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Wisdom Can Be Dangerous If Not From God

We would never think that wisdom is dangerous but the desire to be wise can lead us to make choices that are without God’s wisdom. There is the world’s wisdom and there is God’s wisdom.

In the garden, the serpent tempted Eve to doubt God’s wisdom with the statement

Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” (Genesis 3:4–5)

That temptation to “be like God” means you wouldn’t need God because you would be like Him and know what He knows.

That is such a lie and I believe satan is perpetuating that lie in the earth. This perversion is what the false prophet evangelizes. The deception that you can do what you will and still have the wisdom of God and know what you need to know without obeying God. It won’t happen, the Lord will see to it that you are kept from the garden, from the place of fellowship. We don’t ever want to hide from God, if pride has lifted our hearts to move away from the surrender of daily obedience then we must turn back to Him.

 

The world’s wisdom looks good. It was not only the voice of the serpent Eve was listening to but she imagined in her mind what it would be like to be wise. In the seat of our mind is a place where we put ourselves in where God inhabits, when we take His place of leadership or we no longer desire to be under the leadership of men that God places over us and we want independence, no accountability, we run into the danger of fantasy. We look at others and want what they have we imagine what it would be like to have what they have, know what they know we can open ourselves up to temptation.

Eve wanted the wisdom to make her own decisions. She “saw” that it was good. That word saw is a verb which means the word is the production of a result and saw means use the perception of sight to view objects and make judgments based on the perceptions[1]

In Eve’s mind, she perceived that obeying the thought to doubt God and disobey Him was good, pleasant, and desirable. She perceived that this action would make her wise.

So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings. (Genesis 3:6–7).

We have to consider what was Eve’s world like. She was not there when God spoke to Adam. She had to learn from him about the world around her. He was the one who had the encounter with God when God spoke to Him about not eating from the Tree of Life. She had to trust Adam and she had to get the story from Adam. She didn’t want that authority or accountability, she wanted to make up her own mind.

Maybe we don’t want to go to God and wait for an answer. We may want to make up our own mind and we may perceive something is good for us and not trust our partner or those in authority over us. Right there is an opportunity to go to God and fellowship with Him. Eve had access to check in with God. They both had fellowship with the Father in the garden. Everyone can go to God and ask, everyone!

What everyone doesn’t have access to is to move God’s heart. That access is for the family of God but everyone saved or not can call upon the name of the Lord and be heard. This is why God sends us to the world to share the good news which includes wisdom, answers. People all around the world seek the wisdom from God and He gives it, it is available but they can’t hear Him always and He will send us to speak for Him.

Satan hears too and he will send the deception to circumvent people from finding God. He approached Eve to give her the counterfeit wisdom she desired to have. She wanted what Adam had, answers but she needed to go where Adam went to get the answers which was the Father. What does it take to get answers from God? This is what so few teach, in my opinion.

Getting answers from God, getting wisdom from God requires a response on our part. The Father takes us into His garden, His creation and speaks to us from there. I have found that garden to be in my city, my state and my nation. The garden of God was created on earth but we can be on the earth and not in the garden of God. The garden is a place of communion with the Father in the place where He created the world. It is an intimate place and to get there we must know God and in the place wisdom flows in abundance.

God gave Adam the charge to keep the garden, to till it. What does that mean? 

Then the Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it. 16 And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; 17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” (Genesis 2:15–17)

The charge has not changed. As long as we are on this earth we are to “keep the garden of Eden to tend and keep it”. We need to know what that means. There is provision in the garden and we must labor according to the way God says to labor in it.

Why would the Father share wisdom with us if we weren’t laboring in His garden? Wisdom is not to puff us up and make us god, it is for the keeping of the garden, to know good and evil. We must seek the Father to know because we can’t see fully without Him. In that day when we partake of the fruit of that tree we will know but for now in this age we must seek the Father to know, we must fellowship Him to know.

This is one way we can know if the wisdom or what we seek is from God, it will never make Him unnecessary. It will always draw us to Him and will create in us a need for Him.

16 For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. 17 And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever. (1 John 2:16–17)

The garden of Eden is a place where we obey God and to obey Him we must know what He desires, what He wants of us. We must know how to keep the garden that belongs to Him. Millions upon millions of people are trying to labor in a garden where they strive to obtain wealth and goodness only to find it doesn’t satisfy. They are moved by the lust of their flesh and the lust of their eyes, they want to be above it all, the one who makes the decision according to the drive to be on top to be number one. All the while the Father has given us this beautiful garden to enjoy where we will never lack and never be forsaken.

I love laboring with God. Every day is an adventure! There is so much to learn and understand and His wisdom flows in abundance, there is no lack of answers. But we must obey Him and keep that garden, continue to fellowship and ask Him is this good or evil, is this what you want, is this the way? We till up the weeds the things that choke out the fruit of God’s trees.

It is in that place of fellowship, obeying God that He finds us faithful and entrusts us with more of His garden. We will be like Jesus, zealous for His Bride, that she be not hindered from worship and fellowship. We will want to expose the deceptions of the enemy, the lies that try to lead people away from His wisdom to the place where they make themselves as god.

Ours is a position of asking God what would you have me to do. How would you like things to be, what is Your desire, Lord, what pleases You. In that I find pleasure and fullness. I don’t have to seek my own because in that place He provides for me.

If something looks to be good for the family of God for the garden or for me I ask th4e Lord what do you require for this to come to pass, what is your plan Lord regarding this. When we know His heart, we can with all boldness confront everything contrary and agree for His will to come to pass. He set the Kingdom up with man having authority but we will not be successful in all things without His authority. If we make our own decisions because it looks good or is something we want then we will not be given wisdom from God.

13 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. 18 Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace. (James 3:13–18)

The fruit is full of mercy without partiality and without hypocrisy. Wisdom is full of mercy, it is pure, peaceable and willing to yield. There is a marked difference between wisdom of the world that satan offers and wisdom from God. I believe our ministry in the earth, our labor in the Garden should look like the wisdom from God!

[1]  Swanson, J. (1997). Dictionary of Biblical Languages with Semantic Domains : Hebrew (Old Testament) (electronic ed.). Oak Harbor: Logos Research Systems, Inc.

 

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