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March 5, 2017

Obeying The Word

The purpose of the book of James is to explain how genuine faith responds to the various trials that life brings, and the contrasting response of people who have divided allegiance (the double-minded man). The message that James has for us today is that it is not enough to hear the word of God and understand what it says, or even to memorize it. Rather genuine faith is displayed when the Word is obeyed.

James 1:17-25 – “Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow. In the exercise of His will He brought us forth by the word of truth, so that we would be a kind of first fruits among His creatures.

This you know, my beloved brethren. But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger; for the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God. 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 is like a man who 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 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.”

November 30, 2014

Becoming A Child of God

It tells us in Mark’s gospel that the disciples were arguing among themselves about who among them was the most important, and Matthew records that they asked Jesus: “Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” In their pride motivated ambition they wanted to know what determines rank in the kingdom of God. Jesus sets a child in front of them as an object lesson in humility.

Matthew 18:1-6 – “At that time the disciples came to Jesus and said, “Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” And He called a child to Himself and set him before them, and said, “Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever then humbles himself as this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever receives one such child in My name receives Me; but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him to have a heavy millstone hung around his neck, and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.”