In today’s message Bro. Leo continues our study on the ascension of Jesus Christ by looking at the fruits of God’s wisdom. Bro. Leo starts by reviewing the difference between the wisdom that comes from man and the wisdom that comes from God (James 3: 13-18).
We either use mans wisdom or God’s wisdom to manage life’s circumstances, decision making process, choices, in the way we live. The fruits of man’s wisdom are strife-trying to keep up with the Jones’, claiming wisdom for status, self preserving, self glorification, selfish desires (James 3:14-15). The fruits of God’s wisdom are purity, righteousness, peace, order, gentleness, humility and patience with others (James 3:17-18).
With this knowledge we can look back upon our life and see when we were using man’s wisdom and when, if at all, we were using God’s wisdom. If we have never asked God for His wisdom, with the faith of receiving it, chances are good that we have never received or used God’s wisdom (James 1:5-6).
When we receive God’s wisdom we know without a doubt that we are in God’s will in both general and specific areas of our life (Eph. 5:15, 17). In vs.15 the word “circumspectly” is translated from the Greek word “akribōs” which means accurate and exact, to aquire diligently, to receive an exact answer. We should be seeking God’s wisdom in every decision we make, both small and large (Phil. 4:6).
Scriptures used in today’s message:
Jas 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
Jas 3:13 Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.
Jas 3:14 But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth.
Jas 3:15 This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.
Jas 3:16 For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.
Jas 3:17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.
Jas 3:18 And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.
Eph 5:15 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,
Eph 5:17 Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.
Mat 2:8 And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also.
1Co 2:6 Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought:
1Co 2:7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:
1Co 2:8 Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
Pro 3:13 Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding.
Pro 3:14 For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold.
Pro 3:15 She is more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her.
Pro 3:16 Length of days is in her right hand; and in her left hand riches and honour.
Pro 3:17 Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.
Pro 3:18 She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy is every one that retaineth her.
Pro 3:19 The LORD by wisdom hath founded the earth; by understanding hath he established the heavens.
Pro 3:20 By his knowledge the depths are broken up, and the clouds drop down the dew.
Php 4:6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
Pro 2:6 For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.