If we are going to understand our spiritual battle, we must see the foundation of our struggle. The first book in the Bible is named “Genesis”. Fittingly, it means “beginnings”. We find here the answers to most of life’s deep questions. We find the basis of our lives and the assignments for our eternal quest to be in harmony with our Creator. This entry has to do with understanding the enemy’s strategy against Godly wisdom and our rightful authority over the enemies schemes.
In our discoveries, we find the negative spiritual pressure taking us to knowledge over wisdom. Wisdom comes from a spiritual source while knowledge is birthed out of our own power to reason and discern with our five senses. Consider the admonition from the Word of God concerning wisdom: “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; wisdom is the principal thing; get wisdom, though it cost all you have get understanding.”(Ps. 111:10, Prov. 4:7)
Wisdom comes from The Lord, but when we depart from Him through sin we separate ourselves from wisdom; knowledge then rushes in to fill the gap. We are told that Jesus increased in wisdom and stature and favor with God and man. (Luke 2:52) He confessed that He only did what He saw the Father doing. He maintained constant communication with the Father through the Spirit and always walked in obedience and wisdom. Obedience is wisdom. You cannot walk in disobedience and wisdom at the same time. Disobedience (sin) deafens us to His voice and renders us at the mercy of our own knowledge. Proverbs 3:5-6 is clear: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not unto your own understanding, in all thy ways acknowledge Him and He will direct thy paths.”
The beginning of this deception is recorded in the Third Chapter of Genesis. Here we find Eve holding a conversation with the devil. ( Problem number one. Don’t converse with the enemy.) Just as he brings doubt and unbelief to us he presented it to Eve. “Has God really said?” Eve, knew that there was a prohibition against eating from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. The devil beguiled her by not only questioning God’s instructions but denouncing the outcome as false. Eve repeated truth when she stated that the Lord had declared that if they were to eat of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil they would surely die. The evil one denied that truth and substituted a lie: “You shall not surely die…but shall become as a god knowing good and evil.” (Gen. 3: 4-5)
As we know, Eve took the bait and disobeyed the directive; Adam chose the same disobedient act shortly thereafter. This resulted in the first couple covering themselves in the fig leaves of their own making (knowledge) and hiding from the Presence of their Father (disobedience). They traded the wisdom that is from above (The Presence of Holy God) which is first of all pure, then peaceable, easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy (James 3:17) for their own myopic understanding. Disobedience will always cost us the presence of Holy God.
This separation displaced divine wisdom, substituted carnal knowledge and stamped “rejection” into the very DNA of all humankind. It was because of their disobedience that sin gave birth to the exaltation of human reasoning and separation from God’s divine plan. And the divine relations ship between Creator and creation was clouded with rejection as Adam and Eve were cast out of the Garden of Eden. (Gen. 3: 23-24) From this point forward the innate desire of all mankind has been to regain the “approval of their Father.” This manifests itself in all children desiring their father to give them acceptance, approval and affirmation. However, even the most diligent earthly father is lacking in the spiritual skills to meet this need. It is a God-shaped vacuum that only is filled through acknowledging our need for a savior; coming humbling back to the Father through the sacrifice of His Son, Jesus Christ, and receiving eternal life through the salvation freely offered. Then, and only then is the damaged spiritual DNA divested of rejection and recreated to receive the acceptance, affirmation and approval of The Father.
Understanding our spiritual deficiencies, divesting ourselves of the damage thereof, through Jesus Christ, opens the door to the restoration of relationship and divine wisdom dwelling richly in us. Isn’t that what we have been striving for? We have spent most of our lives jumping through someone’s hoop to gain acceptance, affirmation and approval. It is a treadmill that never stops and only ends in fatigue and burnout. When we come to Jesus we are coming to restoration of relationship that was severed in the Garden at the beginning of time. “Come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn of me, for I am meek and lowly in heart; my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”(Matt. 11:29)
We will see then more clearly the continued spiritual struggle in Part II, as we recognize Cain’s dilemma as our own.