But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves.
James 1:22 (NLT)
I don’t really struggle to make time for Gods Word each day. I’m hungry for it. I run to it like I do my coffee … It is my oxygen in the morning, breathing life into my tired and empty places; filling me up.
My struggle isn’t with opening my Bible. It isn’t with making time for God or being intentional about it. I’ll read scripture anytime, anywhere, because I love it. I delight in it.
My struggle, simply put, is too much information, and too little application.
Yes, my daily fight is applying those truths that I drink in while I’m thirsty. Practicing what I’ve consumed, and letting it consume me …
On days when others aren’t who or what I want them to be, I have to apply what I’ve read.
When someone cuts me off on the highway, spills the tea at home, or gets on my nerves at church (y’all know it happens) I have to apply what I know.
In seasons of harvest and in seasons of drought, knowledge isn’t power until I apply it.
I love Gods Word like I do food, but going to the table isn’t enough. What good is spiritual nourishment if it isn’t applied?
I need to exercise what I’ve learned to be spiritually lean.
Everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man (woman) who builds his (her) house on the rock.
God intended for us to apply the Bible to our lives, not just read it and get full.
Knowledge not applied becomes pride, and to know the good I ought to do and not, is sin.
Reading the Bible is about transformation, not information.
If I ever hope to build anything lasting, it has to begin here. Applying what I know. Listening and doing.
Help me apply what I’ve learned today, that I wouldn’t be a forgetful hearer, but I would do all that You’ve taught me to do.
In Jesus Name