How Can You Tell?

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During the “One Prayer” series one of the messages was about how to acquire a characteristic most of us find in short supply.

Wisdom.

Pastor Wayne Cordiello, of New Hope Church in Hawaii gave the One Prayer message, “Lord, make us Wise.” It was probably my favorite out of all of the messages for it’s depth yet simple application and delivery. I found myself asking, “Who couldn’t follow this?” But guess what? I (and you know you do this too) still find incredibly boneheaded ways around it.

That’s when I need a little nudge in the right direction.

Well, it just happens that we can find that navigational system for tracking wisdom in the book of James—chapter three. In this chapter the characteristics of earthy wisdom are listed right alongside the characteristics of godly wisdom.

When our speech is motivated by Satan or even our own selfish desires. It will be full of…

  • Bitter jealousy
  • Selfish ambition
  • Earthy concerns and desires. Unspiritual thoughts and ideas
  • Disorder
  • Evil

However, when your speech is motivated by God and His wisdom. It is full of…

  • Purity
  • Peace
  • Consideration of others
  • Submission
  • Mercy
  • Sincerity, impartiality
  • Goodness

Pretty easy tracking exersize. Now all you’ll need is a little honesty.

P.S. If you have a Life Application Bible you can look in the book of James for more on this.