November 7, 2023

A Doer

Daily Devotional2 Minutes

“Prove yourselves doers of the word, and not just hearers who deceive themselves.” James 1:22 NASB

How well do you know yourself? A recent study revealed that most people have a good sense of evaluating others. They observe their actions and, generally, can detect their character.

In contrast, people often are unrealistic about their understanding of themselves. People consistently overestimate themselves. They spin stories that help them excuse past mistakes and focus on the good things they have done. They put too much stock in themselves while judging others harshly.

James recognized similar tendencies. He said that many Christians “merely listen to the word” (v. 22 NIV). They may read the Bible and go to church but lack a dynamic relationship with God. Many deceive themselves. James compared this to a “man who looks at his natural face in a mirror.” Once he goes away, he immediately forgets “what kind of person he was” (v. 24).

The key, James said, is being a doer of the Word, not just knowing the Word but applying biblical principles in our lives.

God’s Word has real power. It is packed with promises that can transform your life. As you read and study the Bible, look for these principles. Memorize them. Confess them. Believe they are true for you. Let them change you in practical ways. They can impact your attitude, actions, relationships, and habits.

Don’t deceive yourself. Be a doer of the Word! Let God pour out His blessings on you.

Reflection Question: How are you going to put today’s devotion into practice?

Prayer
Father, I want to live victoriously. Help me to know Your Word and put it into action. Thank You for blessing me. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Today's Bible Reading
James 1

Prayer
Father, I want to live victoriously. Help me to know Your Word and put it into action. Thank You for blessing me. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Today's Bible Reading
James 1