Joy in trials #4

Ask God for wisdom – James 1:5-8…But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.

Disciples are challenged to ask God for wisdom as we face life’s trials.  Wisdom in the Greek world meant intellectual brilliance. Godly wisdom is an openness to hear from God from the Bible and the Holy Spirit and follow His direction.

If we admit it believers lack wisdom every day. Wisdom assists us toward the image of Jesus as mature and complete believers. A God is the only source of true wisdom, knowledge, and understanding. B

But he must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind. For that man ought not to expect that he will receive anything from the Lord, being a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.

The wisdom seeker should ask in faith. The trusting prayer of a believer is with confidence that God responds to prayers made in His will that seek to glorify God. Selfish prayer requests amount to empty talk.

Doubting is struggling between loyalty to God’s way or sin’s way. Double-mindedness in your relationship with God will limit His work in you.

Seek wisdom from God and check to the extent you are double-minded every day, then repent and seek forgiveness.

Notes: A- v.4 HCSB; B- Proverbs 2:6, 2 Peter 1:3 HCSB;

Henry Luke

For how to have peace with God click here, how to have peace of God click here, and how to disciple others click here.

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