Sep 24, 2012
A Practical Truth About Real Life . . .
The real wisdom that you need to navigate the trials and temptations of this real life is found in receiving and practicing the truth of God’s Word.
The reading of God’s Word is not enough; it must be received. (Matthew 13:1-9)
Receiving the Word . . .
1. Be quick to hear the word of truth. (James 1:19)
· “quick to hear”—literally means eager to hear the Word; be quick to the hearing of the lesson or word.
Those who love the truth are quick to hear because they treasure the Word. (Psalm 119:11)
2. Be slow to speak in regard to the word of truth. (James 1:26; 3:1)
Guard yourself from being irresponsible with what you have heard. (Ecclesiastes 5:1-2)
3. Be slow to anger in hearing the word of truth.
· “slow to anger”—literally means do not resent the word. (Galatians 4:16)
· Anger does not produce the righteousness of God. (James 1:20)
o Truth conforms us to Christ.
4. Prepare your heart to receive the word of truth. (James 1:21)
· Before the word of truth is received, sin must be dealt with in your heart.
o “put away”—literally means “having put away”
§ “filthiness”—Gr. “ruparia,” refers to wax in your ears.
Implication: Get rid of the sin that causes you to not hear the word of truth, because sin always hinders the work of the Word.
5. Receive the word with a spirit of humility and teachability. (James 1:21)
6. Practice the word of truth. (James 1:22)
· To hear but not put into practice is to be deceived or deluded.
· To practice by putting into action is to be blessed.
From James’ Letter to My Life . . .
· Set aside time daily to read God’s Word.
· Pray for God to show you any sin that may be hindering the work of His Word.
· Allow God’s Spirit to drive His Word deep into the good soil of your heart.
· Be teachable and receive what He says with humility.
· Put His Word into practice quickly.