"But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves."
James 1:22
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October 4, 2021

What have you read recently that you thought would change your life if you acted on it? I read a book recently that had five simple, life changing LAWS included in it. Those laws are… Make it tiny, make it obvious, make it attractive, make it easy, make it satisfying. I won’t spoil the rest of the read, in case you get to read it too!

The book of James in the Bible was written by a younger brother of Jesus. He was respected for giving advice that encouraged the early church to embrace new converts to the faith (Acts 15:13-21). And he was Jesus’ brother! So the advice he wrote to the early churches is definitely worth exploring.

James 1:2-8

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.  

If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.”

This week we consider how we can serve by responding to the needs we see around us. We look for opportunities to use what we have and what we can do, to build others up.  

Take time this week to consider what you have read recently that you are yet to respond to. Think about the needs around you that you could meet. And reflect on the promise shared by James; that if you lack wisdom, God is eager to help, when you call out in faith.

What is your response?
As you read the devotional, set some time aside to ask God how the word can change you today.
James 1:22 says "Do not merely listen to the word...do what it says." How can you live out the challenges set, or share the encouragement from the post today?
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