But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do. James 1:25
Feeling a little overwhelmed by the sheer volume of information that is available to process everyday…you are not alone. It would take 47 million years to watch all of the HD movies stored on the web. There are over 1.8 billion websites with nearly 600 new ones created every minute. Why try to retain any significant information when Siri or Hey Google can spit out the answer in milliseconds? Brain fog, decision overload, anxiety, and paralysis of will power are all symptoms of the deluge of information. Add to all of this, another verse requiring a response in order to receive a blessing.
James describes a person who is diligent in Bible study, but lacking the action of putting what he learns into practice. The carrot on the end of the stick is a promise of some type of blessing for those who are faithful “to do” what the the Bible says. How can we move forward to putting the scripture text into practice so that we are really “doing it”? START now.
- S…low down. We are so conditioned to complete our reading plans, that we miss the message while accomplishing our goal. Slow down enough to allow God to speak to your spirit from the Bible. It’s okay to stop and meditate on one word, an expression or a verse.
- T...alk back. God is speaking to you from His word. To make the word applicable take some time to talk back with God. Ask questions of the text. Why did you pause over this verse? Continue to listen and allow a conversation to develop over the text. Let God give you some insight.
- A…sk the Spirit to bring revelation. The Holy Spirit leads and guides us into truth. As you start to read the Bible, invite the Holy Spirit to teach you what you need to learn.
- R…ealign your life. You can’t continue to go your own way and follow God at the same time. Adjust your priorities to make God’s plan number one in your life. What changes do you need to make to incorporate God’s plan into your daily life?
- T…hankfulness is action. We are drawn to those things in which we are truly thankful. Gratefulness positions our hearts to move forward in any direction that God asks us to go. Cover your words, and thoughts with thankfulness that God is speaking to your from His word.
Taking the first step is a good plan, Taking continual steps leads to blessing. Decide now to START doing what you have read in the Bible.
May God bless you to move forward in the small steps of putting God’s word into action in your life. Then may you receive His favor in everything that you put your hands to do.
Blessings Love Y’all