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When Common Sense Isn’t Enough     James 1:2-18       July 19-09, 2009


Introduction

       Recently I head a lady being interview who several years ago wrote an article for her newspaper, What ever happened to Common Sense. The person interviewing called attention to the fact of a lack of common sense being demonstrated in the world generally and specifically in the political world. You know good common sense may be nice but the lesson points out there are times When Common Sense Isn’t Enough. We need the Bible.

 

1.   Realize You Need God’s . . Maturity. 1:2-4

       A.   Maturity . . Checked Through Trials. 1:2-3

              2 Consider it a great joy, my brothers, whenever you experience various trials, 3 knowing that the

              testing of your faith produces endurance.

 

       B.   Maturity . . Completed Through Trials. 1:4

              4 But endurance must do its complete work, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking nothing.


       If we want to check our Christian maturity; we must ask what have you learned from your trials. Many times a Christian will face a situation where faith must act in spite of what good common sense seems to dictate. Moses and the children of Israel moved toward the Red Sea even though common sense would have said, you can’t do that. The maturity God gave Moses came through the experiences he had as he walked with God. James tells us it is a joy to go through trials because the testing of our faith works toward completing our maturity as a Christian..

 

2.   Realize You Need God’s . . Mercy. 1:5-8

       A.   Mercy In The . . Presentation Of Wisdom. 1:5

5 Now if any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives to all generously and without criticizing, and it will be given to him.

 

       B.   Mercy In The . . Positive Request Related To Wisdom. 1:6-8

6 But let him ask in faith without doubting. For the doubter is like the surging sea, driven and tossed by the wind. 7 That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. 8 An indecisive man is

              unstable in all his ways.


       God’s mercy and grace give us the possibility of salvation. The wisdom of God also comes to us through His grace and mercy. In response to James 1:5; I pray with some regularity for the wisdom of God. Guess what? He presented wisdom to me to on several occasions. Every Christian asking for wisdom needs to do so with a positive attitude. Believe God’s promise about wisdom. You cannot deserve it but because of His mercy you can be given it.

 

3.   Realize You Need God’s . . Methods Of Evaluation 1:9-12

       A.   Method Of Evaluating The . . Humiliation of Life. 1:9-10

9 The brother of humble circumstances should boast in his exaltation; 10 but the one who is rich should boast in his humiliation, because he will pass away like a flower of the field.

 

       B.   Method Of Evaluating The . . Harvesting of Life. 1:11-12

11 For the sun rises with its scorching heat and dries up the grass; its flower falls off, and its beautiful appearance is destroyed. In the same way, the rich man will wither away while pursuing his activities.

              12 Blessed is a man who endures trials, because when he passes the test he will receive the crown of

              life that He has promised to those who love Him.


       People tend to elevate someone who has wealth and degrade someone in poverty. A Christian must never feel inferior or humiliated by their lack of wealth. Rather they need to boast that the Lord allowed them to become part of His family and they have a home in heaven. When the final harvesting of God’s angels takes place earthly riches with fade away. But faithful Christians will receive the crown of life.

 

4.   Realize You Need God’s . . Message About Temptation. 1:13-18

       A.   Message Related To Temptation’s . . Source. 1:13

13 No one undergoing a trial should say, "I am being tempted by God." For God is not tempted by evil, and He Himself doesn't tempt anyone.

 

       B.   Message Related To Temptation’s . . Struggle. 1:14-15

14 But each person is tempted when he is drawn away and enticed by his own evil desires. 15 Then after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin, and when sin is fully grown, it gives birth to death.

 

       C.   Message Related To Temptation’s . . Strength. 1:16-18

16 Don't be deceived, my dearly loved brothers. 17 Every generous act and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights; with Him there is no variation or shadow cast by turning. 18 By His own choice, He gave us a new birth by the message of truth so that we would be the firstfruits of His creatures. HCSB

 

       How do temptation and common sense related to one another? They probably do not relate from a biblical stand point. The source of temptation and the struggle related to it will receive different advice from common sense than it will from the Bible. That is also true when we look at the strength to deal with temptation. Have you ever heard, “well I am only human,” or “this is my weakness?” Those statements certainly do not originate in scripture. The Bible tells us God does not tempt anyone but temptation comes from our own desires. The strength to overcome temptation comes from the new nature a born again person receives from the Lord. This becomes very clear When Common Sense Isn’t Enough. Amen? Amen!