{Reading The Book of James~ Week 11}

Be Doers of the Word: Look Intently At The Law of Liberty

The book of James is filled with teachings on how to love our neighbor as ourselves and to love the Lord our God with all our hearts. Join me at conforming to the truth as we read and talk about this great book. James is writing to the Jewish Christians scattered among the nations. Ok, do not stop reading  the book of James because you do not think this is written to you the Gentile! Paul teaches in Romans 2: 25-29 that a Jew is one whose heart has been circumcised by the Spirit of God. He is a Jew who is one inwardly not one outwardly. Spiritually speaking all believers have been grafted into the nation of Israel. Romans 11:17-23. So this book is written for all Christians at all times!

James’s message is to show us what the gospel of Jesus Christ should look like as it is lived out in our everyday lives. There are a few things about the gospel that I believe will be helpful to keep in mind as we walk it out.

  1. The gospel does not show favoritism
  2. The gospel  tells the Truth the whole Truth and nothing but the Truth
  3. The gospel is not manipulative, it is straight forward and bold

Let’s look at this book and see how we are to walk out our Christian life according to the gospel.

Receive the word implanted

Man cannot blame God for any of his evil actions. James teaches that  we are tempted and carried away by our own lusts. God cannot be tempted by evil and he Himself does not tempt anyone. Do not be deceived, everything good and perfect comes from God. There is no variation or shifting shadow. Everything and every situation in our lives are always moving always changing. But not God! He is always good and never changes! He is constant in His being. He is our constant. We can always count on Him!

In His goodness and in the exercise of His will we were brought forth, regenerated, saved through the word of Truth, the gospel. Paul teaches in Philippians 1:6, “That He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.” The same truth that saved us brought us forth, is also the same truth that sanctifies us. God is doing a good work in us. Remember all that He does is good and for our good. We are to receive the word of truth, the good word of God that is implanted in us with joy. When we are reading or studying the word of God our attitude should be one of listening with humility. James says to be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to anger. Whatever God’s word instructs us to do or teaches us about the character of God we are to receive it. The word that is implanted in us saves our souls.

Why do we so often complain and murmur against something that is doing a good work in us?

Prove Yourself Doers of the Word:faith without works is dead

There is more to just hearing the word of God. We are instructed to be doers of the word. Walk it out in its various instructions.  What good is it if I sit and read or study  the word get up and go about my business and never think about or put into practice what God’s word instructs? God says in James 1:26 that man’s religion is worthless. But the man who looks intently at the perfect Law, the Law of liberty, and abides by it will be blessed in what he does.

What use is it, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but he has no works? Can that faith save him? Faith that has no works is dead. Man is justified by works and not by faith alone. Works do not save us. James is not contradicting what Paul has already taught in other books of the Bible. Paul teaches that we are saved y faith alone. James is teaching is that True God-given faith is not alone. It comes with good works for us to do. Works that were prepared from before the foundation of the world for us to walk in. {Ephesians 2:10}

Fulfill the royal Law

When we live out the true gospel we are fulfilling the Royal Law. What is the Royal law you may be asking? Jesus quotes the law in Matthew 22:37, ” Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and foremost commandment. The second is like it. You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” James quotes the second part of this commandment in chapter 2 verse 9 calling it the Royal commandment.

I believe we can sum up the book of James with the Royal law. If we are loving God with all of  our hearts, our souls, and our minds then we will walk out the gospel truth by loving our neighbor as ourselves. You and I know very well that we do not live this out perfectly. I do not always love God with all my heart, my soul, and my mind, therefore I am not loving my neighbor as myself. Believer, do not lose heart! God has given us the Holy Spirit of promise that guides, teaches and trains us. He has given us His written word to teach, encourage and train us.

The book of James is filled with reminders of how we are to love others and therefore showing our love for God. Believers do not fight against the word of God but receive it, walk it out as we wait for the glorious return of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Be a light in a dark dark place.

