Follow or obey spiritual guidance otherwise, it is of no value. In other words, the Word of God gives spiritual guidance. Without a doubt, that guidance is worthless if it’s not followed. But please spend 14 minutes (minimum) reading this lesson for more details.
Created: Friday, November 11, 2022
STM Bible Lesson
Lesson focus: James 1:21-27 (21-22 and 25). Bible lesson background: James addressed this letter to the “twelve tribes which are scattered here and there.” I believe it is safe to say to Jewish Christians. However, it applies to all of God’s children. Simply because
- Romans 10:12 says “there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek [i.e., Gentiles; a non-Jew; other people]”.
- Galatians 3:28 says “There is neither Jew nor Greek…for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”
- Colossians 3:11 says “there is neither Greek nor Jew”.
Some people let pride trick them into thinking they are so good that they don’t need the help of the Holy Spirit and God’s word (verse 21). For those that do accept the advice, God’s Word requires our action, not just hearing, but also doing (verse 22). The person that does, follows, or obeys God’s Word is “blessed” (verse 25). In other words, they are made happy.
Follow the guidance, don’t just listen
So put out of your life every evil thing and every kind of wrong you do. Don’t be proud, but accept God’s teaching that is planted in your hearts. This teaching can save your souls.
22 Do what God’s teaching says; do not just listen and do nothing. When you only sit and listen, you are fooling yourselves. 23 A person who hears God’s teaching and does nothing is like a man looking in a mirror. 24 He sees his face, then goes away and quickly forgets what he looked like. 25 But the truly happy person is the one who carefully studies God’s perfect law that makes people free. He continues to study it. He listens to God’s teaching and does not forget what he heard. Then he obeys what God’s teaching says. When he does this, it makes him happy. James 1:21-25 (ICB)
Holy Spirit will guide
I have yet many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. 13 Yet when he, the Spirit of truth, has come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of his own accord; but whatever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will show you things to come.
14 He shall glorify me: for he shall take what is mine, and shall show it to you. 15 All things that the Father has are mine: therefore I said that he shall take what is mine, and shall show it to you. John 16:12-15 (RKJNT)
I cannot speak for you nor can I make you understand this display of love for humans; I can only make it known by posting it. Hopefully, we can agree that we have a loving God who does wonderful things to help us.
So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves. Galatians 5:16 (NLT)
The Word of God guides
The primary guidance that we have comes from the Bible and the Holy Spirit. In fact, for example, the letters that John wrote are 1st, 2nd, and 3rd John and John (the 4th gospel). Yes, God-inspired letters, that were written to the churches and people, are what we have to guide and teach us about spiritual things. The following is a sample of that advice:
My children, I am writing to you to keep you from sinning (to guide you out of sin); but if anyone should sin, we have one who can plead for us with the Father — Jesus Christ, the righteous — 1 John 2:1 (OEBus).
God also gives us people whom he sends to teach us. But for this lesson, we will focus on the Holy Spirit and God’s Word.
By holding on [firmly] to the trustworthy [faithful] word [message] just as it was taught to them, overseers [KJV: elders (see verse 5)]* can encourage [exhort] people with true [sound; healthy] teaching, and they can correct [reprove; refute] those who are against it. Titus 1:9 (EXB)
- * Thayers Greek Lexicon: The NT uses the term bishop, elders, and presbyters interchangeably.
Example value #1
Example value #2
The Holy Spirit will lead or guide us into all truth. Keep in mind, that was from John 16:13 (mentioned earlier) “when he, the Spirit of truth, has come, he will guide you into all truth. And the truth is:
Jesus is the Word and they are truth
Example value #3
The main points of James 1:25 are as follows and are taken from three different translations.
Spiritual Guidance – wrap-up
“Blessed are those who hear the word of God, and keep it.” Luke 11:28 (RKJNT) ♦ The man who has knowledge of how to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin. James 4:17 (BBE) ♦ And if any man will not obey our instruction in this letter, note that man, and do not associate with him, that he may be ashamed. 2 Thessalonians 3:14 (RKJNT)
The 3-point take away
As stated, spiritual guidance, teaching, and instructions are of no value if we fail to follow them or listen to them. So often we do not understand the guidance that the Word of God or the message from God gives. Fortunately, we have the Holy Spirit to help us understand the Word. So study, enjoy the benefits of, and follow God’s guidance through the Word of God and the Holy Spirit.
I pray that you have enjoyed and will make the most of this Bible lesson. Blessings to you and your loved ones—♥ Tim. ☺
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♥ Question for Spiritual Guidance Has More Value When You Follow It: Are you allowing the Holy Spirit and Word of God to guide you?
Scriptures to read/study
James 1:21-27 (21-22 and 25) and 4:13-17 (17); Romans 10:1-13 (12); Galatians 3:26-29 (28) and 5:1-6 and 16-26 (1 and 16); and Colossians 3:1-11 (6 and 11). Exodus 13:17-22 (21-22) and [40:34-38; Numbers 9:15-23; 1 Kings 8:10-11]. 1 John 2:1-2 and 24-27 (1 and 26-27) and 16:5-15 (12-15); Titus 1:5-9 (9); and 2 Thessalonians 2:13-17 (13) and 3:6-15 (14). Ephesians 5:1-7; John 1:1-18 (1 and 14), 3:1-21 (16-17), 14:1-6 (6), 16:5-15 (13), and 17:6-19 (17). Luke 11:27-28 (28); Hebrews 7:11-28 (12, 19, and 22).
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