“Acting The Fool” (James 1: 5, ESV) by Carley Evans

If you are uncertain in a circumstance, if you feel perhaps you are acting the fool; then ask God for wisdom. As you ask God for wisdom, believe He gives this wonderful gift to you “without reproach.”

If you ask with a lack of faith, you know you are “double-minded, unstable in all [your] ways.” (James 1: 8) You are not likely to receive the wisdom you think you seek, for you actually are not seeking God’s wisdom but your own.

If you are “a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind,” (James 1: 6) then you are liable to believe false prophets, wayward friends, evil alliances, and your own self-will over and above God’s wisdom to which you are not attune.

Harden not your heart, but listen:

“Wisdom cries out in the street, in the markets she raises her voice; at the head of the noisy streets she cries out; at the entrance of the city gates she speaks: ‘How long, O simple ones, will you love being simple? How long will scoffers delight in their scoffing and fools hate knowledge? If you turn at my reproof, behold, I will pour out my spirit to you; I will make my words known to you.” (Proverbs 1: 20 – 23)

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3 Comments Add yours

  1. So when you pray… how long do you wait for the answer from God? How do you know what you hear is from God and not from your flesh or the devil trying to deceive you? What if you hear but you don’t like the answer you receive? You hear but are not willing to follow the voice? What will be the price of your disobedience then?

    God is calling right now for a people who will humble themselves, and pray, and seek His face, and TURN FROM their evil ways… 2 Chronicles 7:14. Who is able to hear His call for themselves? Who is willing to do what He says?

  2. lambskinny says:

    I wait as long as is needed. God does call for us to listen to Him, commit our ways to Him, do His perfect will. BUT, we are human beings and despite our best intentions, SOMETIMES we do fail.

    Anyone who thinks we NEVER fail is mistaken. The Word of God confirms that “if we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His Word is not in us.” He writes so that we may not sin, “But if anyone does sin, we have an ADVOCATE with the Father, Jesus Christ the Righteous.” (1 John 1: 8 – 10; 2: 1)

  3. This was disheartening to read. I was saddened.

    If a person goes down to an altar of prayer or prays where ever they are and ask God to forgive them or whatever they say and they get up still desiring to do what they know to be against the will of God they did not receive salvation.

    Jesus said, if any man come after me let him deny himself, take up his cross and follow me. Further He says, if you forsake not all you have you cannot be His disciple. Again, if you hate not mother, father, sister, brother, wife, and your own life also you cannot be his disciple.”

    It’s interesting to me that the same people who say it’s not of works, says we’re only human. It’s doesn’t matter about your humanity. Jesus told Paul, my strength is made perfect in weakness. It’s not about what you can do. Your strength indeed is small. It’s God who worketh in you both to will and do of His good pleasure. All you have to do is let God work through you, don’t hinder Him, have a willing heart and a willing mind, but God, knowing our frame, promised even in that to give us a new heart and new spirit so that we would be without excuse.

    Now as to the passage of scripture you included. The Word of God says if we say we have no sin… just as the woman at the well in the fourth chapter of John said, I have no husband, what she was trying to convince Jesus of was that she had no sin and all she was doing was deceiving herself because Jesus already knew all she had done and she didn’t get any living water until she did as Jesus commanded, in fact she brought all the men to see Jesus.
    Another example of those who said they had no sin and were deceived is in Revelation the 3rd chapter, the Laodecian church, which depicts this age we’re in now, they said they were rich and increased with goods and had need of nothing, but in actuality they were poor and miserable and wretched. They needed to give up the profession of goodness they had and get something real from Jesus, something tried in the fire, something that could endure when times got tough and temptations came upon them.
    Yet if we confess our sins… you see the first verse they were denying they had sins, the next verse confirms that saying if we confess our sins (not once does this indicate that the person in question was ever saved), He is faithful and just to forgive our sins AND to cleanse us FROM ALL unrighteousness. He’s not just going to forgive our sins and cover them up, but He’s faithful to cleanse us from – not in, not still bound to, but from… Jesus came to save His people FROM their sins (Matthew 1:21), if someone saves you from a burning building you’re not still in it, neither are you subject to it, but you’re free from it.
    The next line says if we say we HAVE (past tense) not sinned… we’ve all sinned, but we don’t all sin, that’s a big difference.
    Now if anyone does sin… IF, not when anyone sins, not every time someone sins, but the passage says IF. There’s no reason to sin. You don’t have to sin, but IF you do sin, we have an advocate with the Father.
    Therefore John doesn’t promote sin, but he says if you are overtaken in a fault. If you do make a mistake, then just like any other sinner you have an advocate. You had an advocate when you first got saved too. Everyone in sin tonight has an advocate. Jesus died so that every sinner could have a right at eternal life so there is hope that you can get right with God even after you sin, but that’s only IF you go past God and make shipwreck of your faith and do it in the first place.

    I hope that my few words explain that passage to you more thoroughly. I really want God to bless and help and guide you in all truth.

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