Tag Archive | “Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness

“Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.” (James 1:21-25)

30290Hello. How are you? How is life going in your day to day? Can you believe it is the middle of October? For me, this year has been a blur. On the one hand it seems like someone is ripping pages off the calendar; and on the other hand, it feel like time is standing still. 

In any event…for those who are believers and know God’s Word, should know that once they receive Jesus and begin reading and memorizing scripture, the Word becomes part of their innermost being. That is God’s way of keeping us alive-physically and spiritually speaking. When we go through life’s struggles-severe or not, the temptation of the world; desperately tries to pull us away from God.  Sadly, there are times when the flesh wins and we give in. But, we can always have God’s forgiveness if we ask. (“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness”.) (1 John 1:9)

So what is God saying in the above scripture? A couple of things; first, we need to choose to lay aside the filthiness and wickedness that surrounds us constantly and not let in or succumb to it. How? By receiving,   believing, and applying God’s Word that lives planted within us. Putting ourselves aside and letting God be first is humbling. “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.” (Ephesians 2: 8-9)

Another point is application-so there is no hypocrisy. You may be thinking “hypocritical to who?” Well, when we say we are believers, but, don’t behave as Christians, then we seem to “forget” whom we believe in.” This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far away from me.” (Matthew 15:8) “Then the Lord said, “Because this people draw near with their words And honor Me with their lip service, But they remove their hearts far from Me, And their reverence for Me consists of tradition learned by rote,” (Isaiah 29:13) God knows we only fool ourselves. We need to be consistent with our faith and relationship with God. We need to remember the gift of the Word and not forget the new life God has given to us,

We need to keep looking at God’s Word and remembering His promises that are there available for us whenever we need and want the Holy Spirit to be there for us whenever we ask That is the faithfulness of God.

As you continue Every Day with Grace, I hope you hold on to the promises of God that lives inside you and that you apply them so that you will not want to deceive yourself , your fellow man, or God. Be true and accept the gift God has for you. He loves you and wants you to have truth of His Word always inside you without the hypocrisy. God’s word is our true mirror which reflects what is going on in our lives. We just need to not forget His Mirror of His Word for our refections into our lives

In His Love,