of the Holy Spirit 6
The Word of Wisdom
by Pastor John Hamel
We are studying the
three Revelation Gifts. The three Revelation Gifts reveal something.
We have seen the Word of Knowledge. We have learned
that it has to do with the past and/or the present, only.
In this study we
will look at the Word of Wisdom.
The Word of Wisdom
is a Supernatural revelation from the mind of God. It is unrelated to
human wisdom. It has to do with people, places, events or
things. It always, and only, deals with the future, never the past or
Let’s look at an
example of the Word of Wisdom from the Ministry of Jesus. Here Jesus
is instructing Peter as to how they were going to pay their taxes.
Jesus is doing the talking.
lest we should offend them [the tax collectors], go thou to the sea, and
cast an hook, and take up the fish that first cometh up; and when thou hast
opened his mouth, thou shalt find a piece of
money: that take, and give unto them for me and thee.” (Matthew 17:27)
Peter did as he was
instructed. Lo and behold, it was exactly as Jesus said it would
be. The very first fish that Peter caught had a coin in its
mouth. Jesus knew that it would be the first fish. He said
so. He knew it would have a coin in its mouth. He said
so. Actually, the word Jesus used for coin is “stater.”
That is a coin that is equivalent to approximately $4.00 plus, today.
That was exactly enough money to pay both Jesus’ and Peter’s taxes.
Jesus knew that this was going to happen just ahead of Peter. That is
why what Jesus predicted would be classified as a Word of Wisdom. The
Word of Wisdom always, and only, has to do with the immediate or distant
The Word of Wisdom
is considered by many to be the greatest of all nine Gifts of the Holy
Spirit. Greatest because it reveals what God would have someone to do
and oftentimes how it will turn out. Greatest because it actually
reveals future events. What could be greater than God revealing His
future plans to someone?
What could possibly be greater than Almighty
God actually giving someone direction right from His Throne Room in
Heaven? Now that’s GPS. And I don’t mean Global Positioning
Satellite. I mean God Positioning Saints. God Positioning
Saints for success.
I Was in the Presence of Jesus Again
was making plans to move immediately from Las Vegas, Nevada to Broken Arrow,
Oklahoma to attend
morning an individual approached me and offered to write me a check for ten thousand
dollars to foot the entire bill. The moment that offer was made, down
in my gut I knew something was wrong. I went to the
Lord about it and while on my knees in prayer, I was suddenly caught up in a
again I was being allowed by Almighty God to see
into the spirit realm.
in the trance I found myself standing on an ocean dock in what appeared to
be a tropical environment. It appeared to be some sort of paradise. There were palm trees everywhere, a blue
cloudless sky, bright sunshine and a cool ocean breeze.
me was a giant white sea-going vessel in dry dock. It was a bit of a “rust
bucket” actually. There were many men seated in captain’s chairs
hanging over the sides from ropes, scraping and painting all over the massive white, rusted
not sure how long I stood there watching in fascination as the men worked
diligently to prepare this vessel for its voyage. I had no idea in the world where I was.
All I knew was I was experiencing great joy standing there in the sun of
this unfamiliar paradise.
I was aware of the Master, Jesus, standing directly beside me.
looked down at His hands and He was holding what appeared to be some sort of
small pad and a pen-like device as if He were taking notes about something.
What He was holding could even have been Heaven's equivalent of an electronic device and a
stylus. After all, everything in Earth is just a replica of something
back at the men working I
then asked Jesus regarding the rusty, unprepared vessel, “What is it?”
answered, “It’s you.”
knew immediately Jesus was speaking analogously. He was telling me that the
huge ship represented me being prepared for something He had in store.
when He said that to me, whatever I was being prepared for, I was simply not
yet ready for it!
I just asked Jesus outright, “When will it be ready?”
answered very kindly, “In nine months.”
should have been disappointed but somehow disappointment just never seems to
be an option when you’re in the presence of Jesus. Unless you're
I felt pretty good standing
there beside Him in the sun looking at that giant vessel symbolizing me in
my rusty, unready condition.
I came out of the trance as quickly as I had entered into it.
was still on my knees just as I had been prior to the trance. I may only
have been caught up in that paradise for a matter of earthly minutes but it
sure felt much longer while I was there.
knew that Jesus had just personally told me that I would not be going to
next year. This, of course, was a Word of Wisdom because it concerned the future.
the trance it was also revealed to me that I
was presently an unready vessel for His purpose. This was a Word
of Knowledge. It is not
unusual for the Word of Wisdom and the Word of Knowledge to operate together.
