WISDOM from ABOVE
BY: RAY PRINZING
“But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.” (James 3:17)
There is a very significant contrast between the wisdom of the world, and how we receive it, as over against the wisdom of God, and how we receive it. There is a wisdom that “descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.” (James 3:15) This is always the adversary’s approach to us. Earthly - that which appeals to the flesh, and its senses. Sensual - or literally, soulish, which proceeds to brainwash and captivate the mind. If it succeeds in getting hold of our thoughts, then beware lest it also begins to be devilish - that which touches the human spirit to defile with the negative spirit of the world. Appeal to the flesh, control the mind, and defile the spirit.
God’s inworking is just the opposite. For the “wisdom that is from above,” is first imparted to our spirit via the Holy Spirit. Then as we receive the truth in our spirit, the whole realm of the soul - mind, will, intellect, emotions, must be brought into submission and harmony with this Spirit-quickened truth. As our mind becomes one with the Spirit of truth, it takes dominion over the body realm, and manifests truth outwardly in our daily living. So God’s approach is: quicken the spirit, renew the mind, and change the body so that all manifestations are in harmony with the truth.
Proverbs 9:1, “Wisdom hath builded her house, she hath hewn out her seven pillars.” James, in listing those seven pillars, heads the list with the fact that the wisdom from above is PURE. And second, it is peaceable. This is one of the clearly discernable indications that a truth, revelation has come from above, its nature is PEACE. If your “belief” requires that fight for it, defend it continuously, check its source. Truth needs no defense, it IS. We can rest in it, be sustained by it, receive its life, and not be overtaken by an agitated, fighting spirit. Praise God!