James 3:15 Wisdom, Not Of God

Such “wisdom” does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. James 1:15

Wisdom is something that many people claim to have. They ‘know’ how to get something done or what is best for every situation.

Most often the wisdom that people have is used for personal gain at any cost. They have wisdom to know how to get what they want from others. It is often out of selfish ambition or envy that the wisdom shows up in the life of a person.

James describes the wisdom of the world and that it does not come from heaven. He harshly calls it earthly and demonic.

Selfishness and envy is what caused Adam and Eve to sin by taking the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden. They were seeking wisdom for all of the wrong reasons and were led by Satan into sin.

Over the centuries, the heart of man has not changed. Many are still envious of others and seek things for their own welfare. In seeking things this way, they use the wisdom of the world, the same wisdom that Satan gave Adam and Eve.

This is not only found in the world, but also inside the church. Preachers speak wisdom in a way that is for selfish gain. Members of churches use wisdom to get what they want in the church.

Acting in these ways does not represent Jesus or God. Both are perfect examples of love, which does not envy and is not selfish. Just as Jesus put others before Himself, so should every believer do the same.

Using Godly wisdom will remove all selfishness and envy, realizing that God knows what is best for the believer and only provides what is best. The believer will flee the demonic wisdom of this fallen world.

As you seek out things for your life, you must ask yourself if it is sought out of envy and selfish ambition, or for God and others. The methods you use to accomplish something will reveal where your wisdom is coming from, whether it is from God or from demons.

Allow God to fill your heart with His perfect love for Him and for others in order to push out the demonic wisdom of this fallen world. Live your life to serve God and others, rather than serving self and Satan.

Where is your wisdom coming from?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will seek God for direction in your life; that you will use God’s wisdom to direct your steps; that God will strengthen you to reject the demonic influences around you; and that you will have God’s perfect love for Him and others.

Psalm 37:1-2 Do Not Fret Over Evil

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Do not fret because of those who are evil or be envious of those who do wrong; for like the grass they will soon wither, like green plants they will soon die away. Psalm 37:1-2 

Doing evil and promoting evil is prevalent in society, no matter where one goes. A person cannot get away from seeing evil being done around him, regardless of where he is at. The reason for this is that this is a fallen world. Man has fallen away from God and does his own thing.

The eyes of man has been blinded as to what is good and true. Being blind has caused man to continue to sin and not only sin, but to encourage others to sin even more.

As this has occurred, many believers have begun to worry or fret about it. In their worry over those who sin, some have done things that have not been Christ-like. They strike in anger to stop the sin or speak condemning words with no love attached.

During his life, David had a lot of people doing evil and were against him. He realized that he does not have to worry about it, because those who do evil are there only for a short time. In the end they will die.

While a believer must never accept or promote evil, he also should not get angry and strike because of evil. As soon as he strikes in anger, he is becoming like them. Others will worry and fret over the rise of evil actions going on around them. Jesus said not to worry about anything. Worry is a sin.

Believers must show a loving example of who Jesus is to the world. They must be an example of what the better life is, how life can be fulfilling and full of joy without sin.

You most likely see a lot of sin going on around you. You may see it rising higher and higher all the time. It can cause fear and worry in your life, if your focus is not upon God.

Do not forget that God is in control. Jesus promised that things would get worse as time went along. The world does not know Jesus and does not know how to live life correctly. Do not worry about it, but be His shining light in this world.

Ask God to show you how to touch the lives of the lost. They are here only for a short time. Work to bring them to Jesus, rather than fight them.

I pray today that you will see God in control; that God will remove all fear of evil around you; that you will be a witness of Jesus to this world; and that God will change many lives through you. 

James 3:17 Wisdom From Heaven

 

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But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy ad good fruit, impartial and sincere. James 3:17

Wisdom is just the knowing how to apply the knowledge that a person has in the best way possible. The world has a lot of wisdom, but it is faulty. The wisdom of the world is selfish and full of envy. It is about self and what one wants for himself.

In places where there is selfishness, there will always be disorder, discontent, jealousy, envy, hatred, cheating, and lying. The person is always striving to get the most out of life at any cost.

The wisdom that comes from God does not have any of those characteristics in it. God’s wisdom will always aim for peace, without compromising His standards. It is concerned with what others are going through or needing. His wisdom submits to those in authority, rather than forcing others into submission.

