James 1:22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
I have been stuck on James 1:22 for a week because it is so powerful to me. I know that we all have the ability to hear from God and I know that many of you reading this, do hear from God. So what sets us apart from the people who you can just look at and see God working in? From the people who are constantly and obviously stepping out in faith?
They are fearless doers of the word.
In James 1:25 it goes on to say “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.” This all boils down to being God’s ‘Yes’ Girl, being obedient when you hear His voice or feel a prompting from the Holy Spirit that dwells in you. The men and women in the Bible were not equipped to deal with the things they dealt with because of their strength or their might, they were equipped with supernatural strength from God. God does not only choose the equipped, he equips the chosen.
Matthew 20:16 So the last will be first, and the first last. For many are called, but few chosen.
I read a blog recently entitled, God will give you more than you can handle: I guarantee it and the main point of the blog is that there are many things in this life that are absolutely more than we can handle alone, reminding us that we need God. This is true in being a ‘doer’ of the word because when you are a doer of the word, sometimes God might call you to do things that are seen as simple and sometimes He may put something on your heart and call you to do things that seem impossible. Well guess what? Trying to do them without God leading and guiding you, making the crooked paths straight would be impossible. Being a doer of the word calls you to jump off the cliff and fully trust that God will allow you to land safely. Being a doer of the word is trusting in all that God is and all that word says He is.
James 2:22 Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect? 2:26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.
Do you not see that hearing without action means nothing? Start walking the path the God has chosen you to walk and start acting on the Kingdom works which you are called to do. Stop letting fear, worry, and anxiety rule you because God will equip you. God has equipped you! Start running your race of faith today and never look back. Hebrews 12:1-2 Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.