But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard but doing it—he will be blessed in what he does.”    [James 1:25]

Do you ever feel guilty when someone is telling you what they learned in their quiet time, and hope they don’t ask you what you learned in yours.  Do you long for a greater intimacy with the Father.  Or perhaps you have experienced the joy, but at the moment wonder where the joy has gone?

In this one verse James wraps up what it takes to experience the joy and freedom of being a follower of Christ.  Let’s look at one word more:  INTENTLY .

Intently means to firmly fix or concentrate, or having the mind fasted upon some purpose.   Finding freedom is one of the promises attached to James’ recommendation, but its not ‘hit and miss’.  Its something that requires a habit formed by ‘continuous’ application.  We tend to think that freedom and joy comes with salvation.  Deliverance comes with salvation, but to activate the gift of freedom and joy that deliverance provides, we have to unwrap the gift, look into the giftand be a partaker of the gift.

Check out what God is saying in His Word every morning.  Write down what you see, write down what you hear and write down the questions you have and leave a space for the Holy Spirit to give the answers.  His voice will quietly give you answers and freedom will overflow your heart with joy as you ‘just do it’!

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