If you want to get smarter you must challenge your brain to increase its mental capacity, but there is also a wisdom from God.
Job 32:8 “But there is a spirit in man, And the breath of the Almighty gives him understanding”
God has promised in His word to give us believers understanding of His word and in various issues of life, even in our studies. We read of the Hebrew lads taking into captivity in Babylon, yet held on to the promises of God’s covenant and the bible teaches that Daniel and his friends were given “knowledge and skill in all literature and wisdom; and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams.” (Daniel 1:17)
Jesus opened His disciples’ understanding so they would know the scriptures. (Luke 24:45). Moreover we are taught that God gives wisdom freely without withholding to all who ask. All that we need to excel is in the knowledge of God by His spirit. (James 1:5) We have the spirit of God on the inside of us, hence our ability to learn and understand things is resident in us as believers, we only need to tap into this realm of the supernatural.
Man is a spirit
1 Peter 1:23 ”having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever”
God created man as a spirit being, gave him a soul and put him in a body. The spirit of man is used to contact God/the spiritual, the soul is used to interact on the intellectual and emotional realm, while the body is used to interact on the physical realm. No, man is not an intellectual being; He is a spirit being with an intellect. The bible teaches in John 4:24 that God is a Spirit, and over in Genesis 1:27 we see that man was created in the image and likeness of God, so by requirement man has to be a spirit.
If you want to get smarter, you need to understand that the spiritual is the most important realm, however the other parts of man need to be developed. God expects us to pay first attention to our spiritual development, then to our minds and bodies.
To have only a developed spirit with an undeveloped soul and body is to be a fanatic, and there are some that have developed their spirits and completely neglected their mind and bodily development. To have a developed mind and neglect the others is to make a mental anarchist and to have a developed body only is to be a prized boxer.
God’s Omniscient Spirit
““For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways,” says the LORD.
“For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My ways higher than your ways,
And My thoughts than your thoughts.”
1 Corinthians 1: 25 “Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.”
God is an omnipotent God, who knows all things, and all secrets, and has all wisdom, we see in 1 Corinthians 1:25, that the smallest form of wisdom that springs from God is wiser than all the wisdom of men and by His Spirit we have the very same nature, being created in His image and likeness.
In the second chapter of the book of Daniel we read a very wonderful story of God’s wisdom working in Daniel. King Nebuchadnezzar had a dream that had troubled him, he didn’t remember the details of the dream when he awoken, but he knew it was important. So Nebuchadnezzar summoned all his magicians and chaldeans, and asked them to tell him the dream he had and interpret the mystery. This his magicians and chaldeans could not do, they had told the king that only the gods were capable of such wisdom, so the king passed a decree to kill all the wise men of Babylon.
Daniel got word of this and in verse 16, he “went in and asked the king to give him time that he might tell the king the interpretation. 17 Then Daniel went to his house, and made the decision known to Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, his companions, 18 that they might seek mercies from the God of heaven concerning this secret, so that Daniel and his companions might not perish with the rest of the wise men of Babylon.” (Daniel 2:16-18)
Daniel knew his spiritual gifting, he knew we had been given the gift to understand all visions and dreams, but more than having knowledge in those gifts, he was confident in God who was the giver of the gift. When he had heard the king’s decision to kill all the magicians of Babylon, he didn’t step out on his own accord to interpret the dream, but rather he requested time to go pray for things to be revealed, as seen in verse 28 where he told the king “But there is a God in heaven who reveals secrets, and He has made known to King Nebuchadnezzar what will be in the latter days.
Getting wiser requires knowing that God is light and a revealer of the secret things, both the dream and its interpretation was revealed to Daniel, and it was said about Daniel that by virtue of the Spirit of God in him, light and understanding and excellent wisdom were found in him. (Daniel 5:14)
God has freely given us His Spirit as our helper, and He expects us to have developed our human spirit’s sensitivity to His Holy Spirit that we may be able to explore the fullness of His wisdom. (see 1 Corinthians 2:6-16)
Developing the spirit
Jesus speaking to His disciples on the coming of the Holy Spirit in John 16:13 says “However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.”
By the Holy Spirit working in our inner man (our own spirits) we are to be guided in all truth, and we are to know of things to come.
Since we are born of God, being born again by His Spirit through the word, we develop our spirits by the word of God. Jesus in Matthew 4:4 gives a paradigm for spiritual feeding were he says “man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.” God makes contact to us through His word and begins to impart onto us through His word the fullness of His nature. We see more about this in 2 Peter 1:3, 4 “as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.”
His divine power has given us ALL things, by given to us exceedingly great and precious promises. This good and precious promises refers to the word of God.
Meditating on the word of God will develop your mind and make you smarter and wiser. Letting the word dominate your thinking, while having a consciousness of the Spirit’s presence, praying in the spirit, exercising love as seen in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 are a few of the things that will help develop our ability to hear and receive wisdom by the Holy Spirit. How do you know that you always have the Holy Spirit with you? He has promised “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5)
Wisdom by the Spirit
1 John 2:20,27 “But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you know all things…But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you willabide in Him.”
There’s a place in knowing the secret things by the spirit, in having knowledge and understanding of all things, and having the spirit actively at work in you produces, light, understanding and excellent wisdom. It is the spirit that gives life, quickens our minds and gives us the ability to retain and understand all things that we study.
We have a part to play in studying our school books, even Daniel and his friends were studious, in Daniel 1, the king had sent for those who were apt in learning. Despite the fact that the Holy Spirit shed light on issues they came up against, they did their part in developing their minds. As you study in preparations for exams, stay sensitive to your spirit. Let your “knower” direct you in your studies. While studying you may feel the inkling to study more of a particular section, you may sense within you that you may need to skip over a chapter, don’t ignore these leadings that you get from your spirit. For as long as you take time out daily to commune with the Holy Spirit in your spiritual development as discussed above, you can be sure to never miss it
Study your books by the help of the Holy Spirit, if you study by yourself, know that you’re not alone, if you study in a group, know there is an unseen helper in the study group. Live with this consciousness, talk to Him, ask Him what you ought to study, ask Him to continually reveal the ideal way to study, keep Him as a part of the study session, and on the D day, watch Him do His work in you, as He brings all things to your remembrance as you have studied, as well as make secret things known to you (John 14:26, 1 Corinthians 2:9-12)
Confessions and Scripture meditation
If you would like to develop your mind, become wiser and smarter. Repeat these confessions daily. They are confessions of God’s word, so confess them to achieve your desired results.
I am a child of God, created in the image and likeness of God my Father. I have a recreated spirit that is alive onto God and is in constant communion with the Holy Spirit of God. It is my spirit that gives me understanding and the breath of God within me makes me wise. I love God’s word, and I meditate on it, and speak it continually. It makes me wiser and gives me more understanding than my teachers.
I keep myself from distractions, and I am focused. I do not study by myself, but by the help of the Holy Spirit, He is my helper and my teacher, and when I have diligently done my part in studying, He is my standby.
I am an exceptional learner, who is quick to understand, and by the spirit, I know all things. I excel in my exams, more than all my peers, and in every examination all things that I have studied are brought to my remembrance by divine inspiration.
I am never in the dark, and I have abundant favor for perfect grades, and the blessing is working for me
Scripture meditation: Job 32:8, 1 John 2:20,27, Daniel 5:14, Psalm 119:99, 1 Corinthians 2:9-12, John 16:13, James 1:5, 1 Corinthians 1:25