(“READ THE WORD OF GOD, BUT LOSE THE ANGER FIRST”)
“I can’t speak for other people, but I remember well what would happen when I threw a temper tantrum as a child. It didn’t help me get what I wanted, but only made things worse for me. My mother would tell me, “If you don’t stop this crying, I’m going to give you something to cry about!” I knew then not only that I’d better shape up but also that my crying and throwing a fit wasn’t going to help me get my way
Nothing good comes to the life of a believer by getting angry with God over the things that are going on in your life. In fact, that is a sure way to get stuck right where you are. That’s because God wants “us to be humble and to listen to Him as He speaks through the Word, and because He wants to bring to fruition His righteous plans for us.
When we fuss and cry at God over what is going on in our lives, we can’t hear Him above all the noise we’re making. That’s why it’s important that in all situations we remain calm and settled and committed to hearing Him.
When we do that, then we are ready to take the step of actually receiving God’s Word. “The writer of the epistle to the Hebrews tell us that the Word of God is “living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12). “In other words, the Word is powerful when it comes to showing us where and how to change and in giving us the power to be transformed. But we need to understand that reading the Bible, and even memorizing and understanding it to a point, won’t do us a bit of good unless we receive it and receive it God’s way.
That is what James was talking about when he wrote, “Therefore, putting aside all filthiness and all that remains of wickedness, in humility receive the word implanted, which is able to save your souls” (1:21).
Before we knew Jesus, our hearts were completely unable to receive His Word implanted. But when God saves us, He implants His truth and His reality inside us. That truth overwhelms the darkness that was once in our hearts, allowing Him, through His Holy Spirit, to transform us.
In this context, the word implanted refers to something that has been placed inside you, much as a doctor might give you an implant to help you overcome some physical difficulty But this is a spiritual implant. It’s a whole new nature—the nature of Jesus Christ—implanted inside you. This means that when you accept Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, the reality of the light of God is implanted within you. It’s not just planted in your body or in your mind, but in the deepest part of you, where it transforms you body, mind, and spirit into the image of Jesus.
vision, purpose, destiny,