Hello friends 🙂 I hope you’re having an inspirational Wednesday. Mine’s pretty good. I’ve finished a chapter in my book and it didn’t take me long so I’m happy. I’m starting to think I may finish this thing by summer after all. Anywho, I’ve been doing an amazing Bible study by Beth Moore in the book of James.
Passage James 1:22-25:
22But be doers of the Word [obey the message], and not merely listeners to it, betraying yourselves [into deception by reasoning contrary to the Truth].
23For if anyone only listens to the Word without obeying it and being a doer of it, he is like a man who looks carefully at his [own] natural face in a mirror;
24For he thoughtfully observes himself, and then goes off and promptly forgets what he was like.
25But he who looks carefully into the faultless law, the [law] of liberty, and is faithful to it and perseveres in looking into it, being not a heedless listener who forgets but an active doer [who obeys], he shall be blessed in his doing (his life of obedience).
This is a beautiful and convicting passage. How often do we hear God’s message yet still live for ourselves? Sometimes we’re like children….we think WE know best. We forget God, Our Creator, knows alot more than we do and he is looking out for our best interest. I’m going to leave you with an excerpt from the Bible study.
“Lock in on this section of James 1:23: ‘like a man looking at his own face in a mirror.’ Circle the phrase ‘his own face’. The KJV uses ‘his natural face’, giving perhaps a stronger deference to the original wording. Actually, the Greek is GENESIS. While the adjectives ‘own’ or ‘natural’ unquestionably translate the word, some scholars think the ‘genesis’ face could layer the meaning. James does, after all, refer to aspects of creation several times in his letter (see 1:18, 3:9). If genesis carries the deeper meaning, the reflection in the mirror would not only reveal grime or sore. It would also remind the gazer of his true identity, bringing conviction with an upward spin: I want to be who I was created to be: a bearer of the very image of God. Sadly, however, he goes out and forgets who he really is.
We were created to be satisfied with nothing less than the fulfillment of our original purpose.”
~James: Mercy Triumphs by Beth Moore pg 79
God bless and remember The High King Lives! ~Amber Dover