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Summary: The implanted Word is to be accepted & then put into action. It is in the doing of God’s Word that spiritual growth & the blessings of God come. Too many Christians mark their Bibles but their Bibles never mark them. God wants His people to put His Wor

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JAMES 1:22-25

BE AN EFFECTIVE DOER OF THE WORD

[Luke 12:41-48]

If the implanted Word is received it will work itself out into actions. It is never sufficient to simply hear the Word we must take into heart and do it. Simply hearing a good sermon or Bible study will not make you grow and receive God’s best blessings. The implanted Word be accepted & then put into action. It is in the doing of God’s Word that spiritual growth and the blessings of God come. Too many Christians mark their Bibles but their Bibles never mark them! God wants His people to put His Word into action (CIT).

I. OBEY THE WORD, 22.

II. FORGOTTEN REFLECTION, 23-24.

III. BLESSED ABIDING, 25.

Verse 22 is a command to obedient action to the Word of God. But prove yourselves doers of the Word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves.

In biblical culture, the word hearers identified those who attended a lecture without becoming disciples. People who demonstrate by their actions, or might I say lack of actions, that hearing alone is enough, God says are deceiving or are only kidding themselves. And that deception may be betraying the ultimate spiritual danger, the danger of not truly being saved. Scripture does not teach a salvation by works, nor does it teach a salvation for those who do not obey God by obeying His Word. Christ’s sheep are marked on the ear and on the foot, they hear His voice and follow Him (Jn.10:27).

An authentic believer is one who receives the implanted Word and continually strives for more and more practical obedience to the Word. They submit to the Word’s authority and comply with its directions. God wants a listener to become a disciple, an obedient follower of Jesus. One who listens to the Word without intending to obey it, becomes elf-deceived.

It is common knowledge that the doctor’s most ANNOYING PATIENT (except for the one who doesn’t pay his bills) is the one who doesn’t follow his orders. Such a person comes into the doctor’s office with a complaint, submits to an examination, hears the diagnosis, and is told what to do. But that’s as far as it goes. The patient either cheats on the recommended diet, doesn’t take the prescribed medicine, refuses to exercise, continues to smoke, or doesn’t return for a checkup. In so doing, he not only frustrates the doctor but also may hasten his exit from this world.

God has "problem patients" too–Christians who hear His Word and understand what they should do, but who don’t follow through. And the consequences may be very serious.

One man after many years of being in church regularly became involved with another man’s wife and began to talk about divorcing his mate. Friends tried to talk him out of it. Although he admitted that his contemplated action was wrong, he did it anyway. Today he’s a very unhappy man. He has cried hot, bitter tears, saying over and over, "If only I had obeyed God! If only I had obeyed God!" He has confessed his sin, and God has forgiven him, but he still lives under a burden of deep regret. How he wishes he had followed God’s clear biblical instructions on marriage.


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