Text: James 1:22-25
“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.”
The word of God is that manual that guides the path of a Christian in living the right life which is pleasing unto God and makes a reasonable service.
Daily, we have a taste of God’s word either by studying, listening, meditating, teaching, or reading, but the most important part is applying this word to our life.
The Bible says “it’s not the beginning of a thing that matters but the end thereof”. Likewise, it’s not the hearing, reading, studying, or teaching of the word that matters, but doing what the word says.
If we put into practice what the Word of God instructs us to do, we will be able to live up to God’s standards here on earth.
So, ask yourself “how often do I apply God’s word to my life?”. When we practice the word we read or hear, the Holy Spirit will be glad to reveal more truth unto us, because He knows the revelation won’t be a waste.
How does this work? Firstly, receive the word with meekness, either through personal study, reading from a book or articles like the Kingdom whisperers, hearing it from someone, or any other means.
Secondly, ask the Holy Spirit to help you obey the words you have received.
Thirdly, consciously put the word into practice.
Fourthly, examine yourself every day using the word as a spiritual thermometer to avoid backsliding or following a hypocritical lifestyle.
And lastly, quickly amend your ways if you notice any flaws or shortcomings.
Prayer: Dear Lord, please grant me your Grace to be a doer and not just the hearer of your word.