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Wisdom and Your World View

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Introduction

Please open your bibles with me to James Chapter 3 we will be looking at verses 13-18 As we continue our Journey through James
The title of todays message is Wisdom and Your Worldview
Everyone has a world view
It is how you see the world
It’s your philosophy of life
Your prospective on life
And how you live defines your point of view
As we know James key thesis os living out your faith
James tells us over and over again that faith without works is dead
With our works we demonstrate the genuineness of our faith
The same thing can be said about our world view
Real wisdom comes from God and should flow out into our life
As believers we should be looking at the world though God’s eyes and not those of the world
The word believe literally if traced back to mean how we live
So in other words how we believe is manifested by how we live
And so James is going to compare two forms of wisdom here
God’s point of view
And the World’s
If you a believer you should have a biblical worldview
Our prospective should come from God
Look at verses 13-18
James 3:13–18 NKJV
Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom. But if you have bitter envy and self-seeking in your hearts, do not boast and lie against the truth. This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic. For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there. 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. Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.
Wisdom is a big topic in the Bible
The word wisdom is found all throughout scripture
So we first need to define wisdom form a biblical standpoint
Wisdom is seeing things from God’s prospective and making decisions based on that understanding
Wisdom is about making right choices
Real wisdom is the ability to integrate and show what you know by how you live
That is Why James starts this conversation by asking
Does anyone say that they are wise?
Then show is by your god conduct
Because it in the end is is our conduct that tells others what we believe
Godly living displays Godly Faith

The Worth of Wisdom (vs 13)

He begins again by asking does who here thinks they are wise
James 3:13 NKJV
Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom.
Not everyone is wise
Everyone may have an opinion
Or an argument
But not everyone is wise
Wisdom is therefore of great worth and value
As Christians we have to make an effort to seek the wisdom from God
Proverbs 3:13–18 NLT
Joyful is the person who finds wisdom, the one who gains understanding. For wisdom is more profitable than silver, and her wages are better than gold. Wisdom is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her. She offers you long life in her right hand, and riches and honor in her left. She will guide you down delightful paths; all her ways are satisfying. Wisdom is a tree of life to those who embrace her; happy are those who hold her tightly.
If You want to be blessed in every walk of your life , then you better discover the value of Godly wisdom in your life!
And James says that you will show that you are wise by the way that you live
You are going to prove your wisdom by smart skillful living
To be wise is to act wisely
To be wise is to learn and live the Word do God
The wisdom of God
Church we have to understand thought that Knowledge and Wisdom are not the sane
Knowledge is good And is important to have
But wisdom is far greater
Because wisdom is the practice application of knowledge
Knowledge is all around us these days
You can google almost anything
Mike Huckabee says it best
You can google knowledge but wisdom comes from above
Knowledge is learned, wisdom is given
Wisdom comes from God
Therefore we are to pursue wisdom
James 1:5 NLT
If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.
James tells us that we are to pray for wisdom
Knowledge gives us the ability to take things apart, wisdom gives us the ability to put it back together
Any body can take stuff apart
When I worked as a mechanic we would always get in cars that someone had tried to fix on their own but they soon realized that once they got it apart they could not put is back together
They same is true with out life we thing we can do it ourselves but what we really end up with is a mess that only God can put back together
And trust me some of us need to take the box of parts we have strung out all over the place to God so He can put our life back together
It takes the wisdom of God to put things back together
And wisdom is needed to day
· In our homes
· On our marriages
· In our church’s
· In our leaders
· In our country
· In our nation
· And the list goes on and on
Wisdom is not gained by education
Education is important
Education can be bought
But wisdom is far more important
Wisdom does not come form just growing old
We have all heard people say the older I get the wiser I am
Listen just getting old does not make one wise
Experience does not make you wise
What makes us wise is God’s Words
God’s words teaches us God’s Ways
And it is by living by God’s Standard that one can truly say they are wise
That is what James is saying
If you want peace and happiness thing seek God’s Wisdom
Proverbs 4:4–8 NLT
My father taught me, “Take my words to heart. Follow my commands, and you will live. Get wisdom; develop good judgment. Don’t forget my words or turn away from them. Don’t turn your back on wisdom, for she will protect you. Love her, and she will guard you. Getting wisdom is the wisest thing you can do! And whatever else you do, develop good judgment. If you prize wisdom, she will make you great. Embrace her, and she will honor you.
I would challenge you to read a chapter of proverbs every single say
I think that is why God broke it up into 30 chapters so that we would have one a day
He made 31 days for those that are hard headed so that we could go back and reread one
Solomon tells us in Ecclesiastes how he chased everything
· Possessions
· Power
· Position
· Wine
· Women
· Food
· Beautiful palaces
And he concluded that all of this was vanity of vanities
In other words he tried everything that the world counts as wisdom and he said that it is all empty
When Solomon became the king God came to Him and said Solomon ask me anything
Whatever you want is yours
And of all the things he could of asked
· Riches
· Fame
· Power
· Glory
What did he ask for
Wisdom
He wanted God’s Wisdom
And God did just that
And because he did not ask for all the rest but sought out wisdom instead God provided all the other things
Church we have to seek wisdom
We have to seek wisdom more than anything
Jesus talked about seeking wisdom often
One of the best is in
Matthew 7:24
Jesus says we become wise by building out house on a firm foundation and that foundation is God’s Word
So many today are not building on a strong foundation
Proverbs 1:7
The fear of the Lord
Wisdom will change your life
You may be asking how do I get this wisdom
First of all by asking Jesus to come into your life
Jesus in the entry point for Godly wisdom
1 Corinthians 1:24B
John 1:1
He is the love of God and he is the light
Colossians 2:3
Wisdom is hidden in Jesus
Ephesians 1:17
Wisdom is a special gift from God
Knowledge is learned
Wisdom is given
Given in Jesus Christ
Why is wisdom so valuable?
IF YOU HAVE IT
Your will make good decisions
You will mike wise choices
You will be able to discern the will of God and apply it to your life
If we walk on wisdom we will walk in the will of God
If we will stay consistent in the word of God His will be done in our life
The Bible is full of wisdom
For healthy marriages
Health churches
For healthy parenting
For making proper decisions
For controlling our emotion
Our emotions are hard to control the world is shaky
But Godly Wilson’s provides peace
We need wisdom in our finances
We could go on and on
But the truth is we all need Wisdom
Now James contrast wisdom form above with wisdom from below
Look back in
James 3:14–15 NKJV
But if you have bitter envy and self-seeking in your hearts, do not boast and lie against the truth. This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic.
He says

