How do we decide who is wise? How do we know who is wise enough to take advice from?
Is it reality stars? Physiologists? Politicians? Our Pastor? In the last three posts we explored how to love without hypocrisy and how to have faith without hypocrisy. Today we’re going to find out how wisdom comes, and how to obtain it with out one hint of insincerity.
One of the talents of a trompe l’oeil artist is in painting a scene, on a wall or canvas, that looks so real people walk right into it thinking it was an exit. Tromp’ l’ oeil is an art form that creates the illusion of deeper space. Some of these incredible artists paint dollar bills on the sidewalk just to watch people bend over and pick them up.
From the picture, I would never guess that it was a painted sculpture and not a blanket at all. Do you see the reflection of the water in the pool at the top of the steps? WOW! What an amazing trick of the eye.
Here’s another one by John Haberle, called “A Bachelor’s Drawer”.
From the looks of this money and pictures you’d think they were laying inside a wooden drawer. All of it including the wood is part of the painting. Are you wowed? Haberle, with his tiny paint brush and magnifying glass painted it so realistically that museum attendees would walk by and try to pick the cards and money off the painting.
If eyes are just one of our five senses, and they can be fooled so easily, how easily could the rest of our senses be fooled? Our five senses is how we collect all our wisdom, or is it?
“Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? Let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom. But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.” James 3:13-16
This verse plainly tells us there are two places where wisdom comes from. The wisdom that is not from above is earthly, sensual and devilish. You can tell that you have your hands full of earthly wisdom when there is envy, strife or confusion, because they lead into “every evil work”. Wow! We all know of a few places like that.
What does Ephesians say?
“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” Ephesians 6:10
So if the wisdom of this five senses world causes misery and is ruled by spiritual darkness then what does the other kind of wisdom cause?
But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.” James 3:17-18
There’s our word hypocrisy. Wow, does the earthly, sensual and devilish wisdom have any hypocrisy? Absolutely! But here is the wisdom from above. What do we know about it? It’s easy to be intreated. Intreated is another way of saying, it’s easy to be received. When you receive wisdom from heaven you’ll know by how easy it is to hear and receive the information. This wisdom is pure, gentle, and full of mercy. It bears good results, and does not favor one person’s status over another. There is no hypocrisy, two-faced or pretending in it at all. It is a result of right believing and comes from a heart longing for peace not strife.
You see it’s easy to know who is wise among you. Who is working up the confusion and the evil? Who is causing the division and envy? What is the fruit and results of the wisdom?
We can tie this all together with the last two posts about Love, Faith and now Wisdom. All we have to do is look at the results.
What is the opposite of Agape? Fear.
What is the opposite of Faith? Unbelief.
What is the opposite of the Wisdom of God? Confusion.
This is how we spot hypocrisy. We look at the results.
Agape causes liberty in spiritual, physical and mental.
Faith causes miracles, healing, deliverance.
Wisdom causes Peace, mercy and good fruits.
What is the one wisdom the devil tries to talk us out of the most? The Hope of Christ’s return. He tells us aliens will come, the resurrection already happened and many other lies to confuse us about it. The hope is the anchor of the soul. We must have wisdom concerning “The Hope”. It holds us steady, aligns our perspectives and empowers our believing. We have to hold this wisdom close and not let anyone talk us out of the truth. Why? Because it’s one of the three greats.
“For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then (at the Hope, the return of Jesus Christ) shall I know even as also I am known. And now abideth faith, hope, charity (love/agape), these three; but the greatest of these is charity (agape).” 1 Corinthians 13:12-13
Love is the greatest because God is Love.
He wants our freedom from hypocrisy through truth.
God bless you today!