James 1 Doers—Not Hearers Only
21 Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.
22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; 24 for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. 25 But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.
26 If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one’s religion is useless. 27 Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.
What This Means to Us
■ Set aside our sins and with a new attitude, receive and learn the word that was implanted in us at salvation.
■ The word of God has the ability to reveal to us the heart and will of God, but we need to be open to the new wonders that lay before us.
–This takes up a large block of our lives because we cling to the past and for God to get anything new into us requires significant pain.
1 Samuel 15:22-23
22 So Samuel said:
“Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices,
As in obeying the voice of the Lord?
Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice,
And to heed than the fat of rams.
23 For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft,
And stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry.
Because you have rejected the word of the Lord,
He also has rejected you from being king.”
The Real Deal
■A long time ago, I spoke to the lord about this, obedience, and what He expected from us. The real deal is God what do you actually expect from us to be happy with us?
■ His answer will surprise you. He said you have this obedience thing all wrong. You have set it up like a mechanical operation where as you ether are or you aren’t.
■ What the Lord said was:
–“I was hoping that you would read the word, fall in love with what it represents, and that you would join Me in this journey of your own free will. I wanted you to see the plan and come all in, on board, fully committed and ready for service. If you fall in love with the vision then you join me in the journey and obedience becomes a side effect. Is it really obedience if you want to do it? Once you’re on board obedience rarely even comes up.”
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