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Yes means yes, no means no

11 May

Anyone out there remember the song “Follow Through” by Gavin DeGraw? I always have and always will love that song. And even though it’s not a Christian song, it has a great message. The chorus includes the following phrase:

You have to follow through with every word you say.

I was reminded of this song recently in a session of Beth Moore’s James: Mercy Triumphs study when she mentioned James 5:12:

Above all, my brothers, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or by any other oath, but let your “yes” be yes and your “no” be no, so that you may not fall under condemnation.

This was a major challenge to me because, just like anyone reading this probably has, I have experienced broken promises in my lifetime. I’ve had people tell me “I promise to never _____,” and then they go and do that very thing. Even I have made statements such as, “I promise I will ____,” and then I go away and forget to do that very thing.

You see, we really shouldn’t have to use the word “promise” at all (James is telling us not to!). When I say, “I will do this,” I should just do it. I should be a woman of my word. I want to be someone people can trust and have faith in.

It’s challenging. It’s biblical. It’s hard work. But I’m going to try harder. Anyone with me?

Jen

I hope you’re not tired of James yet, friends…

9 May

But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing. James 1:22-25

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A few months ago, I remember Beth Moore making a comment in one of the video sessions for James: Mercy Triumphs that really stuck with me. I’m not quoting her word-for-word (I should have written it down!), but she said something along the lines of, “Some women have told me they have taken several of my studies more than once, and are still encountering the same issues in their lives. I think many times this is because we have to not just hear the word. We have to act on it.”

I don’t think Beth could be any more accurate about that! As you read at the beginning of this blog, we can’t just hear the word and then walk away, forgetting it. As Romans 15:4 says, “Whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the scriptures, we might have hope.”

Did you catch that first part? It was written for our instruction. Notice how it doesn’t say that it was written for our entertainment. To instruct implies that we are being directed, taught, trained and ordered to act. When we’re told to love our neighbor, to honor our mother and father, to forgive our brother seven times 70 times…those aren’t little suggestions or neat ideas. Those, in fact, are instructions.

But, of course, I think we can easily forget that. (I’m guilty!) There have been innumerable times in my life where I’ve read a portion of scripture and said, “WOW, that’s good! I needed that!” But then, as James says, I walk away and so easily forget it, as though I were looking into a mirror one moment and forgetting what I looked like as soon as I walked away.

If you’re struggling to do the word and not just hear it, I’d encourage you to pray about it. Then, get out some notecards and write down scriptures that apply to whatever you are facing in life. If you’re dealing with unforgiveness, write Matthew 18:21-22 down and preach it to yourself until you start living it! I have found that this, along with memorizing the scriptures I write out, is the best way to force myself to live the word. If something is imprinted on my brain via memorization, I think it’s much easier to remind myself in the moment what I’m supposed to do.

Give it a try today. It could be life-changing!

Jen