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March 17, 2014

March 17, 2014

"Satan Doesn't Mind Bible Study You'll Never Put into Practice"

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

(Today we’re beginning a series on the Bible.  It will finish up the last two weeks of March, preparing us for the coming Easter.)

Sometimes we think the most important thing we can do is read the Bible, remember it, research it and reflect on it.  That is great, but it is useless if we fail to put it into practice.  In James 1: 22, “We are challenged to become doers of the word.”

That’s a hard thing for us to do.  One of the reasons it’s hard is that Satan is working against it.  He loves for us to read the Bible; just don’t put it into practice.

And we’re pretty good at fooling ourselves.  We assume that because we have read it that we must have made it part of us.  Sometimes we’re so busy with Bible study that we forget Bible practice.  Without implementation all the Bible study in the world doesn’t change us.

Jesus is very quick to identify that it’s not just about reading or knowing the truth.  It’s about obeying the truth.  When we know something but don’t share it with others or don’t follow its exhortation, we’re going to get in trouble.

Each Sunday we have almost 40 teens and adults in Bible study.  That’s great but there are a lot more people who come here for worship who aren’t involved in Bible study.  It’s really important and I want to encourage you to make that choice.

When you study the Word and then develop an action plan from it, you’re actually being obedient to God.  This action step should be personal (involving you) and practical (something you can do), and provable (with a deadline to it).

If you start doing it that way you’ll realize something.  Every application will involve either your relationship to God, your relationship to others or your personal character.

As God grows your character He’ll give you more capacity.

Peace in the Lord,

Pastor Don