The Path To Being Blessed

James 1:25–Whoso looks into the perfect law of liberty, and continues therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.
Whoso looks into he perfect law of liberty–This looking is not a casual scanning or skimming through the word of God. It is to closely examine the word of God with purpose. It is engaging the mind to understand the word of God in order to apply it to our life and to receive everything that God offers us in it. It is the law of freedom and liberty. It sets us free from the law of sin and death to live our lives unto God and righteousness.

And continues therein–We must stay in the word of God and give it the time and attention that it deserves. To continue is to continue to hear it, read it, meditate on it, understand it, believe it, and to do it. Jesus said, “If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:31-32).

He being not a forgetful hearer–We must also remember it as we go about our daily lives.

But a doer of the work–We must not only look into the word of God, we must be a doer of it. We must walk in obedience to the word of God. It is to guide our decisions, our relationships, and every aspect of our lives.

This man shall be blessed in his deed–The person who follows the directions above will experience happiness. This person will experience success and spiritual prosperity.

Entering Into God’s Rest

Hebrews 4:3–We which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world.
Hebrews 4:9-10–There remains therefore a rest to the people of God. For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.

We do enter into God’s rest–The Sabbath was a day of rest for God. God had a plan before the foundations of the world that covered all things from the beginning unto the end. His plan included the salvation of mankind as well as the creation of all things. After His creation was completed God had already activated His plan and He rested watching His plan unfold throughout what we refer to as time. He not only rested from His works but made His rest available unto mankind that they too might enter into His rest. All of it was finished from the foundation of the world. We who believe in accordance to His plan as revealed in His word and in Christ Jesus do enter into His rest.

He that is entered into His rest, he also has ceased from his own works, as God did from His.–As we place our faith in Jesus we cease from the works of the law. We have been redeemed from the law and do not seek to be saved by the works of the law. Therefore we enter into God’s rest–the salvation we have received through Jesus Christ our Lord.

There remains therefore a rest to the people of God–We rest in the works of God. The Sabbath pointed to this rest. This Sabbath rest will reach it climax when we enter into heaven. “Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labors; and their works do follow them” (Revelation 14:13). We will enter into an eternal rest where we shall experience ultimate satisfaction and joy in the presence of God.

Harden not your hearts (Hebrews 4:7) but believe and enter into His rest. Jesus said, “Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls, for my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30).

Faith Without Works Is Dead

James 2:19-20–Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?
You believe that there is one God; you do well–There are many people that believe that there are many gods. This is a deception and lie of Satan. There is one God and only one God. If we believe this then we do well.

The devils also believe and tremble–A belief that there is one God that does not influence our lives, puts us in company with the devils. “When he was come to the other side into the country of the Gergesenes, there met him two possessed with devils, coming out of the tombs, exceeding fierce, so that no man might pass by that way. And, behold, they cried out, saying, “What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? art thou come hither to torment us before the time?” (Matthew 8:28-29). Here is only one example of the devils belief and trembling. They knew exactly who Jesus was and that in due time they would suffer torment for their response toward God and their way of living.

Faith without works is dead–A dead faith does not accomplish anything. It has no life in it. It produces no proper response to God, nor does it result in a proper way of living. We are to walk in accordance to our faith.

Motivation To Teach And Share

2 Timothy 2:2–The things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.
The things you have heard–These are the things of God. These are things associated with the word of God, and our response to the word of God. It applies to the things that we have heard, understood, believed, and experienced.

The same commit to faithful men–God expects us to share with other people the things we have heard. “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen”. We are to make special effort to pass on the things we have heard, understood, believed, and experienced, to people who will be faithful and able to pass it on and so have a multiplying effect.

The motivation–Peter and John said, when they were brought before the council, “We cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard” (Acts 4:20). The things that touch us deeply and mean so much to us motivate us to share them with others. Peter and John said, “We cannot help but speak of these things”.

Guidance For Prayer

1 Timothy 2:8–I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.
That men pray every where–We should not restrict our prayers to the church. We should pray wherever there is a need and wherever there is a leading to pray. In addition we should not restrict our prayers to just Sundays or to just a certain time of the worship service. Wherever we are and whenever we feel the Spirit leading us to prayer we should follow His leading and pray.

Lifting up holy hands–Holy hands are associated with a holy life. Our prayer should issue from a life that is separated unto God from sin. the flesh, and the world.

Without wrath–Our hearts and minds should be free from hard feelings toward anyone when we come to pray. In Matthew 6:14-15 we find forgiveness associated with prayer. If we are to ask our Father for forgiveness then we must forgive others. Matthew 5:24 says, First be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift”. We are first to be reconciled to others then to come before God.