3 Things About the Wisdom Form Below

Is is earthly
It is unspiritual
And it is demonic
There is all kinds of world views that are trying to captivate is
But they do not come form God
The world says if you want to be wise get away from God
But remember Solomon says this is all empty
And as the mind goes so does man
How you think determines how you live
Ben Carson says we better be concerned with how secular America is coming
I agree the American culture is running away from God at a alarming rate
James says that

Worldly wisdom is characterized in two ways

1. Bitter jealously (vs 16)
It means harsh angry radical
This is what we are seeing in our country
Bitter anger and hatred
This comes from a worldview that is built below and it is empty and it destroys
It is demonic
And so we are engaged in a spiritual battle
And we need to understand that we are in a spiritual battle
2. Selfish Ambition
Greedy
James describes it as politics that would say anything to get elected
It runs over people to get to the top
It discards all kinds of people
It is not serving and caring
That is worldly wisdom
And it leads to disorder
It causes division
And James says that every evil practice takes us there
But God’s Wisdom puts things back together
Now James gives some practical advice for everyone of us here
He says stop saying you are so smart
If you life is full of evil and selfish behavior then you are not smart
You are not wise
You are foolish
And the foolish man says that there is no God
The foolish man says there is no absolute truth
What you believe is Good for you but is not for me
This is even happening in churches and Christian universities
We have Christians saying that you cant really trust the Bible because it is just a book
Just because you hear something in a pulpit are a seminary does not meant its wisdom from God

The Works of True Wisdom James 3:17-18

James closes by showing us what true wisdom looks like
James 3:17–18 NKJV
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. Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.
The evidence of God’s wisdom is what we just read

So we need to ask ourself some question here to see if we are truly wise

1) Am I pure?
God’s wisdom is holy and pure
It produces righteousness
Matthew 5:8 NLT
God blesses those whose hearts are pure, for they will see God.
2) Am I full of peace?
God’s wisdom remember brings thing together
Not create discord
It created harmony
Is there discord in your….
· Life
· Your marriage
· The church
Then it’s most likely because you have been seeking counsel from the world and not the Word of God
God’s wisdom gives you peace
3) Am I gentle? (Meekness)
When our lives are under the control of the Holy Spirit God can use
4) Am I reasonable?
We don’t know everything and we need to learn this
Not harsh and judgmental but reasonable
5) Am I Merciful?
God has Called us to love the unlovable
It is our job
We are to serve and love are neighbors
Not be judgmental and harsh
But loving and sharing the gospel
What if God is using this mass immigration into America
To spark a worldwide revival
And it leads to thousand and bilingual of people coming to know Jesus
James says is you don’t care about people then you are not wise
6) Am I sincere?
Christians are real not fake
2 Corinthians 1:12 NKJV
For our boasting is this: the testimony of our conscience that we conducted ourselves in the world in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom but by the grace of God, and more abundantly toward you.
Wisdom comes from God is is a gift from above
100 years from know everyone in this room will be in eternity
And what we do in this life determines where we spend eternity
If you do not know Jesus and your savior he is the wisdom of God
He is the light
And the light will come in your life when you receive Jesus as your savior
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