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November 8, 2020

Am I building my life on the rock or on the sand?

Who among you is wise and understanding? Let him show by his good behavior his deeds in the gentleness of wisdom. But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your heart, do not be arrogant and so lie against the truth. This wisdom is not that which comes down from above, but is earthly, natural, demonic.  For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every evil thing.  But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy. And the seed whose fruit is righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace. James 3:13-18 (NASB)

Wisdom = skill for living

Two kinds of wisdom:

1.  Earthly wisdom characterized by “disorder and every evil thing”

2.  Heavenly wisdom characterized by “righteousness”

Which kind of wisdom I have is determined by who I follow.

 

“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.” Matthew 7:24-27 (NIV)

Am I building my life on the rock or on the sand?

Follow-Up Questions 

LEARN
 
Read James 3:13-16. How does James describe earthly wisdom?
 
Read James 3:17-18. How does James describe heavenly wisdom?
 
Read Galatians 5:13-26. How does Paul’s teaching on acts of the flesh compare to James’ teaching on earthly wisdom? Likewise, how does Paul’s teaching on living by the spirit compare to James’ description of true wisdom?
 
LIVE
 
When you face challenging situations, in what ways might you draw mostly from earthly wisdom as the source for how you respond?
 
When you face challenging situations, how can you draw from heavenly wisdom instead of earthly wisdom? Additionally, how might the outcomes look different when you do so?
 
WHAT’S NEXT
 
This week, ask God to show you the ways that you might be acting on earthly wisdom. Pray that he will help you overcome that tendency by giving you heavenly wisdom and strengthening you to act on it. Throughout this message series, make the commitment to read through the letter of James at least once. Don’t be afraid to read it a second time if you have the chance.

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