Am I wise and understanding?
We read verses 13-18 with a questioning mindset to slow down and see what God is saying about the next test, True Faith Has Wisdom From Above.
Let’s break this paragraph up into smaller bites, sinking our teeth into verse 13 and see what we can discover.
Open GODcha to the Book of James.
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Before We Begin, Let’s Pray
Lord, we come today, asking that You quiet our hearts and help us to concentrate. Help us to hear Your voice and be able to think and reason. Please give us clarity of mind so we will walk away today with more understanding.
What might you want to do?
What is the CONTEXT?
James is giving us a series of tests.
We have seen:
are all series of tests to prove genuine faith.
What was Chapter 3:1-12 about?
Chapter 3 began with not many should become teachers because we will incur a stricter judgment.
And then James widened the warning, including all of us who have a tongue, impressing the importance of our speech and the consequences of our words.
Keep this in mind and think how these warnings might connect to the next paragraph.
Let’s LOOK at What God Says
Open the LOOK Section
Let GODcha guide you in your discovery.
Where will you begin?
READ God’s Word
Read James 3:13-18, asking the 5W and H questions.
Remember this is the most vital skill you can learn and develop.
What question does James ask?
How does he answer the question?
What is being contrasted? Why?
You know —
You all have been doing so well, I think you can do this on your own today.
Why don’t you take a crack at it?
Concentrate on just 1 verse today, verse 13.
You have been doing this now for weeks.
You can do this!
It is not hard!
It is truly very easy!
Pray, and let the Road Signs in GODcha lead you to implement the skills you are learning in order to LOOK at God’s Word accurately.
Let me get you started.
As you read these verses, what words pop out that are Key?
Remember the #11 LEARN question over in the Discovery Section?
This helps you see what is key.
What are you going to concentrate on?
GODcha will help give you some suggestions!
Check out the meaning of the Key words.
They are just a tap away.
Then take a peek at the Cross References for the key word(s) or phrases you are investigating.
They too, are just a tap away!
Remember this is where God talks to us.
REASON and THINK by asking questions.
Ponder what you LEARN.
LISTEN to what God says,
Then, talk to God, Respond… to LIVE it out!
He will listen.
You might even try searching out other Truths about the main Key Word, using GODcha’s Word Search.
Remember, There is NO Rush!
Is not to race through a passage, but rather to ENGAGE with God, HEAR Him speak!
Now, as you engage with God, continue in that attitude of prayer, talk to Him.
Remember if you are seeking, God will meet you right where you are at!
Your resident teacher, the Holy Spirit, is right there to help you.
Please make the effort! You can do this!
I will be praying all day for every single one of you!
Next: When we meet in a couple of days, we will see what God taught all of us!
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