January 28, 2012

Put Into Practice

Written by Wisdom Hunters

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today- January 28, 2012

“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.”  Matthew 7:24

The purpose of learning truth is so that it can be used. Unused truth expires and becomes stale. When you hear truth and put it into practice, you are wise. When you hear truth and ignore its application, you are foolish. Foolish is the man who acknowledges truth outwardly but never applies it inwardly. His foundation for faithfulness is fragile, so when the winds of adversity swirl and blow, his character collapses under the crushing power.

Someone may show up for the Bible study or attend a soul-stirring retreat and hear truth but never change for the better. How can this be? This happens when people do not follow through with what they know to be right and true. There is a disconnect between their head and their heart. The discipline to stop bad habits and start new ones is rationalized away with convincing excuses. We deceive ourselves by saying, “I don’t have enough time,” “I am not spiritual enough,” “I will get around to this one day,” or “God will understand if I wait.” John described self-deception’s affect on truth: “We deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us” (1 John 1:8b).

Truth and deception can never coexist. So, jettison deception, and apply truth now. If you wait, you will wander from its application. Right now is the wisest time to receive His gift of grace and to engraft it into your life. You are responsible for the truth you have received. Therefore, steward it wisely. Use it before you lose it, and become a practitioner of truth.

Lastly, apply truth in doses that can be ingested into your character. Do not be overwhelmed by multiple things in your life that need to change. Choose one thing, such as loving your spouse with abandonment and sensitivity. Paul said in Ephesians 5:25 that the husband should “give himself up” for his wife. Without saying a word, serve in secret so your spouse can experience your unselfish care and concern. Get into their world by loving them at their point of interest. It may relate to entertainment, cooking, or yard work.  Whatever it may be, serve them in ways that tell them you care. At work, you have the opportunity to put the radical teaching of Jesus into practice by treating others as you want to be treated (Matthew 7:12 NASB).

Think of a colleague who let the team down and is in need of forgiveness. If you were in their shoes, you would appreciate this gift of mercy. You can put into practice the Golden Rule because you are golden now that God has graced your life. God has filled you with His grace so you can live a gracious life. Focus on building the foundation of your life and your character one brick of truth at a time. This architecture designed by the Almighty will endure. Leave a lasting legacy in your children by putting into practice what you know to be truth. The teachings of Jesus are truth. Therefore, believe and apply. Put His principles into practice, and persevere.

Taken from the January 26th reading in the 365-day devotional book, “Seeking Daily the Heart of God… http://bit.ly/bQHNIE

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Comments

  1. selina says:

    Amazing article! God has spoken to me through it! Aleluya

  2. Amazing article! God has spoken to me through it! Aleluya!

  3. Robert Kelly says:

    So incredibly true. How often do we hear a revelation during a sermon or Bible study and it quickens something within our Spirit? But before we know it we have allowed the “noises” of life to drown out that Word and we then fail to apply it as God had revealed it to us, in us . . Scripture speaks of satan snatching planted seeds . . And that applies to ALL hearers of the Word of God . . . . Very good article and a needed encouragement.

  4. Ann says:

    I I so look forward to this wisdom, it speaks to me with life: thank you. Would you consider also a book (free to read) on Amazon site called “whispers of God’s Love”it is also a daily devotional holding like kind wisdom of God. Bless you and your precious work.

  5. Ann Thompson Coggins via Facebook says:

    Amen! The is especially meaningful. We can get so busy we get lost…family is most important. Interesting statement about the head and heart disconnect…so true!

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