Monday, August 29, 2016


James 1:22-25 And remember, it is a message to obey, not just to listen to. If you don't obey, you are only fooling yourself. For if you just listen and don't obey, it is like looking at your face in a mirror but doing nothing to improve your appearance. You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like. But if you keep looking steadily into God's perfect law---the law that sets you free---and if you do what it says and don't forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it.

Are you a listener, doer, or both? Most of us fall into the category of either a listener or doer. There aren't that many of us who do both. We love to listen to the Word being preached and taught. We agree with what we hear and go away thinking that is good enough. We get our spiritual pill and go about our merry way, digesting very little of it to the point where it makes much difference in our lives.

Some of us go full steam ahead and listen very little. We don't waste our time listening because there is so much to do. We are convinced we know enough truth to sustain our energy level and see no reason to pause long enough to do much more learning. We are content to not grow up, thinking that it is fine for the spiritual elite but we don't need it.

Whether you are a listener or doer, it is a huge mistake to do the one without the other. The servant who pleases the Lord is he who listens to what God says, digests it, and then applies it to life. Knowledge without action is futile and so is action without knowledge. We must strive to do both.

Look steadily into God's law. Read it, meditate upon it, and then find ways to live it out. We must constantly be looking into God's Word. If we don't, we will soon forget what it says. We need a steady and regular time in which to spend in it so that we can know what God wants us to know. If you aren't reading and thinking about the Word on a regular basis, you will never be able to please the Lord with the way you are living.

The Lord blesses those who apply the Word to their living.

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