“So he fed them according to the integrity of his heart; and guided them by the skilfulness of his hands.” (Psalms 78:72 KJV)
I just received in the mail the April edition of the Believer’s Voice of Victory Magazine, published by the Kenneth Copeland Ministries, as a partner. And the cover page carried the story of Dr. Avery Jackson. Dr. Jackson is a renowned American Neurosurgeon and an apostle to physicians. The interesting thing about his story is that God spoke to him when he was in second grade and about 8 years old that he was going to be a neurosurgeon. That singular encounter changed the trajectory of his life.
He did not only proudly tell everyone around him that he was going to be a neurosurgeon —but it became his only focus. It became his goal to be certified as a neurosurgeon with the vision of helping people with brain problems. This vision influenced his choice of schools and courses in order to acquire the relevant skills required to be a neurosurgeon.
Having a vision without the relevant skill is to silently kill your dream. Every speaking or successful vision is a product of skillful engagements. The Preacher in his wisdom said, “If the ax is dull and its edge unsharpened, more strength is needed, but skill will bring success.” (Eccl. 10:10 NIV)
Without the relevant skills, vision will suffer. And it may most likely weary, weaken or wane the incubator of the vision and everyone connected to the vision. “The labour of the foolish wearieth every one of them, because he knoweth not how to go to the city.” (Eccl. 10:15)
Conversely, relevant skills will brighten your vision and in turn empower your diligence. Skill gives clarity to vision because of thorough understanding of what to do. It also gives rarity to your vision because of your unique gifts. “If you are uniquely gifted in your work, you will rise and be promoted. You won’t be held back— you’ll stand before kings!” (Prov. 22:29 TPT)
David was anointed as king, yet he acquired the relevant skills for leadership—no wonder, his stool has remained an everlasting inheritance. Anointing does not substitute skill and will not. Jesus the Son of God with His divine vision to save the world acquired the relevant and necessary skills to carry out that assignment. He submitted himself to the tutelage and mentorship of his foster parents and the teachers of the law. Luke gave this account of Him, “And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions.” (Luke 2:46)
And it was very clear that these series of mentorship from His parents and doctors of law and philosophy increased his skills. “And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject unto them…And Jesus increased in wisdom (skill) and stature (mental development), and in favour with God and man.” (Luke 2:51-52 Emphasis Mine)
Having this understanding of the fundamental importance of skill to your vision, it becomes imperative to note these action points.
1. Discover your unique gifts and hone them to useable skills.
2. Learn the skills required to accomplish your vision, where you are deficient. Skills are learnable.
3. Commit to continuous learning.
4. Collocate the skills with the anointing like David and Jesus Christ.
Hear this: It takes skill to discover prosperity and faith in God to make it perpetual and generationally. Which make both fundamental requirements for vision accomplishment. “One skilled in business discovers prosperity, but the one who trusts in God is blessed beyond belief!” (Prov. 16:20 TPT)
I see your vision finding expression as you engage these mysteries of the Kingdom.
To skillful wisdom,