James 1:21-25

Be a Doer of the Word, Not a Hearer Only

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James 1:21-25 therefore putting aside all filthiness and all that remains of wickedness in humility receive the word implanted which is able to save your souls but prove yourselves doers of the word and not merely hearers who delude themselves for if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer he’s like a man looks at his natural face in a mirror for once he has looked at himself and gone away he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was but the one who looks intently at the perfect law the law of liberty and abides by it not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer this man will be blessed in what he does so we are blessed when we’re doers of the word of God and not hearers only what does that mean? we need to allow the word to become engrafted in the depths of our hearts so the word of God becomes a part of us and when we do that it becomes manifest in our lives what James instructs us to do is to be doers of the word what that means is there are always action steps that we need to take in faith for example somebody hears about the fact that there is a spirit called mammon that causes people to love money to accumulate money to focus on money to pursue money 1 Timothy 6:10 says the love of money is the root of all evil and many people understand that’s the spirit of mammon so somebody prays I break the power of the spirit of mammon that spirit doesn’t govern me anymore I renounce it in the name of Jesus well now they’ve been a hearer of the word they prayed but how do you become a doer of the word there’s always a practical action step you know what I suggest? begin to tithe what does tithing do? it breaks the power of the spirit of mammon many times people are afraid I couldn’t tithe I can’t live on 100% of my money how could I live on 90% you know what? that’s what breaks the power of the spirit of mammon you become a doer of the word remember when Peter and John met a man who had been crippled for many years at the temple gate they said to him and he was begging for alms they said we don’t have any money we don’t have any silver or gold but we’ll give you what we have in the name of Yeshua Ha Mashiach rise up and walk they called him to do something he had to stand up and walk where did they learn that? Yeshua himself did that many times remember the man who had been paralyzed and he said to the man your sins are forgiven and then he said take up your bed and walk so there was an action step something he had to do there was another man with a withered arm and Yeshua said stretch forth your arm there were 10 lepers that came and wanted to be cleansed he said go show yourself to the priest so there were action steps doing what God has said so faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word but faith also comes by obedience by doing what we’ve been told to do and so when we hear something there’s a practical action step an application something that we do to let that word become engrafted in us so what is it that God has spoken to you today? I believe there are specific words that the Lord has spoken to you maybe over the last several days and there may be things that you have not yet acted on that you’ve been thinking I should do that today is your day to do that today’s the day to make that phone call today’s the day to forgive that person today is the day to repent of that particular temptation area to flee from idolatry today is your day to give that money today is your day to do what God has been speaking to you to do to delay it no longer today is the day to be a doer of the word so let’s pray Father I pray for each one of us speak to us right now God what is that area that you’ve been speaking to me about I’ve been a hearer so far but not a doer Father what is it that you want me to act on that you’ve spoken take just a minute and listen let him speak to you many of us just heard a very specific thing and today is your day to act on it so go forth don’t be a hearer only be a doer of the word and that is what helps to engraft God’s word in your life and make it powerful to you God Bless You

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