James 1:5-8 – If Any of You Lack Wisdom

If we lack wisdom, James instructs us to ask God and He will give us all that we need to deal with the circumstances we find ourselves in. We will know exactly what to do and how to handle what life throws at us. We must, however, ask in faith, nothing wavering, trusting that God has given us the wisdom, knowledge, and understanding we have sought from Him.

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“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways” (James 1:5-8).

Scriptures on Wisdom

1 Kings 3:1-15; Psalm 90:12; Proverbs 9:10; Proverbs 9:8-9 (Ecclesiastes 5:2); Proverbs 8:11; Proverbs 11:2; 1 Corinthians 1:30; Ephesians 1:8-9; Colossians 2:3; James 3:17-18 (Romans 14:18-19; Hebrews 12:14; Matthew 5:9); Colossians 3:16.

Knowledge verses Wisdom

1 Corinthians 3:19; James 3:17; Psalm 14:1; Romans 1:22.

Context

James 1:2-4; The difference between tempting and testing; Genesis 22; If we pass a test there’s no need to take it again; If we fail a test, we must take it over again until we have passed it.

Obtaining Wisdom

  1. The fear of the Lord – Proverbs 1:7.
  2. A Teachable Spirit – Proverbs 9:8-9 (Ecclesiastes 5:2).
  3. Abiding in Christ – John 15:5; 1 Corinthians 1:30; Ephesians 1:8-9; Colossians 2:3.
  4. Wisdom From Above – James 3:17-18 (Romans 14:18-19; Hebrews 12:14; Matthew 5:9); 1 Corinthians 3:19; Psalm 14:1; Romans 1:22; Psalm 1:1.
  5. Making the Most of Your Days – Psalm 90:12; Ephesians 5:16.
  6. Humility – Proverbs 11:2; James 4:9-10.
  7. Headship – 1 Peter 5:5-6; Hebrews 13:17; Acts 15:29.
  8. God’s Word – Psalm 1:1-3; Colossians 3:16.
  9. Filled with the Spirit – Ephesians 5:18-21 and Colossians 3:16; Acts 4:23-31.
  10. Ask of God – 1 Kings 3:1-15; James 1:5.

Ask in Faith

James 1:6a; Matthew 21:18-22; Mark 11:22-24.

Driven With the Wind and Tossed

James 1:6b; A wave of the sea; Ephesians 4:14.

A Double Minded man

James 1:7-8; Literally a man with two souls; Matthew 6:24; 1 Kings 18:21.

With over 40 years of church planting and ministry experience, and doctorate degrees in apologetics, theology, and church development, Dr. Linton’s passion is to equip, encourage and strengthen pastors and their churches. Watch his latest messages on YouTube.