But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. James 1:22(KJV)
Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls. James 1:21(KJV). This passage came to me after veiwing the evening news. The horror in the world that surrounds us is prolific and seemingly endless. A woman was crying speaking about a young child that was found murdered in the woods. And, begging the viewers to help capture the evil maniac that killed her beautiful innocent baby. Two seconds after that story, came another disturbing story about a man arrested for pornography found in his home. He was a teacher of a prominent school. And still after, came the updated condition of the homeless man whose face was eaten by a crazed individual, thought to have been on drugs. I finally turned it off. My heart and soul couldn’t bear any more. My eyes were filled with tears…and I thought, if I feel this way how does God feel?
The engrafted word…emphutos in Greek translated as implanted. Which means that the Word must become a part of our very being. A part of our very essence. The Word will bring us eventually to our final salvation.
Christians begin their new life in Christ with the word of truth. By having a new life, in Christ…we need to be rid of all morally unfit items or behaviors that would offend the Holy Spirit. We need to take on the clothing and face of Christ.
We need to put aside and turn away from ALL things that are not of God. Scripture dictates that we need to be believers and influence others to do the same. We need to be an example for others, friends, family…people along the way.
God doesn’t want us to engage in anything that is of an abomination to Him. The Word of God cannot fully take root and growth if we don’t behave accordingly, and turn from things that are not acceptable in God’s eyes.
Society is corrupt and it seeks to influence us, and our families. The corruptions will defile our very souls if we let it in. His Word tells us clearly what we are to do, and what we is expected of us. The Lord outlines it continuously throughout His word. We must be aware of what corruption is according to God. Any obscenity that is grievous in God’s eyes. The opposite of Holy.
The internet can affect souls if one is not careful. Things of the world are not godly. Obscenities through videos, movies, or filthy language in itself. God’s Word warns us, let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God…be not yet therefore partakers with them. Ephesians 5:6-7 (KJV)
So, what can we do as believers? We need to take His Word seriously. We need to be doers and not just listeners of the Word. Our homes should be filled with the Word of God and the holiness of Christ.
So how can we go about it? With love, and the understanding of what God wants from us, as His children. We must be BOLD when need be, and GENTLE when we can. As Christ told us, Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; so be shrewd as serpents and innocent as doves.”Matthew 10:16 (KJV)
“…he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work this man shall be blessed in his deed.” James 1:25 (KJV)
Embrace Christ by observing His Words, and His ways. Reach out to those in need. Benevolent love for people in need. Orphans, widows and the poor are issues that the Lord holds dear in His heart throughout the Bible. Today, we can help those in need with love. How? By listening, by doing…by showing. This kind of behavior shows that Christ loves them, and lives on in all of us.
A holy life and love for God can be expressed many ways. We need to separate from the sinful ways of the world. We need to connect to Jesus in a higher realm of understanding through our actions. DOER. We need to be “doers.”
Go out and become a doer and not just a listener of the Word. It is all about works…and faith without works is dead…
Romans 7:22 (KJV) For I delight in the law of God after the inward man.
Psalm 37:4 (KJV) Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he sahll give thee the desires of thine heart.
Psalm 37:5 (KJV) Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.
Psalm 37:18(KJV) The Lord knoweth the days of the upright and their inheritance shall be forever.