Post Reply How is God leading you today?
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Posted 11/4/16 , edited 11/4/16
When God speaks, how often do you listen? How has He been growing and challenging you lately? For me, it's making a conscious effort to choose Him every day, not just when I find it convenient.

James 1: 16-25

"Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers and sisters. Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created.
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. 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.
Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. 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. 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."
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Posted 7/18/17
Right. I want to make certain that you understand that this is an admonishment to someone who is already saved (even if you do manage to forget what you look like in the mirror, you're still the same person) doing what is right to be "blessed in what they do" and not a hoop to jump through for salvation.

The reason I'm bringing this up is that there are certain heretics who will tell you that the good news is that you're saved from the punishment found under the law by fulfilling the law. That's pure garbage. Christ fulfilled the law on the cross and even if you don't behave as a Christian (which is a really bad idea) you'll still go to Heaven "by grace through faith."
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