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November 9, 2022

MORE THAN INFORMATION

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE

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. But if you are bitterly jealous and there is selfish ambition in your heart, don’t cover up the truth with boasting and lying. For jealousy and selfishness are not God’s kind of wisdom. Such things are earthly, unspiritual, and demonic. For wherever there is jealousy and selfish ambition, there you will find disorder and evil of every kind. 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 the fruit of good deeds. It shows no favoritism and is always sincere. And those who are peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of righteousness.

James 3:13-18 NLT

 

TODAY’S THOUGHT

James once again drives home a consistent theme in his writing. Our outward behavior demonstrates what is inside our mind and heart. To have wisdom is more than just an accumulation of information. There are a lot of people with advanced degrees which prove they have accumulated information. Yet many of those same people struggle to transform information into wisdom. I believe that wisdom is the ability to take information and use it wisely. James talks about God’s wisdom in terms of relationship with others. God’s wisdom is not jealous or selfish. It is pure, peace loving, gentle, and “willing to yield to others.” That is contrary to human wisdom. God’s wisdom is “full of mercy” and “good deeds.” It involves sincerity and peacemaking. Notice that Godly wisdom is not about the accumulation of information, but the ability to transform information into action talked about in this passage. It is how we treat others that is the sign of what kind of wisdom we have—God’s wisdom or earthly wisdom. I think it is better to know how to properly use a little information than to have lots of information and not know how to apply that information. The Holy Spirit can take the information we have and help us apply it to our daily lives.

 

TODAY’S PRAYER

Holy Spirit help me to live with Godly wisdom. Help me to demonstrate that wisdom by the way I treat others.

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chermyworld
chermyworld
Nov 09, 2022

Lord I just had a talk with my friends about possible being too nice . Lord youve made me with a kind heart . I just want to do what is pleasing to you . Help me o father to move with discernment

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I want to always be applying the information God is showing me.

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Gabriel Jenkins
Gabriel Jenkins
Nov 09, 2022

Lord help me live a life of christ showing that I am living it, not quivering away when it’s time for me to tell your good deeds

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I want to remove jealousy and selfish ambition from my life. So others may see the true version of Christ love for the world.

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The past few months I've had an equation in my head: Supplication without Application equals Devastation. If you don't apply what your taking in, your gonna be devastated when you're in the same boat you started your journey in. Is that ok to say?

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I think it is crucial to be applying whatever God is showing you. Without application you stay in the same boat with nothing changing.

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