The ‘Spirit of Wisdom’
During His earthly ministry Jesus needed ‘the Spirit of wisdom’ when it came to making decisions and dealing with the enemy. As believers, that same Spirit lives in us. James 3:15 says ungodly wisdom has three aspects. It’s: (1) Earthly, so it isn’t always dependable because ‘Sometimes what seems right is really a road to death.’ (Proverbs 16:25 CEV) (2) Sensual, based on emotions that can lead to confusion, hurt, and jealousy. (3) Demonic; that is, selfish, lustful, and ungodly. Godly wisdom, however, that comes ‘from above is… pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and… hypocrisy.’ (James 3:17 NKJV) The Bible says, ‘[When] you need wisdom, ask… God, and He will give it to you.’ (James 1:5 NLT) And when you’re praying, ask yourself these questions: (a) Are my motives pure or will I be ashamed of them later on? (b) Will my decision result in mercy and compassion or strife and stress? (c) Have I considered all the people who’ll be affected by the outcome? (d) Am I willing to submit to what God wants or am I determined to plough on regardless? (e) Will the end result cause me to have a harsh attitude or will it produce an environment where love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control can grow? (Galatians 5:22–23) (f) Is it fair and impartial or does it favour a particular person or group? (g) Can I take this particular course of action with a clear conscience or does it involve some level of deceit and selfishness?