James 1:22-25 (NASB95)
22 But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves.
23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror;
24 for once he has looked at himself and gone away, he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was.
25 But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man will be blessed in what he does.
James persistently opposes any hearing of the word that does not lead to doing. The Apostle Paul would agree when he wrote in Romans 2:13 (NASB95),“it is not the hearers of the Law who are just before God, but the doers of the Law will be justified.” James’ is also firmly in line with Jesus’ teaching: Luke 11:28 (NASB95)“blessed are those who hear the word of God and observe it.” Douglas Moo says that those who fail to do the word, who are hearers only, are guilty of a dangerous and potentially fatal self-delusion. This is why James can say that people who only hear the word are deceiving themselves. They think that they have a relationship with God because they attend church, go to Bible study, read the Bible or they pray and fast. But if you’re listening is not accompanied by obedience, your true situation before God is far different. Calvin says that obedience is the mother of true knowledge of God.
If you hear the word of God but do not do what it says, you are treating the word as if it were useless. You are deceiving yourself about the very nature and purpose of the word of God. The urgency of James’ message must be faced. He is warning us not to be self-deceived about our very salvation. James has emphasized that sin leads to death (1:15). We cannot claim a salvation from death while we carelessly persist in sin which kills. During your time of pray and fasting has God revealed to you a persist sin? Are you just a listener and not a doer? Are you walking in disobedience? During this time pray for forgiveness. If God has revealed something to you during your time of pray and fasting than be obedient to his calling. God is looking for doers and not just listeners.
2) Colossians 2:20 (NASB95): ”If you have died with Christ to the elementary principles of the world, why, as if you were living in the world, do you submit yourself to decrees.”
Pray that our pastors and leaders continue to grow in Christ
Greater desire to know and please Him
Greater love and commitment to Him
Grace to practice His presence
Grace to glorify Him in my life