One of my life group members had some concerns about her teen aged daughter.  Her daughter was struggling with how to deal with various issues at school.  Most days she comes home and cries.

Obviously, as a mother you want to protect your child.  But unfortunately, it’s difficult to protect them from life.

My life group member was very concerned because she didn’t know how to help her daughter.

I shared with her the importance of instilling the spiritual foundations of prayer and standing on God’s word for help and strength into her daughter while she’s still young.  The reality is this test is only one of many tests that her daughter will encounter.

All too often as Christians we have a lot of head knowledge if any knowledge at all.  But we fail to take that head knowledge and transfer it to our hearts.

It is vitally important to make the word of God practical in our lives.  Because we don’t do this, there are a lot of Christians who are living defeated lives.

Don’t misunderstand me, making the word practical in our life doesn’t mean you won’t have troubles, disappointments or heartaches.  It does mean that you will have the strength to overcome these and other issues.

Life is a series of ups and downs.  The downs can be very traumatic.  This is why we NEED to rely on God who is the strength we need to help us to overcome!

Here is what James 1:22-25 (NKJV) says:

 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.  For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror;  for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was.  But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.

How do we practice being doers of the word?

  1. Spend time in prayer with God. I know that people are intimidated with praying.  But prayer is simply a conversation with God.  This is your personal time with him where you have the privilege of sharing all that is on your mind and your heart.  This is the time where you ask him for help and to give you the solutions to the issues you are having.
  2. Spend time in God’s word. Don’t just read it.  But STUDY it.  Study to make sure you understand not only what it says, but what it means.  Invest in a study Bible to help you.  You can also go to the bookstore to get various tools on how to study the Bible.
  3. Meditate on the word. Rehearse it in your mind.  Speak it out loud.  Keep it on your mind until it gets into your heart and you BELIEVE what is says.
  4. Do what is says. Sometimes you’ll have to do it even though it may not be in your heart yet.  But don’t allow that to deter you.  Do it anyway.  Although it may not seem like it, doing it demonstrates faith.  God is a re-warder of faith.
  5. Lastly, expect God to speak to you and show up in your situation. God will speak to you.  He will speak to you through prayer, his word, a song, a sermon, a person or through the Holy Spirit.  These are not the only ways God speaks.  But they are usually the most common ways.

Be a Doer of the Word and Be Blessed

 

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*scripture reference from www.biblegateway.com