If you have a new living relationship with God, you will have a new and living relationship with God’s Word. You’ll be humbled by the word, you’ll be shaped by the word, and you’ll be liberated by the word.
James 1:18- He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of first-fruits of all he created.
FOUR WAYS WE ARE DIFFERENT – Guide us to find and follow Jesus
1. WE LISTEN TO OTHERS INSTEAD OF GETTING ANGRY AT THEM
James 1:19-20- My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.
2. OUR WISDOM IS FROM GOD
James 1:21- Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.
Why did James use the word humbly? It’s because a lot of us have pride when it comes to what we think is true.
Here is the most important issue to agree on: Is Jesus the Son of God? Did Jesus Christ rise from the dead? Then you have to submit the full authority of the Word of God, because he did. And there’s no way out from under it.
3. GOD IS CONSTANTLY DEVELOPING US
James 1:23-24- Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like.
Let God’s Word deal with you personally. We’re told here that the word of God shows you who you are. It’s a personal power. To listen to the Word of God is to look into a mirror, and just see who you really are.
Small groups is another way God develops us.
The Holy Spirit shows you who you are. And he exposes you, and he convicts you. And he counsels you.
The mark of a God-changed heart is that I actually like God telling me what to do.
4. GOD FREES US FROM SIN AND BLESSES US
James 1:25- But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.
The Bible is the owner’s manual. When you buy a car you get the owner’s manual and it details the best way to care for the car.