“In the beginning”

“My Father who art in heaven”

“We hold these truths to be self evident”

“I have a dream”

“I do”

“I pledge allegiance”

“Never, never, never, never give up”

Words are important.

Words start nations, start wars, start movements, start families.

With our words we choose to bless or curse, to love or to hate, to give up or go on.

I’ve been parked in the book of James lately. I can’t get away from it. It’s everywhere in my mind, my heart, my books, my radio, my church. Words change things, especially God’s Word. Jesus is the Word. In the beginning was the word. The word is God. The word is with God.

Consider these holy words:

“For we all stumble in many things. If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body. 3 Indeed, we put bits in horses’ mouths that they may obey us, and we turn their whole body. 4 Look also at ships: although they are so large and are driven by fierce winds, they are turned by a very small rudder wherever the pilot desires. 5 Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things.”

Do you get it?

Our tongues aka our words are powerful. Just like the rudder on a ship, our words chart our course. Our words set our destination. Winds and storms of life come upon us. A phone call. An email. A text. Bam. Out of the clear blue sky. Everything shifts. It was this, but now this!  Look at our verse. The winds and storms of life threaten to blow us off course, but what keeps us tracking? The rudder of words. Words. Our words. We stay the course when God’s word become our words.

What we speak into the storms of life makes a difference. We can go forward or join the fray. We can walk on in faith or join the destruction.

Into the storms of life speak, plant, pray, say, pour, splash, shout His Word.

Healing words.

Helping words.

Holy words.

Speak His words.

Mary Kane

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The Seven Words of Wisdom

Words of Wisdom

“Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom.” (James 3:13)

The Bible asks the question who is wise and understanding among you? Wise describes someone with moral insight and skill in the practical issues of life. Understand refers to one who is an intellectual and comprehends the world of science.

The Bible is defining the vast sum of wisdom and claiming how that wisdom will be demonstrated.

Godly wisdom is demonstrated in a life surrendered to God. This person does not have to boast about how wise they are, all will see it lived out in front of them.

James earlier told us in James 1:6, that anyone who was religious but didn’t keep a tight reign on their tongue their religion was worthless.

To be a Christian is more than saying we are a Christian, we must prove it by the life we live.

James now outlines how this is done. He says in v.13 that our good conduct our works, will be evidenced by seven traits found in v.17.

“But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.” (James 3:17)

1. Pure—the word means clean or innocent. This is the wisdom that accomplishes good works with no false motives involved. It is person whose life is a testimony of pure character and honesty before God.

2. Peace-loving—doesn’t mean a push-over. It is someone who strives to be at peace. One who remains calm under stress and has let go of anxiety.

3. Considerate—Gentle. A person who is mild mannered and patient.

4. Submissive—Willing to Yield. Not one who is easily persuaded but one who can listen to all sides and is willing to do the right thing even if it isn’t their idea. They have a teachable spirit.

5. Full of Mercy and Good fruit—their life is a life of compassion and honesty. They are known by their forgiving spirit and their impeccable character.

6. Impartial—They do not take sides or involve themselves in frivolous arguments. They seek to be peacemakers.

7. Sincere—they are genuine. What you see is what you get. They will not tell one person one thing or another something else.

This is how our conduct is supposed to be. We are to demonstrate these traits in our daily conversation and our daily conduct should resemble Godliness.

Those who possess this character, those who are truly wise are empowered with their wisdom from on high. The fruit or evidence of this conduct is the righteousness in our lives.

That word righteousness means character. The character of a Godly life is shown in peace. The word peace means prosperity.

A person who lives out these seven traits of wisdom will prosper with God and man.
They will be blessed.

Pray that God give you His wisdom today.

Keep Looking Up!

Heaven is closer than you think.

May God bless your day.

Pastor Rodney

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