Live the Word

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.

Heaven bound people carry the Bible in their hearts. We can still lose our soul with the Bible in our pocket or we may have the Bible laying around the house, but there is no profit simply being around the book or touching it. Our confidence is not found in the pages and binding. Merely hearing or understanding or quoting the word does not make it profitable.

We must “receive with meekness” the implanted (or engrafted, KJV) word. Implanted or engrafted means it becomes a part of us — something placed in us — which directs our lives. NET Bible reads, “Be sure to live out the message.” In order to do that, we need to bow the knee. Meek people accept the dominion and direction of God. Receiving the word is using it. It is something that becomes a part of our thinking. Preaching/reading the word must change who we are, what we think, what we do and how we live. That is receiving the word. We should gaze intently at it, see our reflected flaws and make the required necessary changes for the saving of our souls.

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


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