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01/17/2017

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Who Is A Wise Person - One Who Hears And Obeys The Lord


"Who is wise and understanding among you?" (Jas.3:13). "Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, and streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. The rains came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against the house, and it fell with a great crash" (Matt.7:24-28).

When the writer of the Book of Ecclesiastes sums up all he has written, this is the conclusion that is drawn...."Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is the whole duty of man" (12:13). God has been calling folks to Him as long as words have been written. Not only are the words to be read, but they are to be obeyed and put into practice. If you are close to my generation, you probably sang children's songs when you were young. One of my favorites, both to sing and lead was about the Wise Man, who built his house upon the rock...It came complete with many motions that kids seem to like... After the foolish man's house crashed, we always sang this verse; "Sooooooooo, Build your house on the Lord Jesus Christ, build your house on the Lord Jesus Christ; So build your house on the Lord Jesus Christ, and the blessings will come down...." It came with motions too. We are never too young to be taught about what we must hear and obey. Many folks in the world spend entirely too much time in self-satisfaction, rather than God-satisfaction... James also gives us this tidbit of good information; "Do not merely listen to the Word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says" (1:22). A story is told of a skeptical soap-maker who said to a preacher; "The gospel you teach has not done much good in the world, because I see a lot of wicked people." About that time, they saw some kids playing in the mud, who bore evidence of it. The preacher said; "Your soap has not done much good, because there are still a lot of dirty people...." The soap-maker replied, "Well, soap only cleans those who use it." This was the perfect opening for the preacher, as he said; "You are exactly right. So it is with the gospel. It blesses only those who obey and use it..." Lets all be counted among those who realize the importance of both hearing the Word and obeying it. It would be wise for us to read and meditate on James 1:22-25 today...

Have a great day... Do good and give God the credit.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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