Do the Word!
by Pastor Darren Stott
“But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.” James 1:22 ESV
People ask me all the time to come into agreement with them for breakthrough. Sometimes the relationship demands that I sit them down and have a discussion regarding the details of the crisis. I’ll usually begin by asking open-ended questions. What I’m trying to discover, is whether or not a stronghold has been created by a lack of knowledge, a lack of follow-through, or something other.
If one has been responsible by seeking wisdom and executing it, then all we can really do is pray.
But, if one has acquired the breakthrough sequence needed to succeed, and they just lack the key ingredient(s) required to act, then all we have to do is spend some time together trying to identify the factor(s) that are keeping them from walking out the kind of freedom that comes from doing the Word or implementing wisdom.
DO THE WORD
The 1st-century church is no different than the 21st-century church, in that believers would hear the Word of God proclaimed on a regular basis. Every good Jew knew the instruction of Deuteronomy 28:58 where it says, “Do what the law says to do.”
James echoes this, and I like how Eugene Peterson phrases it in the Message Translation, “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!”
Let us be a people who “do the word.” Let us take responsibility and walk out our lives with accountability. Let us be far more serious about acting on what God is saying, without allowing any excuses to get in the way.
What has God been speaking for you to do, and how have your activities lined up with what He’s saying?
How can you begin intentionally “doing the word” for the next thirty days?
Who is going to hold you accountable?
Go ahead and text them right now, and share with us how it went!
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