There are two kinds of wisdom, evil and righteous. In reading the verses below, do like I did and self examine; not only your own motives but the motives of people around you. First James chapter 3 is famous for pointing out how powerful, and dangerous the tongue is. The first part of the chapter is loud, really in your face, it even reads negatively because the words are so harsh. It is up to us to see those words and remember them for our daily rudders. This morning I would like you to take a look at the latter portion of that chapter; and really allow it to sink in all day, let the words resonate. This will give your spirit so much power and I believe truly lead not only your own actions (what you put out) but provide amazing discernment for the wisdom around you,(what you take in).
You have heard actions speak louder than words right, well Actions, with words, from deep rooted motivation. HUGE. So yes make sure what you are putting OUT is good. Nevertheless, this morning, let's really look at what you are taking in.
“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. But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. Such “wisdom” does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice. 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. Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.” James 3:13-18 NIV
I know for me, I have been taken advantage of many times. My kindness, had been mistaken for weakness, or because I want to believe the best in everyone - especially people I care for - well I know I am not alone, often I have scratched my head. WHAT. SERIOUSLY. HOW. WHY. I know you are all nodding your head. Then you have those people you love, you have attached to them in a different way; here is the spidery slope of performances base love and or enabling bad behavior. You can peel this back a little w a small division of the person or the behavior. You can love the person, but not tolerate the bad behavior. If you tolerate it, it is hurting you, your spirit, what you can put out. If you tolerate it you are letting EVIL wisdom in your life. I understand this well, and more than I would like to admit. Thank You Lord He has delivered me from this forevermore!! TYL I understand, For me it was so much easier to go and think, well if I keep giving, if I love unconditionally, if I forgive, if I am patient, even if I trust in God, if I .... and so on. What do we do, we fill in the blanks and make excuses. Bottom line aren't we choosing to let them continue to behave badly, continue to abuse or take advantage of your lovingkindness. And if you throw in trust in God, you have to first make sure you are listening to Him first. Because, God rewards obedience, not stupid, blind, n stubborn people choosing stupid, blind n stubborn behavior... w their head in the sand! Oh yes, I said it.
Well what is the answer. Do we get tough, stronger, harder on the outside? How about we embrace the wisdom from heaven for ourselves, and truly UNDERSTAND the earthly, unspiritual and demonic wisdom. Remember God isn't gulable, or getting taken advantage of, or being fooled, nor ever being manipulated!! He isn't in any performance based relationships! we are made in HIS image, so how about we listen to HIS Word, HIS advise!! Choose His WILL for us and be more like He made us to be. It isn't safe to just be a good person, you really have to ALSO be acutely AWARE OF EVIL. Pay more attention to what we are TAKING IN, don't make excuses for them, express yourself. Be respectful and first check in to make sure what you are understanding is fact based, and not from an emotional filter you had. But, what that person really wanted to say, or do. Give them a chance to clear it up, or to apologize. In the end of the day, what you need to learn and protect yourself from is wrongful motivation, and evil wisdom. Example why and what is the purpose of attention, affection, kind words. How many of us have people in our lives that are constantly tearing us down (after you have given so much) or kissing your tail end, or slow playing as they posture, or are dangling some carrot and in some cases making you work so hard for every little piece of love, appreciation, support, partnership, companionship, or just time. You need to ask yourself, hum does that fit in to the discription James. If it does, why would you allow yourself to be around or be effluenced, or worse be manipulated by evil wisdom? Remember evil can appear righteous.
Ask for more knowledge and discernment, and KNOW He will bless you with it. TYL PTL TGBTG, Hallelujah!!! “And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God.” Philippians 1:9-11 NIV
There are so many emotions during the holiday's, so many areas of weakness; be aware, observe, don't be in denial, and make a clean decision. AND take in better, take in good, choose to take in good influences. TYL Don't let the bad in, of course put out good!!
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