We’ve Spent several days,
- LOOKING at James 3:13-18, 6 verses, to correctly see what God says.
- Learning how to use GODcha.
- Becoming familiar with some of the different skills to help us correctly see what God says.
Today, we want to Wrap it up!
- Review all we have LEARNED.
- LIVE it out! Apply it to our lives.
Open GODcha to the Book of James.
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You can print off this post and put in a Notebook!
Do You Remember Why James Wrote This Letter?
To command believers, those of the faith, to be doers of the Word of God, not just hearers,
Explaining that faith without works is dead, useless, because it cannot save you.
Thus, hoping to turn a sinner from the error of his ways so his soul will be saved from death.
Before We Begin, Let’s Pray
Oh Lord, as we come to Your Word today to bring everything together, please show us our hearts, and see if there be anything that would hinder us from hearing You. May we confess and repent, and move on to hear what You are saying. Grant us understanding and help us walk away in such a way that we will live in the light of these mighty Truths. Thank you!
We LOOKED at James 3:13-18
We have been letting GODcha take us directly to God’s Word,
teaching us how to use certain skills
to see what God has to say about
‘His Wisdom‘ versus ‘Earthly Wisdom‘.
So now, let’s take all that God has taught us and connect the dots to bring it all together.
To refresh your mind and put everything into CONTEXT what will you do?
Read God’s Word
Read Chapter 1 and 2, and Chapter 3:1-12 to remember the CONTEXT.
Are you amazed at how much of James letter God has cemented in your memory as a result of reading and re-reading.
Don’t you have a lot of it memorized, and you didn’t even try to memorize it?
Oh, so amazing!
Context Rules Interpretation
We see CONTEXT thus far is all about genuine saving faith.
Our Faith is Seen By How We Respond To:
The Word of God;
To Those in Need – Fulfilling the Royal Law, Not Showing Partiality.
True Genuine Faith is Seen:
In our Righteous Works, and Words (the Tongue)!
Read James 3:13-18 once again with a questioning mindset.
You can never get enough of God’s Word.
Go to GODcha
Let’s Check Out GODcha’s
#11 LEARN/LIVE Questions
Ch 3,#11. The next test of faith is in being wise and showing it.
a. What motivates the wisdom that is not from above? What are its results, CR?
b. Describe the wisdom from above and it’s results, CR.
c. Connect the dots, how do you see wisdom affects the tongue? (v13-18)
Try to Answer on your own.
And then we will Answer together.
Keep in mind James’ purpose in writing this letter.
To Answer, Let’s Sum Up
What We Discovered
Who is wise and understanding means:
-Wise [is applying the knowledge of God to our lives], and
-Understanding [is the knowledge of God]?
Show the power and the Word of God in their lives.
Live like Christ!
True Wisdom That Comes From Above
The Source Is:
God – wisdom and power belong to God.
Jesus – has been made wisdom to those who believe.
The Holy Spirit – is the Spirit of wisdom, teaching us wisdom.
God Gives Wisdom to Those:
Who Fear Him and Know Him
Who Come to Him through faith in Jesus Christ.
Jesus is our wisdom from God who takes up residence within us.
Thus, God’s Word is our source of wisdom.
The Holy Spirit teaches us God’s wisdom.
Whenever we lack wisdom, all we need to do is ask for it.
God’s Wisdom is Seen:
In one’s good behavior;
In one’s deeds;
In the gentleness of wisdom.
God’s Wisdom is:
full of mercy and good fruits,
The fruit of righteousness is sown in peace, by those who make peace.
Wisdom NOT From God
The Source Is:
Earthly – worldly
Natural – fleshly
Demonic – of Satan
Those Who are NOT Wise and Understanding:
Don’t fear God.
Don’t know God.
Don’t obey God.
