~An Encouraging Word
The Hearer & The Doer September, 2019
James 1: 22-24 says: But be doers of the word (Bible), and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if one is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like.”
I forget to be a “doer” when my prayer and Bible reading time with Jesus are neglected and I try to do something in my own strength. I get lazy or too self-sufficient. I have forgotten Ephesians 2:8,9 where I am saved by grace and it’s a free gift of God and not of works lest any man should boast. Jesus reminds me to look in the mirror of His image and be filled with His Holy Spirit to be a truly effective “doer.”
Verse 25 of James 1 completes the focus on Jesus whose death and resurrection for my sins personally gives me that eternal hope of heaven.
“But the one who looks into the perfect law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.”
September is the time for school to begin. May it be your time to begin anew to “do” His will and learn to lean on Him for everything.
~An Encouraging Word
Proverbs 3:5,6 July, 2019
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not to your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and he will direct your paths.”
As we celebrate the birth of our nation this month, may we lean on the everlasting arms of Almighty God in our personal lives as well as offer prayers for our country. As the old hymn by Helen Lemmel says, “Turn your eyes upon Jesus. Look full in His wonderful face. And the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace.” Look to the Lord for the future and not just for quick fixes.
What really does matter? Bottom Line – It’s Jesus Christ –embracing Him as your Savior and sticking close to Him.
He promises to always be with us!
Breath at Daybreak, resuscitate my courage to enter the demand-strewn path ahead. Help me not to pick up problems before they materialize. When I hit a dead end, help me not to camp out there. When I encounter a difficult person, help me not to join their fraternity. And when I am that person, remind me that it cost You for my freedom and forgiveness. Amen
~ Patsy Clairmont