But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it–he will be blessed in what he does. James 1:25 (NIV)
Look Into, Remember, Do
Do you want to live and walk in the freedom that I have secured for you? Do you want to be set free from bondages to sin? Do you want to be able to overcome evil in the world? Do you want to stand up against temptations that will certainly come your way? Yes, I want to be set free. Yes, I want to walk in all the freedom that you have secured for me. I certainly want to be able to stand up against temptations that will come my way. I don’t want to be in bondage to any kind of sin. How can I live the life of freedom that you are describing to me? That is a very good question.
There are three things that you must keep on doing if you want to live in the freedom I have secured for you. First, you must make it your daily practice to look intently into my word. What do you think looking intently into my word will require of you? Looking intently into your word will require my wholehearted effort and focused attention. I must listen very carefully to all that you are saying to me. I must not let your word go in one ear and out the other. How will you make sure that does not happen? I will meditate on your word. I will memorize your word. I will pray your word. I will let your word dwell richly in my heart and mind and life. That will be very good. What’s next? You must remember my word. You must carry my word with you throughout your life. My word must remain in your heart and on your mind. You must always allow my word to speak into your life. How will make sure that you will keep on remembering my word? I will continue to meet with you every day in your word. I know that you will continue to remind me what you want me to remember as I keep on meeting with you. That’s right. I will bring to your attention what you need to remember from my word as you keep on meeting with me. What else? You must never let yourself become only a hearer of my word. You must be a hearer and a doer of my word. You will be set free as you look into, remember and put my word into your daily practice. Will you do that? Yes Lord, I will.
Lord, I will look intently into your word. I will consider carefully all you want to teach me. I will put into practice all you have shown to me. Thank you, that your word has set me free. Thank you, that your word is richly blessing my life as I follow and serve you. Amen
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