A believer, in recovery, looking to the Bible to know who I am in Christ.
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 1:25
Not a Forgetful Hearer
I am blessed by God's grace. And I ask Him for it.
I must shower in the Word. I must read and pray in the Spirit, asking the Holy Spirit to teach me as I read.
Alright, I can do that. I can look into the perfect law of liberty.
"...is not a forgetful hearer..." Uh, I obviously need to confess. I am a forgetful hearer. This hurts. Still I'm hopeful. Because in His sanctifying work, He is doing it in me. I see it. I am being built up. I am remembering. I do some of what I hear.
Okay, so I need to hear it 25 times before it begins to sink in! That's why I must soak in the Word over and over and over.
Forgiving and Gracious
I must read it. Hear it preached. Read the works of godly men. And fellowship with other believers who love the Word too.
Yet, I sometimes think I don't need to saturate myself in all of that. I get full of myself. My hurts, habits, and hang-ups fly right back in my face.
I learn, I return, I confess. He is forgiving and gracious.
Now, I'm in position to not be a forgetful hearer. The Holy Spirit speaks to me through His word. He moves me into action. Sometimes, I find myself doing what I didn't do before. Sometimes, I am afraid and jump in because He tells me to do it. Sometimes, I go to Him over and over, asking for His grace. And He opens the door of my willingness.
More than I Can Ask or Hope
Lord, may I be changed by the perfect law of liberty, and continue in it. I don't want to be a forgetful hearer. Lord, give me your grace today to hear and continue. I desire to be a doer of your word. Lord, I pray that you answer my prayer with more than I can ask or hope for today. I am not You. I serve you. I ask for your blessings. All good gifts come from you. Blessed be the Name of the Lord. Today.
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