Implanted the Word
Therefore, lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. James 1:21
Here is a scripture that is perfect for all the craziness in the world today. From pandemic to rioting, this is the answer to every kind of trouble. It says put away all that stuff, the bad news, wickedness and immorality of the world. Instead, receive the Word of God with meekness/humility. Receive God’s Word and good news with a submitted heart and commitment to live by it. It says to implant it like a seed in the ground of your heart. As you spend time with God and His Word each day, you are continuously planting new seeds while watering the ones you have already sown. If you neglect to have your own personal time with God each day, you are not attending to the seeds that have been sown. If you say, I go to church on the weekend, so I have God in my life. This is not the same as personal time with Him. It is much like having a natural garden of your own that needs to have some attention each day in order to produce a thriving crop.
Although it is important to gather with other believers, your personal time with God is necessary for your daily life successes. This is the time you spend each day reading His Word and praying/conversing with Him. Converse with your Heavenly Father and delight in the time you get to spend with Him, not just asking for what you need today and the future. Include a time for listening also. The Holy Spirit of God lives on the inside of every believer and He is always giving direction and wisdom. It can come through God’s Word, but it can also come with a quiet voice within your heart. Take time to listen each day and learn to recognize what wisdom He is giving. After you spend some time worshiping, reading and talking, ask Him if He has anything you should hear today? Then wait for a short time to hear. If you hear nothing, that’s OK. Start making it a habit and soon His voice will become very familiar to you.
This passage goes on to compare reading God’s Word with looking into a mirror. If you look into the mirror and see issues, but you walk away and don’t fix them, that’s what God says about reading His word but not doing what it says to do. This is the first place to start. Practice what you read in the Word and Ask the Holy Spirit to help you accomplish all that you read. Make daily adjustments to stay on course.
Today I want to encourage you to step away from all the bad news for a time to focus on God’s love and goodness. Take time to implant God’s Word into your heart and then incorporate it into your daily walk. Approach each day of your life determined to live by the perfect law of liberty and then continue in it. Do not forget the wisdom and instruction that you have read in it, but rather make that what is most important in your world today.
Today’s scripture reading: James 1:19-27