Do you go to church or listen to sermons?
Are you part of a study group at your church, or do you sign up for biblical reading plans online?
Are you disciplined in reading the bible or do you engage in a daily devotional?
Do you still find it difficult to hear from God? Are things in your world still unstable?
Then consider that you may be someone who hears God’s word but doesn’t put it into practice.
“Be doers of the word, and not hearers only. Otherwise, you are deceiving yourselves.” James 1:22
Going to church and reading your Bible are good things. To activate God’s promises though, you need to do thing’s God’s way. You won’t experience the priceless gift of God’s peace if you don’t first do as He instructs us, through Paul:
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding,will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ.” Philppians 4:6-7
We hear the humorous “Not today, Satan, not today”, which is partially based on scripture. But partially based isn’t the whole truth. You can’t tell the devil to be gone unless you are first lined up with God:
“Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” James 4:7
Submitting to God is first and foremost acknowledging Him as Lord. But beyond that, it goes back to doing things God’s way.
Read the word, learn about God, invite the Holy Spirit to teach you and give you understanding. Then, when you know what you need to do…DO IT! James shares an awesome promise to those who follow this instruction:
“But the one who looks intently into the perfect law of freedom, and continues to do so—not being a forgetful hearer, but an effective doer—he will be blessed in what he does.” James 1:25