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James – Monday, March 16

discipleshipJAMES 1:21-25

Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you. Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it—he will be blessed in what he does.

Since there is a “righteous life that God desires,” (James 1:20) we should hunger and thirst for it (Matthew 5:6).

The first step is to get rid of, lay aside, cast off, or put away the moral filth and evil of this world. This moral filth and evil is everywhere around us—more and more as the day of Christ’s return draws near (1 Timothy 4:1-3; 2 Timothy 3:1-5).

In its place, we go to the Word of God! We open our hearts to it as little children… believing what it says and receiving its strength and life.

There is a warning, however: we must not deceive ourselves into thinking that merely listening to the Word is the same as obeying or believing it. There is a myriad of people who sit in our church’s pews who suppose that by being in church and listening to a weekly sermon, they are fulfilling God’s requirements for their lives. Such thinking is foolishness, like a man who forgets what he looks like after having seen himself in a mirror.

In contrast, those who take the Bible seriously by believing and obeying its liberating message of grace and truth discover a life of blessedness.

Daily Devotional Book • James Application Questions

1. What sort of moral filth or evil is evident to you? How have you or how will you reject it?

2. Cite some of the ways we can humble ourselves under God’s Word. How well are you doing in this?

3. Repent and confess any known sin or failure in taking the Word seriously—either by disbelieving it, or by disobeying it. Receive God’s forgiveness, cleansing and power as you do (Proverbs 28:13; 1 John 1:9).

  1. Rick
    March 16, 2009 at 6:53 am

    And I say Amen and Amen to this devotional today. Can I encourage you to send a link to friends and family concerning this devotional so that they also may grow in their faith and be challenged daily?

    I know that you are being blessed beyond measure through this small devotional that is ever so rich. I encourage you to continue your desire to disciple and thanks again Pastor Bill for your obedience to the Lord and listening to that still small voice which led to your commitment to write this.

    Blessings to you all!

  2. March 17, 2009 at 7:14 pm

    Thanks for the encouragement, Rick!

    Well, I’ve already sent the links out to 600 people on Bill’s Musings, plus to our fellowship in the Napa Valley. I guess if anyone wants to pass the devo on to others, they could give them the link and they could sign up that way.

    I’m thinking that I’d like to write more devotionals like this one. It’s a simple but effective way to work through a text verse by verse. So what next? I’m open to suggestions!

  3. Peggy
    March 18, 2009 at 11:23 am

    I have been praying that you would be led to write more devotional studies such as the one we are currently doing, Pastor Bill…it is such a good way to use a blog site for edifying and equipping the scattered Body of Believers.

    What has transpired just during this opening chapter time of study is amazing grace in action, going out in more ways than I have words to type.

    Thanks and ever thanks, and an additional “Amen” to Rick’s posting.

  4. Amy Lindsay
    March 19, 2009 at 7:50 am

    Greetings beloved of the Lord-
    I have been forwarding your James devo to 4 people, who in communication with are loving it and are being blessed and challenged by it.

    I would love a future devo on 2 Thessalonians and also 1 & 2 Timothy, just a thought 🙂 I will pray that the Lord give you His heart & mind in this matter and that He give you the book that He desires His people to be blessed with!

    Thank you!!!

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