How blessed are those who observe His testimonies, who seek Him with all their heart. Psalm 119:2
The secret to growing in Christ is applying the truth of His word to your life. Do you obey what you hear? It is so easy to just categorize truth, think about how it could help others (your spouse!), and only let it reach your mind and not your heart. It reaches the heart when we apply it to our lives. “A good understanding have all those who do His commandments.” Psalm 111:10
Let’s say you are a doctor. After seeing your patient and diagnosing his sickness, you prescribed a medication for his cure. You send him off with instructions on what this particular medication can do and how often to take it. Two weeks later this patient returns in the same state of sickness, only worse. He tells you he went home and read the directions and even decided to read more about his condition on the Internet; but he never took the medicine! “Isn’t it enough just to know what this drug will do?” he says.“ Of course! You emphatically urge him to go home immediately and follow your advice and take the medicine. He does; and within days is recovering.
Why don’t we take the medicine God prescribes for us every day? We think knowing something is all that is necessary. Or we think, “I am not that sick. I really don’t need that stuff!” We may go home and say, “I am not sure that doctor really knows what he is talking about. I will try some other remedy. I am smarter and understand the problem better.” Sometimes we say these same things to God. “I am not that sick (sinful or enslaved).” “I know better than God does.”
The safest and wisest way to act when God tells us to do something from His word is simply to “Just do it!” “If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them.”
John 13:17. Ask God right now to help you be quick to apply His truth to your life.