speaks not to men but to God, for no one understands or catches his meaning, because in the [Holy] Spirit he utters secret truths and hidden things [not obvious to the understanding].”
When we pray in tongues, God is faithful to give us the interpretation. When we pray in the spirit, we speak God’s wisdom, we speak out mysteries, and God then reveals those mysteries and His wisdom to us. Brother Oral Roberts said that praying in tongues is dipping the bucket down into the well of wisdom and knowledge, and pulling it back up.
3. Pray until you know what to do.
Ephesians 1:16-18 (KJV) says, “[I] cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints.”
Time can be your friend or your enemy. If you owe a certain amount of money by a specific date, for example, what will you do between now and that moment? You can either worry and get no sleep, or you can pray in the Holy Spirit, building yourself up in your most holy faith (Jude 20) and allowing the wisdom of God to flow through you. You get to decide what to do with your time, because you are the one who tells time what to do. The best decision is to say, “Time, I do not serve you; you serve me.”
As you put all this into practice, remember not to make a move until you have received the wisdom of God. And add to all this the revelation gifts of the Spirit: the word of wisdom, the word of knowledge, and the discerning of spirits (1 Corinthians 12:8-10). As you do, the answer will come, and when it does, it will look like the easiest thing you’ve ever done. That doesn’t mean it will be easy, but wisdom has a way of changing our perspective and our hearts to want to do what God says and to do it His way.
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