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Changed by the Word
Posted by Rev. Jeff Dixon, Senior Equipping Minister at Covenant Community Church on Nov 19, 2002, 16:49

High Performance….

Yesterday we looked at the cheery topic of being slow to anger and speak, which is a tough thing for many of us to do. But in our study, James does not stop there. In the same bunch of verses we read yesterday, we find another lessons that we need to look at before we move on. Read again the passage we have been focusing on…

James 1:19-27 (NIV) 
    My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, [20] for man's anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires. [21] Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.
    [22] 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.
    [26] If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight rein on his tongue, he deceives himself and his religion is worthless. [27] Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.

Verse 22 read…. “do not merely listen to the Word…”

The Christian must not just hear the Word of God. A response is required. The response that James wants is “to do what it says!” (verse 22)

There is the lesson of the day, listen and be obedient.

James goes on in the next couple of verses to illustrate his point. The person who reads Scripture and then goes away unchanged is like the person who gets up in the morning and sees how dirty and messed up they are, but then promptly forgets about it (when the proper response would be to get cleaned up). In our lives we must learn to live by the instruction that we find in God’s word, it brings about change, but that change should be an ongoing kind of change.

Have you let the Word of God change you?

Are you a person who lives by the Word and uses it as your guidebook for life?

I hope so, and you should. Learn to be a good student of God’s Word. Not just by picking and choosing the parts that you want to live by, or that you want others to live by, but by developing an understanding and knowledge of how God’s Word gives you are different perspective on life. It begins as you change, and then you will see the world differently.

In the early church, these were lessons that were vital to the growth and impact of the church. In the world we live in they are just as vital and must be a part of who we are if we are going to live high performance lives….

Think about it, the adventure continues…

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