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June 11, 2014

June 11, 2014

"Give God's Word a Gaze"

“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 someone who looks at his face in the mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. 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 NIV

James likens God’s Word to a mirror. Mirrors help you evaluate yourself. When you’re getting ready to go out, you can glance in the mirror to check yourself out, deciding if you need to make any changes before you leave for the day. The Bible helps you do the same thing.

With the Bible, like a mirror, you have to make a decision. There are two ways of using it. The first is to just glance in it as you go by; the second is to gaze into it.

Glancing may be fine for checking out how you look before you go out but that’s not how God wants you to use His Word. He wants you to gaze into it so that it will change your life.

Do you want a life that God blesses? It all starts with gazing into God’s Word. James 1: 22 – 25 gives you the blueprint for how to study God’s Word in a way that will bless you.

Read your Bible – “…whoever looks intently…”

Review the Bible – “…and continues in it…”

Remember the Bible – “…not forgetting what they have heard…”

Respond to the Bible. – “…but doing it…”

When you read, review, remember and respond, you will grow closer to God because He will grow closer to you.

Peace in the Lord,

Pastor Don