Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. - James 1:21
James makes about pretty direct statement here about our choices. While we know that we are indwelt with the Holy Spirit when we are saved, and that Spirit guides and directs our behavior, we still ultimately make the choice about what we think about and how we act. We can choose to put away those impure or negative thoughts, we can choose to stop the angry words coming out of our mouths, we can choose to end the silence in a difficult relationship. We do choose our responses to difficult people and difficult circumstances. If we choose to continue in our filthiness or our wickedness, we grieve the Holy Spirit, and we silence its influence in our lives.
A word of caution about filthiness and wickedness - these words seem abhorrent, rarely would any of us describe ourselves as filthy or wicked. Those words seem to be saved for the truly awful person, the unbeliever stuck in some sort of disgusting sin, not something those of us who are striving to grow more like Christ every day. But we must remember, sin is wicked in the eyes of our Lord. Any sin. Proverbs 21:4 tells us: Haughty eyes and a proud heart, the lamp of the wicked, are sin. Pride is wicked. Any time we have demanded our own way, grown angry because we did not get our way, think of ourselves as better than another - that’s all wickedness and filthy to God.
So, James instructed us to choose to our put away our filthy and wicked thoughts and deeds, and replace them with the Word. We are to receive the Word with meekness or humility. Meekness is an attitude that receives God’s instruction and dealings with us as good. We trust in His plan and we really wholly on His strength, not on our own. Even when we are dealing with evil people or terrible injustices in our lives, we receive it and trust in God’s protection in those difficult moments. We don’t rise up to fight against it, we accept it as God’s plan for our lives, trusting He is using it to purify us.
Finally, the Word must be implanted in us. Implanted means firmly fixed - we must know His Word better than anything else. To firmly plant His Word in our hearts, we must memorize scripture. It’s hard, and it takes a lot of concentration and effort, but that’s what He calls us to do. When we’re memorizing scripture, we’re not thinking in all those other things we shouldn’t be thinking about. And then when we’ve got it stored, we can recall it at any time - to counsel our own hearts or to counsel others.
This is how we save our souls - we choose to stop thinking on the wrong things, we choose to stop acting on those thoughts, we humbly accept His Word as it is, and we work to store it in our hearts.
Press on, ladies ~ you are loved 💗
Popular posts from this blog
I am a believer in Christ, and I have breast cancer. On August 17, 2017, I was diagnosed with an aggressive (HER2+), recurrent (hormone negative) type of Invasive Ductal Carcinoma. At this point, they have not yet staged my cancer because they are waiting for the biopsy results from a suspicious spot in the second breast. The biopsy is scheduled for September 5th, with a lumpectomy to follow on September 7th. They will formally stage my cancer after they biopsy my lymph nodes, which will be taken during the surgery. It doesn't make any sense to me that I have a cancer diagnosis - I am a fairly healthy woman who runs 2 miles almost every day and eats a gluten-free, primarily paleo diet, with no family history at all. But it makes sense to God, and so here I am. Update ~ They found 4 isolated invasions during the lumpectomy. Due to the nature of my cancer (HER2+ and ER-), the recommended protocol is chemotherapy and radiation. Beginning in October, my chemotherapy regime
When we launched our new blog we had no idea if anyone would see it or be helped by it, but we knew that the LORD was prompting us to step out in faith and just do it. The response has been amazing and we are looking forward to how God will use this space for His glory. We have learned over many years of service in a variety of ministries, that God does not require human assistance to realize His plans for individuals, churches, nations, or the human race. But the story of the bible is the story of God’s will playing out through the words and actions of the His children. So…we pray, meditate on his Word, and write from the heart about the truths that mold our faith, guide our actions, and inspire our hearts and minds. Please visit the site and subscribe to continue receiving posts. https://graceinmarriage.com/ It is our sincere hope that you are blessed by our work here and welcome your input on how we can make Grace in Marriage even better. Thank you for your support.
25 Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you. 26 My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. - Psalm 73:25-26 What believer would not want to experience the kind deep devotion to God found in these verses? This kind of loyal commitment is the desire of every person of faith....yet it eludes so many of us. If you've been a believer for long, you know there are times it does not come easy. There is a great price involved in reaching the kind of faith found in these verses. This level of commitment is only achieved through fierce struggle. The battle between Spirit and flesh is constant, but it is in the battle that we are strengthened when we choose to lean in and trust God, to turn to Him for our strength in the battle, and to keep our eyes fixed on Him despite what the world throws at us. Asaph wrote these words only after a difficult and confusing crisis of faith. He was tempted to com