The Conduct of Earthly Wisdom is:
Lie Against the Truth
Disorder and Every Evil Thing
HEAR God Speak
#11 What kind of wisdom do I show?
a. What is my behavior, deeds? Do I exhibit gentleness of wisdom?
b. Do I have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in my heart? Is disorder (commotion and confusion) the result?
c. Am I a peacemaker; gentle; reasonable (compliant, teachable); full of mercy and good fruits; unwavering without hypocrisy?
d. How am I acquiring wisdom from above, and applying it to: my trials; the way I treat others; and my speech and tongue?
Respond to God . . .LIVE it out!
Oh my goodness, have you had eyes to see and ears to hear?
Has the Spirit convicted you in any way, as He has me?
Chapter 3 gives us a couple of the tests that prove the reality of our faith.
1) Do we have God’s wisdom?
2) Do we use our tongue wisely?
Can you and I pass the test?
Okay, One Last Thing to Do
To Wrap Up Chapter 3, GODcha directs us to Summarize the Chapter.
You should know by now this helps you grasp and process what you have LEARNED, cementing this Chapter down deep into your heart and you will remember it.
Come on try it, you will be so glad you did!
1.Read all of James 3:1-18.
To refresh your minds and remember the main topics or what was Key in these 2 paragraphs.
Keep in mind each test that proves our faith?
2. When you go through this process,
Thinking and reasoning God’s Truths,
Then God is able to seal Truth into your memory!
3. Now to Summarize.
Keep the summary to 4-6 Words or less if possible.
Why? Because it will be easier to remember.
4. DO NOT paraphrase!
Use the Words God uses.
(Paraphrasing can change the meaning. And, we want to know and bury God’s Word, that has the power, into our heads and hearts.)
This Chapter is not hard at all.
Try it on your own before you go any further.
I will help you after you give it a shot!
You can do this!
I know you can!
How would you Summarize Chapter 3?
What about: Tongue/Wisdom
Chapter 3 is a Wrap!
Oh, I pray you have engaged with God in a very special way as you LISTENED to Him speak to you personally.
Meditate on all He has taught you, for it pleases Him.
Be glad in Him, (Psalm 104:34).
What have you learned about yourself?
Is there some action God is requiring of you?
Do you need to confess and repent?
Now, NOTE and SAVE What God Has Taught You!
You’ll want to put this Review in your Notes.
Enter the personal things God has touched you with.
Turn What We LEARNED into Prayer
Perhaps. . .
OH LOVING FATHER GOD, we bless You and Praise You, and continue to thank you for all You are revealing to us in Your Word through James. GLORIOUS LORD JESUS CHRIST, MASTER and REDEEMER, we are so grateful that You have been made wisdom to those of us who believe and reside within us. Oh, thank you Holy Spirit for teaching us. For leading and guiding us into these marvelous Truths about the tongue, and the wisdom of this world versus the wisdom of God. I pray we have had ears to hear and truly be willing to admit what we need to work on. Oh Father, thank you for Your reproof and correction. We repent, and confess the many times we have stumbled, not being wise with our words, hurting others and causing discord and division! Cleanse our hearts for being self-centered rather than God-centered. Oh, forgive us Lord! Once again we are so thankful for Your promise that if and when we confess our sins to You, You are faithful and righteous to forgive us and cleanse us from all unrighteousness, (1Jo 1:9). We are ever so grateful that You have opened the way for all of us to be wise and understanding. May we be very careful to not walk as fools who are unwise, but as wise. You have sealed us with Your Holy Spirit, the Spirit of wisdom, our teacher and the One who gives us the divine power to control our tongues, and the ability to bear fruit of righteousness sown in peace. Help us to be sensitive to You, Holy Spirit, making every effort to show our good behavior by our deeds in the gentleness of wisdom. May we choose to speak sweet water to our hearers. Let the fruit of our lips be gracious and seasoned with salt. Oh, may we be doers of Your Word, honoring and glorifying You in all we say and do. We ask this in our Lord’s holy name. Amen!
I am so proud of you, for you are doing the one thing that is necessary, learning to sit at the feet of Jesus, in His presence, listening to what He has to say to you personally through His Word and the power of the Holy Spirit! I thank God you have been willing!
Rest and worship the Lord!
Next: In a couple of days we will LOOK @ James Chapter 4.
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