False Life -- True Wisdom Part 2
James 3:13-18 – 13 If you are wise and understand God’s ways, prove it by living an honorable life, doing good works with the humility that comes from wisdom. 14 But if you are bitterly jealous and there is selfish ambition in your heart, don’t cover up the truth with boasting and lying. 15 For jealousy and selfishness are not God’s kind of wisdom. Such things are earthly, unspiritual, and demonic. 16 For wherever there is jealousy and selfish ambition, there you will find disorder and evil of every kind. 17 But the wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and the fruit of good deeds. It shows no favoritism and is always sincere. 18 And those who are peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of righteousness. (New Living Translation)
How can I tell if I have false wisdom or true wisdom?
The ________________________ of wisdom is different
• False wisdom does not come from _________________
• True wisdom comes from ________________
Proverbs 9:10 – Fear of the Lord is the foundation of wisdom. . . . (New Living Translation)
The _____________________ of wisdom is different
• False wisdom is ________________ or made up by man
• True wisdom is ____________________ to man
1 Kings 4:29 – God gave Solomon very great wisdom and understanding, and knowledge as vast as the sands of the seashore. (New Living Translation)
Proverbs 2:6 – For the Lord grants wisdom! . . . (New Living Translation)
Ecclesiastes 2:26 – God gives wisdom, knowledge, and joy to those who please him.... (New Living Translation)
The ____________________ of wisdom is different
• False wisdom is described as ___________________ or sensual
• True wisdom is knowing and doing the _______ of God
!!The __________________________ of wisdom is different
• False wisdom is described as __________________
• True wisdom is God’s perfect ______________
What standard can I use if I claim to be truly wise?
True wisdom is pure
What does James mean by pure?