James 3:14-16 (KJV)
14 But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth.
15 This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.
16 For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.
Summary & Intro:
The Wisdom that is not from above is earthly, sensual, and devilish. Wherever such wisdom is employed we find confusion and every evil work. The wisdom of this world often appears as wisdom, but it is contrary to the ways of scripture. This world and its men aim to promote man's position, to satisfy man's desires, to multiply man's choices, to relieve man's constraints, and to liberate man's potential, and to protect man's touchy pride. The Word of Truth is always the enemy and the fool to the carnal mind. Scripture exposes the arrogance, confronts the facade, exalts The Only Wise God, and sets His ways and His thoughts far above our ways and far above our thoughts, where reality is checked.
Other Key Verses:
Isaiah 55:8-9 (KJV)
8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.
9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
Isaiah 8:19 (KJV)
19 And when they shall say unto you, Seek unto them that have familiar spirits, and unto wizards that peep, and that mutter: should not a people seek unto their God? for the living to the dead?
After some time in the US Navy as a Sonar Technician aboard Submarines, Austin moved to Panama City to be near his ailing mother as she fought a losing battle with lung cancer. Her loss was one of several during a brief period where this young man was faced with his own weaknesses and hopelessness. During this period of great breaking, The Lord Jesus Christ transformed a prideful and perverse drunkard into a humble witness of the cross. Today by God's redeeming grace, Austin labors as a preacher, a missionary, and the pastor of Christ Evangel Christian Fellowship.