01 Jun Acting on God’s Word
The Bible contains a solid layout on how you should live a life that pleases God. Some like to cherry pick what should be followed in the Bible and what shouldn’t be followed in the Bible. However God sees sin as what it is…sin. You are not better than a person who is a serial killer if you’re a habitual liar. You shouldn’t automatically think you’re on your way to Heaven because you’re a good person. All the ways of a man are clean and innocent in his own eyes [and he may see nothing wrong with his actions], But the Lord weighs and examines the motives and intents [of the heart and knows the truth]. – Proverbs 16:2.
Why should you always act on God’s word? You should always act on his word because it is part of obedience. Obedience is better than sacrifice, and submission is better than offering. – 1 Samuel 15:22. God wrote the Bible through his spirit, the Holy Spirit, to teach you how to be good child and servant. For if you listen to the word and don’t obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror. You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like. – James 1:23-24. Jesus warned us that not everyone who recognizes him will go to Heaven. “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.” – Matthew 7:21. How do you act on God’s word? Here the most important things on how you should act on God’s word.
1. Seek God First
Every morning you should find time with God in prayer or reading the Bible. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. – Matthew 6:33. Seeking the kingdom of God is the Holy Spirit in this case. The evidence for this is when the Pharisees asked Jesus Christ about when the kingdom of God would come. He answered them and said, “The kingdom of God does not come with observation; nor will they say, ‘See here!’ or ‘See there!’ For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you.” – Luke 17:20-21. Some translations state among you instead of within you. Jesus Christ also states that he and his father is one. So seeking God first should be our top priority in life.
2. Act on the Two Important Commandments
The two important commandments, which covers the 10 commandments, focuses on the love you should have for one another. God is truly loving and can’t be around those who have no love. We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in his love. God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them. – 1 John 4:16.
3. Run Away From Sin
Sin is like the adulterous woman described in Proverbs. Keep to a path far from her, do not go near the door of her house, lest you lose your honor to others and your dignity to one who is cruel, lest strangers feast on your wealth and your toil enrich the house of another. At the end of your life you will groan, when your flesh and body are spent. – Proverbs 5:8-11. This describes what happens when you give yourself to sin. Not only do you lose your crown of honor, Satan has the legal right to take your wealth that God has prepared for you to have and give it to his agents of darkness. It might not be as obvious until you grow old, wondering what have you done with your life. This is why industries that cater to the sins of people are multi-billionaire industries. Alcohol industry revenue in US only is about $211 billion. The porn industry revenue is about $97 billion, which makes more money than Major League Baseball, The NFL and The NBA combined. Illegal drug trafficking industry revenue is $100 billion. So run away from sin if you don’t want to drain out the resources God has in store for you.
4. Worship in the Spirit
Being body, spirit, and soul, you are able to worship God through your spirit man. However It is important to ask God to be baptized by his spirit. “God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.” – John 4:24.
5. Examine Yourself Daily
Examine yourself daily to see if you’re in the right standing with God. Keep examining yourselves to see whether you are continuing in the faith. Test yourselves! – 2 Corinthians 13:5. If you have feelings or thoughts that you’re not, ask for mercy through prayer. Through the blood of his Son, we are set free from our sins. God forgives our failures because of his overflowing kindness. – Ephesians 1:7.
6. Defend Yourself Against the Enemies
Satan and his kingdom is here to steal, kill, & destroy (John 10:10). The only way you can defeat Satan and his kingdom is when you’re close to God, through his word, and his spirit. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. – Ephesians 6:12. So defend yourself with God’s word and act on it (Ephesians 6:13-17).
7. Walk by Faith & Not by Sight
When you walk by faith and not by sight, you are confident that no matter what situation you’re in, God is there for you. You know that all things are working together for good (Romans 8:28). When you have faith, even as small as a mustard seed, you can command anything to move out of your way by using the word of God (Luke 17:6). And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him. – 2 Corinthians 5:9.