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How to Grow Wisdom (9 of 17)
(How We Get It ...How We Grow It ...How We Know It
Bill Gothard says that wisdom is seeing life from God's point of view. It is getting an inside view of how things really are.
Solomon said (Proverbs 4:7), "Wisdom is the principal thing." That means it is the number one priority.
Solomon said (Ecclesiastes 9:Z8), "Wisdom is better than weapons of war." What's more important than Star Wars, nuclear war heads?
Solomon said (Ecclesiastes 9:16), "Wisdom is better than strength." Proverbs 16:16 ... "Wisdom is better than gold."
Job said (28:28), "The price of wisdom is above rubies." (Solomon said the same thing.)
James begins this section by raising this question, "Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you?" Who is the teacher, who is the leader, who is the dynamic Christian who is living his Christian life on the cutting edge of reality?
James says, "Let him show it by his good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom." The wise man is always humble, or he isn't wise! Pride and wisdom are never found together in God's economy!
Then James goes on to say that there are two kinds of wisdom in the world. The first comes from bitterness, envy, strife, vain glory, dishonesty, pride. It is literally a work of the flesh. It is ...
1. THE WISDOM OF THE WORLD.
And it consists of three things.
a) EARTHLY (epigeios)
It is limited to the earth. It never gets above the dust of the ground. Paul revealed it in Philippians 3:19 ... "Whose end is destruction, whose God is their appetite, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things." In John 3:12 ... Jesus talked about "earthly things." He said, "If you don't understand earthly things, how are you going to understand heavenly things?"
Some examples: You can borrow your way to financial prosperity. Ever hear this? "If we live together before we get married, then we will know if we are really meant f ...
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