Tuesday, 20 September 2011

James - Faith obeys the Word

James 1 v 19-27

Vs 19:  Therefore, my beloved, let every man be swift to HEAR, slow to SPEAK, slow to WRATH.

Ouch!  If you are anything like me reality is:  quick to speak, quick to anger, slow or too late to listen!  Not good, Tracy, not good!


I read somewhere recently, "If you take the time to 'listen' you may actually learn something that you either did not know or something new about the person you're listening to!"  (keep in mind - I am not talking about "listening" to slander!)

Vs 20:  For the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God!

Double ouch!  When I lose my temper I do not bring righteousness to God in any way, shape, or form!  And I damage my testimony!  If I hold my tongue, God will work in the situation and my behaviour would bring Him glory, and not shame to His name!

Vs 23-24:  For 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.

By being doers of the word we are showing ourselves and God that we are adhering to, listening and absorbing His word which in turn, turns to action in visiting orphans and widows, etc,  and keeping ourselves from being tainted by the world (vs 27).  In other words, our faith in hearing God's word - turns us into 'doers'of His word - Faith in Action.  And we don't forget His word the minute we close our bibles!


My encouragement to you is to stick close to His word.  It will guide and protect you, yes, but also teach you and show you how to use what you learn in faith to be a blessing in His name for others.

God bless
Tracy

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18 comments:

  1. Ouch!
    Plenty of work ahead of me too.

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  2. I am reading slow, it seems each verse in James needs to be repeated :) I started with verse 19 this morning... so we're reading the same section!

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  3. This is one of those examples of how the bible is so practical and relevant in our lives....not theology...just living.
    Tracy, you do such a great job with your blog posts.

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  4. This was great, God really let it hit my heart. Thank you so much.

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  5. Hi Stefanie - definitely "ouch"

    Hi Marja - I saw that, I love how God's words dovetail in other people's posts. Then you know He's speaking to you. :)

    Hi Shanda - Thats what I'm loving about James, so practical. I bet James loved Proverbs :)

    Hi Singing pilgrim - thanks for visiting and commenting. That is exactly how I'm feeling about James - Hitting my heart :)

    Thank you for commenting ladies. I am blessed by your feedback
    God bless
    Tracy

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  6. Hi Tracy! :)

    This seems to be a topic heavy on several peoples hearts these days. I am certainly one that needs to constantly examine myself for symptoms of critical and hurtful talk, and pray to God for guidance that He will purify my heart and give me self control so that I speak words that are pleasing to Him.

    James is a great teacher! :) You did a wonderful job with this scripture.

    Blessings and love! :)
    Denise

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  7. Been reading so many post lately on the importance of acting and not just hearing. A reminder I need all the time. Thanks, Tracy.

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  8. Faith in action....putting tennis shoes on our faith and stepping out and doing. Lord, help me to not simply be a hearer, but a do-er.

    Great post, Tracy. My visits here always draw me closer to HIM~

    ~Stacy

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  9. This can be a hard one. I pray often that God would help me to be slow to speak. Great post.

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  10. This is a wonderful reminder to hold our tongues...I needed it today. Our words can be like knives. Hurtful tools that tear others down even though we don't mean to. Great post!

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  11. Hi Denise - I've also seen the theme, its great. Yes, I too need to examine myself for hurtful words and attitudes. Thanks for the encouragement :)

    Hi Eileen - yes, kind of feel a fire burning under me to act and not just be :)

    Hi Stacy - yes, I am realising that doing is not just works but a demonstration of our faith. Thank you for your kind words. I appreciate them.

    Hi Jenifer - I sooooo battle with this. And no matter the excuse, the word remains the same.

    HI kelli - As I delve deeper into James, that point is becoming abundantly clear. Maybe God is trying to tell me something with the timing of this post? :)

    Lovely ladies - you bless me. Thanks for the encouragement.
    God bless
    Tracy

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  12. God has really been helping me with the whole wrath thing. What tends to happen with me is that I get mad once, try to forgive, but then the next time that someone makes me, I just add anger to the pile. God is teaching me how to forgive and let go of the anger, or perhaps, not get angry in the first case.

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  13. yes...it's especially hard recently for me...breathe...slow to anger..breathe... :)

    thanks for the super reminder!

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  14. Oh how I needed these scriptures today - thank you. God develop Your character in me...

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  15. Tracy, I have to admit that I am like you - quick to become angry and quick to speak - but I'm learning. God is helping me to think first and it is saving me a lot of headache. Many blessings!

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  16. I've said this before, but James just tells it like it is. It is a convicting book, yet one of my favorites. (Probably because I need to hear over and over what he says.)

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  17. Hi Jen - I too am trying to not get angry in the first place. My thing at the moment is "let it go" "let it go" And it seems to be working. Getting stuck into James seems to be helping make that stick.

    Hi Mountain Mama - yes, its the whole breathe thing - I most certainly forget that and its in the 'breathe' that God gives us the strength. Thanks for visiting and commenting. I truly appreciate it.

    Hi Shannon - you and me both

    Hi Allison - I am loving James as well. I think after Proverbs, this may be my next favourite :)

    Hi Lisa - I am learning too and I like how you say in thinking first, you save yourself a lot of heartache. That's how God wants it I think.

    HI Joan - convicting absolutely, and needing to hear it often, definitely. It is fast becoming one of my favourites.

    Ladies, I appreciate your comments and I value your input. Thank you
    God bless
    Tracy

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