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Surviving Selfishness

March 15, 2015 Speaker: Series: Survivor: 2015

Topic: General Verse: James 3:13–3:18

SURVIVOR: 2015
“Surviving Selfishness”

Pastor Duane Cross | 03.15.15

 

“If you are wise and understand God’s ways, prove it by living an honorable life, doing good works with the humility that comes from wisdom. But if you are bitterly jealous and there is selfish ambition in your heart, don’t cover up the truth with boasting and lying. For jealousy and selfishness are not God’s kind of wisdom. Such things are earthly, unspiritual, and demonic. For wherever there is jealousy and selfish ambition, there you will find disorder and evil of every kind. But the wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and the fruit of good deeds. It shows no favoritism and is always sincere. And those who are peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of righteousness.” - James 3:13-18 (NLT)

I. WISDOM FROM BELOW

“The message of the cross is foolish to those who are headed for destruction! But we who are being saved know it is the very power of God. As the Scriptures say, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise and discard the intelligence of the intelligent.” So where does this leave the philosophers, the scholars, and the world’s brilliant debaters? God has made the wisdom of this world look foolish.” - 1 Corinthians 1:18-20 (NLT)

“So I set out to learn everything from wisdom to madness and folly. But I learned firsthand that pursuing all this is like chasing the wind. The greater my wisdom, the greater my grief. To increase knowledge only increases sorrow.” - Ecclesiastes 1:17-18 (NLT)

“God understands the way to wisdom, and he alone dwells there.” - Job 28:23

 

II. WISDOM FROM ABOVE

“If you are wise and understand God’s ways, prove it by living an honorable life, doing good works with the humility that comes from wisdom.” - James 3:13 (NLT)

 

WHO AMONG YOU IS WISE?

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