It has the mercy of God upon others who have done wrong, rather than throwing the book at the person. Heavenly wisdom will be filled with good fruit, the fruit of the Spirit, because it is led by His Holy Spirit. It will treat every person the same regardless of position, money, character or anything else, just as Jesus did and still does. God’s wisdom will always be sincere and true, not joking around and not changing all the time.

In simple words, the wisdom that comes from God will always put God and others first because of love. This is the wisdom of God that is found in Jesus. He put others, who did not love or want Him, first by dying on the cross for them. To the world this does not make sense, because it does not know true love–Jesus.

As you seek wisdom keep in mind how God’s wisdom will look in this life. See why you need that wisdom and how you will use it correctly in your life. Do not allow yourself to be full of selfishness and envy because of some wisdom that you may possess, that is not of God.

Allow God to give you His wisdom so that you may be His witness in this world of who He really is and what He is really like. Don’t be like the world, but like Jesus in this world.

I pray today that God will fill you with His wisdom; that you will know how to use God’s wisdom correctly; that your life will be one like that of Jesus; and that you will love as God loves.

Psalm 73:2-3 Wanting What Others Have

But as for me, my feet had almost slipped; I had nearly lost my foothold. For I envied the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked. Psalm 73:2-3

One thing that is very difficult for many people is watching others prosper and succeed. This becomes especially true when the method of prosperity is done in a very bad way.

The majority in the world do not think anything of being envious of someone else. It is looked as part of the human nature to desire and really want what someone else has. Commercials are geared to bring out that envy in a person. They strive to get a person to want something someone else has so bad that they will do anything they can to get it.

As believers, the view should be different. Asaph, the writer of this psalm, writes that he almost slipped in envy. Envy is another word for coveting, which God said that His people were not to ever do.

There are times when a believer can look at someone in the world and be envious of what that person has or can do. Watching someone go on vacations around the world, drive fancy cars, eat out at fancy restaurants, and have big bank accounts can bring about envy in a person. Believers often struggle with this, when the person is very prosperous with sinful activities. Many will question God as to why that happens.

Some in the church will also be filled with envy for another person’s abilities or position in the church.

You should look at what God has given you in Jesus Christ. You have life for all eternity. The world may have all the fancy cars and houses with big bank accounts, but they will never have the peace and life that Jesus provides. They only have today and tomorrow will be death for them for eternity.

Do not look at their wealth and desire it. Do not allow your feet to slip into the sin of envy. Look at God and the wealth of life that He provides. God provides more blessings than anything in this world can ever provide.

What do you desire today?

More of God?

Or more of this world?

I pray today that you will see all that God has given you; that you will not desire the things of this world; that you will be a witness of what Jesus has given; and that you will know the blessings of God.

Matthew 20:12 Equal Pay

“These who were hired last worked only one hour, they said, and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the work and the heat of the day.” Matthew 20:12

Jesus is telling of a parable about an owner who hired some workers to work in his vineyard. He hired different people at different times during the day. At the end of the day, he paid each worker the exact same pay. The workers who had been there all day grumbled about this.

This scene would be the same if it happened today in the workplace. In fact, today, some of the workers would be going to an attorney and begin the process to sue the employer.

In the next few verses, the employer in the parable asks if he cannot do what he wants with his money and if he cannot be generous.

This is a picture of life as a Christian. There are people who have served God their whole lives. Many who have gone through many struggles as a believer. Others, have just become a Christian, not gone through any struggles as a believer and then die. In the end, both will receive the gifts of eternal life and heaven.

Very often, people in the church complain about all the hard work that they do, as they see someone new not working as hard. Some will be working very hard for God, and are in constant struggles, while God is providing for them. Others, not working very hard, seem to have everything being provided for them.

The works that you do, will not make the gifts of God better or worse. It is just that you are serving God with all that is in you. God chooses what He will give and to who and when He will give it. He is generous to everyone.

When you see someone being blessed, be glad for them. Do not be envious. God is also being generous with you, just in a different way. Trust God and work for Him. Do not worry what others are getting.

I pray today that God will strengthen you in your work for Him; that God will show you the provision He is giving you; that God will honor your work for Him; that you will rejoice at others being blessed; and that God will continue to use you to build His kingdom.