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False Pictures: The Power of Spiritual Wisdom
May 27, 2018

False Pictures: The Power of Spiritual Wisdom

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Speaker: Dr Jon Lovelady | Series: False Pictures

This week in our sermon series, False Pictures, we deal with a topic that impacts our lives every day!  James devotes Chapter 3 to a member of the human body this is all but uncontrollable: the tongue!  All of us understand the power of the words in our hearts and souls.  It seems we are bombarded by negative words on a daily basis.  We long remember the hurtful words that have been spoken to us in the past.  In the sermon, The Power of Spiritual Wisdom, James encourages us that our words can build peace, be filled with mercy, and be tempered with compassion.  When we follow God’s wisdom for our lives, then it leads us to a good place and helps us to control how we use our words.  As you prepare for worship, notice how the negative words in your mind create a false picture of despair and hopelessness.  Let these words from James bring the brilliant light of truth to your life!  It has the power to set us free!  James 3:9-18: 9 With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. 10 Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. 11 Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? 12 My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water. 13 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.14 But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. 15 Such “wisdom” does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. 16 For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice. 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. 18 Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness. (NIV)

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