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Surviving Deception

February 22, 2015 Speaker: Series: Survivor: 2015

Topic: General Verse: James 1:17–1:25

SURVIVOR: 2015
“Surviving Deception”

Pastor Duane Cross | 02.22.15

 

“Whatever is good and perfect comes down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens. He never changes or casts a shifting shadow. He chose to give birth to us by giving us his true word. And we, out of all creation, became his prized possession. Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. Human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires. So get rid of all the filth and evil in your lives, and humbly accept the word God has planted in your hearts, for it has the power to save your souls. But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves. For if you listen to the word and don’t obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror. You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like. But if you look carefully into the perfect law that sets you free, and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it.” - James 1:17-25 (NLT)

2 PURPOSES OF THE WORD OF GOD

I. REVELATION

“That is why the Lord says, ‘Turn to me now, while there is time. Give me your hearts. Come with fasting, weeping, and mourning. Don’t tear your clothing in your grief, but tear your hearts instead.’ Return to the Lord your God, for he is merciful and compassionate, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. He is eager to relent and not punish.” - Joel 2:12-13 (NLT)

1) Vs. 19: being “quick to listen and slow to speak.”
2) Vs. 19 says we also need to be “slow to anger.”
3) Vs. 21 says we also must “get rid of all moral filth…”

II. TRANSFORMATION

DO NOT MERELY LISTEN TO THE WORD, AND SO DECEIVE YOURSELVES, DO WHAT IT SAYS! 

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