Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Man’s Wisdom vs. God’s Wisdom

Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show it by his good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. Such "wisdom" does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, of the devil. For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice. But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness.  James 3:13-18

When I say wisdom, what do you think of? Smart? I have met some really smart people, and they have a wealth of knowledge that they are willing to share. I have met some people that are book smart, but they have no common sense. I have met people that are smart, know what they need to do and never bring themselves to do it.

“Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show it by his good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom.” Just like faith without works is dead and meaningless. Wisdom without being active in your life is worthless. The wisdom here is not only spiritual wisdom. It is practical. It is to be applied. It has feet. It is going to show itself in your life.

Knowledge is the accumulation of facts. Wisdom is taking knowledge and applying to our lives. Wisdom’s goal, it seems, is to help us to avoid bad company. It is also wisdom’s goal is to help us live a godly life.

Wisdom seems to be speaking primarily to the youth of every generation. At the same time, it seems that the voice of wisdom is reminding those who are more mature in her audience to remember her instruction because we are still on the journey of life. As someone put it, “The past remain with us. For good or ill what we are is a result of what we have done.”

Marks of Manmade Wisdom
As we look at 4 basic things here, notice that each one ties into our relationships. These might be considered the default settings of our sinful, fallen nature. They tend to come naturally for all human beings.

·      Bitter envy - pointed, sharp, zealous, jealousy possessing no concern for the feelings or welfare of others. It is purely self-centric, the philosophy of self-indulgence.

·      Selfish ambition - a contentious selfish motivation. Doing something for personal gain w/o concern for others.

·      Pride - a self-centered, self-indulging, arrogant demeanor.  Redefining bitter envy and selfish ambition as positive traits puts us in a place of actually boasting about these qualities.

·      Disorder and every evil practice - Chaos and sin.  A life out of control because there are no controls on the life.

Sources of Manmade Wisdom

1.    Earthly - humanistic (man’s way vs. God’s way)

2.    Unspiritual - Natural- stemming from the sinful nature of man.

3.    Of the Devil - Demonic- finds its source in opposition to God. When man rejects the counsel of God, he opens himself up to the advice of devils and demons. There really is no neutral ground.
Refusing the wisdom of God opens a person up to the false wisdom that may sound good, but ultimately aligns us with the enemies of God!  Don’t refuse the wisdom of the Holy Spirit.  Listen to what He is telling you and safeguard yourself against false wisdom.

Scripture to Claim:
Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they will be granted you.  Mark 11:24

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