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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Monday, July 11, 2016
Today’s scripture reading:
It is important to listen to what God’s Word says, but it is much more important to obey it and to do what it says. We can measure the effectiveness of our Bible study time by the effect it has on our behavior and attitudes. Do you put into action what you have studied?
It seems paradoxical that a law could give us freedom but God’s law points out sin in us and gives us the opportunity to ask for God’s forgiveness. As Christians, we are saved by God’s grace, and salvation frees us from sin’s control. As believers, we are free to live as God created us to live. Of course, this does not mean that we are free to do as we please. We are now free to obey God. (NLT)
James 1:22-25 – And remember, it is a message to obey, not just to listen to. If you don’t obey, you are only fooling yourself. For if you just listen and don’t obey, it is like looking at your face in a mirror but doing nothing to improve your appearance. You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like. But if you keep looking steadily into God’s perfect law—the law that sets you free—and if you do what is says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it.
Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. –James 1:22 (NIV)
Norma C. Mezoe (Indiana) titled her story “SOMEONE IS WATCHING;” here is a portion of Norma’s story:
“Lillian and her husband were enjoying a quiet meal in a restaurant. Suddenly, they heard a man talking in a loud voice. . . . Evidently he wasn’t pleased with his food or the service.
“As he left the restaurant, the other diners could read on the back of his shirt the words of a Christian message. The words said one thing, but his actions conveyed a different message.
“Years ago, I received a not in the morning mail. It was from a woman in our church, one who was a new Christian. She had written: ‘I’ve watched you for a long time, not believing you were quite real. But now I have come to realize that you live what you say.’ I hadn’t realized that someone was watching to see if the way I lived matched the words I said.
“It was a powerful reminder that when we take the name ‘Christian,’ we also take on the responsibility of living as Christians, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Who is watching the way I live today?
Prayer: Lord Jesus, help us to live our lives so that we always honor you. Amen.
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