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In the Christian lifestyle, hearing and gaining an understanding of God’s purpose for His creation is of paramount importance. However, the culmination of the coming of God’s Kingdom principles at work become realized within and to the unbelieving world when we began to execute the plan of God through our subscribing to godly living. We can profess what we believe every single day that we awake, but in an unbelieving world wherein the unbeliever and the skeptic are many, words are never enough. This is what the Apostle James was communicating to us when he said,
“What doth it profit, my brethern, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works?…Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone…” (2:14,17).
In an earlier passage of Scripture, James said,
“But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only…For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. 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…” (1:22-25).
What does this mean for the believer? It means that when we engage in the reading of the Word of God, Its light shines into the dark areas of our lives and we are able to see an image of who we really are and, therefore, we are challenged to apply the Word to our everyday living. As the seeds are planted within our inner man, they begin to germinate and, if we allow the Holy Spirit to complete His work, we begin to experience spiritual growth and maturity. But this is the result of application of what we have read and heard within the Word of God.
Remember “…faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God…,” but true growth, maturity and an effective witness comes through application of what has been read and heard…#thinkonthesethings
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Can a lack of discernment of God’s presence in our lives lead to a denial of His activity in our lives?…#thinkonthesethings
“For who hath despised the day of small things…” (Zech. 4:10)? This question is placed before each one of us as we are presented with an opportunity to embark on a new journey in life. We question whether whatever we have within our possession is enough to begin the journey. If, we reason within ourselves, it is not enough to begin our journey, then how will it be enough to sustain us throughout the journey until the consummation of our lives. But once we place whatever it is we have within the hands of God, He is capable of doing far more with it than we will ever be able to do with it on our own.
In the beginning, God instructed every living part of His creation “…to be fruitful and multiply…” (Gen. 1:22,28). This leads us to believe that He understood that we would begin with little, and, as we continue to walk in obedience to His command, we would experience an increase. It is one of His principles that was spoken as a perpetual decree that is intended to continue throughout the ages to come until the consummation of time.
God intended for us to go through a process of development and growing pains. As we continue on the journey, we grow and mature in every area of life because of what we have experienced. If we are walking in obedience to God’s command and instruction, then we can expect to receive an increase in all areas of our lives. We become prosperous, not because we have amassed great wealth and material things. But we prosper because our souls have prospered (i.e., good health, shelter, employment, family, ministry opportunities, finances, etc.) as a result of obedience. This prosperity is to be used for the advancement of God’s Kingdom (Deut. 8:18). As we continue to walk in obedience, we will eventually see God “enlarging our territory…” (Deut. 28:1-14; 1 Chron. 4:9,10), thus enabling us to do more for His Kingdom…#thinkonthesethings
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