Monday, October 15, 2012

Identity Embrace: True Wisdom

Foolishness is a sneaky thing.

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And I think it's probably something we have all experienced at one point or another.  Despite the absolute best of intentions, somewhere down the line these pure intentions evolve into selfish ones.  And we find ourselves in the crazy hole of foolishness. 

You look back at a specific scenario and wonder, "What was I thinking?!"

The enemy of your soul loves that hole.  He especially loves keeping you in it.

For the next few posts, I'd like to dig more deeply into the wisdom passage in James 3.  It has a lot to say in just a few verses about what it means to be truly wise--in God's definition of the word.  It also speaks on what being "in the hole" means.

Read James 3:

True Wisdom Comes from God

13 If you are wise and understand God’s ways, prove it by living an honorable life, doing good works with the humility that comes from wisdom. 14 But if you are bitterly jealous and there is selfish ambition in your heart, don’t cover up the truth with boasting and lying. 15 For jealousy and selfishness are not God’s kind of wisdom. Such things are earthly, unspiritual, and demonic. 16 For wherever there is jealousy and selfish ambition, there you will find disorder and evil of every kind.
17 But the wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and good deeds. It shows no favoritism and is always sincere. 18 And those who are peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of righteousness.

The hole of foolishness starts with bitter jealousy and selfish ambition, covering the truth with boasting and lying.  When in your life have you played the fool and found yourself in the hole?

Today, embrace that your true identity is founded in the Sovereign Lord above, Who alone is pure and unfading Wisdom.  He is peace loving, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good deeds.  Our God is not bitterly jealous (yes, He is jealous for you, but not in spite of you) or full of selfish ambition.  Because we are God's precious children, WE are given the foundation of Wisdom.  Will we seek it today?  

What are some examples of bitter jealously and selfish ambition?  Of pure, gentle wisdom?  How can we seek God's wisdom today?

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