Doing What You’ve Heard, Part 1of2, by Pastor Phil Sessa

Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. 23 Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror 24 and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. 25 But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it—he will be blessed in what he does.” James 1:22 – 25

Do you enjoy learning about God’s word? Isn’t it great to listen to preaching that helps you to comprehend God’s Word more clearly? There are some people that just seem to be able to break down the Word of God in such a masterful way. I have learned many things throughout my years as a Christian from others. There are particular people in my life that have helped me to learn about a particular spiritual discipline, or a certain biblical truth or principle, etc.…. Why is it that there is so much learning of truth, but so little doing of truth? We learn very much, and appropriate so very little. We learn how to pray, but then do we actually pray? We learn how to study God’s Word, but then are too busy to study it. We learn how to share our faith, but then walk by thousands of people, never sharing God’s truth with those that are Hell-bound. James (the bother of Jesus) wrote that listening to God’s Word is not enough. James said about God’s Word:

1. “Do what it says.” If we only listen to God’s Word, whether listening to a preacher or listening to God Himself and we don’t do it we deceive ourselves. Do you know that failing to do God’s Word after you have heard it shows that you are deceiving yourself.

2. Don’t forget what you look like. James uses the illustration of one that stands in front of a mirror and looks at oneself, but then walks away and forgets what one looks like. Imagine if one checked oneself in the mirror and was on their way to an interview, this person had all kinds of stains on their clothing, but off to the interview he went. This person saw what he looked like in the mirror, but then seemed to forget what he looked like, because he didn’t do anything (clean his stain, or change his clothing) to make a change. Yet so many do this with God’s Word, looking into it as a mirror, seeing the change that needs to take place, and going on without making the change.

3. The blessing comes to those that are doers of His Word. James says that the one that looks into the Word of God intently (carefully, with purpose) and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it – he will be blessed in what he does. Are you deceived, have you forgotten what you look like (what His Word says), or are you doing what God is speaking to you. What is God speaking to you? Write it down, and then do it. If you need help appropriating speak to a mature believer, or a spiritual leader. You can always write Evans and I for help, and we would be glad to help if we can. Christianity today has much learning, but little application. Be the type of Christian that Jesus wants you to be, one that does His Word.

Until the nets are filled…Blessing Pastor Phil <><

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