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June 25, 2014

June 25, 2014

"Become a 'Doer' of the Word"

“Everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who builds his house on a rock.”
Mark 7: 24 NIV

Receiving, reading, researching, remembering and reflecting on the Word of God are all useless if we fail to put them into practice.  God’s ultimate goal is not just that we open the book but that we do what it says.

The reality is this is hard.  Satan fights intensely against your applying the Word of God.  He doesn’t care if you go to bible study, he doesn’t even care if you come to church as long as you don’t begin to make changes your life.

In fact, you can become so busy going to the next class, seminar or bible conference that you have no time to implement what you’ve learned.  Without implementation all bible studies are worthless.  Remember this key part of our verse “puts it into practice.”

Jesus pointed out that God’s blessing comes from obeying the Word, not just knowing it.  He said, “Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.”  John 13: 17

One of the best ways to become a doer of the Word is to be part of a small group.  You learn from others and others learn from you.  They help you apply God’s truth in a practical way.

Another way to become a doer of the Word is to write out an action step as a result of your reading for that day.  Develop the habit of writing down exactly what you intend to do.

This action step should be personal, involving you, practical, something you can do and provable with a deadline to it.  Every application will involve either your relationship to God, your personal relationship to others or your personal character.

Peace in the Lord,

Pastor Don