Thursday, June 13, 2013

Do What It Says (James 1:22-25)

- Be doers of the Word, not just hearers. When we only listen to God's teaching and do nothing, we're fooling ourselves. This reminds me of Matthew 7:24-27 (the wise and foolish builders).
- Obedience/fruit is the proof of transformed lives...the tangible evidence of our faith. "The best evidence of our having the truth is our walking in the truth." ~Matthew Henry
- Hearing without doing is useless. Doing without hearing is dangerous. Both are vital just like breathing in (spending time with God in prayer and in His Word) and breathing out (doing what God's Word says/putting what we know into practice).
- Just knowing God's Word is not enough. Even Satan knows God's Word. We must humbly accept His Word to transform our hearts, renew our minds, and guide our actions. We're to be kingdom-builders and world-changers.
- "The perfect law that gives freedom": the law was made perfect by Jesus Christ and through the Word, we've been set free from sin, self, and death. Jesus said in John 8:31-32, "If you hold to My teaching, you are really My disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."
- Blessed are they who continue to be in God's Word, remember what they learn, and do what it says/obey the Word.

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