This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic.” 
James 3:15

True wisdom is “from above” and is “pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy” (v.17).  False wisdom, on the other hand, may come from the world outside us (“earth“), the flesh within us (“sensual“), or the powers of darkness tempting us (“devilish“).  All such wisdom leads to “envying and strife…confusion and every evil work” (v. 16).  Believers, therefore, should be able to recognize the influences of the world, the flesh, and the devil.

The good new is that each divine Person of the Triune Godhead is on our side.  The Father is opposed to the world, the Spirit to the flesh, and the Son to the devil, and they are well able to give victory. 

If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him…And the world is passing away, and the lust of it” (1 John 2:15, 17).  Thus, to overcome the love of the world, we must cultivate the love of the Father in our hearts and lives.

Similarly, to overcome the desires of the flesh, we should follow the leadings and convictions of the Holy Spirit, “for the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another” (Galatians 5:17).  Therefore, “walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh” (v.16).

The devil and his evil hosts use their own dark powers to tempt and destroy the people of God, but “for this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil” (1 John 3:8).  Christ assured Satan’s defeat when He paid for our redemption on the cross. “And having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it” (Colossians 2:15)

Days of Praise-Thursday, March 12
Henry M. Morris, Ph.D.