The 7 Traits of Godly Wisdom

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“But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.” James 3:17

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 that anyone who was religious but didn’t keep a tight rein 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 outlines how this is done. He says in  3:13 that our good conduct, our works, will be evidenced by seven traits found in verse 17.

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

2. Peaceable—This 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. Gentle—a person who is mild-mannered and patient.

4. Willing to Yield—This is 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 fruits—Their life is a life of compassion and honesty. They are known for their forgiving spirit and their impeccable character.

6. Without partiality—They do not take sides or involve themselves in frivolous arguments. They seek to be peacemakers.

7. Without hypocrisy—They are genuine. What you see is what you get. They will not tell one person one thing and another something else.

This is how our conduct is supposed to be. We are to demonstrate these traits in our daily conversation. Our daily conduct should resemble Godliness. It’s not that we can’t do this. It’s that we too often fail to be filled with His wisdom.

Why not choose today to let His wisdom be ours?

Keep Looking Up!

Pastor Rodney

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Dear Lord, Heal Our Land

Dear Lord, heal our land. By Gwen Thielges | www.liftupyourday.com

If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14

Dear Lord,

What an amazing blessing it is to identify as ‘Your people.’ We are thankful for the opportunity to be Yours; that we can go to You in prayer at any time, that we can know for certain You hear our prayers, and that we can know You have a plan for our lives that was set in motion before we were in our mother’s womb. We are grateful, but wow, do we ever take these facts for granted. Forgive us, Lord and help us keep these truths close to our hearts and foremost in our minds from now on.

Lord, help us humble ourselves. We have sadly embraced the idea that we are self-sufficient…that we do not need You until we are desperate. We have uninvited You from being part of the daily routines of our lives, the daily decisions that we make, and the daily burdens that we carry. Forgive us and remind us that we not only need You, but that You actually desire to be in everything we say and do. Clearly, we need to remember Who You are, and who we are in comparison to You. You are God. We are not. Help us live daily in a humble manner.

Lord, we talk about what is happening in our country. We post, tweet, complain, rant, and argue about what is happening in our country. Help us, Lord, to pray about what is happening in our country…to drop to our knees, literally or figuratively in humility, and ask for Your direction and Your answers in our land. We pray for wisdom for our nation. Your Word says You will give wisdom if we ask. We pray for peace for our nation. Your Word promises a peace that is beyond understanding.

Dear Lord, help us seek Your face; to pursue You above all else. Place in us a desire to seek You above all this world has to offer. You inspired a written love letter from You to us in Your Holy Bible. Help us to read it, understand it, love it, and hide it in our hearts, Lord. We want to know You in a deeper way; to cherish You. The more we get to know You, the more we want to get to know You! Lord, thank You for wanting a personal, loving relationship with Your children.

Lord, help us turn from our wicked ways. We have strayed dangerously far from the wonderful path You desire to graciously lead us on. We justify our sin, instead of seeking Your ways. We make excuses and live as though going against Your Word is no big deal. We are desensitized to what sin really is and how it affects our hearts, lives, and everyone around us. Yet, You are a forgiving God, and You welcome us back with open arms. Thank You, Lord, that You readily forgive us when we confess our sins. Reveal to us everything in our lives that is not pleasing to You. The temporary and false rewards that sin offers will never come close to comparing to the exquisite gift of living in Your will.

Please forgive our sin. Please heal our land. Only You, Lord, can help us in this time of need. We come to You in confidence, knowing You love us and that only You can come into the midst of this mess and bring beauty.

In Your perfect, loving, and holy name we pray. Amen.

Gwen Thielges

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How Old Are You?

How do you measure spiritual age? How old would you be spiritually if you didn’t know how old you are? | liftupyourday.com

I recently saw a sign that asked, “How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?” Our physical age is something that we know because we celebrate birthdays, and we see it on our birth certificates. But, what about our spiritual age? So, let me ask, how old would you be spiritually if you didn’t know how old you are?

How do we measure spiritual age? We have a date and a time that we can go back to and even if you don’t remember the exact date you know when you gave your life to the Lord. But, did we grow at a healthy rate from that time on? For most of us, that answer is no. If there has ever been a time when we felt closer to the Lord than we do right now it may indicate that something is wrong.

We often stunt our spiritual growth by not feeding ourselves on a regular basis. We get in the Word for a while, and then we get off track. We miss a day or two and then it is easy to miss a couple more and before we know it’s been a week. We can also let ourselves get into the habit of going to church because it is a habit instead of expecting a fresh word from God and worshipping him with all of our hearts.

Spiritual maturity doesn’t come in spurts. It is disciplining ourselves to spend time with the Lord in prayer, worship, and Bible study. It is learning to walk in faith through the circumstances of life. When we are spiritually mature, we will respond to others in maturity instead of reacting to others in childish ways. We won’t get our feelings hurt over every little thing, and we will worry less and trust more.

The Bible also warns that those who are not spiritually mature can be led away by false teachers. The Message translation says it this way, “Be on guard, lest you lose your footing and get swept off your feet by these lawless and loose-talking teachers. Grow in grace and understanding of our Master and Savior, Jesus Christ.” (2 Peter 3:17-18)

Wisdom also comes with maturity. The more we read the Bible, the more we understand about God and how he works. Another way that we can test our maturity level is by looking at how we act when life doesn’t turn out the way we think it should. We are human, and we will still experience grief, disappointment, and hurt, but the test of maturity is what we do with those feelings.  As we mature, we will learn to turn those feelings over to God and know that we are in his hands.

