“But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves,” (James 1:22).
When someone hears the word of God but isn’t a doer, the Bible says that person is like a man who looks at himself in a mirror but then forgets “…what manner of man he was,” when he walks away from the mirror. Application of the word helps us not to forget. You won’t know how spiritually strong you are until a situation arises in your life and you must apply what you’ve been reading, hearing, and quoting. Standing on the word of God is how you walk as an overcomer.
When you want to overcome adversity in any area of your life, know what the Bible says on the topic, seek out wise counsel, and apply what you’ve read and heard. You won’t gain the victory until you DO what the Bible tells you to do. Until you DO what the Bible says, you’re only a hearer of the word. We want to move away from being a mere hearer to being a doer of biblical principles.
“But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed,” (James 1:25).
Let’s take a look at verse 25. Imagine the Bible as a special mirror which shows you as you truly are, not the outward appearance, but your heart, your motives, your intentions, etc. This mirror shows what you’re doing correctly but also shows areas in which you need improvement.
Now, imagine you look into this mirror and see hatred, animosity, bitterness, unforgiveness, hopelessness, despair, and doubt, walk away from the mirror and forget what you saw. If you’ve forgotten what you saw, you won’t make any effort to change your behavior. You’re only a hearer of the word.
Now, same scenario, but instead of walking away from the mirror and forgetting what you saw, you take the necessary steps to change. You’ve now moved from being a simple hearer of the “word” to being a doer of the “work”. The Bible declares this person will “…be blessed in his deed.” Applying the word will change your perspective and your life.
- Look for a verse which addresses something you’re going through right now, a hidden sin that only you and God know about. As you meditate on that verse, what does the Holy Spirit minister to your heart? Journal about it in your notebook.
- In what way(s) are you not “doing” the Word of God? Journal about it in your notebook.
- Ask the Lord to help you obey His Word.
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