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Choosing God’s Wisdom Over Man’s Wisdom #4 

James 3.13–18

Don Ruhl • Savage Street, Grants Pass, Oregon • November 2, In the year of our Lord, 2014

Scripture Reader and Reading: Carl Peugh – James 3.13–18

Song Leader and Song Suggestions: Phil Joseph – Anything on the Bible

  1. God Works in You
    1. Phil 2.12–13
    2. We are concerned primarily with the flesh and outward appearance, but the Lord is concerned primarily with the spirit and inward appearance.
    3. Man’s original creation
      1. In God’s image – Gen 1.26
      2. Wonderfully made – Psa 139.14
    4. However, we have corrupted ourselves
      1. Jer 17.9
      2. Rom 3.23
    5. God’s purpose is to bring us to perfection again
      1. Eph 2.10
      2. Phil 1.6
      3. Psa 138.8
  2. The Basis of a Downcast Spirit
    1. Comparing ourselves with others
      1. Second Corinthians 10.12 (?)
    2. Our looks
      1. Pro 31.30
      2. Use yourself for the glory of God
        1. Esther
        2. Lazarus
    3. Our abilities
      1. 1Co 1.26–27
      2. 1Co 12
    4. Our family
      1. Remember what God is to you
      2. Psa 68.5
    5. Our social status
      1. Jam 2.5
      2. John 1.46
      3. What is the basis of happiness?
      4. God is no respecter of persons
  3. Do Not Base Happiness on Outward Appearance
    1. Isa 53.2
    2. Satan’s devices
      1. Concentrate on the body
      2. Ignore righteousness and character building
    3. Satan hates what we can be
      1. Gen 1.26 – God’s image
      2. 1Co 6.19–20 – Temple of the Holy Spirit
      3. Rom 6.13 – Instrument of righteousness
    4. We thus concentrate on the wrong things
      1. 1Sa 16.7
      2. John 7.24
    5. The body decays
      1. Forgetting Pro 31 and how beauty declines
      2. 2Co 4.16
    6. Focus on God’s grace
      1. 2Co 12.7–10
      2. Exo 4.10–12