Written by TWFYT
Thursday April 11

“Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.”  Jas 1:22 NIV

When you listen to or read God’s Word but don’t apply it to your life, you deceive yourself. How so? (1) You settle for knowledge rather than experiences. The Bible says, “If anyone…knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is a sin for them” (Jas 4:17 NIV). How does that grab you? When you know the truth but don’t act on it, you’re not simply making a mistake or exercising poor judgment–you’re sinning. The Bible says knowledge without obedience is sin. (2) You compare yourself with others. Paul writes, “Don’t compare yourself with others” (Gal 6:4 MSG). “When they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are not wise” (2 Co 10:12 NIV). That enables you to remain carnal but comfortable, and the older you get, the more seasoned you become doing it. Over time you build a reservoir of responses, and when the truth gets too close for comfort, you have 101 reasons why it applies to everyone except you. (3) The Word moves you briefly but doesn’t change you permanently. There is nothing wrong with responding emotionally to spiritual truth. But if you go merrily on your way without changing your behavior in the slightest, your spirituality boils down to nothing more than a vapid emotional experience. (4) You substitute communication for transformation. You talk the talk but don’t walk the walk. You think if you speak eloquently and convincingly about a point of Scripture, you’re covered–off the hook. You’re not! James says, “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.”
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