I stood beside Him in this paradise, Jesus
was telling me to not go to
as I had planned. His
plan and purpose for me was to wait and go the following year. I was
not to leave Nevada and go to Oklahoma for another nine months. He needed to do further work in
me before I would be ready to fully benefit from the Bible School experience.
obeyed Him and the metaphorical rust scraping and painting continued over
the next nine months.
also knew in my heart that I was to refuse the ten thousand dollars offered.
In the natural this might have been a very difficult thing to do. But
having been in the presence of Jesus and realizing it was not His will for
me to take the money, there was a supernatural grace imparted to me to
decline the offer, which I did.
As it turned out,
that individual was trying to make improper inroads into my life with that
money and soon became my enemy. The Lord knew this would occur and was
protecting me from being controlled by someone.
following year I proceeded to
as He had
over the next two years, four families paid my tuition, housing,
transportation and all other expenses. I never told one of them my needs
nor asked any of them for anything. The Lord put it on their hearts to
generously do this for me.
This put me in position to where I did not have to work full-time and I was
able to benefit greatly from my studies.
it's God's direction, it's God's protection.
God guides, God provides.
When it's God's will, it's God's bill.
When it's God's decision, it's God's provision.
I gotten ahead of God's timing, taking the ten thousand dollars and disobeying
what Jesus had shown me in the vision, I would have been one sunken vessel!
because I obeyed what He had revealed to me in the trance, He was able to
protect me and provide for me!
always opens the spout where the supernatural protection and provision comes
Pride & Human Accomplishment Are Never a Basis for Answered Prayer
I was a much younger Christian I had a friend who had been a Missionary in a
foreign nation for 40 years. My friend was at least thirty years my senior
when he and his wife returned home because he became ill. He knew nothing
about God’s Scriptural promise to heal him, because he simply had never
studied in this area. He was a good man and a Godly man who gave his entire
adult life to sharing Jesus Christ on the mission field.
of his illness, my friend was unable to properly communicate. I would go
visit him, sharing from the Bible the Doctrine of Divine Healing. He
was very excited about what he was discovering from the Bible. His faith
level for healing was soaring and I knew if we could continue with our
studies together that he would indeed be healed.
his wife became offended
and very upset with me when she discovered what I had been sharing with her
husband. She told me, in essence, “God is not going to heal my
husband because of anything you are teaching him from the Bible. God will
heal my husband because he has been serving Him for 40 years on the mission
field. He doesn’t need a young whippersnapper like you to teach him
anything about the Bible.”
the despair of both myself and my sick friend, his wife literally threw me
out of their home. She informed me in no uncertain terms that I was to never
evening soon thereafter, I was on my face in prayer. The Lord clearly spoke
to me in His authoritative
voice, “(Friend’s name) will be dead within six weeks if they
don’t get the unbelief out from under that roof. Call them and tell
was quite upset that the Lord was telling me to confront my friend's family,
but I knew beyond all doubt that I had heard His voice and that I had no
alternative but to obey.
do not mind saying that I did not enjoy the idea of having to tell my
friend's family what the Lord had told me. However, I did exactly as I
was instructed. I called them and told them exactly what the Lord had
said. His son became very angry with me, openly mocked me and flat out
rejected the Word of the Lord before hanging up on me.
day short of six weeks later, my dear friend went to Heaven
prematurely, even as the Lord told me he would without repentance.
went exactly at the time the Lord told me he would and for the very reason
the Lord told me he would.
wife and son had rejected the written Word of God and implementation of
proper prayer principles on his behalf.
could have gotten into faith, turning his situation around as he was more
than willing for them to do so. However, they wrongly chose human
pride, human accomplishment and unbelief over the written Word of
and human accomplishment are never a basis for answered prayer.
God was doing His best to get my friend's family out of pride and unbelief and into
humility and faith, in order to save his life.
Lord had given me a Word of Wisdom concerning an avoidable tragedy that was
coming in the immediate future, but they simply would not listen.
cut him off from his source of faith and cut his very life short by doing
The Word of Knowledge
and the Word of Wisdom can come to us in many ways. They can come
through a dream, an inward picture, an open vision, a
trance, God’s still
small voice, God’s authoritative voice, a simple
inner knowing, through other human
beings, through an angel or even through
Jesus Himself delivering a Word to someone such as He did with
For more examples of
the Word of Wisdom and other Gifts of the Spirit in operation in my personal
life and Ministry, please read my personal testimony and Prophet's Guidebook
called "The Albuquerque Fire Pit and Other
Divinely-Granted Visitations that Changed My Life Forever."
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fifteen detailed lessons on Supernatural Guidance.
Revelation Gifts come into manifestation,
if we will obey what God is revealing, we will get
the blessings and God will get the Glory.
our next lesson we will study the third of the three Revelation Gifts, the Discerning
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