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Hearing and Doing

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But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. James 1:22 NKJV
If you’re a father, you’ve no doubt felt the frustration that comes when you tell your young child to do something…only to later find it undone. Your child’s inaction isn’t necessarily the behavior of a rebellious or disrespectful child. More likely it’s a symptom of immaturity. In other words, it’s a stage the child will likely grow out of.

In today’s verse, the apostle James calls his readers to a new level of spiritual maturity—a level at which the Christian reads and understands the commands God has given him in the Bible…and then consistently obeys them.

You can only live an unshakable life of faith when you make it your priority to read and study the Bible and then do what it says. God didn’t give you His written Word simply so you can enjoy some good literature. He gave it to you to encourage you, bless you, and strengthen you in your life of faith. When you obey what God says in the Bible, you put yourself in a position to receive everything He has promised you.

Prayer: Father, I’m usually good at hearing what You say to me in Your written Word. It’s the doing part where I too often fail. Forgive me, and help me to be a faithful doer when it comes to what scripture says to me.
 
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But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. James 1:22 NKJV
If you’re a father, you’ve no doubt felt the frustration that comes when you tell your young child to do something…only to later find it undone. Your child’s inaction isn’t necessarily the behavior of a rebellious or disrespectful child. More likely it’s a symptom of immaturity. In other words, it’s a stage the child will likely grow out of.

In today’s verse, the apostle James calls his readers to a new level of spiritual maturity—a level at which the Christian reads and understands the commands God has given him in the Bible…and then consistently obeys them.

You can only live an unshakable life of faith when you make it your priority to read and study the Bible and then do what it says. God didn’t give you His written Word simply so you can enjoy some good literature. He gave it to you to encourage you, bless you, and strengthen you in your life of faith. When you obey what God says in the Bible, you put yourself in a position to receive everything He has promised you.

Prayer: Father, I’m usually good at hearing what You say to me in Your written Word. It’s the doing part where I too often fail. Forgive me, and help me to be a faithful doer when it comes to what scripture says to me.

Amen and Amen!

Jas 1:21 Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.
Jas 1:22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
Jas 1:23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror.
Jas 1:24 For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like.
Jas 1:25 But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.
Jas 1:26 If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person's religion is worthless.
Jas 1:27 Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.

Johann
 
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