James 1: 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 someone 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 whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.
We have finished up Philippians! The only verses we had left were salutations and the typical Paul letter closing. So I wanted to finish up with these verses in James. We have went through almost every single verse of Philippians, and you have a much deeper knowledge of the book than before we did this. You are now able to expound, somewhat, on this book. Take the opportunity to share with your children or friends truths you have learned in this book. In the beginning of chapter 4 and 2 specifically you find quite a few things that are applicable for everyone!
It’s critical that you don’t move from this time of study only having heard what it says. Carry out the instruction which we have heard. There have been some incredibly good principles for the Christian life, and also principles on relating to others. If you leave this time of study and apply nothing you will have grown 0%. OR you could move from this having been conformed just a little more into Christ’s image. The verses have entered your brain and the Holy Spirit can remind you of it. Be intentional in application. Don’t allow the principles to fall to the wayside. If you put them out of your mind you will slowly forget what you have learned. You will find yourself soon valuing yourself over others and forgetting you were instructed not to! You will find yourself quickly grumbling and not recalling this wasn’t something you should be doing. Pray, pray for God to instill a desire to stay in the Word and not forget the truths He has given you.
With that, the book should not be super confusing and you should have a good enough background that you should be able to read through it without stumbling on things. Therefore, take advantage of that and read this book ALL the way through at least once. Perhaps Sunday before church, when there’s no devotion, you can read through this book. It will likely not take you long. Only 4 chapters… Take the opportunity and read it in the way Paul intended his readers to experience this letter.
Growth has come, and is continuing to happen. I am excited about starting our new series tomorrow!
God help me to not forsake the things I have learned in this book. Instead remind me daily of these basic christian principles. Remind me to be in the Word and take the truths within it and lay them over my life. Help me to use Your Word as a rubric for my life. Shaping all the decisions I have to make, and all the interactions I am a part of. In Christ’s name Amen.
Go and teach! You have the keys to many great principles that christians consistently fail to live by. Go through the book again, as I suggested, and write down those principles we’ve discussed. Then take the opportunity to remind your close friends and family about them. You could be the source of freedom for someone. You now have a level of knowledge that is slightly above someone, maybe even a lot of someones. Don’t take it for granted. God gives you knowledge so that you can change and then spur that change on in someone else’s life! Again, you will notice quickly there are a lot of people who ignore these truths or simply don’t know them. Help others grow!