Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. Human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires. So get rid of all the filth and evil in your lives, and humbly accept the word God has planted in your hearts, for it has the power to save your souls. James 1:19-21 (NLT)
Planted In You
Do you want to live the righteous life I desire? Do you want to think, and speak, and act in ways that are pleasing to me? Do you want to live the life I have called you to live? I will give an emphatic and passionate yes to all three of your questions. Yes, I want to live the righteous life you desire. Yes, I want to think, and speak, and act in ways that are pleasing to you. Yes, I want to life the life you have called me to live. That is very good. How can I live such a life? How will you make be able to live the righteous life that you desire for me? Let me break down your question, which is very good. First, it is I, that will make you able to live a righteous life. And it is true, it is my desire for you, that you live a righteous life. Both are true. Now for the main thrust of your question which was, “How can I make you able to live the righteous life I desire for you?” Yes, that’s it. You must draw near to me. You must come into my presence. You must meet with me in my word. You must humbly allow me to plant my word deeply in you. My word will change your heart. My word will transform your mind. My word will guide your life. That I will do. That is not all. As you allow me to humbly plant my word in you, there is something else you must do. What is that? You must remove any filth and evil from your life. Will that be difficult? Will that be troublesome? Will that be painful? It could be. It may be. On your own, without my help, it would be impossible. But as you draw near to me and allow my word to be deeply planted in you, your heart and mind and life be changed and transformed. You will welcome my work in you. We will be on the same page. You will want what I want. You will want, with all your heart, to live the life I have for you. Yes, I will. That will be very good. Thank you, Lord.
Lord, I will humbly allow your word to be deeply planted in me. Use your word to produce in me the righteous life you desire. Remove any filth and evil from my life. Use your word to help me to be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry. Amen
Key Question… What work has God done in you as you have humbly allowed His word to be deeply planted in you?
Living It Out… Allow God’s word to be deeply planted in you so you can live the righteous life He desires.
Seeing It Happen… Have faith that the God’s word being deeply planted in you will help you to live the righteous life He desires.
Get Ready To Share… Share with another person or your small group how you are allowing God’s word to be planted deeply in you.
Prayer To Bless Others… May you humbly allow God’s word to be deeply planted in you so you can live the righteous life He desires.
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