Living in the Two Hearts

My Spiritual Insights and Musings

7 Gifts of the Holy Spirit… Wisdom

Receive the Gift of Wisdom…

For the next 7 days I will address the 7 Gifts of the Holy Spirit… So desperately needed!!!

What are the 7 Gifts of the Holy Spirit?  The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches us that:

The seven gifts of the Holy Spirit…belong in their fullness to Christ, Son of David (cf. Is 11: 1-2). They complete and perfect the virtues of those who receive them. They make the faithful docile in readily obeying divine inspirations. ~CCC§1831, emphasis added.

They “make the faithful docile… obeying divine inspirations”… Isn’t that what we need, total obedience to the Will of God?  How else can we change our hearts?  Once we change our hearts, begin to change our world…

Let Your good Spirit lead me on a level path ~Ps 143:10

For all who are lead by the Spirit of God, are sons of God… you have received the Spirit of sonship… it is the Spirit Himself bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided that we suffer with Him in order that we may also be glorified with Him. ~Rom 8: 14, 15, 16-17

The prophet Isaiah names the Seven Gifts as…

Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel, Fortitude, Knowledge, Piety, Fear of the Lord. ~Is 11:2

7 GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT: FIRST GIFT – WISDOM

From the Encyclopedia Dictionary of the Bible Welcome to the Catholic Church CD-ROM 

(1) Wisdom = the desire for the things of God, and to direct our whole life and all our actions to His honor and glory

I did some extensive research on the subject of Wisdom and what the Church and Sacred Scripture has to say about this particular gift that – appropriately so – is the FIRST gift of the Seven Gifts…

The writers of, “Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, The Song of Songs, Wisdom, and Sirach. The writers of the Sapiential Books consider wisdom in its relation to man as the perfection of knowledge showing itself in action.emphasis added…

Do you know about the number seven in Sacred Scripture?  For instance, we have 7 days of Creation (Gen 1 & 2) in which God pronounced it “GOOD” and with the creation of man “VERY GOOD”. The Passover is celebrated in 7 Days (Numb 28:16) – which we already discussed was a prefigurment of the Holy Eucharist when God Himself provided His Only Son for the “spotless Lamb”.

The number 7 is used as an example of completion and perfection!

Even in the book of Revelation, the last judgments on mankind are perfect in order of seven (Rev 21:9).   Each one of these entries speaks of a perfection, a completeness in the plan of God ordained before time began.  A reminder that God is in the middle of everything and nothing happens without His “say so”.

“According to these wise men, wisdom is had only by righteous men and is bestowed by God on those who earnestly seek it,” (Wis. 1:4-5; 7:15; 8:3-4, 21). emphasis added

BECAUSE…

“Through the power of wisdom man overcomes evil, and through its possession one may secure for himself the promises of both the present and the future life.” emphasis added

THEREFORE…

Wisdom is to be prized above all things, and whoever despises it is doomed to  unhappiness,” (Wis. 3:11; 7:8-12, 30; 8:5-9). emphasis added

And just as there are fruits – that is efficacious results – that appear as a result of one  receiving the 7 Gifts of the Holy Spirit, the receiving of Wisdom also carries it’s own set of fruits…

“The fruits of wisdom are so many and far-reaching that their effects are shown in the soul as well as in the body of man. The possession of wisdom results in a good spiritual life.

Wisdom brings happiness, spiritual life, and God’s blessings to those who keep its ways; its attainment secures rest, gladness and joy (Wis. 8:16).

The prosperity of the sinner should not disturb the wise man, who should continue to practice his religion, because there is a future life and he will not be deceived in his hope of a future reward (Prov. 8:32-36; 23:17; 24:13). Wisdom gives man a more perfect knowledge of God.” (emphasis added)

FOR

“God, who is the only source of wisdom, will protect the wise man from sin and will give him the blessing of the kingdom of God” (Prov. 2:5-22)

Now one might think, “WOW!  That’s a lot…” and think there is no more.  But God’s giving is NEVER outdone in His giving!!!

“Ask and it will be given you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened… If you… who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much MORE will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him?”
~Mt 7: 7-8, 11

And so God also bestows…

“Among the temporal blessings given to the wise are good health, strength, and long life (Prov. 3:7; 4:10-13; 9:10; 10:27; 24:5; Eccles. 7:20). A general summary of the effects of wisdom is found in the Book of Sirach” (4:12-22; 15:1-6). emphasis added

So who wouldn’t want this first gift of the Holy Spirit?  I, personally, have asked for this gift by name during a 2 month seminar that I’m attending.  For the last two weeks I had specifically prepared with prayer and fasting to receive His gifts during a special prayer time within this seminar that called down the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

Though I am far from fully putting into practice the gifts I receive, but I can attest that the above information applies most readily in the changes I’ve noticed in my own life in recent days.  I HIGHLY recommend asking for the gift of Wisdom this Pentecost… it WILL CHANGE your life! 

HEADS UP…

Just as I did last year, I’ll be posting a nine day novena just prior to Pentecost, so that you can do as I did.  Pray and fast before the coming of the Holy Spirit and make yourself ready to receive His splendor.

7 GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

INTRODUCTION:

The Gift of UNDERSTANDING

The Gift of COUNSEL

The Gift of FORTITUDE

The Gift of KNOWLEDGE

The Gift of PIETY

The Gift of FEAR OF THE LORD

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