James 1:22: Please Verify
James 1:22: But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 
Good security guards require people to verify that they are who they claim to be. A major way to know that someone is a Christian is that he or she lives according to Scripture.  If we identify with Christianity but fail to obey God’s Word, we lie to ourselves and deny ourselves the opportunity to grow in Christ. 
While works do not save, their enduring absence in people’s lives is condemning.  James 1:22 specifically warns that “[t]heology must lead to practice; faith must lead to deeds (2:24).”  You cannot claim to follow Jesus or truly know Him if your life is not submitted to His Scripture.  All of us struggle and fall.  The Trinity helps us repent and grow in His likeness.  Do not hesitate to come to Christ, as a struggling but growing saint, or for the first time in conversion.
 The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (Wheaton, IL: Standard Bible Society, 2016), Logos Bible Software. All Scripture references will be ESV unless noted otherwise.
 Daniel M. Doriani. Reformed Expository Commentary: James Series Eds: Richard D. Philips and Philip Graham Ryken. Testament Eds: Iain M. Duguid and Daniel M. Doriani. (Philipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Co., 2007), 51.
 Doriani, James, 51. See also 1 John 1:5-10
 Romans Galatians 2:11-21, Ephesians 2:8-10.
 Luke 6:46-49; Romans 2:13, 3:21-28; and James 2:14-20. For some individuals that may qualify as exceptions please see Luke 23:39-43 and The Westminster Standards: The Westminster Confession of Faith, the Larger Catechism, and the Shorter Catechism. (Philadelphia, PA: Great Commission Publications, 2011), The Confession, Chapter X, section 1.
 Doriani, James, 51.
 1 John 2:1-17.
 Romans 3:9-23; 7:21-25.
 The Westminster Standards: The Westminster Confession of Faith, the Larger Catechism, and the Shorter Catechism, chapter XIII.