July 13, 2020

When You Make a Decision, Ask Yourself This ONE Question - James 3:14

When You Make a Decision, Ask Yourself This ONE Question - James 3:14


When making a decision, do you ever find it hard to discern if you're making the right choice?

Discover in two minutes the simple question to ask yourself to help you decide. 



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JULIE 0:05

Hey, welcome to The Simple Truth. I’m Julie Carruth. We’ve been studying in the book of James how your words reveal what you truly believe. They reveal externally the nature of the spirit calling all the shots internally. 

Today, James gives us the evidence of when worldly wisdom might be calling the shots in your life.

James Chapter 3 verse 14 says, “But if you are bitterly jealous and there is selfish ambition in your heart, don’t cover up the truth with boasting and lying.”

James tells us in this verse that worldly wisdom is marked by two things, bitter jealousy and selfish ambition. 

First, bitter jealousy is the idea of “I want what you have.” It’s like you can’t stand to see someone else succeed. And you will go out of your way to humiliate or even hurt someone who is successful. 

And secondly, someone who lives by worldly wisdom does so with selfish ambition. When this letter was written, this trait described a politician who was out trying to gain votes for himself. Vote for me. I’m better than the other guy. It’s the idea of someone only looking out for themselves. “It’s all about me. Think about me. What’s in it for me?”

And James writes, “don’t cover up the truth with boasting and lying.” In other words, “don’t claim what you’re doing or saying is using Godly wisdom.” James saw the motives behind what people were doing even within the early church. Their goal was to make themselves look great, not God.  James says that a person acting in this manner is not only lying to others about their source of wisdom, but they are lying to themselves. 

Your simple truth for today…when you’re making a decision ask yourself, “What are my motives here? By any chance am I making this decision based upon jealousy and selfish-ambition?” If your answer is yes, James says, you’re choosing worldly wisdom to guide you and you might want to rethink your decision.

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How simple is that? 

I’m Julie Carruth and I’ll see you again tomorrow.