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How Genuine Are You?     James 1:19-27     July 26, 2009


Introduction

       Can you distinguish genuine faith? Most of us think we can but ever so often someone fools us with their secret life and non-Christian lifestyle. In our text it describes a person with genuine faith as one who accepts

acts on, and applies God’s Word to their individual life and service. What causes a Christian to be genuine or useless? There tongue! We are to be quick to hear and slow to speak but if we do just the opposite our tongue might ask us, How Genuine Are You? 

 

1.   How Genuine Are You In . . Accepting God’s Word? 1:19-21

       A.   Acceptance In The . . Practice Of The Word. 1:19-20

19 My dearly loved brothers, understand this: everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger, 20 for man's anger does not accomplish God's righteousness.

 

       B.   Acceptance In The . . Placement Of The Word. 1:21

21 Therefore, ridding yourselves of all moral filth and evil excess, humbly receive the implanted word, which is able to save you.


       How many church members really receive God’s Word in an eager manner? Eager to receive and eager to apply! It really is one thing to hear and another to put the Word into practice. When you receive the Word where do you want it placed? The text urges one to, “receive the implanted word, which is able to save you.”

Over in the Old Testament David made a similar statement as he said, “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee” (Ps 119:11 KJV). Have you ever hear the Bible will keep you from sin or sin will keep you from the Bible? I think that is a helpful statement.


 

2.   How Genuine Are You In . . Acting On God’s Word? 1:22-25

       A.   Acting On The . . Benefits of God’s Word. 1:22-24

              22 But be doers of the word and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23 Because if anyone is a

              hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man looking at his own face in a mirror; 24 for he looks

              at himself, goes away, and right away forgets what kind of man he was.

 

       B.   Acting On The . . Blessings of God’s Word. 1:25

              25 But the one who looks intently into the perfect law of freedom and perseveres in it, and is not a

              forgetful hearer but a doer who acts — this person will be blessed in what he does.


       Our actions related to the Word of God need to bring to us the benefits and blessings promised for one acting on it. Hearing the word alone will not cause the benefits to be applied to our lives as much as one who hears it and acts upon the teachings and principals commanded or suggested. The one who hears and acts will not only be a benefit in many ways but will be a blessing to the entire Christian community. Who serves almost everywhere they can in your church? I will guess it is a person who soaks up the Word of God and puts it into

practice.

 

3.   How Genuine Are You In . . Applying God’s Word? 1:26-27

       A.   Applying The Word Without . . Deceiving Yourself. 1:26

              26 If anyone thinks he is religious, without controlling his tongue but deceiving his heart, his religion is

              useless.

 

       B.   Applying The Word With . . Deeds Accepted By God. 1:27

              27 Pure and undefiled religion before our God and Father is this: to look after orphans and widows in

              their distress and to keep oneself unstained by the world. HCSB


       When Christians really work at applying the Word of God they will not deceive themselves but demonstrate deeds accepted by God and His people. Do you find it interesting that the tongue receives such a prominent position in demonstrating a person’s religion? What does the text say causes people to deceive themselves and cause the religion to be useless? It is failure to control the tongue. How does one control the tongue? Certainly doing deeds accepted by the Lord will cause one to be used wisely and not leave time to be incorrectly using their tongue. Isn’t it interesting how pure religion is defines? Would you have thought caring for orphans and widows would receive such a lofty position? I think one who specializes in this kind of ministry demonstrates a genuineness and could asked all of us, How Genuine Are You? Amen? Amen!