These are my notes from a sermon by pastor Bil Gebhardt.
From the series of sermons from James 3:13-18.
- Where do you get your wisdom?
- The problem we have with our faith is that we are wise with the world and not with God.
- True wisdom comes from God
- It will show through your actions
- Meek = power under control.Our usual thought of “meekness” is a weak and cowering person but the Hebrew word for meek really means “power under control”
Worldly wisdom is driven by selfishness and jealousy in your heart, instead of God.
- This wisdom operates on the “what’s in it for me?” view
- We should consider everyone else more important than ourselves.
- Don’t brag about being wise if you have jealousy and self ambition in your heart. You are fooling yourself. (see meek definition)
Worldly wisdom is earthly and motivated by the devil.
- Earthly – temporal, “I want it now”
- Motivated by the devil – the devil wants us to have earthly wisdom so that he has control
- Adam and Eve story. Eve was tempted because the fruit would make her “wise”. This was the temptation of earthly wisdom. (Gen 3:6)
Worldly wisdom causes problems.
- Where jealousy and selfish ambition are, there will be disorder and and every kind of evil.
- We are confused by thinking “greed is good” and “more is better”
Heavenly wisdom brings goodness.
- Wisdom from above is pure, finds peace, is gentle, reasonable, merciful, and unwavering.
- This kind of wisdom changes our behavior.
Gaining Heavenly wisdom is the best thing you can do.
- Happy is the man who finds wisdom and gains understanding. (Proverbs 3:13)
- Wisdom is more valuable than any earthly riches. (Proverbs 3:14-18)
- *Gaining wisdom is the wisest thing you can do. It erases anxiety, worry, fear, selfishness, jealousy, etc (Proverbs 4:5-8)
- Do you want to be wise? Do you want to live simple minded for the rest of your life?
- We will suffer the consequences of our earthly wisdom.
- Don’t be naive, lean on Heavenly wisdom.
Find one person or one resource to add to your Heavenly wisdom. If you don’t know where to start, I would highly consider reading More Than A Carpenter.