I’ve been working on Week Three of Beth Moore’s Bible Study on James over the last several days curled up in bed in the morning with a cup of green tea or out on my back porch with the sounds of my hap-hazard water fountain- “drip-drip-splash-flow-drip-drip-splash-flow” streaming through ears.

Fountainonporch 300x224 Beth Moore’s Bible Study  “James: Mercy Triumphs” Post #3   It occurred to me that studying God’s Word can be a little like my water fountain. Sometimes His lesson drips in to my heart slowly, waiting for that next drop to fall- drip, drip, drip (splash, splash, splash) as I persevere and paddle hard upstream in His Word.  Other times His voice and revelation for me flows effortlessly as I dive, rise and float into His message- effortlessly, a continuous stream of refreshment.   Either way, I love it!  The invigorating and soothing sound of Living Water!

Week Three, titled “Words That Free Us” have us into Scripture that is a pertinent reminder of the virtues and blessings (for ourselves and others) that come when we are eager and intentional about listening to others,  thus holding our own tongues and keeping a cap on a quick temper. Doing so will be a good start to stripping from our lives “moral filth and evil” and being able to hear, accept and practice the saving truth of God’s Word and the Holy Spirit within us.

“My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.  Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.”  James 19-21

It is a great lesson from the Letter from James and fairly straight forward verses to memorize, however; the verses and lesson that came next, well for me, they were a handful.

“ Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.  Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror  and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like.  But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.”  James 22-25

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At the end of the this day’s lesson titled, “The Perfect Law”, Beth Moore asks us to “write a five word acronym, starting with the letters W-O-R-D-S that reflect a dimension of these four verses.”  Oh goodie!  Yes, I like acronyms.  To me this was a great challenge to pour over these verses and Beth’s teaching and find the lesson, truths and application within them.

Drip, Drip, Flow, Splash.   Drip, Drip, Flow, Splash.

And here’s what I came up with:

W –  What is God’s Word for if not to bring believers to action?

Splashes of Refreshment  From Beth

“The Word of God is meant to do more than penetrate- it’s meant to activate.”

 

O-  (We)Only trick ourselves if we don’t recognize that it’s  the doing of what we read and hear in God’s word that will bring about changed lives.

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“There is no lie so sly as the one we tell ourselves”

R- Renewed law is the law of salvation through Grace and a relationship with Christ is the “Perfect Law” that brings freedom.

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“Relationships are the goal of regulations.”

D- Doing of the Word first causes the changing of the heart and they both bring blessing to the believer’s life.

Splashes of Refreshment  From Beth

“Our doing may not always show up as physical activity. The initial act of obedience might be waiting upon the Lord or setting our minds zealously upon His Faithfulness.”

S- Spirit of God’s Son (the Holy Spirit) within our heart means the perfect heart of Christ beats with our own and this is what ultimately brings freedom and transformed lives.

Splashes of Refreshment  From Beth

“God’s ultimate redemptive purpose for our lives is to be conformed to the image of His son.”  Romans 8:29

dripofwater Beth Moore’s Bible Study  “James: Mercy Triumphs” Post #3Drip, Drip, Splash, Flow- unto Lesson Four.

(What are your thoughts on this lesson or these verses???  PLEASE share!!)

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  1. I came up with the following acronym and then googled the ‘answer’ to see if Beth Moore had posted a ‘correct answer” By knowing the word of god, we are called to obedience to read and do what the Word says so we can receive salvation and the Holy Spirit. Thank you for your supplemental blog post!

    W ord of God
    O bedience
    R ead
    D o
    S pirit/Salvation

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