LIFe with God: January 25

Posted on January 25, 2011

Scripture

James 1:19-27

James 1:19-27 (NET)  Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters! Let every person be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger.  (20)  For human anger does not accomplish God’s righteousness.  (21)  So put away all filth and evil excess and humbly welcome the message implanted within you, which is able to save your souls.  (22)  But be sure you live out the message and do not merely listen to it and so deceive yourselves.  (23)  For if someone merely listens to the message and does not live it out, he is like someone who gazes at his own face in a mirror.  (24)  For he gazes at himself and then goes out and immediately forgets what sort of person he was.  (25)  But the one who peers into the perfect law of liberty and fixes his attention there, and does not become a forgetful listener but one who lives it out — he will be blessed in what he does.  (26)  If someone thinks he is religious yet does not bridle his tongue, and so deceives his heart, his religion is futile.  (27)  Pure and undefiled religion before God the Father is this: to care for orphans and widows in their misfortune and to keep oneself unstained by the world.

Observation

Why should we be slow to anger? How are we to respond to the message of God’s Word? What constitutes true religion?

Application

Do I “fly off the handle” too easily? Do I simply read or listen to God’s Word, or do I live it out? In what ways do I contribute to the care of widows and orphans and keeping myself unstained by the world?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear Father God, Let me be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger, for my human anger does not accomplish Your righteousness. So empower me to put away all filth and evil excess and humbly welcome the message implanted within me, which is able to save my soul. Help me to be sure to live out the message and not merely listen to it and so deceive myself. For if someone merely listens to the message and does not live it out, he is like someone who gazes at his own face in a mirror. For he gazes at himself and then goes out and immediately forgets what sort of person he was. But the one who peers into the perfect law of liberty and fixes his attention there, and does not become a forgetful listener but one who lives it out — You will bless in what he does. May I bridle my tongue, and so not deceive my heart, that my religion would not be futile. You said that pure and undefiled religion before You is this: to care for orphans and widows in their misfortune and to keep oneself unstained by the world. Guide me by Your Spirit to follow and obey, Father, in the Name of Jesus, Amen!

Pray to BLESS!
One good way to pray for people is to use the acronym BLESS to pray for God’s blessing on every area of their lives:

  • B – BODY (physical health)
  • L – Labor (their job or school)
  • E – Emotions (emotional health as well as guarding against letting emotions rule)
  • S – Social (relationships with family, friends, co-workers, neighbors, church, etc)
  • S – Spiritual (remaining true to God and growing in Him)

Spend some time praying for the following people and ministries:

  • Ken & Twilla Eden (Joshua, Jonathan, Sophia)
  • Gil & Lois Estes
  • Gary Friend

Missionaries:

  • J & G Simon, missionaries to Austria

CLF:

  • Ask that we would be a church that is devoted to true fellowship: Pray that we would be encouraged from being united with Christ, comforted by His love, bonded with His Spirit, tender and compassionate with one another. Pray that we would be like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. Ask that we would do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider one another better than ourselves, looking not only to our own interests, but also to the interests of each other. Pray that we would all have the same attitude as that of Christ Jesus.

Community: Pray for Public Service Professionals (Firefighters, Law enforcement, and medical personnel)…

  • Strength to serve well
  • Safety/health
  • Salvation for lost & ministry opportunities for saved
  • Strong family/marriage relationships
  • Strong, God-honoring friendships

MEMORY VERSE OF THE WEEK:

The one who says he resides in God ought himself to walk just as Jesus walked. – 1 John 2:6 (NET)

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