Monday, May 24, 2010

Walking in Truth • James 1

Anyone who sets himself up as "religious" 
by talking a good game is self-deceived. 
This kind of religion is hot air and only hot air. 

James 1:26

Agreement with truth,
liking what I read
does not plant it in my heart,
does not send roots down into
the deep soil of my soul.

Hearing does not equal doing.

Reading does not equal action.

Writing a beautiful psalm and posting it
on my blog does not mean that I have
taken one tiny move to walk out
what I have been shown.

I hate the word religious!

I think that I do not want to appear to be something I am not.

But have I been deceiving myself?

Have I thought that because I can shout a
resounding YES after I read something
I am now living it in my life?

Oh Father, I want what is true to come out.

Please search me and know me.
Please reveal the truth.
Reveal what is growing in the soil of my heart.

Tear out any weeds of self-deception,
tear out what is not of You.

Help me to put action to what You
show me in Your Word.

Help me to glimpse You at work
and give You my entire attention.

Help me to join You
as You work the soil in the garden of my life.

But whovever catches a glimpse of 
the revealed counsel of God — the free life! 
— even out of the corner of his eye, 
and sticks with it, 
 is no distracted scattered 
but a man or woman of action. 
That person will find delight and 
affirmation in the action. 

James 1:25

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