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Psalm 1, serving as an introduction to Psalms, and to the wisdom literature as a whole, teaches that there are two ways to live: a way of wisdom that leads to God and righteousness, and a way of wickedness (foolishness) that leads to destruction. Which path are you walking on?
The difference between godly wisdom and worldly wisdom is the difference between peace and division. If you find that there are problems and divisions everywhere you go, you may be practicing worldly wisdom. If on the other hand there is peace, it is likely that you are submitting to God, repenting from sin, and doing good deeds that come from humility and wisdom.
On Sunday, I started a new sermon series in James. Over the next 5 or 6 weeks I'll preach through this book. This sermon is from James 1.
James teaches many things in this section, but above all he teaches us that the word of truth (God's word) gave birth to us, is planted within us, and saves us. It is that word that teaches us humility, how to persevere through trial to build our faith and become mature, how to ask for and receive wisdom, and how to live out our faith. We are to be DOERS of this word, not listeners only. When we LIVE the word, we practice religion that is not worthless but that is pure and faultless.
Do you believe this word? If you do, dedicate your whole life to applying it.
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