February 12 2018
If you are one of the people that are on the prayer list that is sent out once a month from Debbie, you will notice I always ask for the same request every month. I always think I could have people pray for a list of things personally and for the ministry, but it is all encompassed in one thing….wisdom. If I have wisdom to make the right decisions, whether personally or ministry wise, then everything will be fine. In the first chapter of the book of James, he tells us that if we lack wisdom, simply ask for it. So I beg for wisdom every day that I live. I want to capitalize on what James says in chapter 3:13-18. It is a lengthy passage but I want to go ahead and write it out here so you will have it front of you. “13 Who among you is wise and understanding? Let him show by his good behavior his deeds in the gentleness of wisdom. 14 But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your heart, do not be arrogant and so lie against the truth. 15 This wisdom is not that which comes down from above, but is earthly, natural, demonic. 16 For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every evil thing. 17 But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy. 18 And the seed whose fruit is righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.
Let me point out just a few things.
Wisdom is gentle.
Wisdom doesn’t push its own selfish ambition. I think this is the quickest way to know if a person is walking in true wisdom…who or what they are promoting. In fact, James says this type of wisdom is not from God. It is earthly, natural (not godly), and downright demonic.
We will know that our wisdom is from above (from God) when it is pure, peacable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, and is not hypocritical.
We need wisdom like this. We have all experienced both kinds. The after affects from earthly wisdom can and probably will be devastating for years, and the after affects from godly, wisdom from above, can and probably will be a blessing for years. Ask! Beg! Walk in wisdom from above.
So what is in store this week? We start out with a 1999 song that we have come to love here at Wedgwood titled “When I Think About the Lord.” We will spend some time after the message this Sunday praying, so we sing a song to remind us of what happens when we pray titled “As We Pray.” Israel Hougton, an incredible songwriter wrote “You Are Good”. Scripture says “taste and see that the Lord is GOOD.” A few weeks ago, I introduced you to the Elevation Worship song, “Jesus, I Come”. It was a powerful moment hearing the congregation of Wedgwood sing it for the first time. For our response time, we will sing an early 2000 song simply titled “Amazed.” “Lord, I’m amazed by You, Lord, I’m amazed by You, Lord, I’m amazed by You…how You love me.”
Okay see you Sunday,