“This wisdom is not that which comes down from above, but is earthly, natural, demonic.” James 3:15
James, in agreement with all that is written in the rest of the Bible, asserts that there are only two kinds of wisdom. The first kind of wisdom is “that which comes down from above.” James is talking about heavenly or divine wisdom which comes from God Himself. God is the possessor of all true wisdom, and He freely and willingly gives it to everyone who asks Him for it (see 1:5 and Matthew 7:7-11).
Unfortunately, human beings rarely ask for God’s wisdom on what to think, what to do and how to do it. Created in God’s image with the (potential) ability to think rationally, we usually come up with our own ideas and proceed accordingly. Often our thoughts and decisions conflict with what God thinks and says on the subject. Far from being insignificant “differences of opinion, James calls this worldly-wisdom “earthly, natural – demonic”! Wow! “So every time my conclusions contradict God’s word – my thinking is being shaped by Satan and his demons?” Yes!
I hope you realize and feel the import of this truth. If you claim to be a Christian, you have given up your right to forming your “own” opinions, thoughts, positions, etc. Rather, you have received the right, and ability, to seek God’s perspective, receive His insight and guidance, and live accordingly in freedom and peace.
Please reject the lie that every viewpoint is equally valid. There is only one “Truth” – Jesus (John 14;6) and one source of true wisdom – God the Father (James 1:17). Is your thinking “from above”, or does it tend to be “earthly, natural, demonic”? What do you want it to be like? What kind of wisdom do you desire?
God has made it possible for you to pursue, and perceive, His wisdom. But you must be willing to receive it from Him, through Christ. You must receive Jesus (John 1:12) and continually ask His indwelling Holy Spirit to impart His Truth to you (1 Cor. 2:10-16). Jesus invites you to “Ask, Seek & Knock . . .”, and then “you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8:32)
God bless and keep you in His wisdom,
Pastor Tim Sir