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New Life Daily Devotion - Dec. 21, 2009

  • 2009 Dec 21

When we get caught up in catering to our addictions, it's almost like we're a different person. It's like there are two of us tied up together. The Bible recognizes this dual nature in all of us. One part yearns for good and the other part of us is drawn toward corrupt desires and animal passions. The Bible describes a kind of "worldly" wisdom that justifies destructive behavior and leads to disorder, instability, and confusion.

We need to beware of this type of wisdom, which is characterized by jealousy and selfishness. James wrote, "For jealousy and selfishness are not God's kind of wisdom. Such things are earthly, unspiritual, and demonic. For wherever there is jealousy and selfish ambition, there you will find disorder and evil of every kind" (James 3:15-16).

This kind of thinking causes us to focus on what others are and have. It makes us want the same things for ourselves to the point where we are always dissatisfied. It is easy to become so consumed with our own desires that we become inconsiderate of others, often hurting the ones we love. This type of wisdom is inspired by the devil, and will lead to our ultimate destruction; his "purpose is to steal and kill and destroy" (John 10:10).

If we see that our thoughts are still dominated by these characteristics, we need to ask God to replace our "wisdom" with his wisdom. We can trust him to change our minds and our lives.

True wisdom restores our sanity and leads us to peace and wholeness.