Without doubting–Our prayers should be prayers of faith. In James 1:5-7 we read that when we pray we are to ask in faith, nothing wavering for he that wavers is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord”. “Without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him” (Hebrews 11:6). It is the prayer of faith that gets results.

Be Quiet, Mind Your Own Business, And Work Hard

1 Thessalonians 4:11–Study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you.
Study–Give careful thought and examination. God directs us here to give careful thought and to examine carefully three different things.

Study to be quiet–We are to learn how to hold our tongue in check. Ecclesiastes 3:7 says that there is “a time to keep silence and a time to speak”. Unless we have something profitable to say then we should be quiet. We are not to be gossips or tattlers. Nor are we to speak things that we should not.

Study to do your own business–We are to keep our noses out of other people’s business. We are not to be busybodies.

Study to work with your own hands–My grandmother always said, “Idle hands is the devil’s workshop”. When I told this to my students they asked me what it meant. I told them that if we are not actively engaged in something then we are probably going to get into trouble. Idleness leads too much talking which can lead to gossiping or speaking things that we should not. Idleness often causes a person to become a busybody; getting into other people’s business.

We are to lead disciplined lives.

Letters From God–Book of 2 Timothy 1:1-14

My child, eternal life is in My Son, Christ Jesus. Come to Me and receive grace, mercy, and peace. Maintain a close and warm relationship with My Spirit which I placed within you. I have not given unto you the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. Don’t be ashamed of the testimony of Jesus: but endure the afflictions that occur as a result of the gospel according to the power that I have given you. I saved you and called you with a holy calling, not according to your works, but according to My own purpose and grace, which was given you in Christ Jesus before the world began. This was made manifest by the appearing of your Savior, Jesus Christ, w ho has abolished death, and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel. Consider My servant, Paul, whom I appointed a preacher and an apostle, and a teacher of the Gentiles, who suffered for his ministry of My word but was not ashamed. He knew Me in whom he believed and was persuaded that I was able to keep that which he committed unto Me against that day. So hold fast to the sound words which you have heard in faith. By My Holy Spirit, who dwells in you, keep the sound words you have received. 2 Timothy 1:1-14

Let Us Watch Our Speach

Colossians 4:6–Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.
Let your speech be always with grace–God wants us to always be gracious in speaking to others. This means to be kind to the person we are talking with. Grace is undeserved or unearned favor. We are to speak kindly toward everyone whether they deserve it or not.

Seasoned with salt–Salt is something added to food to make it more pleasing. To season our speech with salt is to use words that make our speech more pleasing and more easily received.

That you may know how you ought to answer every man–Foolish remarks, cutting and insensitive words cannot enhance our conversation and relationship with the other person. Using kindly speech and pleasant words is the way we should answer every person. All of this implies that we should think before we speak.

Our Citizenship Is In Heaven

Philippians 3:20-21–For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.
Our citizenship is in heaven–The moment we are saved we are citizens of heaven. We are in the world but we are no longer of this world (John 15:19; 17:14, 16). We are pilgrims and strangers in this world (1 Peter 2:11). Jesus is there in heaven even now preparing a place for us (John 14:3).

From whence also we look for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ–He said, “I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also” (John 14:3). As Jesus ascended up into heaven two angels said to the disciples, “This same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven” (Acts 1:11). We look for His coming.

Who shall change our vile body that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body–”We shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed” (1 Corinthians 15:51-52). “Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is” (1 John 3:2). It will be a spiritual body of power and glory. “As we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly” (1 Corinthians 15:49).

According to the working whereby He is able even to subdue all things unto Himself–The changing of our body will be done according to the omnipotent power of God.

We Are Saved And Sealed

Ephesians 1:13–In whom (Christ) ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom (Christ) also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise.
First we hear the word of truth–This truth is a reference to the gospel of our salvation, the gospel of Christ. Preachers are called and sent by God, they preach the gospel, people hear, they believe, and they call upon the Lord (Romans 10:14-15). “Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Romans 10:13). “It pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe” (1 Corinthians 1:21). “The preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God” (1 Corinthians 1:18).

Second we believe and trust in Christ–”Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17). We place our faith in Him.

Third we are sealed with the Holy Spirit–The Holy Spirit is the mark of ownership. We were bought with a price (the suffering and death of Jesus) and we belong to God, our body and our spirit are God’s (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). The Holy Spirit whom we have received is a living seal of God’s ownership. He is also the seal of promise. “God has sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts” (2 Corinthians 1:22). The Holy Spirit is the earnest or the down payment, a foretaste of that which is to come and which God has promised us. It pertains to our inheritance.

We are God’s and He knows how to provide for and protect His own. As our heavenly Father, He watches over us, leads and guides us, teaches us and trains us that we might be more than conquerors in this world and live a life that is pleasing to Him.