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From: Forthright Magazine <forthrightmag@...>
Date: Tue, 17 Jan 2012 05:02:19 -0800 (PST)
Forthright Magazine
Straight to the Cross

Richard Mansel goes to the Bible to answer ... "The
Most Important Question." Great for classes, groups,
evangelistic studies and individuals.


Asking God for wisdom
 by Richard Mansel, managing editor

The book of James is a masterful treatise on Christian
living. James can edify our lives as we open our heart
to his message of discipleship.

James tells us that trials and troubles are a normal
part of the human existence (James 1:2-4; cf. Matthew
6:34). We can be overwhelmed as they surround us with
temptations and heartache. Satan is pursuing us and
will use any method he can to destroy our faith (1
Peter 5:8).

As Christians we must learn endurance skills from God's
Word so we can overcome the struggles of life. As we
maneuver these minefields, we must build patience and
fortitude. How can we have the wisdom necessary to make
the right decisions in the heat of battle?

The fleshly mind sees James 1:2 as ridiculous. We have
to elevate ourselves above the fleshly to the
spiritual, if we will understand God's will. Only with
spiritual eyes can we see where God is leading us.

The wisdom we need comes from God and if we ask, he
will give it to us (James 1:5).

   "Let your heart retain my words; Keep my
   commands, and live. Get wisdom! Get
   understanding! Do not forget, nor turn away
   from the words of my mouth" (Proverbs 4:4b-
   5a, NKJV).

   "…and that from childhood you have known the
   Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you
   wise for salvation through faith which is in
   Christ Jesus"(2 Timothy 3:15).

We immerse ourselves in God's Word and we learn what we
need to know to remain bound to Christ. Wisdom is the
utilization of knowledge. We learn from God through
study, experience, prayer, fellowship and serving. The
more we live in Christ, the more wisdom we acquire. We
become transformed and walk in the way of the Lord
(Romans 12:1-2; Ephesians 4:1).

   "But let him ask in faith, with no doubting,
   for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea
   driven and tossed by the wind" (James 1:6).

Through wisdom, we understand the nature of God and
that he will never let us down (Hebrews 13:5). The
veracity of God's Word and the clarity of Scripture
allows us to endure anything that comes against us as

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