James 1:22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive - TopicsExpress


James 1:22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. ------------------------------------------------------------- 1) Do not merely listen to the word. We are certainly to listen and pay attention as we hear and read the Word. But we must not stop there. There is a danger in churches where the Bible is faithfully preached, for many walk away with the mistaken concept that simply listening to a Bible-based message is sufficient and will re- sult in their spiritual growth and living right. Ne- ver think you are safe and spiritually maturing simply because you are hearing the Word! ------------------------------------------------------------- 2) And so deceive yourselves. It seems many are deceived in this manner based on the num- ber of self-described Christians in America who hold to and regularly practice unbiblical views. Old-time evangelist Vance Havner writes, A- way with the notion that it does not matter much how we hear! The man who hears and refuses to obey walks out of church having betrayed himself into deception. One cannot hear the truth and remain the same! ------------------------------------------------------------- 3) Do what it says. The old hymn calls us to trust and obey. Jesus taught, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the king- dom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven (Matthew 7:21). We need to keep before us this question, Am I doing the will of my Father who is in hea- ven? Obedience should always be the bottom line of Bible study or biblical preaching. Correct application must always be built on correct inter- pretation.
Posted on: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 01:16:56 +0000

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