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In yet another practical fashion James teaches us how we can live a life that displays faith in God. And this week Chaplain Jimmy Fannin helps us look at the wisdom loaded verses of James 3:13-18 and unpacks it’s content in a very practical way.
Looking at verse 13 it become clear that we have a choice to make: Live out God’s wisdom or be tempted to live according to worldly wisdom. When was the last time you actually asked God for wisdom for a certain situation? Be honest. Be practical. Really write down the rough date of the last time you looked to God for wisdom. When was it and what was it for?
Before James goes on with the godly wisdom approach in verse 17, verses 14-16 warn us of having the wrong attitude towards wisdom. Ask yourself these two evaluation questions:
- Jealousy – Where do you find yourself comparing to others’ life & service?
- Selfish ambition – Why do you do the good deeds that you do?
In a third step James moves on to describe what true, godly wisdom is (v.17). As Jimmy talked about these 5 key elements of wisdom, did you find yourself evaluating your own life & service? Well, here are 5 questions that help you live out Gods wisdom:
- How can your life be more peace-loving? How can you actively promote peace?
- How can you be more gentle? Especially when you are frustrated with certain people.
- Where do you need to yield? Not just to God, but also to human leadership. Without complaining.
- How can you show mercy? To people that obviously made choices that you would “never” have made.
- And where are you tempted to show favoritism? Who else can you serve?
Chaplain Jimmy Fannin wraps up his sermon with three steps of how to seek God’s wisdom practically. One simple statement sticks out:
How can we seek God’s wisdom if we don’t know who he is and how he works?
Through the Bible in one Year
Join us in reading through the entire Bible in one year. Each day of this plan guides you through passages from both the Old and New Testaments, allowing you to see connections between the history of our faith, and the fulfillment of God’s redemptive plan. Readings average four chapters in length, so it is posible to do. When you use the YouVersion Bible App, you can even have the app read the Bible text to you – very useful when you are in the car or otherwise occupied with your hand.
All you need to do is click the link to the Bible Plan, which should lead you straight to the Bible app. Your two options are now (1) to read the plan on your own, one day at the time. Or (2) you can make it more fun and rewarding, by sharing the plan with one or more friends, and then even “Talk about it”.