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This message from James  is so timely. It is so vitally important for the believer to be in the word of God renewing their minds and learning what the will of God is. That is what we are doing here at Conforming To The Truth. We are reading through 17 New Testament books. We are entering our twelfth week of reading and would love for you to join in with us. I always say it is never too late to start reading Truth. June 27th  we will begin  reading the book of  1 Peter. Click on the image below to get all of the details! I am ready to send you the reading plan and add you to our Facebook group:) I also have a free Bible Study in the book of Titus. Click on the image below and it will take you to all of the details!

17 Week New Testament Reading Plan  Would like to learn to adorn the doctrine of God? Please join Conforming To The Truth as we do a Bible Study in the book of Titus and learn from the word how to glorify God and adorn His word.

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{ What if IT is Meant To Be Broken}

“Let’s Talk Relationships”

It is so easy to slip into fix it mode. But what if it is meant to be broken?

Alison approached me  and asked me to pray about writing an article for her series, “Let’s Talk Relationships” I prayed about it and thought about this a lot. One question kept coming to my mind as I prayed about it, “What if IT is meant to be broken?” You may have come to this series  with the question “Why”?

  • Why  are relationships broken?
  • Why is this world so broken?
  • Why can’t I fix this?

 

 

 

You may have come here and are in the midst of a broken relationship looking for a way to fix it.  I have had the same questions. I have had severed friendships and family relationships that have fallen apart. I have searched the internet reading blog posts trying to find the answers to life’s brokenness and problems. I have run to my friends with an expectation of getting an answer! I praise God for friends and the internet. God in His sovereignty has placed people and the internet in our lives for a reason but they are not the answer to the questions we have. Nor do these things in themselves meet our ultimate needs.  Will you join me over at Life of Scope as I attempt to answer the question, ” What if IT is meant to be broken?”

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{Why Your Daughters Need to be in Your Bible Study!}

I am over at Satisfaction Through Christ today talking about having our daughters in our “Women’s Bible Study classes!”

Bible Study Satisfaction through ChristI grew up going to church every Sunday morning, Sunday night, and Wednesday night! All of that time spent except for the worship service I was in a group with other kids. I know some church’s today even separate the littles and the youth from the worship service? More on that another time! Today some churches have small groups that meet in different homes at different times during the week for Bible Study.  I am not saying there is anything wrong with all of these different classes. But what I am saying is that maybe we need to rethink some things.

Have you ever thought about having your daughters in your “Women’s Bible Study Class?’ Me either? Not until God gave me two lovely girls and a desire to train them up to know and fear the One true God. It is so easy to get caught up in tradition and what has always been that we do not think,  maybe somethings need to change. I hope this post gives all of us something to think and pray about. Continue reading

{God is Not “Trying”~He is “Doing”}

 

Do you find yourself saying things about God that are not true? Me too! Our God does, He is not trying.I am writing this post because while God is doing His sanctifying work in me I find myself referring to God in ways that do not lift Him up. The words I sometimes use do not bring Him glory and honor, nor do they reflect a heart that fears Him. I write this with much humility and with a heart that wants to exalt The One and only True God and  to help you and me understand how we should honor God with our words.I was scrolling through Facebook today, I came across a picture and this is what it said, Continue reading

Show Me That in Scripture… Please!

I am Satisfaction through Christ today sharing about how believers need to be in the word of God so that we are NOT led astray!

Have you ever had to say to someone, " Show me that in Scripture ...Please" I have, I was grateful I had the word hidden in my heart. Here are 4 ways to protect your heart and mind from being led astray!I have had several opportunities over the last several years to lead Bible study classes. I now hold one in my home. It is such a joy and a delight to see women of all ages conforming to the truth of God’s word. I love to see hearts desiring truth over their own opinions or even their own desires. Any teacher, whether it be a school teacher, a Sunday school teacher, a homeschooling mom, or a Bible study teacher always love a teaching moment.I have had several of those moments over the years but one in particular always stands out in my mind. I was leading a group of High School students through a study in the book of Titus. Continue reading