Thursday, September 24, 2015

Do The Word That You Have Heard

"Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.  But be ye doers of the word, and not hears only, deceiving yourselves."
James 1:21, 22 (NKJV)

What would it be like if you just got more and more of something but never used it?  What if you owned one hundred pairs of shoes and then just kept buying more and more shoes, could you ever really use all of those shoes?  What if you had one hundred pairs of pants and then bought one hundred more pairs of pants, would that even make sense?  While it is not wrong to have a lot of something there does come a point where if we are not making good use of what we have then there is no real reason to have it.  What we have is only good if we can use it and get some benefit from it.

James 1:21, 22 tells us that we need to receive the Word; but if we are not doers of the Word we receive then we deceive ourselves.  We can deceive ourselves by not doing the Word and then not having the abundant life God wants us to have so we start to believe that the God kind of life is not for us.  We can deceive ourselves by not doing the Word and thinking that what we need is more of something else when we already have the Word from God we need and we are just not putting that Word to use.  If we only hear the Word but do not practice the Word we will not have God's best in our life.

Some people just get more and more of God's Word without putting the Word into practice in their lives.  When we hear the Word we need to do something with it.  If we are just accumulating more and more knowledge without any practical application that is not so good, knowledge is only valuable when it can be used.  We need to take the Word of God that we receive in our life and make it a part of our life and use God's Word to help other people.  God gives us His Word for a reason and it is when we put it into practice and use it in our life that we receive God's best!

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