Not All Wisdom is From God – How You Can Tell Gods Wisdom from the Devil’s

There is devilish wisdom, and there is Godly wisdom.

Wisdom from God is not the sword swung to kill the body, but the surgeon’s sword skillfully used to cut cancer out of the Body.

Wisdom from God is not the hypocrite that picks a side, but instead it picks up the sword of the Lord (the Word of God) that cuts both ways. True wisdom’s agenda is not for itself, or for a specific group of men, or an earthly minded purpose, but for the will of God.

Wisdom from God comes from a gentle Spirit and answers questions, and it’s end goal is to see purity, to see the fruits of love, and to be a peacemaker. It doesn’t “keep peace” with wickedness, it “makes peace” with righteousness.

James 3
15 This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.

16 For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.

17 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.

18 And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.

Get thee Behind Me Satan – How Jesus Addressed Devilish Wisdom

“Get thee Behind Me Satan” – How Jesus addressed Devilish Wisdom

Matthew 16:23 But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.

This is what Jesus said when he heard Peter give him Devilish wisdom. Peter told Jesus that He didn’t want Jesus going to the Cross. In Peter’s mind, Peter was going to help Jesus win and help him fight the Pharisees. Jesus called him Satan and said “Get thee Behind Me”

Discerning Wisdom

True wisdom is always seeking and finding ways to obey God.

Devilish wisdom is always coming up with “smart and safe excuses” to disobey God.

Watch out for people passing you devilish wisdom that think they are helping you out.

Defining Offense

Notice that Jesus is also giving a picture perfect definition of the word “offense” in the Bible. Its not an issue of emotional harmony at all (Jesus was still friends with Peter).

In reality, biblical offense is an issue of disobedience to God based on your affection for man’s ways over God’ Kingdom. An offense is a “stumbling block” off the path of obedience in God. (I talked more about this common misunderstanding, and the effects of it here).