In This Series
- Trouble in the Forecast
- Something Desperately Needed
- Dangerously Deceiving
- Diligence Required
- Superficiality Condemned
- A Word of Caution
- Clearing Up the Confusion
- It’s So Very Dangerous
- What Do You Want The Most?
- Misdirected Passion
- Spiritual Adultery!
- A Fresh Stirring
- Practical Atheism
- Derailing Your Purpose in Life
- Perhaps Today!
- What Do You Do?
- Utmost Importance
- Our Common Ministry
Let’s Get Real! (18)
Sunday, July 01, 2018
What Do You Want The Most?
Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom. But if you have bitter envy and self-seeking in your hearts, do not boast and lie against the truth. This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic. For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there. But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.
Take Away / Application
Seeking wisdom from above in all things.
Don’t be afraid to add to this list, skip questions that don’t work for your group or branch off with additional questions as the discussion unfolds. Conversation is key! This is the time to work through the application of scripture and have group members figure things out together.
- What do you want/value the most? As you examine your life, what does your life truly show that you want/value the most?
- What life experiences increase our wisdom?
- Have you surrounded yourself with wise people? What are the characteristics you witnessed in others that you consider to be wise?
- Read James 3:14–17. Discuss the differences between earthly wisdom and the wisdom from above.
- Focus on verses 14–16. What kind of bitter envy or selfish ambition do you tend to hold in your heart? What things do you find really difficult to let go? (People with more money than me. Smart people with more education. People with a more loving family. People with a nice place to live. Good health. Strength. Athletic skill. Etc.)
- When situations, decisions or problems arise, do you operate by common sense and natural instinct or by seeking wisdom from above? Why or why not?
- What would life look like if you started asking the question, “What’s the wise thing to do?”, knowing that the wise thing is always the biblical thing?
- Read James 1:5. Pastor mentioned you get knowledge from looking around and you get wisdom from looking up. Godly wisdom is acquired from prayer and meditating on God’s Word. What can you do this week to seek God’s wisdom? Be very specific. Can you start doing it right now?