Written by His Grace,
Kevin K. OíConnor
Main thought: to examine the contrast between earthly and Heavenly wisdom
Wisdom from Above
But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. (Whole Chapter: In context: )
Wisdom, what a wonderful thing that is a desirable trait both of Godís kingdom and of satanís.
James 3:14-16 14 But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth.15 This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.16 For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.
The wisdom from above says not my will but Yours. The wisdom from below says my will, not Yours. The wisdom from above says teach me wisdom, the wisdom from below says let me teach you my wisdom. The wisdom from above says may I help you while the wisdom from below says look at what I can do. Wisdom from above says give all of yourself into what you do and the wisdom from below says no need to overdo it. Wisdom from above says listen much and speak little while the wisdom from below says speak much and listen little.
The contrast between Heaven and hell are quite distinct and clear. The One Is Love of God and others, the other is love of self and only of others for selfish reasons. The problem with us is that we donít take the time to realize this so that our hearts can learn how to fall upon Christ the One who emptied Himself out for us. Although God made us in His image, that image has been marred by sin. The result is that our heartís tendency is to view life from our own selfish perspectives just as satan does. We need to realize that our life should be lived to the fullest and to the fullest of either heaven or hell; I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! (Whole Chapter: In context: ).
Even God Himself tells us Heíd rather us be either all out for Him or against Him. Why? Because you can at least steer a misguided ship into the right direction if itís moving. But Lazy faith sickens God. To Him itís better to have no faith then one that says I believe but my actions donít.† So long as we can be lulled into complacency with our relationship with Christ, satan has robbed us of our rewards and ruined our usefulness for Christ. He may not have won away our salvation, but at least he can cause us to enter into heaven as paupers. If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire. (Whole Chapter: In context: ).
Satan would have us think that our passion should be just a nice warm fuzzy feeling instead of a raging fire of love and devotion. He would have us think that there are no right and wrongs only varying shades of light and dark Ė in other words gray. Just as Holy God is, satan isnít. We need to quit allowing satan to rob us of our purpose of existence here below and get on fire for Christ our King. We need to take a good hard look at Godís ways verses our ways. If we were only to look and listen we would behold the beauty of seeking His Heart and Ways and not our own. The longer we live in this world that is here and gone, the more we should realize that the pride of man leads to destruction.
Have you ever noticed how it seems that so many people are not happy with their jobs, their spouse, and the places where they live? Sometimes I wonder if Eve was feeling those same feelings when satan came along and tempted her with the thought that there was more out there than she was getting. Look again at the what the worldís wisdom produces as James 3:14-16 states 14 But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth.15 This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.16 For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work. Now take a look at what Godís wisdom produces in us; † But godliness with contentment is great gain. (Whole Chapter: In context: ) It seems that the lusts for the things of this life are a real battle that we need to learn how to overcome with the strength of Christ our King. Chasing after the lusts of this world just produces more lusts for the things that are here and gone. But, pressing after those things of God produces Peace beyond our comprehension.
While satan can make our ego and flesh fat and happy, God can fill the heart with Joy the world knows not of. There are definite rewards and penalties here and now depending on who or what we will serve.† If we come to the realization that the way of the flesh is death and get hungry for real life, than there is hope. We need to learn how to press after those things that will never fade or pass away with the same fervor that we used to chase after those things of this life that are here and gone. Wisdom is choosing the winning team. Christ has overcome death, hell and the grave and now awaits all those who will listen to His voice and come out of the world and themselves to follow Him. God is calling us today to choose and then to go for it whether it is Him or hell but not to live a halfhearted existence; I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! (Whole Chapter: In context: ).
That is amazing that God Himself would tell us that He would rather us be sold out to the enemy than living a halfhearted existence with Him. We need to stop and look at the incredible power and beauty of His heart proclaimed throughout the things we can see in this life. We see dried up old seeds that in all appearance look dead but put a little water on them and life appears. That same thing that used to be a small seed then sends down roots that fight their way through the soil and around rocks to find the life giving water so that it can continue growing and living.
Our God is a mighty God and not only is His Power and Life proclaimed through the creation of the universe but is constantly being lived out before our very lives. He wants us to be a part of what He desires to do in and through our lives and that is a life of Power and Passion not laziness and lukewarm ness. Wisdom is to put all of your eggs in one basket if that is the one that is going to get them through. Godís Word speaks for Himself and His Word is Power and Life to all those who will listen and to those who will live it. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. (Whole Chapter: In context: )
Our love and passion for Christ must learn how to bust out of a halfhearted existence with Him and live for Him whole heartedly. We must not allow our love to grow cold or lazy or be conformed by the worldís standards. Christ is returning to receive those of His that have prepared their lamps and are ready.
Lord, may we be Your wise bride that has heard Your voice to ready our hearts for the joys of being with You. In Jesus Name, Amen
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