The book of James is tough. He pulls no punches. He pokes all of our sore spots.
If you cease to be changed by Scripture, and begin to only be "touched" by it....you have become a "forgetful listener."
James 1:25 "But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing."
He tells us to watch our tongues:
"Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of GOd. Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls."
Did you know that the Jews believed that to lose one's temper was to "lose the shekinah?" Lose the glory of God just for losing your temper. Will that make you think twice before blowing up??? It will me! Because really, NOTHING on this earth should be worth risking losing the "shekinah" of God in our lives....nothing is EVER worth quenching the Spirit.
Master, help me live this today!!!
Thursday, February 16, 2012
We are starting to make our plans for moving. We have filled out the rental application for a townhouse in Ouray. I'm pretty excited as it will be much nicer and bigger than where we are now. The best part? TWO FULL BATHROOMS!!!! WOW! You just don't realize how much you appreciate that stuff until you don't have it. Living in a tiny house with 3 boys and a husband and ONE bathroom is actually torture. Of course, it's a bit scary making all of these plans and STILL waiting on God for a lot of the "how." I sure wish there was another way for Him to teach me faith, patience, trust, and all that. :) This is surely the hard way.