From Where Does Your Wisdom Come?

It is my privelege to be preaching at Crossroads this weekend – filling in for Jerry. The message is from James 1:5-8 on discerning the wise response to various trials through boldly asking God for wisdom. I note that later in the book James says we need to be discerning as to the “wisdom” we embrace – it isn’t always from God. He gives us some helpful insight into both kinds of wisdom.

James 3:13-18 (ESV)
13 Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom.
14 But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth.
15 This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic.
16 For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice.
17 But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere.
18 And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.

TWO sources of “wisdom”

(v. 15)
Not from above – heaven
Unspiritual – i.e., natural
(v. 17)
from above

Characteristics of “wisdom”

(vv 14, 16)
Selfish Ambition
(v. 17)
Open to reason

Results from “wisdom”

v. 16
evil practices
v. 18



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