James 1:22

“But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.”


Diligent church attendance and the most frequent listening to the Word of God will not amount to anything in the Kingdom of God unless it is accompanied by action. To hear according to Scripture is to do something about what you just heard. The Lord never intended to simply speak pretty words. When He spoke there was action, light came into being and the earth brought forth seed according to the Word that was given. Implied in hearing the Word is action to do it. If you believe it, act upon it.


James says there must be an action to our faith, but we know that our faith comes by the hearing of the Word of God. (Romans 10:17). If we don’t assemble ourselves together as set forth by Scripture and the Message, how can we properly hear the Word of God through the five fold ministry of Ephesians 4? We must hear before we can do.


After we have heard the Word and listened to the Word of God, it must be internalized within. We must let the Word search our hearts, our beings, and then we can be moved by the Holy Spirit. Have you ever gone to church maybe on a Sunday morning and heard the Word go forth and were convicted by the Word, then left after the service feeling like there was something out of place? You might not be letting the Holy Spirit internalize the Word. To let the Word be internalized means to let it become a part of your nature, either by unconscious assimilation or by actively applying it every day.


The Holy Spirit is the doer. It is a natural part of that eternal seed God placed in you before the foundation of the world to bring forth the attributes of God in your life. It is not a natural part of your fallen flesh to do so. The flesh can never be born again and will always cause us trouble. Therefore, it is imperative that we not only hear the Word and/or be convicted by it, but we must also allow the Holy Spirit to assimilate it into us. James tells us to prove yourselves doers of the Word, not just listening or talking about it.


Are you the kind of person who gets in front of the mirror, walks away and forgets all about what you see in the reflection? James says don’t be like that, but to always keep the mirror of God’s Word before you.


Be a doer and allow the Holy Spirit to assimilate and mold into you what you hear from the pulpit, what you hear from the Message, what you read in the Word, and you will be blessed in all your ways.


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“There’s one thing to teach something, there’s another thing for God to confirm it and say it’s the truth. There’s one thing to say something; it’s another thing to do something. It’s not hearers; it’s doers. “Show me your faith without your works, and I’ll show you my faith, “ said Paul, “by my works.” If you believe it, you’ll act upon it. That’s it. And then your faith becomes works and God can go with you then.”