We had a great conversation with dear friends this weekend about being ‘doers of the Word.’ In reality, whenever we hear or read the Word of God, we have choices to make. Of course, one choice is to actually read the Word, getting to know God (His character and personality) throughout the Bible ~ not just a random verse here and there. Then there are many other choices, but two important ones are to 1) believe the Word in our heart; and 2) to decide ‘to do’ what God instructs us through His Word.
“… humbly accept the word God has planted in your hearts,
for it has the power to save your souls.
But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves.”
Scripture has been so powerful to my husband and I as we both walk through either health and/or work challenges. This particular scripture causes us to take inventory! It says when we: humbly accept (receive, take, believe) … the WORD (God’s promises, life, wisdom, freedom, etc.) that God has planted in our heart, it has the power to save our souls! HIS Word has power!
But, it further says we can’t just listen (or read about it), we must actually DO what it says!
The Message version says: “Don’t fool yourself into thinking that you are a listener when you are anything but, letting the Word go in one ear and out the other. Act on what you hear!”
As we encourage ourselves in God’s Word, or quote scripture to someone else ~ it’s important for us to take a personal inventory. Are we actually doing what it says in the midst of our own circumstances, or are we deceiving ourselves? For example as the Word says, Are we being anxious for nothing; casting our cares to the Lord; trusting Him, and leaning on Him, or are we carrying the burdens on our own? Doing what we know from the Word is not always easy! But, the benefits are eternal and are powerful to help us!
The benefits follow as you continue reading the scripture:
“… IF you look carefully into the perfect law that sets you free,
and IF you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard,
then God will bless you for doing it.”
Action Required: Did you notice the word “IF” … there is an action to be taken on our part (because we have free will, the choice is ours)! IF we read/listen and absorb the Word into our hearts … doing what it says, God will bless us!! God blesses us with salvation and freedom from all that holds us down! Please note, He’s not saying “IF“ so He can condemn us, for He loves us too much. He’s saying “IF“ to help us understand the benefits of His guidance and what is required of us.
As we believe God’s Word, by faith, hear what He says and take action:
“… be strong and courageous! … Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord will personally go ahead of you. He will be with you; he will neither fail you nor abandon you.”
Deuteronomy 31:6, 8 NLT
As we read/listen and act on God’s Word, may you always know it’s power and truth to set you free and guide you.
God’s Love and Blessings to all!!!