Act On God's Word
JAMES 1:22 NKJ
22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving
How easily we fall into the trap of listening to, or even
studying, the Bible -- but not acting on its instructions.
According to this verse, that opens us up to deception. We
think we are spiritual. We think we are safe. But then, when
things don't work out we will blame God and question why He let
LUKE 6:46-49 NKJ
46 "But why do you call Me `Lord, Lord,' and do not do the
things which I say?
47 "Whoever comes to Me, and hears My sayings and does them, I
will show you whom he is like:
48 "He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid
the foundation on the rock. And when the flood arose, the
stream beat vehemently against that house, and could not shake
it, for it was founded on the rock.
49 "But he who heard and did nothing is like a man who built a
house on the earth without a foundation, against which the
stream beat vehemently; and immediately it fell. And the ruin
of that house was great."
Trouble is coming -- it's part of this life. If you act on the
Word, trouble will not destroy you and your household. If you
neglect acting on the Word -- no matter how much you hear it --
when trouble comes your way, it may be devastating.
Not because it's God's will, or God doesn't love you. Simply
because you refused to act on the instructions which God -- who
knows more than you do -- gave you for your protection.
DEUTERONOMY 12:28 NKJ
28 "Observe and obey all these words which I command you, that
it may go well with you and your children after you forever,
when you do what is good and right in the sight of the Lord
God gave us His Word because He loves us and desires to help
us. Not because He likes to boss people around and give orders.
Acting on God's Word is for our benefit.
SAY THIS: I will act on what God says to me in His Word.
The Accurate Message Of Jesus
JOHN 8:31-32 NKJ
31 Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, "If you
abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed.
32 "And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you
The promise of Jesus is clear: the end result of staying in His
Word will be freedom.
So, if you are not becoming more free, you need to examine if
you are accurate in your understanding of the Word of God.
JOHN 8:31-32 KJV
31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye
continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;
32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you
Whether the Greek word is translated as continue, abide, or
remain, the meaning is clear. You need to stick with the Word;
not stop and start; not try it for awhile; but jump in with
both feet and stay there.
"What do you mean by freedom, preacher?"
I don't mean a license to sin. Sin produces bondage -- the
opposite of what I am talking about.
I mean freedom in every area of life. Freedom from having to
sin. Freedom from fear. Freedom from worry. Freedom from doubt.
Freedom from strife. Freedom from confusion. Freedom from
family problems. Freedom from oppression. Freedom from poverty.
Freedom from disease.
Note that Jesus did not promise that everyone who called Him
Master would automatically and instantly be free. Instead Jesus
indicated that time would be involved before those who truly
followed Him would see the full result of the freedom His Word
would produce in their lives.
If you continue....
If you abide....
If you live in....
If you remain in....
Don't forget the "IF." And don't forget the "CONTINUE." This
Scripture promise is NOT for everyone who claims to be a
Christian. Only for those who are willing to spend the time and
effort required to feed on God's Word.
While I do not wish to criticize any group of Christian
believers, I do think we should all individually judge our own
situations. If the Bible teachers you have been listening to
are not producing freedom in your life, you should prayerfully
examine whether the message they proclaim is accurate -- or
Remember that it only takes a tiny amount of poison added to an
otherwise wonderful and nutritious meal to make it dangerous.
SAY THIS: I will continue, abide in, and remain in the accurate
message of Jesus Christ, without ever giving up, and it will
produce freedom in my life.
It Is Written
MATTHEW 4:3-4 NKJ
3 Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, "If You are the
Son of God, command that these stones become bread."
4 But He answered and said, "It is written, 'Man shall not live
by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth
of God.' "
When tempted, Jesus did not use any supernatural powers to
resist the devil. Jesus simply quoted the written Word of God
to the devil.
You must do the same thing. Jesus was our example, showing us
how to overcome the attacks of our enemy.
Notice how the devil came to tempt Jesus -- with a thought -- a
thought contrary to the written Word of God.
Then after Jesus quoted the Bible, the devil also quoted the
Bible but twisted the meaning. Jesus responded only with
another verse from the Bible.
MATTHEW 4:6-7 NKJ
6 and said to Him, "If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself
down. For it is written: 'He shall give His angels charge over
you,' and, 'In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you
dash your foot against a stone.' "
7 Jesus said to him, "It is written again, 'You shall not tempt
the LORD your God.' "
If you read the whole passage in Matthew 4:1-11, you will see
that quoting the written Word was the only defense Jesus used
against the devil. Nothing else.
If you are going to overcome temptation and walk in victory,
you must follow Jesus' example and quote the Bible to the
devil. There is no other way.
God's Word in your mouth is your spiritual weapon. If you
neglect to use it, you will be overcome instead of walking in
all the victory and blessing Jesus has provided for you.
EPHESIANS 6:17 NKJ
17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the
Spirit, which is the word of God;
Obviously you must know what the Bible says to quote it to the
devil. So it is evident how important it is to read and study
the Bible for yourself.
Yet it is not enough to just read the Bible or study it. When
thoughts come that are not in agreement with the Bible, we must
speak the Word to the devil who is behind those thoughts.
SAY THIS: I will resist the devil with what is written in God's
No One Is Born Mature
EPHESIANS 4:13-15 ESV
13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the
knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure
of the stature of the fullness of Christ,
14 so that we may no longer be children . . . .
15 Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in
every way into him who is the head, into Christ,
Ultimately, God plans for you to grow up in every way into
being like Jesus Christ.
But no one is born mature and fully developed -- either
physically or spiritually.
When we receive Jesus Christ, His life enters our inner being,
causing us to be born again as a child of God (John 3:3). We
enter God's family by pure grace, not because of any effort or
virtue of our own.
