Reading from the Book of James 1:21-25
Therefore lay aside all
filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted
word, which is able to save your souls
We see from James 1:21 that the Word has the power to save us form a life of sin, but only as it is received and welcomed in our hearts. When we pay wholehearted attention to God's Word, it becomes implanted and rooted in us.
22 But be
doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
If you and I are to walk in the power of God, we need to heed the advice of verse 22 to become doers of the Word and not just hearers only. Otherwise we deceive ourselves by reasoning that is contrary to the truth.
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
It is the truth, and the truth alone, that sets us free and keeps us free. In order for it to work in our lives, and in order to receive God's promises from the Word, we must be responsible and obedient to the Word. We cannot try to excuse away our sins and weaknesses. Instead, we must become bondservants to God and not to our human nature or to other people or things.
God is your Helper. He is your Healer. He has a personalized plan for your life. Make sure you know what it is, then begin to walk in obedience to the truth one step at a time. Obeying the Word requires consistency and diligence. It cannot be "hit and miss." You cannot just try it to see if it works, but you must have a dedication and commitment to obey the Word whatever the outcome.
Keep your mind tuned into God's Word more than anything else. Let His Word become planted deep into your heart and listen to what it tells you. Obey Him and He will bless you. Stand on the Word!