James 1:22 - Living the Word.

James 1:22 (NIV) Do not merely listen to the 
word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. 

James 1:22 (NLT) But dont just listen to 
Gods word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, 
you are only fooling yourselves. 


It is important to listen to what God's Word 
says, but it is much more important to obey it, to 
'do' what it says. We can measure the 
effectiveness of our Bible study time by the effect it has 
on our behavior and attitudes. Do you put into 
action what you have studied? [Life Application 


Truth in Action
   Lets imagine for a moment that 
youre very hungry, so you go into a restaurant and 
ask for a menu. You look it over and carefully 
read the descriptions of the various things 
theyre serving. But is that going to satisfy your 
hunger? Will you be able to put the menu down and 
say, Thank you. I feel much better now? 
   Or what if you memorized the contents of 
every single item on the menu? You know it so well 
that you could stand in front of the restaurant 
and say, Ask me whatever you want. Ive 
memorized the menu. Thats fine, but it wont 
fill your stomach. You need to order the food and 
then eat it. 
   Its the same thing when it comes to 
the Word of God. We not only need to hear it, 
but we also need to do it. We need to apply what 
weve heard. 
   James wrote, But dont just listen 
to Gods word. You must do what it says. 
Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves. For if you 
listen to the word and dont obey, it is like 
glancing at your face in a mirror. You see yourself, 
walk away, and forget what you look like 
(James 1:22-24 NLT). 
   In the original language, the act of 
looking in a mirror speaks of an attentive scrutiny. 
This is a picture of someone who sees their 
reflection in a mirror, realizes that something needs 
to be done, but doesnt act on it. 
   When we hear the Word of God, we should 
allow Gods Holy Spirit to take that truth and 
bring it home to our hearts. Truth acted on brings 
more truth. But failure to respond to the truth 
ultimately will result in the loss of truth. Gods 
Word becomes a millstone if we dont make it a 
milestone. [Greg Laurie from Harvest Ministries; 


Formula for Personal Growth
   Growing in Christ involves far more than 
just attending church, tithing, and listening to 
a sermon. In fact, many believers do these yet 
remain stagnant in their walk. There are two 
elements necessary for us to become more like Jesus: 
instruction and involvement. 
   The first of these, learning truth, is 
vital to a healthy walk with God. Our Savior 
proved the importance of instruction by devoting 
much of His time on earth to it. The apostle Paul 
is another example, as he wrote letters to 
educate Christians about godliness. 
   So how can we gain knowledge and 
understanding? One of the most important and effective ways 
is to read the Word of God. Scripture instructs 
us that just as newborns crave milk, we are to 
desire His Word so that we might grow. I pray your 
spiritual thirst will become insatiable. 
   Yet simply listening to the truth does 
not mean that we've acquired it. I know many 
people who love attending Bible studies and 
expanding their knowledge base, but their lives remain 
unchanged. Just as today's passage teaches, we have to 
apply the Word to our lives. Even so, actual 
growth requires more than merely inputting 
information. It requires action. James 2:26 states, "For 
just as the body without the spirit is dead, so 
also faith without works is dead." 
   Are we careless hearers, deceived into 
thinking that we're growing? Or are we listening 
intently and abiding in the truth? If we're truly 
maturing, our lives will be increasingly Christlike, 
and our desires will align more closely with 
God's heart. Make sure that you are listening and 
responding to His truth. [In Touch Daily Devotional by 
Charles Stanley at www.intouch.org] 


John and Judas are representatives of those 
who profess to be Christ's followers. Both these 
disciples had the same opportunities to study and 
follow the divine Pattern. Both were closely 
associated with Jesus and were privileged to listen to 
His teaching. Each possessed serious defects of 
character; and each had access to the divine grace that 
transforms character. But while one in humility was 
learning of Jesus, the other revealed that he was not 
a doer of the word, but a hearer only. One, 
daily dying to self and overcoming sin, was 
sanctified through the truth; the other, resisting the 
transforming power of grace and indulging selfish 
desires, was brought into bondage to Satan. AA558 


Loving God with Your Mind
   Mark 12:30 states: You must love the 
Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, 
all your mind, and all your strength (NLT). 
One way to restate this verse is love God with 
all your talk, all your feelings, all your 
thinking, and all your doing.  
   Although every person is called to do all 
of these things, God created each person to be 
stronger in one area. That means God has shaped you 
more naturally to be a talker (heart), feeler 
(soul), thinker (mind), or doer (strength).  
   Today lets look at the thinkers, who 
most readily love God with their minds. 
   Do you know that you can love God with 
your intellect? When you develop and strengthen 
your mind, its an act of worship.  
   One way you can recognize a thinker is by 
this: When thinkers become believers, they fall in 
love with the Bible.  
   Psalm 119:97 says, How I love your 
law! I think about it all day long (GNT). 
   There is no other book in the world like 
the Bible! It has the answers to lifes 
questions, including why God put you here on earth. 
   We need thinkers - because the world 
needs consideration. Somebody has to be thinking 
through complex issues and the implications of what 
the rest of us are doing. We need people who 
think through tough problems and bring solutions 
to the table. 
   But thinkers need to be careful to also 
practice humility. The Bible says, Dont be 
impressed with your own wisdom (Proverbs 3:7 NLT). 
Why? Because God is God, and youre not.  
   Humility is a choice. James 4:10 says, 
Humble yourselves before the Lord (NIV). 
Humility is something you do to yourself. And its 
not denying your strengths; its being honest 
about your weaknesses.  
   Thinkers also need to be careful to 
practice what they know. If you know it, then do it! 
James 1:22 says, Do not merely listen to the 
word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it 
says (NIV). 
   Your personality is unique and precious 
to God. When you use it to serve him with all 
your heart, soul, mind, and strength, you bring 
him glory! [Daily Devotional by Rick Warren: 


James 1:22 - Living the Word.



If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or 
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either 
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in 
hearing from you.  Thanks in advance and let's keep 
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred 


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