The moment we are born again, we have all the rights and
privileges purchased for us by the death of our wonderful Lord,
But we have to learn who we are, what is ours, and how to walk
in it. We must learn to use the authority God has given us. (The
only reliable source of this information is the New Testament.)
When we are born again spiritually, we are born equipped with
everything we will ever need, just as a human child is born
with a brain and all the muscles it will ever have. Yet, no
baby can write textbooks or win athletic events. But we
understand that they have that potential, needing only time and
nutrition to grow and mature.
1 JOHN 5:4 ERV
4 because everyone who is a child of God has the power to win
against the world.
We are born again spiritually with everything in place. We
don't need to beg God to give us something else to put us over.
We just need to grow and develop what God has already put
2 PETER 1:3 ESV
3 His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to
life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us
to his own glory and excellence,
God has already given His children all things that pertain to
life and godliness. So we need to learn to walk in what God has
already provided for us.
2 PETER 3:18 ESV
18 But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior
Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of
Christianity is not just about being born again and going to
Heaven. Being born again is just the first step. God intends
for us to grow and mature.
1 PETER 2:2 NKJ
2 as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you
may grow thereby,
SAY THIS: God's plan for me is to grow up spiritually. When I
am mature I will be like Jesus Christ.
1 JOHN 2:12 NLT
12 I am writing to you who are God's children because your sins
have been forgiven through Jesus.
COLOSSIANS 3:13 NIV
13 . . . Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
GALATIANS 5:14 NIV
14 The entire law is summed up in a single command: "Love your
neighbor as yourself."
For many people, the hardest person to forgive is themselves.
If God can forgive us, then we can, and must, forgive
ourselves. Not to forgive ourselves is to exalt ourselves above
If God can decree that we are forgive-able, but we say we are
too bad to be forgiven, we are saying we know more than God.
Should your standards be higher than God's standards? He
forgives. Why won't you forgive yourself?
The devil wants you to stay focused on your past and your
failures, so you will not receive God's blessing.
God wants you to believe His Word and focus on His victory so
you will have a better future.
Which one will you choose to follow?
SAY THIS: Because God has forgiven me, I forgive myself.
NUMBERS 23:10b KJV
10 Let me die the death of the righteous, and let my last end
be like his!
How we face death is an important part of life. It is important
to die right.
It bothers me to see those who claim to believe in Jesus Christ
acting like they are afraid to die and go to Heaven.
I am not afraid to die. I look forward to it. It will be
wonderful to be with Jesus in Heaven, after my job here is
It bothers me to see people who have already lived a full life
spend a fortune trying to prolong their life on earth, like
they have no hope of Heaven.
How can we expect the world to believe, if we don't act like we
Your death is part of your testimony. If you approach death
like those who have no hope, it is a bad testimony.
PROVERBS 14:32 KJV
32 The wicked is driven away in his wickedness: but the
righteous hath hope in his death.
Too many "Christians" act like there is no Heaven when it comes
time to die. For a true believer in Jesus Christ, nothing could
be better than to go be with our wonderful Lord Jesus Christ.
PHILIPPIANS 1:21 KJV
21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
Should we leave this life kicking, screaming and dragging our
feet -- if we believe we are going to Heaven to be with Jesus?
Although we pass through death to leave this sin-infested
planet, it will not hurt us. Jesus defeated death for us and
removed death's sting so it cannot hurt us. We need have no
fear of death. Death cannot harm a believer!
We don't have a choice whether we will die, but we have a
choice about the manner in which we die.
I desire that Christ may be glorified, not only in my life, but
also in my death.
The best ways to die are to either die as a witness for Jesus
Christ, a martyr, or to die a natural death in old age, after
living a full life of victory.
I am not advocating giving in easily to death before it is
time. But we all must eventually face death, so when the time
comes, let us face it without fear.
ECCLESIASTES 3:2 KJV
2 A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a
time to pluck up that which is planted;
There is a time to die, a time when it is best. A time when you
have finished your course on earth, and you are ready to go be
with Jesus. Until then, you should resist death. But you should
NEVER fear death.
Plan and purpose that your death (as well as your life) will
bring glory to God. Pray that your home-going will be glorious
and point people toward faith in Jesus Christ.
SAY THIS: I am not afraid to die. I will die right and leave a
Leave Your Case With God
ROMANS 12:19 NLT
19 Dear friends, never take revenge. Leave that to the
righteous anger of God. For the Scriptures say, "I will take
revenge; I will pay them back," says the LORD.
When people do us wrong, not taking revenge is difficult. It
seems natural to fight back when someone attacks us.
But the Bible tells us to let God judge them.
This is not saying you should never defend yourself, or what
belongs to you. But do not seek revenge after you have been
wronged. Instead, let God handle it.
People who try to take revenge, usually end up committing more
injustice. Often a deadly cycle develops. Instead of taking
revenge, God's Word tells us to bless our enemies.
PROVERBS 25:21 NKJ
21 If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat; And if he is
thirsty, give him water to drink;
MATTHEW 5:44 NKJ
44 "But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse
you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who
spitefully use you and persecute you,
God is aware of every injustice. And God promises to right
every wrong, eventually. God is a righteous judge, but all
judgment is not instant, or even in this life.
1 PETER 2:21,23 NLT
21 For God called you to do good, even if it means suffering,
just as Christ suffered for you. He is your example, and you
must follow in his steps.
23 He did not retaliate when he was insulted, nor threaten
revenge when he suffered. He left his case in the hands of God,
who always judges fairly.
SAY THIS: I will not take revenge but trust God to bring