Tips on Wisdom

2008/07/27

27 July 2008, 10 AM

Apostle Andre Pelser

James 3: 13-18 “Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom. But if you have bitter envy and self-seeking in your hearts, so not boast and lie against the truth. This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic. For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing will be there. But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. Now the fruit of righteousness is sown by those who make peace.”

There are three levels of wisdom- earthly, sensual and demonic. In chapter 4 it says that wars and fights come from your desires of pleasures. You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. Yet you do not have because you do no task. You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures. Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. Or do you think that the Scripture says in vain 'The Spirit who dwells in us yearns jealously?' But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: “God resists the proud, but He gives grace to the humble.” Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.

There are three levels of wisdom- earthly, sensual and demonic. In chapter 4 it says that wars and fights come from your desires of pleasures. You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. Yet you do not have because you do no task. You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures. Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. Or do you think that the Scripture says in vain 'The Spirit who dwells in us yearns jealously?' But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: “God resists the proud, but He gives grace to the humble.” Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.

There are three kinds of wisdom- divine, human and satanic. Godly wisdom cannot be taught or bought. You cannot buy wisdom and you cannot sell wisdom. Only God can impart it. There are many with knowledge, but few with wisdom. Wisdom takes what you've got and makes something worthwhile out of it. Wisdom brings success, satisfaction and even wealth. Proverbs chapters 2-9 explains wisdom more. Wisdom guides you, protects you. Wisdom warns you, keeps you from the wrong people and evil influences. Wisdom brings great wealth. Wisdom gives ability to use what is available to get results.

It says a wise son makes a father happy. What makes a father happy is when his children are wise. Not just because they achieve. Many children wants to please their parents by their achievements, but they can't make wise decisions. Wisdom makes a parent glad.

Earthly wisdom means that you get a lot of advice from people around you. Mostly, earthly wisdom centres around what you can get out of it. You are always number one. Everything you plan, everything you do, it is all with your benefit in mind. Earthly wisdom is about self motivation. It is not always godly wisdom. The fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace. Godly wisdom has a different atmosphere. It is pure, peaceable, gentle. Most earthly wisdom will tell you to be more self-assertive and aggressive. It will never tell you to be gentle. Godly wisdom is willing to yield, willing to admit that you've made a mistake. Willing to admit that you need correction and that you do not know it all. Full of mercy. Earthly wisdom, sensual wisdom, all lacks mercy. Godly wisdom is full of good fruits without partiality. The church is a wonderful place where you have to mix with people where you'd never mix with in ordinary life. Not because you are better, but because you might just never meet them. You can't choose the next member in church, because God adds them.

Our earthly wisdom makes us so self-centred that we only think about what we can get out of it. We all need to be servants of one another. Church is there to deny yourself, to pick up your cross and not just to get cross. Put up with people making mistakes so that they can grow. You carry those mistakes so that they can grow. We look out for each other in a body.

Godly wisdom is without hypocrisy, it does not pretend. Know the source of your wisdom. Divine wisdom is found in Christ. 1 Corinthians 1:30- “ But of Him you are in Christ Jesus who became for us wisdom from God-and righteousness and sanctification and redemption...” He is not physically present, but His Word is and His body is. He reveals His wisdom through the body. Then it must reveal His wisdom to your spirit. He must open up the Word so that you can understand it. Anyone can read the Bible, but if you can receive wisdom form it they know what to do. That is how my parents lived and how they have taught me to live. That is how I have lived with my family, and that is what I am trying to teach you to do.

We tend to make decisions according to what suits us. That is earthly wisdom. The world is full of sensual wisdom, how you can please your senses. The five senses, eating, seeing, touching, hearing, smelling. The world is full of ideas on how to please your senses and many churches entertain your five senses as well. And then there is demonic senses. The devil knows how to trip you up. He knows what makes you unhappy, how to catch you and tempt you. He is very wise. We need godly wisdom to overcome all these things. Godly wisdom is to read His Word and to say ask God to teach you wisdom. With wisdom comes wealth. With wisdom comes peace. With wisdom comes rightstanding. You make your father glad. What we lack is wisdom. We do not lack ideas but wisdom, what to do with the ideas. We lack wisdom how to raise our kids. We lack wisdom how to have the right relationship between husband and wife. We lack wisdom in business affairs. We lack wisdom how to relate to God. We lack wisdom. James says that if we lack wisdom we should ask because God gives to everyone, He does not push anyone away, but you need to ask and have faith. If you doubt you are like a wave that is tossed by the wind. You are unstable and a double-minded man is unstable in all his ways. Let not that man think he can receive anything from God. Double-mindedness robs you of all your blessings.

God's wisdom is not your wisdom. His wisdom is better than our wisdom. God's wisdom does not work the way we think. When God told Moses to through away his stick, it became a snakes. Moses had this stick in his hands for so many years and then God told him to through the stick away and it became a snake! And then God told Moses to pick up the snake by the tail. Earthly wisdom says and knows that you do not pick a snake up by the tail, because they can still bite you. God told Moses to pick it up by the tail, because in those days their canes had all their achievements carved on it. That was a status symbol. For fourty years while Moses looked after the sheep he looked at all his achievements. Now God told him to through that away. When God told him to pick the stick up, all his achievements were on the bottom of the stick. From that time onwards the Bible speaks about the rod of God and not the rod of Moses. That rod was changed around, it opened the Red Sea, got water