Get Off the Bleachers!

During our prayer service this week we focused on two groups of people:  those who hear the Word (of God) only and those who hear the Word and apply it to their lives.  When the storm comes, those who heard the Word but didn’t do what they heard are devastated by the storm.  But those who applied the Word to their lives, were able to stand firm through the storm.  Both groups encountered the same storm, but the results are quite different.  Unfortunately, storms will come.  The Bible even tells us so.  But it’s the Word that is put to work in our lives that will see us through those storms.  One comment was made that many church-goers treat the Word as a spectator sport.  They observe it from a distance but they don’t get directly involved.   God’s Word is great to hear, but it’s in the doing that the benefits are reaped. So, what do you say – it’s time to get out of the bleachers and on to the field!

46 “So why do you keep calling me ‘Lord, Lord!’ when you don’t do what I say?
47 I will show you what it’s like when someone comes to me, listens to my teaching, and then follows it. 48 It is like a person building a house who digs deep and lays the foundation on solid rock. When the floodwaters rise and break against the house, it stands firm because it is well built. 49 But anyone who hears and doesn’t obey is like a person who builds a house without a foundation. When the floods sweep down against that house, it will collapse into a heap of ruins.”  Luke 6:46-49 (NLT)

22 But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves. James 1:22 (NLT)

 33 I’ve told you all this so that trusting me, you will be unshakable and assured, deeply at peace. In this godless world you will continue to experience difficulties. But take heart! I’ve conquered the world.”  John 16:33 (MSG)