The good news is that just as we would do anything to help our children grow, our Heavenly Father wants to help us grow. All we have to do is go to him and let him help us get back to healthy spiritual disciplines. So, maybe the next time someone asks us how old we are spiritually. We can say that we are growing and maturing in the faith.

For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and understanding; that you might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God. (Colossians 1:9-10)

Sue Potts

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Who is The Bigger Fool?

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Donald Trump vows to think before he speaks. Hillary Clinton found all her emails. Ted Cruz promises to never read Green Eggs & Ham from the Senate floor again. Bernie Sanders will not raise our taxes to pay for free stuff. John Kasich has dropped out because he can’t win.

April Fools.

We all have been there. The prankster. Some have come up with an elaborate scheme. Others have tied a rubber band around the sprayer on the sink.

This is a day to play a joke; but no one really likes to be the fool.

But the Bible speaks of a fool. We could also add that many people are living foolishly. Conducting themselves as their own god.

Let’s examine two types of people and see: Who is the bigger fool?

First, the person who claims there is:
1.No God

The Bible even speaks to that person. “The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God.’ They are corrupt, their deeds are vile; there is no one who does good.” Psalm 14:1

Evangelist Billy Sunday used to say that sinners can’t find God for the same reason criminals can’t find policemen—they aren’t looking!

People who claim there isn’t a God refuse to acknowledge that they need Him. They have successfully been seduced into thinking their own wisdom and understanding can account for everything, whether good or bad.

The Bible takes this farther. They are smart people. The word fool carries the idea of being self-righteous. They rely on their own moral code. But the bigger problem is they not only don’t need God, they really need people.

Their self-righteousness leads to a warped self-reliance that makes them less compassionate. There isn’t a sense of good and evil because the moral code is not absolute.

So they are a “fool” because they actually believe that morality is made in the hearts of men.

There is a second type of of person. A fool who lives a life of:
2. No Growth

This is a Christian living spiritually in their terrible twos. They never grow up in their faith because they don’t seek God and they chase after the world.

The Bible tells us, “The discerning sets his face toward wisdom, but the eyes of a fool are on the ends of the earth.” Proverbs 17:24

Discernment and wisdom are given to a person who seeks God. The “fool” chases the world.
Are our churches filled with people who chase the world and don’t seek God?

Why have so many chosen to do this? They simply haven’t grown. The god of this world has blinded and deceived them.

But if we are honest, we all have had periods in our lives when the world looked like the way to go. When chasing after God and growing wasn’t our top priority.

Lack of spiritual growth means lack of fruit. It can mean living a life as a Christian without thinking about eternity.

Peter spoke to this Christian. In 2 Peter 1:5-7, Peter lists the qualities you and I are to cultivate in our lives.

Look at what he writes in v.8, “For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” 2 Peter 1:8

Imagine being a Christian but living for the world. That person is “ineffective and unproductive” for Jesus.

Too many today are living their lives like God doesn’t exist. Either they don’t believe in Him or they know Him but never get to know more about Him.

I ask you, who is the bigger fool?

Pastor Rodney

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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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How Do We Get Wisdom?

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How do we get wisdom? Is there a correspondence course we can take? Maybe a test?

The Bible poses this in a question. James 3:17 asks us, “Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom.

Wise describes someone with moral insight and skill in the practical issues of life. Understanding 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. Daily. It takes discipline. A word we don’t use in Christian circles too much anymore. But a person who is disciplined is wise.

This person does not have to boast about how wise they are, all will see it lived out in front of them. James has earlier told us that anyone who was religious but didn’t keep a tight reign on their tongue, their religion was worthless.

James also teaches us to be a Christian is more than saying we are a Christian, we must prove it by the life we live.

Now he outlines how this is done. He says in verse 13 that our good conduct our works, will be evidenced by seven traits found in verse 17, “But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.” (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. Peaceable—This 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. Gentle—a person who is mild mannered and patient.

4. Willing to Yield—This is 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 fruits—Their life is a life of compassion and honesty. They are known by their forgiving spirit and their impeccable character.

6. Without partiality—They do not take sides or involve themselves in frivolous arguments. They seek to be peacemakers.

7. Without hypocrisy—They are genuine. What you see is what you get. They will not tell one person one thing and another something else.

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

Daily discipline

The best basketball coach ever, in my opinion, was John Wooden of the UCLA Bruins. He coached basketball for over forty years and only had one losing season his first. He led UCLA to four undefeated seasons and a record ten NCAA championships including seven in a row. No one has done that since.

Listen to what Coach Wooden writes, “When I was teaching basketball, I urged my players to try their hardest to improve on that very day, to make that practice a masterpiece. Too often we get distracted by what is outside our control. You can’t do anything about yesterday. The door to the past has been shut and the key thrown away. You can do nothing about tomorrow. It is yet to come. However, tomorrow is in large part determined by what you do today. So make today a masterpiece.”

You can make your life a masterpiece by daily discipline with God.

Pastor Rodney

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