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 we always act on God’s word? We 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 didn’t write the Bible just for us to know about Jesus Christ, and what he did for us. God wrote the Bible through his spirit, the Holy Spirit, to teach us how to be good children and servants. 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 we act on God’s word? Here the most important things on how we should act on God’s word.
1. 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.
2. Act on the Two Important Commandments
The two important commandments, which covers the 10 commandments, focuses on the love we 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 (who is the cruel one) 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
As we are body, spirit, and soul, we are able to worship God through our Spirit Man. Prayer is not the only thing you can do to worship God. It is important to sing & dance in praises. It is important to get baptized by the Holy Spirit, and listen to him. It is important to speak in tongues. “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 gang is here to steal, kill, & destroy humanity (John 10:10). We are not mentally or physically stronger demons. The only way we can defeat Satan and his gang is when you’re close to God, 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. Be Like Jesus Christ
God gave his word to the world. The word was Jesus Christ in the flesh (John 1:1-4). The same word that was from the beginning that brought light in to the world (Genesis 1:3). When Jesus Christ came to this world as a human being, he didn’t waste any time. From when he was born until 30, he was training to do the will of the Father. Then from 30 until his death, Jesus Christ did will of God, the Father. He was first baptized both water and spirit. He overcame temptations from Satan easily by quoting scriptures. He taught many, performed miracles, and fulfilled prophecies in the Torah (Old Testament). When he was crucified, Jesus Christ went to Hell to collect the keys of life and death (Matthew 12:40). If Jesus Christ didn’t do the will of God, we will still have the judgement of death due to Adam’s mistake. It is important to see Jesus Christ as an example how we can act God’s word.