Sunday, July 19, 2009

Not Just Hearers But Doers of God's Word

The following is a post of a summary of today's message by Pastor Gus Brown of Akron Alliance Fellowship Church in Akron, Ohio. Be sure to visit the Akron Alliance church weblog at akronalliance.wordpress.com for more content.

"But be doers of the word and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. Because if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man looking at his own face in a mirror; for he looks at himself, goes away, and right away forgets what kind of man he was. But the one who looks into the perfect law of freedom and perseveres in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer who acts--this person will be blessed in what he does (James 1:22-25)."

 God's Word does not change. His Word remains the same.

"Every generous act and every perfect gift comes from above, coming down from the Father of lights; with Him there is no variation or shadow cast by turning (James 1:17)."

As He does not change, we must always remember that God's Word comes from truth, and His standard is how we are to measure everything (Romans 3:4; Numbers 23:19). From generation to generation, His Word has not changed, and it will not change. God's Word has not changed also in its essence as a living Word (Hebrews 4:12-13). One has to either accept it as truth in his or her life or choose to reject it altogether (Hebrews 4:1-7). While we are mortals, His Word continues on for those that come after us (1 Peter 1:23-25). The Word penetrates into our lives. It will either convict one of sin in one's life, or it will ultimately condemn one for rejecting His Word (Psalm 4:4). It probes your fears and secrets and reveals to us the evidence of our true desires for God. Do we desire a life for the Lord or a life devoted to our own selfish desires or passions? God's Word reveals your true heart (Psalm 139:23; Matthew 6:19-24).

"Little children, we must not love in word or speech, but in deed and truth; that is how we will know we are of the truth, and will convince our hearts in His presence, because if our hearts condemn us, God is greater than our hearts and knows all things (1 John 3:18-20)."

The Word is the test for our actions and our motives, and it will reveal who and what we value, and it also demands an account of your life (John 9:41; 12:48).

"There is no favoritism with God. All those who sinned without the law will also perish without the law, and all those who sinned under the law will be judged by the law. For the hearers of the law are not righteous before God, but the doers of the law will be declared righteous (Romans 2:11-13)."

God is gracious in forgiving us for our sins when we accept Jesus Christ as Savior, but we must always remember that the Word originates from Him and it challenges us each day as to how we are living for Him.

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