The “Spirit of Wisdom”

The “Spirit of Wisdom”

“The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him, the Spirit of wisdom.” Isa 11:2 NKJV

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 NKJV says there are four kinds of wisdom. Earthly wisdom, which isn’t always dependable because “Sometimes what seems right is really a road to death” (Pr 16:25 CEV). Sensual wisdom, which is based on emotions that can lead to confusion, hurt, and jealousy. Demonic wisdom, which is selfish, lustful, and ungodly. Godly wisdom, which “[comes] from above is…pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and… hypocrisy” (Jas 3:17 NKJV). The Bible says, “[When] you need wisdom, ask…God, and he will give it to you” (Jas 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 plow 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?” (See Gal 5:22-23). (f) “Is it fair and impartial, or does it favor a particular person or group?” (g) “Can I in good conscience pursue this particular course of action, or does it involve some level of deceit and selfishness?”

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