REPOST Today’s Spiritual Food for Thought, written by Pastor Sam Lee who leads Catalyst Agape Church in Northern New Jersey, was first posted on October 21, 2013. He is a graduate of University of Wisconsin (BA) and Biblical Theological Seminary (M.Div.).
Spiritual Food for Thought for the Weekend
“God’s Word, Not in Theory but in Practice”
For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
The Word of God is not just a concept to understand or information to memorize. It is alive and active and has the power to transform hearts and lives. This power is manifested when we put our energy into walking out or putting the truths and revelations into practice.
I have read many books that inspired me concerning the biblical revelations on love. Also, I have listened to many sermons and teachings that convicted me about what the Bible says about helping the poor. I have taught Bible studies about the importance of forgiving those who hurt you. But I will not encounter the power of those truths unless I walk it out in my life. When biblical revelations become just a concept to understand without practice, the power of the Word of God will become more and more diminished.
For instance, when we first hear a sermon on helping the poor, we might wholeheartedly agree, but if not put into practice, the enemy will come and snatch that seed from our heart. We have to hear the truth again, and we agree, but if it remains just a concept, again the power of the word will be stolen from our heart. After awhile, if this truth is continuously ignored and not put into practice, it will become normal Christianity to live in high level of theory, and experience low level of encounter and power.
We might, however, be able to teach the gospel, but unable to demonstrate the power of the gospel in our lives. Jesus taught the gospel, and He also demonstrated the gospel, showing the gospel has power. So, in this new year, make it your goal to be a doer of God’s word, not just a hearer!
Prayer: Heavenly Father, empower me and motivate me through the Holy Spirit to be a doer of Your eternal word. Help me to put into practice all your truths that I know all too well. Amen.
Bible Reading for Today: Genesis 2-3