In this sermon, Pastor Neil continues his series on wisdom– where wisdom comes from and where to get wisdom.  Here are some excerpts:

Where Wisdom Comes From

Knowing what to do when you don’t know what to do is exactly what James is talking about when he says: “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask,” he continues, “you must ask in faith and not doubt” that God will answer your prayer for wisdom (James 1:5-6).

Where do you get wisdom? What should you do when you need wisdom in any given situation? The place to begin is to ask God for it. God is not stingy. He is not stingy with His love. He lavishes it upon us. He is not stingy with His mercy. He is not stingy with His grace. It is God’s nature to give. Giving is what God does.

We see it in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world that He” – what? – “gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

Everyone Has Regrets

You may have lots of regrets about things you’ve done that you wish you could un-do, or things you’ve said that you wish you could un-say. You may have regrets about situations you wish you had handled differently. We all do. Wisdom is knowing that Jesus is bigger than all the things you regret (and all the things you should regret but maybe don’t).

How to Get Wisdom

Wisdom is coming to Jesus with all your sins and regrets and unbelief, and trusting Him with your life; trusting Him to forgive all your sins; trusting Him to give you a new relationship of peace with God; trusting Him with your future, knowing that heaven is promised not to people who are perfect but to people who are forgiven through the blood of Jesus shed on the cross for us.

If you have never come to Jesus in honest, humble repentance for all your sins, trusting not in yourself or anything else but His saving work on your behalf, the wisest thing you can ever do is to come to Him in faith today. The most unwise thing you can do is to refuse His offer of forgiveness and salvation.

The most unwise thing you can do is to say “No” to Jesus and His love. The most unwise thing you can do is to put off making a decision to trust and follow Jesus. Not to decide to follow Jesus in response to His amazing grace is to decide. You can decide to put it off until another time. But the time will come when it is too late. And none of us knows when that time will come.

If you want to be wise and to grow in wisdom, you’ve got to come to Jesus, who alone has the words and power of eternal life (John 6:68). I urge you to do so today.

Pastor Neil has a lot more to say about this topic. Please click on the link below to hear the entire sermon.

 

May 24, 2020

James 3:13-18

Dr. Neil Smith

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