Just know the truth doesn’t help unless we act on the truth. Our deeds must match our beliefs. Is Christ your Lord? Do what He says!
8 Like the useless legs of one who is lame is a proverb in the mouth of a fool.
Knowing that we are saved, washed in the blood of Jesus, and have been made members of the family of God, we are free to be good without having to worry about getting it wrong and losing our position in Christ. That position is permanent! We are free to set some things aside that we know are hurting us so that we can focus on the areas that He has highlighted. Here’s how it works:
Do not merely listen to [and read] 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. James 1:22-25
We listen to and read the word of God with the intent of doing what it says. To listen with no intention of doing what it says is to deceive ourselves into believing that we have truly given our whole lives to Christ. The word of God is a mirror that God holds up to us and points His holy light on a particular area. We notice the area and see what needs to be done. To not do what we see is sin. James says in 4:17, “If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.” Whether it’s to do for someone else or for ourselves, we know by the Spirit what we ought to do. So then, let’s do it!
Now, as we read His Word, whether it’s what Jesus said and did and taught or whether it’s from one of the letters, or whether it’s from the Old Testament on morals, we have an obligation to our Savior to be obedient to what we read. This obedience is based upon our intimate and ongoing relationship and fellowship with the Father, through the Son, by the Holy Spirit. Without this connection, we cannot bring glory to the Father. Without doing what He says, we cannot bring glory to the Son. Without obedience, we quench the Spirit. Ephesians 4:30 tells us not to do that, “And do not quench the Holy Spirit of God, through whom you are sealed for the day of redemption.”
From this point forward, let’s read in order to know so that the Spirit can instruct us in holy living. He knows what we need to do and change first, second, third, and so on. He wants to do it with us, creating a new person that is a masterpiece (Ephesians 2:10 NLV). For instance:
When praying for someone’s health,
- Seek immediate, supernatural healing.
- Seek natural healing with full recovery.
- Seek ultimate healing in heaven.
- Pray for the Holy Spirit to have free reign in this person’s life.
- Seek spiritual growth during their illness and/or convalescence.
- Seek God’s glory to be displayed in any and all scenarios.
- Accept God’s decision in the matter.
The neat thing is that we have full confidence in this person’s healing–we just don’t know which type of healing God will choose. He knows what is best for that person in body, soul and spirit. We must trust Him. It’s part of our growth in our Christlikeness.
We will continue delving into the method of prayer tomorrow.
Abba, there’s a lot of material here. I pray for my readers that they will seek Your face even as they read this post. May they hear and heed even as I have learned to do. Let’s create something new together, Lord. You lead. Amen.