July 14, 2020

How to Avoid Playing into the Hands of the Enemy | James 3:15 Bible Study

How to Avoid Playing into the Hands of the Enemy | James 3:15 Bible Study

BIBLE STUDY PODCAST

Do you ever find yourself looking around and comparing your life to others? If so, you're not alone. I've been taught for years that success is defined by getting whatever you want in life. And when others get it, but you don't, then you're a flat out failure. (cue the sad music here 🎶)

Apparently, even James, the leader of the first Christian church in Jerusalem witnessed what we're going through over 2,000 years ago. I guess old habits die hard, huh?

Tune into today's episode, and discover 3 sources causing us to play right into the hands of the enemy.

Listen now!

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Transcript

JULIE 0:05

Hey, welcome to The Simple Truth. I’m Julie Carruth. 

Yesterday, in James 3:14, we learned that earthly wisdom is marked by bitter envy and selfish ambition.  

Today, James tell us the source of that kind of wisdom in James 3:15. He writes in the NLT, “For jealousy and selfishness are not God’s kind of wisdom. Such things are earthly, unspiritual, and demonic. 

James says that jealousy and selfishness are earthly, meaning that success is measured according to the world’s standards. It only thinks about the here and now. It has no eternal perspective in mind. 

This wisdom is unspiritual. This type of wisdom opposes what God says in His Word. This type of person never seeks God’s Truth for the solution when he or she has a problem. Other translations use the word sensual here. A person does things because they feel good in the moment. They want to gratify their own flesh. It has the idea that if I desire something, if I need to satisfy a fleshly desire, it must be right. In the Greek language James equates this with an impulsive animal kind of desire. Animals only care about survival and not caring who gets hurt and are ready to pounce on whatever they desire.   

And lastly, James says that worldly wisdom is demonic. It gets our minds off of God and what He desires and onto ourselves and only what we desire. Satan and his demons would love for you to do things using this type of wisdom, and try to convince you daily that looking out for yourself, and never being satisfied until you have what you want is the only way to be happy. 

You’re Simple Truth for today…worldly wisdom promises to give you the desires of your heart in the here and now. But such wisdom has you playing into the hands of the enemy and will only leave you coming up empty. 

Do you struggle with sticking to a daily Bible study habit?

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You can easily add this study to your daily routine. All you have to do is ask your Amazon smart speaker to “start Bible Study,” and you sit back and learn. It’s a great way to put God first each morning. I’m Julie Carruth. And I’ll see you again tomorrow.