What do you do with God’s Word? James 1:22 tells us not to merely listen to the Word…
If you are like me…sometimes you hear a sermon and think ‘that was good, I wish my brother, sister, friend, etc. could have heard that! They so needed this lesson.”
But we fail to see ourselves in the story. We fail to search for how the lesson applies to our life.
Recently I heard a pastor say we need to listen to each of the stories of the Bible and apply them to our daily life.
As you listen to a Biblical story, put yourself in the middle of the situation. Repeat the story to yourself in your own words and personalize the verses by inserting your name.
HOW CAN YOU APPLY HIS WORD?
As you read His Word, ask:
· What does God want me to do with this story?
· What does God want me to learn from this story?
· How does this story relate to my relationship to God?
· What am I going to do differently now that I’ve have heard this story?
· Is there someone I can share this lesson with?
Matthew 7:24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.”
Put God’s Word into practice.
The Message (MSG)
24-25 “These words I speak to you are not incidental additions to your life, homeowner improvements to your standard of living. They are foundational words, words to build a life on. If you work these words into your life, you are like a smart carpenter who built his house on solid rock. Rain poured down, the river flooded, a tornado hit—but nothing moved that house. It was fixed to the rock.
26-27 “But if you just use my words in Bible studies and don’t work them into your life, you are like a stupid carpenter who built his house on the sandy beach. When a storm rolled in and the waves came up, it collapsed like a house of cards.”
As you read and hear His Word, may you grow in your faith.
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