Do you ever feel like some problems just won’t budge? You can’t seem to win your spiritual battle, no matter how much you pray and pray and pray? Perhaps you need a breakthrough.
Breakthrough was first used as a military term to signify an offensive thrust past the defensive lines of warfare. The word entered the realm of common speech during the technological age, often used to describe a sudden discovery or invention. Breakthroughs usually occur only after repeated failures.
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The wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving… (James 3:17 NIV)
Wise! Do you want to be wise? King Solomon did and God blessed him mightily. If we lack wisdom, we should ask God. It’s a prayer He loves to answer. But James warns us about the dangers of what he calls “earthly wisdom.” He contrasts it with heavenly wisdom in two short, power-packed sentences. Continue reading
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Who is wise…? Let him show it by his good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. (James 3:13)
Humility! The virtue that gets lost in the speed of fast-track living. From the Greek word, prautes, humility is “gentleness, not born in weakness, but in power.” I’ve heard it referred to as”bridled power.” James tells us a little secret. True humility only comes from wisdom. But here’s the catch. Only heavenly wisdom produces humility. Counterfeit, or earthly, wisdom is simply a veneer over secret pride. Continue reading
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