What is the wisdom that comes from below?
Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom. 14 But if you have bitter envy and self-seeking in your hearts, do not boast and lie against the truth. 15 This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic. 16 For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there. 17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.
The wisdom comes from below according to James could be broken down into three categories:
World – The wisdom of the earth – Thinking of a common man according to world’s intelligence
Flesh – The wisdom of the pleasure – Act of the common man according to the lust of his eyes
Demons – The wisdom of evil – Act of the common man who is under the influence of evil (spirits),like cunningness, jealousy, gossip, slander, playing politics, thoughts that fuels rage and anger.
If all these hits you, remember you have the dominion over it to yield to it or to overcome it. That is why Apostle Paul says that we have to “work out your own salvation with fear and trembling”.
Fear here is not the fear about the darkness but to watch out diligently and resist the wisdom from below. James 4:7 says, “Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” So take heart and exercise the authority that was given to you by our Lord over darkness in the name of Jesus and through the faith in the name of Jesus Christ.